Welcome back friends. If this is your first QCup, please read the entire post. If you know the deal and want to skip my silly jokes, here is a summary of the important changes. Might not be a bad idea to review everything though.
It’s back! The Quidditch Cup! Jae, can you believe it?!
If you’ve joined JPCF in the last year, welcome! I hope you’re ready to take a magical trip into the realm of supernatural fitness and skill-building. This will be our fifth Quidditch Cup, an extraordinary competition where athletes are sorted into Houses and earn points towards their Houses by coming to class, working on skills, and PRing their benchmarks and lifts.
Hopefully you read Logan’s statement on Friday about this, but this will be JPCF’s final Quidditch Cup. But fear not, friends! We’ll be taking all the things we love about the Cup and crafting something bigger and better for you next year! I genuinely see this as an opportunity to expand on the concept and make it even better. I hope you’ll join me in giving the QCup a proper send-off this year.
So with that being said, let’s dive into the nitty gritty. Accio QCup Rulebook!
First things first: register here
Registration is $15, 100% of which goes towards prizes for the winning teams. Prizes in the past have included gift certificates to Rogue, Reebok, Nike, Dogwood, Brassica etc. along with some gear, some snacks and the most magical potion of all, FitAid. Your entry fee will be charged to your card on file on Wednesday, January 15.
You’ll be notified of your Housing Assignment by the evening of Wednesday, January 15. Your Heads of House (HoH) this year will be Tim, Jasmine, Logan, Isaac and Jenna. Their House Athlete namesakes will be announced as the week goes on! Houses are named after CrossFit Games athletes that either made a splash at the 2019 Games, or are folks who we think are just plain interesting and think you might enjoy learning about.
You didn’t come here for the Athletes though, you came here for the points! All the various ways you can earn points are listed below. Please read them carefully and let your HoH know if you have any questions. New this year will be a physical document of some sort hanging at the gym with the rules outlined for your daily reference.
The following guidelines for acquiring points for your House have not changed from previous years:
The following guidelines for acquiring points for your House *have changed or are new* so please read carefully:
If you’re familiar with the Potterverse, you know that the 5th book in the series was The Order of the Phoenix. The element from Harry’s fifth year that we’ve incorporated into the fifth QCup is……….OWLs!
At the end of their fifth year, Hogwarts students took their Ordinary Wizarding Level (OWL) exams. Here at JPCF, your OWLs will come mostly in the form of designated skillwork. Think of these as magical fitness merit badges. Fulfill the requirements and earn your OWL! Simple as that! You can expect a blog post dedicated to OWLs coming out later this week.
You are not dragging your team down, I promise. The Sorting Hat takes absolutely everything into account. You’re only around for two of the five weeks? That’s cool, I guarantee there will be someone coming as often or as rarely as you on every other team. Don’t have pull ups or double unders or any of those movements? Guess what, the Heads of Houses will be fighting over you. This whole thing was designed for you. Chat with me or a coach if you have concerns.
There are a number of general rules that have not changed from previous years, so the following is copied and pasted from last year’s blog post (with a few edits) that I’m putting here for reference. If this is your first Cup, I encourage you to read it.
Can Houses lose points?
Nope, although I’m sure Meredith will try.
How are we tracking points?
We’ll be using a spreadsheet in Google Sheets, very similar to the one we used last year *** Athletes will again be responsible for adding their own points to the spreadsheet. We will show you how. Your Heads of House will keep an eye on things, but ultimately it’s up to you and your Housemates to report your points accurately. ***
What kinds of points can Heads of House win?
Heads of House will all have Patronuses and will be able to get points for achieving first movements from the lists. They do not get attendance points, PR points or skill work. They are eligible for OWL completion and points.
Hey, what if I’m traveling?
Never fear. If you manage to drop in somewhere, snap a sweaty selfie with the coach or a mural and send it to your Head of House and/or the Athlete’s Page. If you do a Travel WOD of some sort in your hotel room, that counts too, you just gotta tell us.
Last year my friend went skiing and that counted. Is that still the case?
While other forms of physical activity are great and are of course encouraged, we’re not awarding points for non-CrossFit specific things this year. This includes going for a run, hiking, rock-climbing, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, shovelling, biking, roller-blading etc etc….. Yes these things are physical and they’ll certainly make you sweaty and sore, but we have to draw the line somewhere, and this is where we’ve drawn it.
What if I only come to Open Gym?
There are a number of athletes who follow different programming, or just come to Open Gym. These athletes are encouraged to participate in the Cup, and can get attendance points for their WODs, as well as PR points for PRing their programmed lifts or benchmarks.
Are there any weird rules regarding attendance I should know about?
Indeed. You may only earn one type of attendance point a day. So if you come to Community on Sunday, stay for Oly, and then do Friday’s WOD during Open Gym, first of all, chill, that’s too much and you need to sit down. Second of all, you will only earn 15 attendance points (for Oly) for that day. No credit for Friday or Community (yes your attendance can count towards the Community Bonus, you penny pincher.)
The Open Gym athletes from the previous question can get 10 points for working out during Open Gym, but they do not get more points for staying for the 4:30 class.
Are there going to be shirts this year?
I very definitely plan on designing some shirts/tank tops for you again. There will be an extra cost, and purchasing a shirt will of course be optional. Details to come.
Is there a potion or a magical spell you can cast that will allow me to talk to my teammates at any given moment, perhaps to express my thoughts and feelings in the form of GIFs?
Why yes, I do happen to have just the thing! In the past, participants have been strongly encouraged to join a group messaging service of some sort, usually Facebook Messenger, for the duration of the competition. Coordinating Community attendance, discussing goals, sharing advice, planning get-togethers, and most importantly, celebrating PRs and Patronus successes! Truly, if you skip out on the camaraderie-building with your House, you’re missing out on one of the best parts of the Quidditch Cup.