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The 5th Annual Quidditch Cup!

By Tim! Wells | In Blog | on January 6, 2020

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.

Important Dates:

  • Registration deadline: Monday, January 13 @ 8:00 pm
  • Competition begins: Monday, January 20 @ 5:00 am

Register here

New Rules:

  • Patronus deadline: Monday, January 27 @ 8:00 pm
  • Patronus completion valid starting: Monday, February 3
  • Community Bonus points have increased.

Ok now that that’s dealt with…

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!

The Rules and Such

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.

  • Registration deadline: Monday, January 13 @ 8:00 pm
  • Competition begins: Monday, January 20 @ 5:00 am
  • Competition ends: Sunday, February 23 @ 4:00 pm sharp
  • Duration: 5 weeks

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:

  • Attend a regular WOD or Community class – 10 points
  • Attend a focused skill class (Oly or Powerlifting) – 15 points
  • Complete at least 15 minutes of focused skill work, outside of class – 3 points (max per day)
  • Accomplish a movement from the list below, for the first time, with full range of motion – 20 points
    • Strict toes to bar
    • Kipping toes to bar
    • Unassisted strict pull-up
    • Unassisted kipping pull-up
    • Unassisted strict chest-to-bar pull-up
    • Unassisted kipping chest-to-bar pull-up
    • Strict handstand push-up
    • Kipping handstand push-up
    • 3 unbroken freestanding handstand push-ups
    • Rope climb
    • Legless rope climb
    • Pistol (both legs)
    • 10’ handstand walk
    • 25’ handstand walk
    • Kipping ring muscle up
    • Kipping bar muscle up
    • Strict ring muscle up
    • Strict bar muscle up
    • 10 unbroken ring muscle ups
    • 10 unbroken bar muscle ups
    • 10 unbroken double unders
    • 100 unbroken double unders
    • 200 unbroken double unders
    • 10 unbroken triple unders
  • PR a programmed lift:
    • By 1-9 lbs = 5 points
    • By 10-29 lbs = 10 points
    • By 30-49 lbs = 20 points
    • By 50+ lbs = 30 points
    • Please note: These points are here to reward you for your gainz, not to incentivize you to lift heavier than you should just for a few points. Be smart with your bodies.
  • PR a programmed benchmark WOD at an equal scale – 10 points
  • PR a programmed benchmark WOD at a harder scale – 20 points
    • Coach on the floor has final say as to whether a scale is acceptably “harder.”
    • Please note: Same as above. Perform the workout at the scale that is appropriate for you. Do not go lighter than you should to ensure a PR or go heavier than you can handle for more points. Be smart with your bodies!

The following guidelines for acquiring points for your House *have changed or are new* so please read carefully:

  • Community Bonus! Attend Community with your teammates, with increasing points the more team members you have in attendance:
    • 3-5 members: 10 points (per team)
    • 6-8 members: 25 points (per team) 
    • 9 or more members: 50 points (per team) 
    • You still get your 10 attendance points for coming to Community. If three people from your team show up, that’s 30 attendance points plus 10 bonus points, so 40 total for your team.  If six show up, that’s 60 attendance points plus 25 bonus points, so 85 total.
    • Note that there is no bonus for 1 or 2 athletes anymore.
  • **IMPORTANT ** You may only receive PR points on the day the lift or benchmark is programmed. Skipping the day’s unPRable programming so you can make up the benchmark you missed last week will not be eligible for points.
  • Patronus!
    • In addition to all of these various ways to acquire points, each athlete will have a Patronus goal, worth 50 points. Your Patronus is a challenging but doable goal that you choose with the guidance of your HoH. There are some rules regarding Patronuses, including some new ones, so listen up:
    • There is now a deadline for setting your Patronus with your HoH, and it is aggressively early: Monday, January 27, aka the beginning of the second week of competition. On Monday night, Patronuses will be locked and you won’t be able to submit them anymore, or get points for them. (If you miss the deadline, I’d still encourage you to set an unofficial one with your HoH and continue to work on it for your own benefit. Gainz, afterall.)
    • Your Patronus must be something that you actually have to work towards. Setting it the first week and then getting it on your first try 4 days into the competition will not count. In that spirit, ***no Patronus goals will be awarded until the 3rd week of competition, or after Monday, February 3.*** If your Patronus goal is 5 chained handstand push-ups and you get it the second week, great! Your Patronus is now 10 chained handstand push-ups (or something else entirely) and you have 3 more weeks to work on it.
    • While this isn’t a rule necessarily, I implore you to choose Patronuses that encourage CONSISTENCY AND MASTERY. Chaining 10 toes to bar once is great, but if you barely made it to 10 and can’t reproduce it a week later, can you really say you have that skill? How about 5 sets of 10 over the course of the competition? Winning points is great and all, but the point of all this is to motivate skill-building so let’s build some dang skills.

You knew there would be something new….

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.

For those of you that feel like you’re too out of shape, or too old, or don’t come often enough to do this thing.

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.

So that’s just about everything.

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.

One Comment to "The 5th Annual Quidditch Cup!"

  • Rachel says:

    January 6, 2020 at 11:53 am - Reply

    OutWOD happens in the middle of this. Any point values for participating in a CrossFit competition during the Qcup?

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