How to Read the CrossFit Games Leaderboard

March 18, 2016



The Leaderboard, presented by Western Digital, shows how you rank in relation to your peers.

The Numbers

Let’s go from left to right.

The first number on the far left is your overall rank. You'll see a 1 for first, 2 for second, etc. Your overall rank tells you how you rank in relation to your peers across all the workouts.

The second number, shown in parentheses, is your point total. The Open operates on a point-per-place scoring system. Your point total equals the sum of your ranks on each of the workouts. For example, Jamie Greene took third on Workout 16.1, 11th on Workout 16.2, and third on Workout 16.3, so her point total is determined by the equation 3 + 11 + 3 = 17 points. Your point total determines your overall rank. In a points-per-place scoring system, athletes want as FEW points as possible. (Later in the season, the scoring changes to a points table where first earns 100 points, second earns 95 points, etc. In a points table scoring system, athletes want as MANY points as possible.)

The workout columns show the athlete’s workout rank followed by their workout score in parentheses. For example, Samantha Briggs took second on 16.1 with a score of 348 reps. If you hover over a score, a box will appear that provides more information about that score. In this case, it will tell you that Briggs’s 348 reps on 16.1 break down into over 13 full rounds of the workout. You can also see who judged the workout and the name of the affiliate where the workout was performed. If you’re on a Team Leaderboard, it will tell you which three men and three women contributed to the team’s score.

The Tabs

The image above shows the Leaderboard set to Individual Women competing Worldwide who completed the workouts as Rx’d. You can change the tabs in order to make the Leaderboard show the groups that interest you.

Division Tab. You can change the division from Individual Women to Individual Men, Masters Men, Masters Women, Teenage Boys, Teenage Girls, or Teams. The numbers after each Masters or Teenage division name show the range of ages included in that group. For example, Masters Women 40-44 includes all women ages 40 to 44 years old during the competition year.  

Sort Tab. You can sort athletes based on their performance on a specific workout (“Open Week 1” sorts based on athletes' performance on the first workout of that year’s Open), or you can sort by overall performance across the workouts (“Overall”). When you sort by workout, the athletes will be ranked based on the number of reps they performed (Rx’d performances come ahead of all Scaled performances, tiebreak times are factored in when applicable, etc.). When you sort Overall, the athletes will be ranked based on their point totals. In the Open, the smallest point total wins (points-per-place scoring).

Workout Tab. The Open Workouts come in two versions: Rx’d and Scaled. The Rx’d version of the workout is what’s expected from athletes who want to advance in the season. The Scaled version is designed to make the Open more inclusive. One rep of the Rx’d workout will beat the highest score set in the Scaled version of the workout, and consequently the highest Scaled score will fall below the lowest Rx’d score in the workout column.

Year Tab. Currently you can only see the 2016 Open when the year is set to 2016. However, if you change the year to 2015 or earlier you will get additional tabs on the top of the Leaderboard that allow you to select different stages of the season (Open, Masters Qualifier, Regionals, and Games). Leaderboards from 2008-2011 are available on old Games sites, which you can find by entering (e.g.,

Athlete Search Bar. Find yourself or your friends by entering a name in the search bar. Keep in mind that athletes often use their full names (e.g., Mathew Fraser not Mat Fraser).

Fittest In Tab. Find out who’s the fittest in each competitive region (there are 17 regions in the Open that feed into 8 regionals for Individual and Team competitors). Or sort by country, US state, Canadian province, Australian state/territory, or U.K. country. Once you change this tab, you will have a different selection in the dropdown menu immediately to its right.

Fittest In Sub-Category Tab. Depending on what’s entered in the Fittest In tab, you’ll have a long list of selections in the sub-category tab. If a region is entered, you will be able to select from CrossFit’s 17 competitive regions, which include names such as North East, Central East, SoCal, Latin America, Europe, etc. If a country is entered, you will be able to select any country with athletes registered for the Open.

Additional Category Tab. In 2016, CrossFit added special categories for Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, EMTs, and Military servicemembers. This tab lets you select the group that interests you.

How to Follow the Games Season

In the Open, Individual Men, Individual Women, and Teams care about their overall rank within their region. The top-20 men, 20 women, and 15 teams from each region in the United States and Canada will be invited to compete in the live three-day regional competitions held in May. These competitions determine who will advance to the Games. (The number of regional qualifiers increases to 30 men, 30 women and 20 teams for the Australia and Europe Regions, and decreases to 10 men, 10 women and 10 teams for the Latin America, Asia, and Africa regions.)

In the Open, we also celebrate the man and woman who submit the world’s best score on the week’s workout. Since it’s interesting, fun, and there’s a $2,016 weekly prize, there’s a lot of attention given to the worldwide leaders even though these individual athletes are truly competing on a region level.

Masters Women, Masters Men, Teenage Girls and Teenage Boys care about their worldwide overall rank in their age group. The top-200 Masters in each age group are automatically invited to compete in the online Masters Qualifier in April. From there, the top 20 in each Masters age group are invited to the Games. The top-10 teenagers in each age group are invited directly from the Open to the Games.

Open Competition Leaderboards

  • Individual Men / Individual Women / Teams - Overall - Rx’d - Region - Region Name (example: Central East)
  • Masters Men / Masters Women / Teenage Girls / Teenage Boys - Overall - Rx’d - Region - Worldwide

Learn more about how the competition works by reading the Rulebook.


How are Scaled scores ranked?

One rep as Rx’d will beat the highest Scaled score on a workout.

Someone who did a scaled version of a workout is ahead of me in the overall standings? How is that possible?

The answer lies in the point total. You’re in a competition to accumulate as few points as possible, and you’ll do that by finishing consistently well on each of the workouts. Your point total is equal to the sum of your workout ranks. So, if you take 100th on all five workouts your point total will be 100 + 100 + 100 + 100 + 100 = 500 points.

In order to finish ahead of you, a person who did a Scaled workout will need to have accumulated fewer than 500 points.

Imagine that a relatively fit person who happens to not have bar muscle-ups yet does 16.1 and 16.2 Rx’d before choosing to scale 16.3. Across the five weeks she places at 50th, 50th, 200th, 100th and 85th.  

Her point total is 485.

Even though she scaled one workout and took on a lot of points for that workout (200), her consistently better performances on the other workouts was enough to make up for it.

I submitted my score. Why doesn’t it show up on the Leaderboard?

If you performed the workout at an affiliate, your score must be validated by the Affiliate Manager before it appears on the Leaderboard. Affiliate Managers have 48 hours after the close of score submissions to validate scores (the deadline is every Wednesday at 5 p.m. PT). Consequently, there may be a lag time between when you submit your score and when it appears on the Leaderboard.

Why do the rankings change after score submissions close on Monday night?

The rankings change because Affiliate Managers are validating scores during the 48 hours after score submissions close. Newly validated scores appear on the Leaderboard, and affect the rankings of athletes below them.

Why do the workout videos of the worldwide winners sometimes not conform to all the video submissions requirements?

The vast majority of Open workout winners completed the workout at a CrossFit affiliate in front of a judge, and the Affiliate Manager validated their score. Videos are required from the worldwide winners if they wish to claim the $2,016 prize money. These videos are not video submissions, but video verification of a worldwide win.

Athletes who perform the Open workouts in garage gyms or parks and submit videos are held to even higher standards because they didn’t have an in-person judge and affiliate backing their score. Instead, they’re relying on the internet community to watch and validate their performance.