ATHENS THROWDOWN 2023 RULEBOOK

To participate in any stage of Athens Throwdown, every athlete must agree to any and all Rules and Policies, including, without limitation, the Assumption of Risk, Publicity Release, Waiver & Consent form, all of which are incorporated herein by reference and to the decisions of the Athens Throwdown which are final and binding in all respects.

Changes in policies, regulations, requirements, and standards may be made at any time without advance notice. Therefore, the ultimate responsibility for knowing Athens Throwdown requirements and regulations rests on competing athletes. Please refer to the Athens Throwdown rulebook for the latest, up-to-date information.


Registration

Registration for the Individual and Team Event will open on 01/12/2022, 12:00 o’clock (local Greek time) and remain open until 14/01/2023, 23:59 (local Greek time). Athens Throwdown reserves the right to extend the registrations deadline if it deems it necessary.

Individual athletes and Elite Men Teams will be able to register for the Online Qualifiers. Scaled Men Teams and Scaled Mixed Teams will be able to register directly for the Finals.

All personal information must be entered for each athlete separately during registration. Please ensure the correct contact email address is entered for each athlete, as this will be our main form of communication! Please double-check that it's accurate if you're entering on behalf of someone else!

Once the qualifier workouts have been released, athletes will not be able to change from one category to another. Scaled Team athletes can’t change category at any stage.

Registration fees are non-refundable for no reason. Registrations are non-transferable for no reason.


Competition Categories

Individual athletes will compete in the following categories:

  1. Male & Female Elite - Open for all ages.
  2. Male & Female Scaled - Open for all ages
  3. Male & Female 35+ (must be 35 years + on or before the 7th of May 2023)
  4. Male & Female 40+ (must be 40 years + on or before the 7th of May 2023)
  5. Male & Female 45+ (must be 45 years + on or before the 7th of May 2023)
  6. Male & Female 50+ (must be 50 years + on or before the 7th of May 2023)
  7. Male & Female 55+ (must be 55 years + on or before the 7th of May 2023)
  8. Teenage Boys & Girls 18- (must be under 18 years till the 5th of May 2023)

Team athletes will compete in the following categories:

  1. Team Elite Men – Teams consisting of 2 Male athletes
  2. Team Scaled Men – Teams consisting of 2 Male athletes
  3. Team Scaled Mixed – Teams consisting of 1 Male and 1 Female athlete
  • If a category has less than 15 registrations, Athens Throwdown reserves the right to cancel that category. In such a case, all registered athletes will be refunded. Athens Throwdown also has the right to merge two categories of the same sex in case of insufficient participants. For example, Female 45+ and Female 50+. In such a case, registered athletes will not be refunded.
  • At the end of the Individual online qualifiers, a total of 576 individual athletes will be advanced to the finals.
  • At the end of the Team Elite Men online qualifiers, a total of 96 Elite Teams will be advanced to the finals.
  • There will be no qualifiers in the Team Scaled event: the first 160 Scaled Men Teams and 96 Scaled Mixed Teams to register will be invited to Athens, Greece, for the finals.
  • All teenage boys and teenage girls must have a written statement from their parents or coaches during the finals’ check-in, allowing them to participate in the Athens Throwdown finals!
  • Important notice: Athletes ranked for two consecutive years among the top 5 scaled men, and top 3 scaled women are obligatory promoted to the elite category!


Dates

  • Registrations for all divisions will open on Thursday, 1st of December 2022, at 12:00 (Greek local time) and will remain open until Saturday, 14th of January 2023, 23:59 (Greek local time). Athens Throwdown reserves the right to extend the registration deadline if it deems it necessary.
  • In the Individual and Elite Teams events, there will be two qualification workouts announced on 15/01/2023, 09:00 (Greek local time). All athletes must submit their scores until 31/01/2023, 23:59 (Greek local time). Athletes can complete the workouts as many times as they wish.
  • Once the deadline for the workouts is over, an athlete will not be able to adjust, submit or re-submit any score for these workouts.
  • The 576 best Individual athletes will be invited to Athens, Greece, for the finals on 05-06-07/05/2023.
  • The 96 best Elite Men Teams will be invited to Athens, Greece, for the finals on 05-06-07/05/2023.
  • There will be no qualifiers in the Team Scaled event! The first 160 Scaled Men Teams and 96 Scaled Mixed Teams to register will be invited to Athens, Greece, for the finals on 05-06-07/05/2023.
  • All athletes in both individual and team events will compete on all three days of the finals!


Qualifiers

  • The Individual Online Qualifiers for the Athens Throwdown will consist of a series of workouts that will be released on the official Athens Throwdown website (www.athensthrowdown.com).
  • All athletes need to perform their online qualifiers at a location of their choice and submit their videos online. Athens Throwdown Judge Team will examine all videos.
  • Videos must be uploaded on YouTube under public privacy settings. The public link of each video is then submitted on https://pieceofgame.com with their score.
  • Athletes must follow all the guidelines of each Qualifier Video provided by the Athens Throwdown Team, including the filming angle of the video. The repetitions and/or exercises and/or workouts which don't follow the standards and/or are not clear may be judged as NO REP.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the athletes to ensure the timely and successful submission of their workouts. Submissions that are incomplete or not working will not be accepted. Late scores are not allowed.
  • If an athlete has technical problems submitting a score, he/she must email judges@athensthrowdown.com before the deadline with his/her name, score, and the video link. Any emails received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Athletes can complete and submit the workouts as many times as they wish until the deadline!
  • Once the deadline for the workouts is over, an athlete will not be able to adjust, submit or re-submit any score for these workouts.
  • Athens Throwdown Judges Team has the right to approve or reject any video submitted by any athlete without warning.
  • Athens Throwdown Judges Team will do the final validation of all scores.
  • Registration fees are non-refundable for no reason. Registrations are non-transferable for no reason.


Scoring

  • The Athens Throwdown website will host the only official Leaderboard for Online Qualifiers and Finals.
  • In the finals of 05-06-07/05/2023, all athletes begin the event with zero (0) penalty points.


Advancement

  • At the end of the Individual online qualifiers, a total of 576 athletes will be advanced to the finals.
  • At the end of the Team Elite online qualifiers, a total of 96 Elite Men Teams will be advanced to the finals.
  • Qualified athletes will have a limited time, which will be announced in their emails, to declare whether they accept their place and purchase their athlete ticket to compete in the finals. If the athlete does not declare and purchase within the time announced, his/her/its place at the finals will be offered up to the next athlete/team in the ranking.
  • If a qualified athlete/team does not accept his/her/its place in the finals on time, he/she/it may request to be included in the round thereafter of invitations - if there are still places available. For example, first-round invitations athletes/teams can re-enter the third round, second-round invitations athletes/teams can re-enter the fourth round, etc.
  • Wild cards may be given only for critical reasons (health issues, injuries, etc.).


Finals

  • Athens Throwdown finals will run on 05-06-07/05/2023. All individual athletes and all teams will compete on all three days.
  • If an individual athlete or a team cancels its participation in the finals, Athens Throwdown has the right to offer the spot to another athlete/team.
  • Each team has the right to change up to one athlete until 03/05/2023, 17:59 local Greek time, paying the corresponding fee.
  • All individual athletes must check-in at the venue on Thursday, 04/05/2023, between 19:30-20:30 local Greek time! The briefing will take place between 20:45-21:15! If an athlete misses the check-in, then he/she will have the last chance to check-in on Friday 05/05/2023, between 07:00-07:30. There will not be a second briefing.
  • All team athletes must check-in at the venue on Thursday, 04/05/2023, between 18:00-19:00 local Greek time! The briefing will take place between 19:15-19:45! If a team misses the check-in, it will have the last chance to check-in on Friday 05/05/2023, between 07:00-07:30. There will not be a second briefing.
  • Athletes have the right to authorize a third party to check them in. The athlete's representative must have the athlete's original ID / passport and the signed Waiver to complete the process. The athletes have the right to sign the Waiver online through https://pieceofgame.com/ instead of submitting it in hard copy.
  • If any registered athletes/teams don't show up on either check-in, then their spot might be offered to Lucky Athletes. Lucky Athletes must attend the stadium on Friday morning, 05/05/2022, between 07:30-07:45 and declare their interest to compete. Individual athletes and Elite Men Teams take the available spots, if any, based on their ranking in the qualifiers. Scaled Teams take the available spots, if any, based on the time they will declare their interest (first-in, first-served).
  • Registration fees are non-refundable for no reason. Registrations are non-transferable for no reason.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the athletes to attend the arena(s) and/or their lane in time to compete. If they don't, for any reason, then they can't compete in a different Heat and/or time. Athens Throwdown reserves the right to change the heat/competition time of an athlete if deemed necessary.
  • At the end of each day of the finals, the heats will change based on the individual athletes’ and teams' performance, and they will be published at https://pieceofgame.com.
  • The Athens Throwdown Judges Team has final authority on all Athlete Event Protest rulings.
  • Attendees (spectators, athletes, coaches, etc.) are not allowed to use drones during the finals for any reason.
  • Nothing in these rules, including Event Protests, Scoring Discrepancies and Event Movement Standards, Range of Motion Judging applications, should be read as a limitation on Athens Throwdown's right to run or operate any Athens Throwdown supported, sanctioned, licensed, or sponsored event as it sees fit in its sole and absolute discretion and the Athens Throwdown Judges Team and the Athens Throwdown say is final. This includes the right to remove or disqualify any Athlete at the Athens Throwdown sole and absolute discretion, and he/she will not be allowed to ask for a refund or compensation.
  • All athletes agree to compete in a sportsmanlike manner. Unsportsmanlike behavior, such as arguing with an official or representative of Athens Throwdown, taunting, heckling, fighting or any conduct which would bring disrepute upon Athens Throwdown, the competition, other athletes, or spectators or event sponsors, as determined by Athens Throwdown, in the eyes of the viewing public or the community, may be grounds for a penalty, suspension, disqualification, removal from the event, disqualification from future events or legal action.
  • Any action that prevents another Athlete from having a fair opportunity to compete (e.g., abuse or alteration of equipment, refusal to follow instructions) or that interferes with Athlete and Event Judge Communication (e.g., external noise devices, bull horns, air horns, etc.) impedes on their ability to enjoy their experience, or is generally disruptive to the event, is not allowed.
  • Athens Throwdown is not responsible if the Greek State or the local or international authorities request that the event must be postponed or must be canceled as a result of a Force Majeure event (including, but not limited to, natural disasters, epidemics, national or European elections, etc.). If the Greek State or the competent authorities request that the event must not take place for any reason, a new date will be set by Athens Throwdown at the same or another location. Athletes' participation and spectator tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date, and both athletes and spectators will not have to pay any extra fees. Athens Throwdown is not responsible for any charges that may be incurred to athletes and/or spectators for costs to third parties (including, but not limited to, hotels, airline tickets, archaeological access tickets, cruises, etc.).


Appeals

  • Only athletes have the right to submit an Appeal during the finals, within two hours of completing their workout, and only after paying an Appeal Fee of 50 euros in cash. The necessary condition for the examination of the Appeal is completing the form in Annex 1.
  • If the Appeal’s result is in favor of the athlete/team, he/she/it will be refunded. The Head Judge Manager reserves the right to reject an Inquiry, and all his/her decisions are final, without further dispute.
  • Athens Throwdown will accept no Inquiry after two hours from the end of the workout.
  • Videos, photos, cell phone media, or any other media will NOT constitute grounds for changing or modifying an Event Judge's decision, score, or entry. The Athens Throwdown Judge Team may ask for any related media, but its availability may not guarantee use or admissibility in the overall decision process.

The following are examples of events or actions an athlete can appeal:

  • Issues related to counting, data errors, or equipment failures. The following are examples but do not represent an exhaustive list:
    • Scorecard or leaderboard data inconsistency or error
    • Counting inconsistencies or error (e.g., the total number of repetitions
    • completed was incorrect)
    • Loading inconsistency or error
    • Course markings or directional travel inconsistencies or error
    • Equipment or monitor failure that was not the responsibility of athlete
    • Event movement or order miscommunication or action by judge
    • Action of another athlete or person which impeded the athlete’s progress

The following are examples of events or actions an athlete cannot appeal:

  • Live judgment calls and “no reps” by the judge. The following are examples but do not represent an exhaustive list:
    • Most range of motion faults (end ranges of repetitions)
    • Depth of a squat
    • Extension of hips, knees, or arms
    • Stabilization of lift or equipment overhead

Notes:

  1. Certain critical reps may also qualify for review; for example, a legless-rope-climb touch or handstand-walk segment. Due to the prolonged time needed to complete these movements compared to other, faster movements (e.g., repetitions of a push press), appeals involving a disputed “no-rep” may need to be considered in these cases.
  2. Typically, athletes cannot raise an appeal against another competing athlete. However, egregious errors brought to the attention of the competition team might be investigated in the interest of fairness.


Tiebreaking policy

In case of a tie between two or more athletes during the event, the following tiebreaking policy applies:

  • Step 1: Athens Throwdown first considers which athlete won most of the workouts. The one with the most workouts won is the winner of the tie. If there is still a tie between the athletes, we proceed to Step 2.
  • Step 2: Athens Throwdown examines which athlete ranked at 1st place more often. The one with the most 1st place rankings is the tie winner. If there is still a tie, we proceed to Step 3.
  • Step 3: Athens Throwdown examines how many times each athlete ranked 2nd to break the tie. The one with the most 2nd place rankings is the tie winner. If there is still a tie, we proceed to 3rd position, 4th, etc.


Drug policy

Athletes disqualified from CrossFit Games for performance-enhancing drug usage are not allowed to participate in Athens Throwdown as long as their ban applies.

In addition, Athens Throwdown has the right to cooperate with international anti-doping organizations if requested. If requested, athletes taking part in the event will have to collaborate on their behalf and participate in drug-testing programs. If an athlete evades, refuses, or fails to submit to a drug test, then Athens Throwdown has the right to ban him/her from the event, and he/she will not be allowed to ask for a refund or compensation.


Prizes

  • A minimum total cash prize of 53.550 euros will be awarded to the winners of Athens Throwdown 2023! In addition to this, more than 3.500 euros will be given in sponsors' gifts. Specifically:

Individual event

Elite Men

1st place: 8.000 2nd place: 3.000 3rd place: 1500 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Elite Women

1st place: 8.000 2nd place: 3.000 3rd place: 1500 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Scaled Men

1st place: 500 2nd place: Gifts 3rd place: Gifts 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Scaled Women

1st place: 500 2nd place: Gifts 3rd place: Gifts 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Masters Men 35+

1st place: 1000 2nd place: 500 3rd place: 250 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Masters Women 35+

1st place: 1000 2nd place: 500 3rd place: 250 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Masters Men 40+

1st place: 1000 2nd place: 500 3rd place: 250 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Masters Women 40+

1st place: 1000 2nd place: 500 3rd place: 250 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Masters Men 45+

1st place: 1000 2nd place: 500 3rd place: 250 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Masters Women 45+

1st place: 1000 2nd place: 500 3rd place: 250 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Masters Men 50+

1st place: 1000 2nd place: 500 3rd place: 250 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Masters Women 50+

1st place: 1000 2nd place: 500 3rd place: 250 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Masters Men 55+

TBA

Masters Women 55+

TBA

Teenage Boys up to 18

1st place: 500 2nd place: 250 3rd place: 150 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Teenage Girls up to 18

1st place: 500 2nd place: 250 3rd place: 150 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Team event

Elite Men Teams

1st place: 6.000 2nd place: 2.500 3rd place: 1.250 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Scaled Men Teams

1st place: 1.000 2nd place: Gifts 3rd place: Gifts 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

Scaled Mixed Teams

1st place: 1.000 2nd place: Gifts 3rd place: Gifts 4th place: Gifts 5th place: Gifts

  • All prizes are subject to applicable taxes and withholding and prize winner’s compliance with an agreement to Athens Throwdown’s prize affidavit.
  • Additional prizes may be presented by partners, sponsors, or selected vendors, and all such prizes are subject to applicable taxes and withholding and compliance with an agreement to Athens Throwdown's prize affidavit.
  • The winning athlete and team must collect all physical prizes at the event. If prizes need to be shipped after the event, the athlete and team may be subject to charges for shipping.
  • Athens Throwdown reserves the right to increase or decrease the above prizes of the event, without prior notice, if deemed necessary. Reasons for increasing the prizes might be but are not limited to sponsors' donations, state aid, marketing promotion, etc. Reasons for decreasing the prizes might be but are not limited to natural disasters, epidemics, bankruptcy, etc. Athens Throwdown is not responsible for any charges that may be incurred to athletes and/or spectators for costs to third parties (including, but not limited to, hotels, airline tickets, archaeological access tickets, cruises, etc.).


Privacy Policy

Athens Throwdown uses the registered athletes' emails to send email newsletters only. Mails of the registered athletes will not be given to third parties. All athletes’ mails are kept on the servers of Athens Throwdown indefinitely. Athletes may at any time unsubscribe from the newsletters by clicking the "Unsubscribe" button at the bottom of any newsletter sent to them by Athens Throwdown or by sending an unsubscribe email to info@athensthrowdown.com.


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Annex 1

Appeal Form