If you registered by August 31st (and did not switch Hosts after that date) your shirt is included and you’ll have an official Athlete shirt waiting for you at your Host when you check in (assuming you didn’t switch Hosts after 08/31).
If you registered after August 31st the shirt isn’t included and won’t be waiting for you at the Host.
If you’d like to order an official, Festivus Games Athlete shirt (or an extra shirt) you can still do so by vising the link below.
If you got the wrong shirt when you checked in you may exchange it if our vendor receives it by October 31st and it’s never been worn. Please make sure you include your full name, ship to address and what style/size you need as a replacement. Replacement shirts will be shipped by the 2nd week of November.
Exchanges should be sent so they are received by October 31st to:
C/O Festivus Games
3706 Crondall Ln # 103
Owings Mills, MD 21117
EVERYTHING BELOW WAS WRITTEN PRIOR TO THE EVENT
It’s about to get real in 3-2-1-GO!
The big event is this Saturday and we wanted to give you some thoughts and tips to make it the best day of your year and maybe even a top 10 day of your life!
4 KEYS TO MAKE THIS A TOP 10 DAY OF YOUR LIFE
Keep just a few things in mind to help make it so:
1. Above all else? Good mechanics and have fun! Mechanics refers to technique – your ability to move properly. This means moving yourself and external objects in the most efficient, effective, and safe manner possible. Never sacrifice form, even with a max effort!
2. Have fun! It’s not life and death; it’s a functional-fitness competition.
3. Remember, everyone involved is trying their best and is a perfectly flawed human. That includes your fellow competitors, judges, support staff and Host.
4. Stuff happens – as a member of this amazing community we’re taught to expect the unexpected. We expect a fantastic, smooth event but in case anything unexpected happens – hey, we roll with it!
We advise all our Hosts to make SURE their judging is impartial (no box favoritism) and that they educate their judges about how to score, proper form and when to call NO REP. Even so? It’s impossible, with 150+ Hosts and over 11,000 Athletes for mistakes not to occur. Heck, mistakes occur at the big-league Games with professional judges. Unless something is incredibly heinous or infuriatingly absurd please see the four guidelines above.
DOWNLOAD, PRINT AND SIGN THE WAIVER
Your Host will have copies available at check-in but it’ll speed things along if you already have the waiver, signed, in hand.
WORKING AROUND AN ACHE OR PAIN? TELL A STAFF MEMBER/JUDGE
We never recommend that an injured Athlete compete. No competition, especially an amateur comp, is worth making an injury worse. “No pain no gain” does not apply to connective tissue and injuries.
But if you are working around an ache or pain and you can’t do a movement like single unders or full-depth wall balls be sure and communicate to a staff member at your Host and definitely your Judge to make sure you know what to do if you are required to “switch.”
If you can’t do wall balls, for example, then your partner will have to do them all while you row. What if your partner drops the ball? You HAVE to switch. If so, you switch, you pick up the ball and then drop it. That forces a switch again because you dropped the ball. You are following the rules by doing so and NOT putting yourself in a vulnerable position by doing the movement you know you shouldn’t or can’t do.
Ideally? You are only competing if you can do all the movements of your division. But if things are not ideal or become not ideal there may be ways to honor the rules and still participate. Don’t be bashful about asking staff at your Host how best to manage things like this.
BOX JUMPS – REBOUNDING NOT RECOMMENDED
Rebounding refers to jumping down off the top of the box and popping back up to the top of the box repeatedly. The pros do this and they make it look easy. We aren’t pros. We aren’t Rx. We allow rebounding, however, we don’t recommend it because it’s safer to step down one foot at a time. Jumping up? Sure. Jumping down? Not forbidden, but not recommended as it is riskier.
BELT ON HEAVY DEADLIFTS RECOMMENDED
For most Athletes, even beginners, we are in the camp that daily training should not include wearing a belt. Creating a strong core without a belt is usually the way to go in training. However, especially for the Novice/Intermediate/Masters Athlete we very much believe that wearing a belt for max-effort/heavy lifts that put the spine in vulnerable positions is smart. Again, while the PROS may perform max-effort, heavy lifts without a belt even many of them wear a belt. And we are not PROS. If there’s any thought you might not look cool, or you’ll be thought of as cheating or weak for wearing a belt please let that nonsense go. Be smart, safe and protect your back. Stay injury free!
And remember what I said above – “Above all else? Good mechanics and have fun!” Use good form – always!
DEADLIFT WOD 2 – THINK 50 SECONDS
WOD 2 – “The Walking Dead” is the 8-bar deadlift ladder EMOM. Although you and your partner get a total of 60 seconds at each bar (total, not each), keep in mind that you will really have more like 50 seconds for both of you to lift since each time the MC says “Rotate” or “Advance” or “Switch” you have to get to the next bar and the first partner has to set up properly before pulling that first rep. This transition and set-up time for each partner before pulling the bar will take at least 5 seconds, and maybe 10. It’s critical that you STOP lifting immediately, no matter how close you are to getting a rep, when the MC says “Rotate” or “Advance” or “Switch.” If you don’t you’ll hold up the team behind you.
SCORING AND WORLD WIDE RESULTS
We conduct all scoring OFF line. This means that, during the event, scores will not be visible online.
So when WILL scores be visible? All scores will be on our website, on our global ranking page by, we expect, Tuesday the 17th. We will announce when they are ready via Facebook and Instagram.
Of course awards will be issued at the end of your local event and your Host may choose to print the results AFTER the event is over but before we post the global results. That will be up to them.
We’ll provide the link to the global ranking page as soon as it’s available.
Please do not bother the score keepers during the event. No hovering, looking over their shoulders or asking them how you stand so far. They have a tough job making sure all the scores are entered properly and they aren’t experts at explaining the ranking system, especially before the competition is complete and before all scores entered for every WOD.
We know some Athletes like to see their scores in real time as the event progresses. Some may say “Well I would have tried harder had I known where my standing was after WOD 2…” To that we just say this – Do your very best every time. Leave nothing on the table. Give it your all no matter what. The outcome will not be different had you known your ranking along the way if you do.
WOD STANDARDS REMINDER
Please take another look at the WODs and the WOD Standards Video here
COMMON QUESTIONS WITH ANSWERS
We put together a comprehensive list of FAQs related to the WODs too. You can check it out here. Lots of good questions and answers there. Check it out!
TAKE LOTS OF PICS AND HASHTAG #festivusgames
The official hashtag is #festivusgames
Any pics or videos you post on social media please make sure you hashtag #festivusgames so we can find you. We may feature your pics on our Facebook or Instagram page!
WHAT DO YOU EAT THE DAY OF THE COMPETITION?
We wrote a post that covers this topic really well. Check it out here.
WHAT’S CHECK IN?
Although you’ve registered you need to check in the morning of your event at the Host when they say you need to be there. When is that? It’s normally 8am your time but it can be 7am or 8:15 or …. something else. So visit the INFO link for your Host and see what they say about it.
WHAT’S THE ATHLETE BRIEFING?
The MC or Head Judge will give all Athletes a run down of how the day is going to go, what they expect from you with respect to sportsmanship, to respect the fact that nearly all Judges are volunteering and paid nothing so be respectful and accept their decision, where to put your stuff for the day and so on.
HOST CONTACT VIA EMAIL LIKELY
Your Host will likely be sending you an email very soon if they already haven’t with info about their specific Festivus Games event. If you don’t get an email it doesn’t mean there’s a problem. By the time you finish reading this message you’ll have 99% of what you need to know anyway.
What if your Host doesn’t send an email? You can find out what time CHECK-IN is as well as ATHLETE BRIEFING time by visiting http://FestivusGames.com/host-list and then clicking on INFO for your Host. If you want to ask your Host a specific question just click on CONTACT HOST once you are on the more-info page.
HOW LONG IS THE DAY?
A typical Festivus Games event day will go from about 8am until 4-5pm. If you’re competing at a smaller event you may be done by Noon. If you’re competing at a huge event it could run until 6 or so. Rarely do our events run past 6pm but “stuff” happens as they say. To make sure you aren’t doing WODs back to back to back with no rest we advise all Hosts to give you at least 45 minutes between WODs.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Get a massage, stay healthy, take your vitamins and fish oil, your training should now be almost done, stay injury free.
We know this was a lot to read. If we missed something visit our CONTACT US page and ask your question from there. You can’t reply to this email direct.
We look forward to seeing you all Saturday!