A bunch of people have been scratching their heads about how the CrossFit Open leaderboard scoring works because it is somewhat (LOL) confusing and mysterious. Here is how to interpret all those numbers you see on the leaderboard. Let’s use the current (as of 3/19/14… happy birthday to me, by the way!) women’s individual leaderboard as our example:

OK, so all those numbers confuse even the brightest people, so don’t feel bad if you scratch your head every time you look at it! First of all, the first number to the far left of the athlete’s row (left of their name) is the athlete’s ranking according to whatever filter you’ve applied (here we’re looking at worldwide rankings). Samantha Briggs is in first place, so that number is “1.” Kaleena Ladealrous is #2 in the world for individual women, so she has a “2” over by her name. That part makes sense, right?

The number in parentheses next to the ranking is a little tougher to figure out, but that is the athlete’s total number of points, and you want this particular number to be as * LOW* as possible. This is the same way the actual Games points are calculated, too, where

**lower scores = better.**So, how are “scores” calculated? They are the sum of your ranking from each workout (in this case, since we’re looking at the Open, then the score is the sum of your ranking from each Open WOD). We’ll come back to this in a second.

Let’s jump over to the Workout columns. There are two numbers in each Workout column. In Samantha’s case, she has “1 (472)” for Workout 01, “27 (274)” for Workout 02, etc. The first number in each Workout column is the athlete’s ranking for THAT WORKOUT. The second number, in parentheses, is the athlete’s number of reps for that workout. So, in this case, you want the number in parentheses to be as LARGE AS POSSIBLE. Hence the confusion for the overall leaderboard.

So, when we look at Samantha’s Workout columns, we see that she placed 1st in the world in the first workout with 472 reps, giving her a ranking of 1. In the second WOD she did 274 reps which ranked her 27th in the world and in the third workout she placed fifth in the world with 187 reps.

That gives her rankings of 1, 27 and 5. When we calculate her * POINTS*, then, she has 1 + 27 + 5 = 33. Hence the “33” in parentheses next to her name.

So, the individual reps are really just there so you can see how much you suck compared to professional CrossFitters! LOL The real numbers that matter are the POINTS, which are simply your rank in each workout added up. Again, LOWER POINTS = BETTER.

I hope that clears up any confusion you may’ve been having!

Thank you so much!

Thanks! They should put this on the Leaderboard website.

Thanks, Tim! This is for last year’s Open, so hopefully the article stands up still! LOL

So when you look at the overall worldwide rank, how do you best determine how you rank vs. others? What is the total population? Is it the # that do the first workout, thus how many started the game. Or should the total only be people that have done every Open workout. So, for instance, if my rank is 1000 and 10,000 did Open workout 1, but only 5,000 did all five Open WODs, would you say I finished in the top (1000/10000) 10% or in the top (1000/5000) 20%?

Bryan, those are great questions. I wrote this article a year ago for the 2014 Open, so I’m not sure I can answer those questions as 2015 rules may be different. Not sure how the rankings work, whether they are a running total or just for that particular WOD. Sorry!