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NEWS: SiD17 Final Highlights

FAQ

General Information

What, when and where is the competition?

Strength in Depth 2018 is an open-to-all, large-team (12 athletes) fitness competition seeking to find the fittest club/community in Europe.

The qualifying rounds (June to September) can be completed at a team’s own facility. The Final, for the top 60 teams (58 teams plus an invitational team plus SiD17 champions) will be hosted over the weekend of 3 & 4 November 2018 at Bath University.

Who is organising/running the competition?

Strength in Depth 2018 is being run by European Fitness League Ltd trading as Inferno Racing.

What is a competitive fitness event?

Competitive fitness is one of the fastest growing sports in Europe and the US.

A competitive fitness event is a structured, multi-dimensional competition involving multiple ‘tests’ of an athlete’s all-round levels of fitness (stamina, endurance, strength, power, mobility etc). A team-based fitness event, additionally, tests for team tactics, group communication and a ‘one team’ ethic/togetherness. The tests are, typically, workouts or ‘stances’ involving multiple movements, and skills, across a very wide range of disciplines; for example: running, rowing, swimming, jumping, body-weight movements (e.g. pull-ups), olympic weight lifting etc. The variety of these combinations is virtually endless. Scores, and team placements, will be based on workout type; for example, it could be a maximum (say, weight lifted) score, or a count of repetitions (performed in a certain time) or a time (for a fixed scheme of movement type/repetitions).

Competitive fitness events are great fun, both for the competitive athletes and spectators.

 

Media

Who do I contact with enquiries about media partnership or accreditation?

Please contact Megan who can be reached on megan.mansbridge@infernoracing.com

Sponsors

Who should I contact if my company wants to sponsor the event?

If you are a company that may interested in sponsoring Strength in Depth, contact Megan at megan.mansbridge@infernoracing.com

Logistics

How do I travel to the Final at University of Bath?

By car: we have asked a small company, Google, to provide you with a handy application for calculating the best route for you – see here.

By train: Bath University is a c. 10 minute drive from Bath Spa station.

By air: the nearest airport is Bristol airport; Bath University is a c. 50 minute drive (taxi) from the airport.

Is there parking at the Final and what are the charges?

Yes, parking is available at the University close to the Sports Training Village. On the Friday, parking is, currently, £1 per hour per vehicle until 5.30pm with no charge from 5.30pm to 10pm. On the Saturday, parking is, currently, £2 per vehicle per day. On the Sunday, all University car parks are, currently, free of charge all day.

Do you have preferred accommodation options for the final teams?

Yes, please click here to be taken to the accommodation page for further details. This page will be updated as further options become available.

Vendors

What are the charges for the weekend?

For details regarding vendor charges please contact megan.mansbridge@infernoracing.com

Who should I contact to confirm my attendance?

Please contact megan.mansbridge@infernoracing.com

How many spectators are you expecting?

We are estimating 1000+ spectators over the weekend of the Strength in Depth Final; we will release updated spectator numbers as we approach the final date.

Where will we be in relation to the competition floor?

All vendors will be situated in a prominent high traffic area to the side of the main competition floor.

How much space will I have?

An area at least 4x3m in size will be available to each vendor onsite.

Are there any restrictions in terms of what I can bring and sell?

Please email megan.mansbridge@infernoracing.com to discuss your specific requirements.

Judges & Volunteers

What qualification do I need to be a judge?

It is preferred that all judges have previous experience from other fitness events; however, this is not mandatory. Please contact us with your specific qualification/experience and we will discuss this with you.

How can I help?

For further details on the roles we have available as well as the packages we offer, please click here.

What dates will I be needed?

Ideally we would like to meet Judges and volunteers on the Friday evening for a full event briefing and, thereafter, for the duration of the Final weekend.

Who should I contact with any further questions?

Please email megan.mansbridge@infernoracing.com

Spectators

How much are the tickets?

Weekend passes will be on sale from October 2018.
Weekend passes will be £18 +vat
Day passes will be £10 +vat

See here for payment.

Can I purchase just a day ticket?

Yes, you will be able to purchase day tickets.

How many teams will be competing?

The ‘Top 60’ teams (58 teams plus an invitational team plus SiD17 champions) will be competing for the Strength in Depth (fittest large-team in Europe) title during the weekend of the Grand Final 2018.

What time should I get there each day?

The competition arena is open to Spectators from 9:00am on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November. Registration will be open to Spectators from 8:30am.

What time is the Competition scheduled to finish each day?

The competition aims to finish by 6:00pm on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November.

Will there be seats?

There will be limited seating available in specific areas.

Where should I register at the venue?

Please follow directional signage at the venue..

Will I need to print my own ticket?

Yes, please print your ticket receipt and bring this with you for registration.

Will there be food stands at the event?

Yes, food and drink will be available for purchase at the event.

Are there shops for food/drink nearby?

Yes, there is a small shop on campus a few minutes’ walk from the Sports Training Village. There will also be Catering vendors offering healthy food options onsite as well as the University’s various cafes onsite.

Will there be anything for spectators to do aside from watching the athletes compete?

Yes, we plan to have a full agenda of spectator entertainment and shopping … Aside from making SiD an excellent event for the competing athletes, another key objective for us is that all spectators of SiD18 would highly recommend future such events to their friends.

Who should I contact with any further questions?

Please email megan.mansbridge@infernoracing.com

Athletes

How many of the three qualifying workouts will I do?

All team squad members can partake in Qualifier 01, Qualifier 02 and Qualifier 03; the top scoring sub-units (that also make up a legitimate 12-athlete team composition) will make up the team’s leaderboard score.

Will I be able to scale any of the workouts?

Workouts during the qualifiers and the final cannot be scaled; however, the qualifying workouts, and the final workouts, have been designed to be inclusive (for example, some workouts will have a part A and part B enabling athletes to be matched to their respective strengths).

When will the final workouts be released?

Some of the final workouts will be released in the immediate weeks prior; others may only be released onsite at the final!

Will there be a dedicated athletes’ area?

Yes, there will be an athletes’ area onsite which will be dedicated solely to competitors.

What kind of movements/skills will I be expected to do in this competition?

This list is near endless and, to a degree, in order to be a true ‘rounded’ test of fitness there will be an element of ‘expect the unexpected’ also. That said, you can expect some core movements/skills to arise. We have deliberately designed and paced the competition such that not all members of the team are required to perform highly technical movements in the earlier rounds. By the very definition of the competition, however, the more strength in depth your team possesses in this regard the further it is likely to progress/place.

By common movements/skills, we might include: running (Concept II™), rowing, burpees, thrusters, press ups, box jumping, kettle bell swings, wall balls, pull-ups, toes-to-bar, ‘double under’ skipping, ring dips, Olympic lifts (snatch, clean and jerk and deadlift), hand-stand press-ups and ‘muscle ups’. This list is, however, illustrative and not comprehensive!

Where’s the best place to go to learn how to compete in this event?

There is no one answer to this question. Rather, you should find a specific fitness organisation/establishment that has an excellent coaching reputation i.e. where experienced/knowledgeable coaches ensure that you progress as an athlete and develop new skills in a safe and individually tailored/scaled environment.

Who should I contact with any further questions?

Please email megan.mansbridge@infernoracing.com

Team Captain

How many team members do I need?

An eligible ‘Strength in Depth’ team needs to be made up of the following:

  • A minimum of 7 male athletes (one masters athlete (male of female) must be at least 35 as of 01 June 2018)
  • A minimum of 5 female athletes (one masters athlete (male of female) must be at least 40 as of 01 June 2018)
    *Combined Master’s age must be 75+

Whilst the core team is 12 athletes, each team squad is strongly encouraged to register additional athletes (we strongly recommend at least a further 4 athletes; there is no cap) to allow for team member injury and availability during the SiD2018 season. These additional athletes can be of any gender or age category and the number of additional athletes that can be registered is uncapped. All athletes must be over the age of 18 years old (as of 01 June 2018). Your full team must be registered by 31 May 2018.

During the qualifying stages, any 12 athletes from this overall team can ‘represent’ in order to generate that month’s score. This team of 12 can change during the three qualifier rounds … the only proviso being that the competing 12 always fulfil the strict criteria of 7 Male (one master) 5 Female (one master) and a combined Master’s age of 75+.

Qualifier 1- All registered athletes can complete this individuals workout. The top scores (making up the necessary breakdown of 12 athletes) will be taken forward on the leaderboard. Please note: The workout does not need to be completed by all athletes at the same time.

Qualifier 2- All registered athletes can complete this workout (pairs). The top scores (making up the necessary breakdown of 12 athletes) will be taken forward on the leaderboard. Please note: The workout does not need to be completed by all pairs at the same time.

Qualifier 3- This workout requires three sub teams of four to complete this workout. The top scores (making up the necessary breakdown of 12 athletes) will be taken forward on the leaderboard. Please note: The workout does not need to be completed by all sub teams at the same time.

The Top 60 teams (58 teams plus an invitational team plus SiD17 champions) invited to the SiD18 Final will be of the same composition. The maximum ‘squad size’ in the arena is 12 competitors, this core team of 12 will only change during the final weekend due to injury. Substitution rules will be released to the qualifying team of 58 nearer to the event date.

Notes:
Your team’s full selection including reserves MUST be submitted by 27 June 2018, after this time no changes can be made to your squad!
All team members must train primarily at the same location (defined as the same physical location) starting no later than 27 June 2018. Athletes may only compete for one Team. If teams are unable to meet the full criteria within their own gym/sporting club they are allowed to import one female, or one male, or one male master, or one female master from another fitness organisation. In accordance to this rule, creating an all-star team, or any team consisting of team members training at different locations is not acceptable.

How do I sign my team up?

Registration opens from 13 – 31 May 2018. During this time, hit Register now on our homepage.

How much does it cost?

To register a team in Strength in Depth (SiD) 2018 costs £250 inc vat based on an unlimited squad size. Post the qualifiers, the Top 60 teams will be invited to the SiD18 Final. The entrance fee for the ‘SiD Final’ is an additional £1000 inc vat per team of 12.

How should qualifying workouts be judged?

Qualifying workouts can be judged in house with the team captain submitting scores on the Strength in Depth website.

Should our team qualifiers be videoed?

There will be further instructions issued with each qualifier that will detail any further video verification required. The SiD organisers reserve the right to sample request these videos and any team found to be submitting a non-compliant score will be removed from the competition.

In addition, the three winning qualifier teams will receive a £500 prize; in order to remain eligible for the prize money, videos of all the workouts must be recorded as final prize verification will be subject to approval of competition and movement standards.

Please Note: Instructions for video recording standards required to remain eligible for the £500 prize will be described on publication of the specific qualifier workout.

Where do I submit my team scores?

Team captains must ensure that all scores are submitted into the online Strength in Depth Leaderboard.

How many teams will be competing in the final?

Following the qualifiers, there will be a total of 60 teams competing in the Grand Final.

When will we know whether we have made the final?

The Final 58 teams (58 teams plus an invitational team plus SiD17 champions) will be notified by email invitation one week after the third qualifying workout completing.

What are the dates of the final?

The dates of the final are Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November 2018.

What are the prizes?

The overall winning team of each qualifier stage will receive £500.

The SiD18 podium finishers will share a £6,000 prize pot.
Winner- £3,500
Second Place- £1500
Third Place- £1000

Can I add athletes into my team once the competition starts?

You can change your team up to the point of Qualifier 01 closing (at 2200 GMT on 27 June) provided this is the same team that actually completed the Qualifier 01 score. After this point, no further changes to your team are allowed.

Can we repeat Qualifier workouts?

Yes, you can repeat workouts (and amend your team score, or sub-team score) right up to the point of qualifier close (2200 GMT on final day of the month).

Can athletes from different fitness organisations make up one team?

All team members must train primarily at the same location (defined as the same physical location) starting no later than 27 June 2018. Athletes may only compete for one team.

If teams are unable to meet the full criteria within their own gym/sporting club they are allowed to import one female, or one male, or one male master, or one female master from another fitness organisation.

In accordance to this rule, creating an all-star team, or any team consisting of team members training at different locations is not acceptable.

Please see the rulebook for further details.

Can we have a team name or is the team name the name of our fitness organisation?

A team name can be submitted at the time of registration and this does not have to be the name of your fitness organisation/club.

What happens if we qualify but can’t make the final with the correct team composition?

Unfortunately, in this situation your team’s invitation to the final will become void and the next qualifying team will be invited to the final in November 2018.

Is this a CrossFit™ competition (i.e. should we enter if we don’t do CrossFit™)?

This is NOT a CrossFit™ competition and we have no legal association with CrossFit™. Whilst CrossFit™ practitioners will love this competition, it is designed to be inclusive and we hope for it to attract a wide range of fitness-based organisations e.g. standard gyms, military, sporting clubs etc.

Who should I contact with any further questions?

Please email megan.mansbridge@infernoracing.com

Tribe Admin

What is a Tribe?

At the heart of the ‘Strength in Depth’ competition is the fitness club and community. We originally conceived SiD as a competition that brings people together at their locations; in competing against other clubs you build stronger bonds and friendships within your own. We call these single-location clubs or communities – a “Tribe” (i.e. it is synonymous with a fitness gym/club/community operating out of a single location/facility). For us, it captures what these communities are all about.

Some Tribes are big enough to field multiple teams (and encourage many members to take part in the fun); for others, it may be just one team representing the Tribe. Regardless, every athlete member is encouraged to sign up to their Tribe’s TribeBoard to be eligible for team selection. There are no limits on Team squad sizes – and the best contributing sub-team scores are used to build the qualifying score each round – so there is real advantage in doing so also.

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