ATHLETE HANDBOOK - LONDON WINTER

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Thanks for registering to take part in the Under Armour Turf Games London Winter Festival 2022 on 29/30th January at PRINTWORKS - it is going to be an unreal weekend with 252 Teams competing and plenty of spectators cheering you on - the perfect way to kick off the year!

Please find below key information.  Please note this page will be updated between now and the event day so keep an eye out for key things like your heat times, workouts and more.

COVID ENTRY PROTOCOLS 

Please note this is going to stay in place even thought the government rules change Thursday. 

We would advise, regardless of your vaccine status to take a lateral flow the day before or morning of arriving at the venue.

Under the current guidance from the venue, all attendees entering our event will be required to show either  -

  • Your Covid vaccination status (currently 2 vaccinations with the second at least 14 days prior to our event), or
  • Proof of a negative lateral flow 24 hours from arrival which is logged with the NHS website.  You will need to upload your result to this website and bring along the result - https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result

Please have one of the above ready to show when you check in at the venue. You will not be allowed entry without one of the above.

VENUE MAP

HEAT TIMES

Your heat times are starting to go live, click the below link relevant to your Division to find out when your 5 workouts will be at the Winter Festival

ELITE HEAT TIMES

INTERMEDIATE TIMES

EVERYDAY TIMES

REGISTRATION
Thank you to all captains for setting your team up. Now - ALL TEAMS MUST have 5 athletes linked on the Team Aretas scoring registration website (Elite teams must be 3M/2F and Intermediate + Everyday ideally is the same but can be 3F/2M if you wish – no other combination is allowed) and these must be the 5 competing.  As this is linked to the online waiver, unless athletes have signed up they will not be able to compete.  You can sub athletes in and out of your team up until Friday 28th January.  

Team name changes are now locked.  If you would like to change your team  you will need to email us (caroline@turfgames.com) to change. 

ATHLETE CHECK IN
Upon arriving at the venue, minimum one member of your team will need to come to the check in desk, state your Team Name and collect your 5 wristbands and enter the venue.  All athletes will need a wristband in order to enter the venue.  

COMPETING ONE DAY, WANT TO SPECTATE THE OTHER?
If you would like to come along and support on your non competing day, you do not need to purchase a spectator ticket.  The first time you arrive at the venue, you will need to check in and get your athlete wristband. This will give you access to the venue all weekend.  Do not take this wristband off if you intend to come back to the venue, otherwise you will need to purchase a spectator ticket.  

If you are competing Sunday, and coming to watch Saturday, you will already have your athlete wristband on when you arrive to compete Sunday morning. There will be no need to line up and check your team in on Sunday so please enter the venue avoiding the queues. 

WORKOUTS

 ARE NOW LIVE HERE

*Sideshow will go live Wednesday at 10am

KEY TIMINGS 
From 8.10am - Athletes to arrive and one athlete per team needs to register with the scorers, collect your wristbands and make your way into the venue once all athletes have their wristbands on. This will be at the Main Entrance Reception. 

Important – please do not arrive until 70 minutes prior to your first workout time.  We want to space out arrivals so there is not a large queue. 

There will be no formal workout briefings on the 29/30th.  When workouts are released there will be videos and full descriptions attached.  Please review these and ask any questions prior to the event or the Master Judge prior to your workout time.  It is not your judges roll to explain to you the entire workout - you should know this when you enter the workout arena.

Saturday 29th January 
09.20 - Round 1, Heat 1
11.10 - Round 2, Heat 1
13.00 - Round 3, Heat 1
14.50 - Round 4, heat 1
16.24 - All Heats finished.
16.50 - FINAL workout - INTERMEDIATE (top 7 teams)
17.15 - FINAL workout - ELITE (top 7 teams)
17.45 - Podiums

Sunday 30th January 
09.20 - Round 1, Heat 1
11.10 - Round 2, Heat 1
13.00 - Round 3, Heat 1
14.50 - Round 4, heat 1
16.24 - All Heats finished.
16.40 - Podiums

There will also be a workout called - Sideshow Alley - this workout will be 4 minutes in length and will be an additional scoring opportunity.  This workout time will be assigned to your team.

FORMAT
All teams will compete across 5 workouts with minimum 6 scoring opportunities.  Your team will have approximately 90 minutes rest between workouts.  The event is going to be 100% indoors for ALL athletes.  

FINAL WORKOUT - ELITE + INTERMEDIATE SATURDAY ONLY
Teams finishing 1st - 7th in the ELITE + Intermediate Division at the end of the 5 workouts will compete in a sixth workout – This will NOT be a Winner Takes All event, but the points accrue to your overall tally to determine the Elite + Intermediate Division CHAMPIONS.

There will be no 'FINAL' for Everyday. The podium teams will be determined after the 5 scheduled workouts have been completed 


VENUE – PRINTWORKS
Address – Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7PJ. 

Getting There – There is NO parking at the venue. The Canada Water tube and overground station is a 300m walk from the venue – this is by far the easiest and best way to get to PRINTWORKS.  When you arrive at Canada Water station, there will be marshals telling you where to go.  For those who did our 2020 London Winter Festival @ Dock X – Printworks is behind this venue. 

There is parking in a nearby NCP carpark, however we suggest public transport or uber/taxi

WHAT YOU CAN/CAN'T WEAR 
In terms of what you can and can't wear when working out.  
  • Athletes CAN wear - knee and elbow supports, weightlifting belts, chalk, lifting shoes, wrist straps, palm grips
  • Athletes CAN'T wear - Anything that attaches to a bar to aid grip or strength (except palm grips for TTB). Gloves cannot be worn on any workout.
  • From a foot wear perspective, the workouts will be a mix of tests so if you like - please bring running shoes, lifting shoes, training shoes.
  • The floor is concrete so please do bring knee sleeves if you wish

 EQUIPMENT

We are proud to be continuing our partnership with BLK BOX as the Official Equipment Supplier of the Under Armour Turf Games Winter Festival.  We will also be partnering with TFench to supply the sandworms and sand bag. All ergs will be Concept 2.

 

ATHLETE WELFARE/RECOVERY
We want to make sure everyone has a super enjoyable day so if you have any concerns or injuries please speak to your judge or one of the TURF GAMES staff.  If you are feeling light headed or unwell please let someone know as soon as possible so we can ensure you get recovered and can enjoy the day.  Please stay hydrated.
 
We will be providing a recovery area for all athletes to make running repairs throughout the day.  There will be physio’s / sports massage therapists on site for quick treatments.

Again, like previous events, while these brands are here to support you at the event, we do ask that you respect their time and other athletes and only use them for specific/limited requirements and times. 

ATHLETE AREA
The flooring at PRINTWORKS is concrete. If you would like, please bring blankets, chairs or anything else you may like to sit on in the athlete area to be more comfortable (nothing too big). 

VENDOR VILLAGE
We will have an extensive food and beverage offering with everything from hot and cold grab n go options from the likes of Optimum Nutrition, Heck, Fresh Fitness Food, Jack’s Bakery, CrossTown Donuts, Jubel Beer, Nocco, Tiki Tonga Coffee, Sweet Life, Coconut Collaborative, Actiph Water.

We will also have Adapt Tape, Fiit, BLK BOX, Forme Shaker, KitBox + Turf Games apparel and accessories. 

SPECTATORS
We do encourage you to bring along your cheer squad to enjoy the day – let’s turn up the atmosphere!

Anyone who isn’t in your team will need to purchase a spectator ticket HERE. Kids under the age of 16 are Free.  The venue is not permitted to have dogs unless they are service dogs and are clearly marked.  The owners will be responsible for any mess or damage.

PRIZES
The winning ELITE team will win
  • £2,000 cash
  • Free Entry to your next Under Armour Turf Games either in the UK or abroad

The winning INTERMEDIATE + EVERYDAY team will win

  • Free Entry to your next Under Armour Turf Games either in the UK or abroad
  • Sponsors prizes

COMPETING RULES - PLEASE READ
RESPECT THE JUDGES.  The majority of Crew & Judges have given up their time to come along and make sure the event runs smoothly.  We are determined to make this an incredible day for everyone involved.  Should you have any concerns about the workouts, judging etc on the day, please speak to your judge or master judge in a calm and respectful way.  Lee Phillips is Head Judge and he will have any final say.

If you can listen out for any directions, instructions or timings on the day.  We will provide you with where and when you need to be somewhere so please do adhere to the schedule.  If you take any bottles etc into a workout arena, please take it out at the end - please leave the arena as you found it, ready for the next team. Also, please place any rubbish in the bins provided.

We are passionate about making the Under Armour Turf Games a high standard, competitive, but fun event.

ATHLETE RESPONSIBILITY

Athletes are expected to cooperate with judges and event organizers during competition. They must be prepared to display the correct movement standards and take responsibility for their own performance.

The goal of a Turf Games competition and the judges is NOT to find the craftiest athlete who can blur the line between what is technically acceptable, and what is not.  The majority of people have competed at a fitness competition before and should understand what is acceptable and what would be deemed to be ‘cutting corners’ in a workout. 

It is not the judges roll to explain to you the entire workout prior to beginning your workout – ask questions yes, but please read the workout, watch the video and ask any questions either before the event or on the day before you arrive to your workout.

SCORING

Scoring throughout the day will be via a 'Rank' based system i.e. lowest points wins.  So if you come 1st in a workout you will get 1 point, 20th will get 20 points. 

If for any reason teams are tied on points after the heats, the tie will be broken by a count back system where the team with the highest number of 'better finishers' in the events, will finish higher. 

BROKEN EQUIPMENT DURING A WORKOUT
During a workout, if a piece of equipment a team is using breaks - i.e. ski erg/tank etc - the team will have the option to use the replacement equipment if available and continue on with the workout.  Or at the end of all the workouts and before the finals if time permits, the team will have the option to redo the workout.  If they choose to do this, they will not get any extra 'rest' time should they qualify for the finals.  

CLOTHING / OUTFITS
We will not be providing each athlete with a Turf Games top to compete in. Athletes will receive either a blue or pink pair of exclusive Turf Games socks. We would love it if your team wore these socks over the weekend.

  

SEE YOU ON THE TURF