Terms and conditions: GRID GAMES 2019

COMPETITION RULES 

  • This competition is open to active Virgin Active membership holders in South Africa, Namibia Botswana, UK, Italy, Singapore, Thailand & Australia and who reside in one of these countries.

  • To compete in the GRID GAMES and be eligible for any prizes you will need to be a Virgin Active member for the duration of the Virgin Active GRID GAMES.

  • To qualify for the prize, the Virgin Active members’ memberships and/or accounts must be in good standing.

  • The qualified Virgin Active members must be over the age of 18 years or be turning 18 in 2019 to participate in the GRID GAMES. Date of birth 2001 and older.

  • The GRID GAMES is open to active Virgin Active members only. Staff (permanent or part time), tenants, sub tenants and independent contractors (GEI) are not eligible, irrespective of their membership status.

  • Virgin Active and/or its affiliates will not be responsible for any loss, injury or damage suffered or incurred by GRID GAMES participants while participating in the GRID GAMES.

  • All Virgin Active club rules and membership contract terms and conditions apply.

  • GRID GAMES participants must be prepared to have their photographs and videos taken during the GRID GAMES events, during the Club qualifiers in Virgin Active Health Clubs, at the Regionals/Nationals as well as the global finals.

  • GRID GAMES participants must be prepared to have their photographs and videos shared on social media platforms.

  • GRID GAMES qualifiers’ details will be published and made public.

  • GRID GAMES Club, Regional/National winners will need to make themselves available for interviews before, during and after the 2019 Club and Regional/Nationals competition.

  • Global Finalists will need to make themselves available for interviews before, during and after the 2019 GRID GAMES Finals.

  • Virgin Active reserves the right to review the GRID GAMES Club qualifiers’ data, Regionals/Nationals results as well as results obtained at the Global Finals to confirm that the challenge was completed correctly.

  • Only results officiated by an official GRID GAMES judge or Virgin Active National Manager will count and their decision will be final.

  • In the case were members’ scores are tied, they will compete against each other to determine the winner.

  • Entries are not transferable – you qualify, you compete.

  • Acceptance / rejection of your participation at the Regionals/ Nationals and Global Finals will be final and cannot be changed after the pre-communicated dates.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS  

  • Travelling qualifiers for Regionals/Nationals and the Global Finals must have a valid passport or identification document for travel purposes which will be requested upon check-in and to confirm bookings.

  • Regional GRID GAMES qualifiers will need to cover their own travel expenses to the Regional/National event

  • A travel subsidy will be provided to the following clubs in SA. The travel subsidy is subject to the club distance from the regional event. Travel subsidy will be paid to the participant after the regional event. The travel subsidy will range from R500.00 – R1000.00.

Richards Bay

Polokwane

Thornhill

Nelspruit

Middelburg

Potchefstroom

Rustenburg

Welkom

Klerksdorp

 

 

 

 

  • Virgin Active National Head Office will make all travel arrangements on behalf of the member to attend the Regionals/Nationals for the winners of the below selected outer lying clubs in SA:

Humewood

Greenacres

Lorraine

East London

Beacon Bay

Kleine Kuppe

Windhoek

George

Bloemfontein

Fichard Park

Kimberley

Airport Junction

 

  • Only travel, accommodation and transfer to and from the hotel and event venue for the Regional/National winners will be covered by Virgin Active. All other expenses, including food, will be for the members’ own accounts.

  • Virgin Active Head Office will make all travel arrangements on behalf of the member to attend the Global Finals in Cape Town.

  • Travel will only be covered from the closest airport in the region where the members qualified in for the Global Finals.

  • Once dates are agreed and booked, transport arrangements cannot be altered. Airline travel, if applicable, will be economy class on airlines of Virgin Active’s choice.

  • Travel arrangements for GRID GAMES Finalists based in Cape Town will not apply.

  • GRID GAMES Grand Finalists based out of Cape Town will receive one night’s accommodation preceding the GRID GAMES Finals and the evening of the GRID GAMES.

  • Travel, accommodation and transfers to and from the hotel and event venue will be selected by Virgin Active in its sole and unfettered discretion and this decision will be final.

CLUB QUALIFIERS

  • Virgin Active GRID GAMES Club Qualifiers will run for 6 weeks from 4 March 2019 to 14 April 2019 in all Virgin Active Clubs across all territories.

  • Every Monday night a GRID GAMES evening will take place in every club.

  • To enter, all you must do is pre-book your spot on the web or pre-register on the day with one of the fitness staff in your club.

  • You can compete as many times as you want in the GRID challenge during the club qualification period, so you’ll have tons of chances to work your way up the GRID GAMES Leader board.

  • Only results officiated by an official GRID GAMES coach or Virgin Active Staff member will count towards advancing to the Regionals/Nationals.

  • GRID GAMES coach or Virgin Active Staff will be responsible for calculating the participant’s score and submitting it to Virgin Active National Head Office.

  • To qualify for the GRID GAMES Regionals/Nationals, the top female and male at each club with the highest scores by 14 April 2019 will be selected to take part in the GRID GAMES.

  • A member can only qualify once. If a member participates at various clubs across the regions and is the top male/female at more than one club, the member will need to choose which club to represent at the Regionals/Nationals.

  • A member who qualifies for the Regionals/Nationals can only attend the Regional qualifiers in the Region/Nationals that the clubs are associated with.

  • All Club qualifiers will be notified by 16 April 2019.

Competition structure – Club Qualifiers 

    • The GRID GAMES consist of back-to-back competitions.

    • Between 2 – 3 members can take part simultaneously in a heat dependent on the club’s equipment availability.

    • Each member competing will have one judge that will judge that the correct movement is executed as well as count and calculate that member’s score.

    • Each member’s score will be captured on an individual score card.

    • It will be the member’s responsibility to ensure that his/her information is captured correctly on the scorecards.

    • Clubs will keep each scorecard for auditing purposes.

    • GRID GAMES participant’s will need to complete 8 exercises in 4 minutes, officiated by a GRID GAMES coach or a Virgin Active Staff member.

    • The objective: Accumulate as many repetitions/calories as possible within 20 seconds. Rest for 10 seconds. Move on to the next exercise. Repeat.

    • For the Regionals/Nationals and Global Finals a different format will be used and/or different exercises and equipment will be used.

    • Each 8 exercises are based on your primal movements.

      • 1. Pull – Row (calculated by total calories burned)

      • 2. Push – Push Ups

      • 3. Move – Grid Corners

      • 4. Squat – Box Jumps

      • 5. Bend – Burpees

      • 6. Move – Grid Sprints

      • 7. Lunge – Lunges

      • 8. Twist – 180’s

REGIONAL/ NATIONALS

  • Virgin Active GRID GAMES Regional/National Qualifiers will be as follows:

    • 4 May ‘19 – KZN

    • 11 May ’19 – Cape Town

    • 18 May ’19 – Gauteng

  • Venues and start times for the above to be confirmed.

  • To qualify for the GRID GAMES Finals, the 3 fastest male and female athletes in SA and the top male and female athletes in the other territories at the GRID GAMES Regionals/Nationals will go head-to-head at the GRID GAMES Global Finals.

  • All Finalists will be notified by 21 May 2019.

Competition structure – Regional/National Qualifiers 

    • To mix up the next round for all club finalists (whilst still maintaining GRID principles), each competitor must work their way through 6 movement patterns and two locomotion exercises, culminating in a sprint finish.

    • Most of the exercises remain the same.

    • The objective: To complete each exercise with the required repetitions/calories as indicated per station as fast as possible.

    • The competition will consist of back-to-back competitions in heats of three participant’s.

    • Participants will be pre-placed in their respective heats randomly.

    • Participants’ heat numbers, time and lane will be communicated prior to the competition.

    • Each participant will have one judge that will judge that the correct movement is executed, and repetitions are completed before the participant can continue to the next exercise.

    • No outside assistance from the judges will be allowed in assisting participants during the exercises.

    • An electronic timing device and/or hand-held device (stopwatch) will be used to time each participant.

    • Participants will have a maximum of 7minutes to complete the course.

    • In the case of equipment malfunction (rower or timing device), the participant whose equipment malfunctioned will receive a minimum of a 10-minute break before he/she is allocated to a different heat.

    • For the remaining participants in that heat, they must continue as this is a time-based competition.

    • In the case of an injury, time will not be stopped, and the participant can decide to continue or withdraw.

GLOBAL FINALS 

  • Virgin Active GRID GAMES Global Finals will take place in South Africa, Cape Town on 1 June 2019.

  • 6 Territories will be competing for the title (SA, UK, AUS, Italy, Singapore and Thailand)

  • Venues and start times for the above to be confirmed.

  • The protocol for the finals will be released on the 21st of May 2019.

  • Please note that Virgin Active is not required to have all the equipment for this protocol available in each club.

  • The exercises are designed to test participants’ overall speed, power, strength, agility and endurance, which participants can train for in all Virgin Active clubs.

Competition structure – Global Finals 

    • The Global Finals will follow a knock-out competition table (Heats, Semi-finals and Finals)

    • Participants will be placed in their respective heats based on the times they achieved at the Regional qualifiers.

    • Each heat will consist of five participants. Ten participants will qualify for the semi-finals and five for the finals per category.

    • The competition will follow the following format: Heats – Semi Finals – Finals.

    • The first two of each heat will progress automatically through to the semi-finals. The two “fastest loser’ will take up the remaining spots in the semi-finals.

    • The first two of each semi-final heat will progress automatically through to the finals and the “fastest loser”.

    • There will be 4 male and 4 female heats.

    • Each heat will be timed.

    • Each participant will have a designated timekeeper and judge.

    • Our judges have been hand-picked and will be a selection of some of our top Personal Trainers in the region and our National Managers. They are the best of the best and they have been briefed and trained on the test protocols prior to the competition.

    • Our judges will indicate when a participant has successfully completed an exercise in order to move on to the next exercise.

    • Only results officiated by an official GRID GAMES judge or Virgin Active National Manager will count and their decision will be final.

    • The exercises will remain the same throughout the Global finals.

    • No outside assistance from the judges will be allowed in assisting participants during the exercises.

    • Participants will have a maximum of 10 minutes to complete the course.

    • In the case of equipment malfunction (rower or skill mill), the heat will be stopped, and participants will receive a minimum of a 10-minute break before the heat is restarted.

    • For the remaining participants in that heat, they must continue as this is a time-based competition.

    • In the case of an injury, time will not be stopped, and the participant can decide to continue or withdraw.

    • Virgin Active cannot be held liable for any loss, damage or injury suffered or sustained by a participant who choses to continue with any heat notwithstanding the fact that he/she has sustained an injury.