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USA Climbing: Collegiate provides access for undergraduate or graduate students that are currently enrolled at a college or university to compete in Bouldering, Sport and Speed climbing.

2017-2018 Collegiate Season Information

USA Climbing: Collegiate Local Season - October 1, 2017 - March 4, 2018

USA Climbing: Collegiate Regional Championships - March 24, 2018 or March 31, 2018

USA Climbing: Collegiate National Championship – date and location, tbd

Collegiate boundaries do not coincide with the Youth Bouldering and Youth Sport & Speed boundaries. We currently have 14 established regions, including:

  • Northeast: NJ, CT, NY
  • New England: MA, NH, RI, ME, VT
  • Capital: MD, VA, PA
  • Florida: FL
  • Southeast: AL, GA, SC, MS
  • Appalachian: NC, TN, KY
  • Texas: LA, OK, TX
  • Rocky Mountain: CO, MT, NM, WY, AZ
  • NorCal: Northern CA, Northern NV
  • SoCal: Southern CA, Southern NV
  • Heartland: OH, IN, MI, WI, IL, IA, MO
  • Utah: UT
  • Pacific Northwest: WA, OR, ID, AK

USA Climbing is always looking to expand and form new regions, contact us to start up a series near you!

Any college student can compete in the Collegiate Series (Download a list of participating schools from the 2016-2017 season)

We encourage new and existing teams to reference the Collegiate Team Development Manual as you prepare to participate in the Collegiate competitive season.

New Collegiate teams should contact krista@usaclimbing.org prior to registering for the season.

Join the Collegiate Climbing Facebook Group Page to stay in the know about the season!

What we require of our Collegiate members

Competitors must compete in at least one Collegiate sanctioned local competition as a USA Climbing Collegiate member.  In order to receive credit for a USA Climbing sanctioned Collegiate local competition you must be a Collegiate member (if you choose to compete as a DAY-Member you can receive credit for the respective local competition, granted you register for a Collegiate membership by the close of Collegiate Regional Championship registration) in order to be eligible to compete in your home Regional Championship.

Collegiate competitors must register for their home regional championship within the time frame outlined by USA Climbing and compete in the competition in order to be eligible to compete in the Collegiate National Championships.  Each Team Captain must submit proof of current enrollment for every competitor on his/her respective team prior to the close of Regional Championship registration, in order for said competitors to be eligible to compete in their Home Regional Championship.
Collegiate competitors must register for the Collegiate National Championships within the time frame outlined by USA Climbing. 
Captains should submit their entire teams documentation together, via e-mail to: documents@usaclimbing.org. Please include Collegiate Team Eligibility + the respective Team Name in the Subject line of the e-mail.

Competitors are eligible to compete in their home Regional and in the Collegiate National Championships granted they provide proof of enrollment in classes at their College or University during the Fall and/or Spring session.

Teams must be officially recognized by the school they are competing under, and competitors may also compete as individuals not affiliated with a team.

USA Climbing Rules regarding Certified Coaches apply to all Collegiate Coaches. Please familiarize yourself with these rules and document submission deadlines so you can coach your team at Regionals and Nationals.

Host a sanctioned Collegiate Competition

If you are a school or gym interested in hosting a competition in an existing region you will need to contact USA Climbing or your Regional Coordinator.  If you would like to host a competition in a region that currently does not exist, contact krista@usaclimbing.org

A typical USA Climbing Collegiate competition format is redpoint including bouldering and sport climbing. In this mixed format you will typically turn in some combination of your top boulder problems and sport climbs. There are several approved formats that are outline in the USA Climbing Rulebook.

Collegiate Pricing for the 2017-2018 Season

Collegiate Competitor Membership: $35
Collegiate Regional Championships: $55
Collegiate National Championships: $125

If your school intends to pay for your team's memberships or Championship registration fees, contact kyle@usaclimbing.org to request a group registration code with the following information: collegiate school name, billing address, main contact name & email, phone number, quantity desired.  Allow 2-3 business days for your group code to be set up.

If you are a host facility and would like to pay your sanctioning fee with a credit card, please contact kyle@usaclimbing.org.

Bye Request Procedure for Collegiate Championship Participation 

All appeals for a bye for the regular season participation requirement of one local competition, Regional Championships, and/or any other request to participate at National Championships whereby the individual has not met the proper participation requirement shall be made in writing to the Collegiate Climbing Steering Committee no later than March 8th.  Each bye request will be judged on a case by case basis.  Submitting a "Bye Request" does not guarantee that the bye will be granted.

In order to request a 'bye' the email must contain:

"Bye Request 2018 Collegiate Climbing for (your name here)" in the subject line of the email.

In the body of the email include:

  • Full name of competitor
  • Gender
  • Grade i.e. Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate Student
  • USA Climbing Collegiate Member Number
  • Team Name
  • Region
  • Phone Number
  • Detailed explanation of why you are requesting the bye plus any proof you may possess concerning your extraordinary circumstance.

Send your bye request to collegiatecommittee@usaclimbing.org.



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