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.
2018-2019 Collegiate Season Information
USA Climbing: Collegiate Local Season - October 1, 2018 - March 3, 2019
USA Climbing: Collegiate Regional Championships - March 30, 2019 or April 6, 2019
USA Climbing: Collegiate National Championship – April 26 & 27, 2019 | Climb Murfreesboro
Collegiate boundaries do not coincide with the Youth Bouldering and
Youth Sport & Speed boundaries. We currently have 14 established
- 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, MN
- 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 2017-2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
A first-round invitation to register for the Collegiate National Championships will be extended to the highest ranked competitors from each Collegiate Regional Championship where a “quota” for the first round invitations shall be determined from average participation from prior seasons. The invitation quota for each Collegiate Region is based on the following:
a. If there is an average of one hundred (100) or more competitors over the prior two seasons in a Collegiate Regional Championship, the twenty (20) highest ranked competitors from that Region, of each gender and in each discipline, shall receive a first-round invitation to the Collegiate National Championship.
b. If there is an average of between fifty (50) and ninety-nine (99) competitors over the prior two seasons in a Collegiate Regional Championship, the ten (10) highest ranked competitors from that Region, of each gender and in each discipline, shall receive a first-round invitation to the Collegiate National Championship.
c. If there is an average of less than fifty (50) competitors over the prior two seasons in a Collegiate Regional Championship, or if a Collegiate Regional Championship is being hosted for the first time in a specific Region, the five (5) highest ranked competitors from that Region, of each gender and in each discipline, shall receive a first-round invitation to the Collegiate National Championship.
*Note: If no Collegiate Regional is hosted in a specific Region, first-round registration to the Collegiate National Championship shall be opened on a first-come, first-served basis to up to fifteen (15) Collegiate members, of each gender, from that Region who have competed in one (1) local competition as a Collegiate member.
For the 2017-2018 season, the first-round invitation quota per region will be as follows:
Appalachian: The five (5) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
Capital: The first fifteen (15) eligible competitors of each gender.
Florida: The ten (10) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
Heartland: The five (5) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
New England: The ten (10) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
Northern California: The ten (10) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
Northeast: The twenty (20) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
Pacific Northwest: The first fifteen (15) eligible competitors of each gender.
Rocky Mountain: The twenty (20) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
Southern California: The ten (10) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
Southeast: The five (5) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
Texas: The twenty (20) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
Utah: The five (5) highest ranked competitors per gender & per discipline.
First-round invitation charts and first-round registration for the Collegiate National Championships will open the Wednesday immediately following the last Collegiate Regional Championships hosted. Competitors with a first-round invitation based on Rule 3.7.3 shall have until the following Sunday at 11:59pm MST to accept his/her first-round invitation by registering for the Collegiate National Championships. Registration for the event is the sole means of acceptance.
Once the first-round registration period closes USA Climbing will open registration to all competitors who competed in their home Collegiate Regional Championship and who are otherwise eligible competitors, on a first-come first-served basis until capacity is reached.
A Competitor may register for any discipline they wish to compete in at the Collegiate National Championships, granted they have a first-round invitation in at least one discipline. For example, if a competitor receives a first-round invitation in Bouldering but wishes to compete in Bouldering, Sport and Speed at Collegiate Nationals he/she is eligible to register for multiple disciplines during the Collegiate National Championships registration process.
*Note: USA Climbing will not notify competitors directly of his/her first-round invitation. It is the competitors responsibility to view the invitation charts within the timeframe outlined above and register for the competition if he/she intends to accept their first round invitation.
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.
Captains should submit their entire teams documentation together, via e-mail to: email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
If your school intends to pay for your team's memberships or Championship registration fees, contact email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.