> Home Page > Disciplines > Collegiate > FAQ

FAQ

Collegiate Series: FAQ

When is the USA Climbing: Collegiate Season?

The Collegiate season generally runs from October through March, with the National Championship generally taking place in April.

Who is eligible to compete in the Collegiate series?

The Collegiate series is open to any undergraduate or graduate student that is enrolled at a university or college during the Collegiate season.  Competitors who may be graduating within the Collegiate season, participating in an internship, travel or work-study during a portion of the season, or who otherwise may not be enrolled full-time but can demonstrate they have had or will have student status during all or part of the Collegiate season shall be eligible to compete during the Collegiate season. All Collegiate Members must submit proof of enrollment confirming their student status to USA Climbing to documents@usaclimbing.org.

Do I have to compete as a team, or can I compete as an individual?

The Collegiate series is team driven, so we recommend joining or forming a team at your University and taking steps to get recognized by your school as an official team.  Although this is recommended, USA Climbing allows individual College students to participate in these events.

How much are Collegiate Competitor Memberships?

Collegiate Memberships are $55.00 and are valid from September 1 through August 31, annually.  Collegiate Memberships are a free ‘add-on’ to USA Climbing: Competitor Memberships.

Can I compete with a Introductory Membership?

Yes, we allow College students to compete in our Collegiate local events with a USA Climbing Collegiate Membership or a $20 Introductory Membership. Introductory Memberships can be purchased at any point of the Local season and will be valid through the end of the season (March 3rd). If a Competitor chooses to compete under a Introductory Membership, he/she will need to purchase a Collegiate Membership prior to the close of Regional registration in order to be eligible to compete in the respective Home Collegiate Regional Championship. 

My school wants to pay for my teams’ memberships, how can I setup a group registration?

If your school intends to pay for your teams USA Climbing:Collegiate memberships and/or Championship registration fees USA Climbing can setup a group registration for your team.  In order to do this, send an e-mail with your request that also includes: Collegiate school name, billing address, main contact name & email, phone number, quantity desired to kyle@usaclimbing.org.  Please allow 2-3 business days for the group registration to be setup.

How do I register for Collegiate local events and how much do they cost?

Registration for Collegiate local competitions is handled directly through the host facility.  The host facility has the ability to set the price at an amount that makes sense for their event, however we ask that they keep registration fees for Collegiate events at or below $35 per competitor, when possible.

How many local competitions do I need to compete in?

Collegiate competitors are required to compete in a minimum of one USA Climbing sanctioned Collegiate local competition as a USA Climbing Collegiate Member or Introductory Member (see Introductory Member information above) in order to be eligible to compete in his/her home Collegiate Regional Championship.

Do Youth locals count toward the Collegiate eligibility requirement?

No, however Collegiate competitions may be used to fulfill the youth local participation requirement if the competitor is enrolled in a college or university, is age-eligible to compete in both youth and Collegiate events and has a USAC and Collegiate membership.

Do National Cup Series events count toward the Collegiate eligibility requirement?

College students that wish to have the NCS competition(s) count toward Collegiate Regional Championship eligibility may do so, granted the individual holds a current USA Climbing Collegiate Membership and competes in the Open portion of the competition

Who is eligible to compete in the Collegiate Regional Championships?

Only Competitors with a current USA Climbing: Collegiate Membership that have:

  • Competed in at least one USA Climbing Sanctioned Collegiate local competition (either as a Collegiate Member or a Introductory Member)
  • Met all registration requirements and/or deadlines.
  • Provided proof of enrollment, by submitting documentation to documents@usaclimbing.org by the close of registration for the respective Regional Championships are eligible to compete in the Collegiate Regional Championships.

What is the procedure for providing proof of current enrollment to USA Climbing?

One requirement for the 2019 Collegiate Championship season is that Competitors MUST provide proof of enrollment in their College/ University by the close of registration for their respective Regional Championships.  USA Climbing requests that each team Captain gather the appropriate documentation and submit the entire teams paperwork at once.  If you are competing as an individual, you may submit your personal documentation just as a Team Captain will submit the entire teams documentation. Proof of enrollment should be submitted by 11:59 p.m. MST on March 13, 2019. Documents should be sent to: documents@usaclimbing.org and the Subject line should read: Collegiate Team Eligibility + Respective Team Name Proof of enrollment and should include at least one of the following for each Competitor:

  • A form from the Office of the Registrar that includes: First & Last Name, Name of College, Dates of Attendance (Can be as early as Fall 2017 to present) We recommend you run a search for “Verification of Enrollment’ on your college’s website to find information about how to go about procuring such a form from your specific school.
  • A letter from your Rec Sports Department including all competitors first and last name and verifying each competitor meets the eligibility requirements outlined in the USA Climbing Rulebook for Collegiate participation.
  • A class schedule showing First & Last Name, Name of College and semester in which the schedule is for.
  • Verification from the National Student Clearinghouse ($2.50 fee associated with each verification)

For those schools that are part of the National Student Clearinghouse, Team Captains or Competitors can go to: https://secure.studentclearinghouse.org/vs/Index, select Verify Current Enrollment (within the past 6 months), enter/select School Name, enter Students full name and date of birth, Submit, add payment information and obtain a certification for each competitor.

How do I register for Regionals, when will it open and how much does it cost?

Registration for Collegiate Championship events, including Regionals & Nationals is handled by USA Climbing directly through the USA Climbing website.  USA Climbing will announce the opening of registration and the respective deadline(s) in which Competitors must register.  A link to register for Regionals will be available on the Collegiate page of the website as soon as it is live.  The fee for the Collegiate Regional Championships is $65 per Competitor.

Can USA Climbing setup a group registration for Championship events like Regionals and Nationals?

If your school intends to pay for your teams USA Climbing:Collegiate memberships and/or Championship registration fees USA Climbing can setup a group registration for your team.  In order to do this, send an e-mail with your request that also includes: Collegiate school name, billing address, main contact name & email, phone number, quantity desired to kyle@usaclimbing.org.  Please allow 2-3 business days for the group registration to be setup.

Do I have to compete in my 'home' Regional Championship? 

Yes, all Competitors are required to compete in the Regional Championship competition taking place in their 'home region'. 

What if I am completing an internship or educational program outside my 'home' Region?

Collegiate competitors may be granted an exception to participate in a different Regional Championship based on an educational program requiring residency outside his/her home Region. Collegiate competitors shall be granted an exception provided they:

  • Are participating in an educational program related to their studies (such as co-op, internship, semester abroad or at another college/university) during the time when the Collegiate Regional Championship will be held.
  • Submitted documentation from his/her university with a request to participate in a specific Collegiate Regional Championship other than the one held in his/her home Region. 

Documentation should be submitted on official college/university letterhead and include the following:
- Type of educational program
- Location of educational program
- Duration of educational program
- Which Collegiate Regional you request to participate in
- Signature of school official

Documentation is due by 11:59 p.m. MST February 28, 2019 to
 documents@usaclimbing.org with the subject heading "Your Name Collegiate Regional Participation Request"

What do I do if there is not a Collegiate Regional Championship being offered in my Region?

Eligibility requirements for Collegiate competitors in regions in which USA Climbing is unable to offer a Collegiate Regional Championship differ slightly and competitors within these regions are eligible to compete in Collegiate Nationals provided they have:

  • Competed in at least one (1) USA Climbing Sanctioned Collegiate local competition as a Collegiate Member (if a Climber competes as a Introductory Member, he/she will need to purchase a Collegiate Membership by March 13, 2019)
  • Provided proof of enrollment, by submitting documentation to documents@usaclimbing.org by March 13, 2019
  • Met all registration requirements and/or deadlines- 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. Once the first-round registration period closes USA Climbing will open registration to all competitors who competed in their home Collegiate Regional Championship and to those eligible competitors (by completing bullets 1 & 2 above) in Regions without a Regional Championship.

Who is eligible to compete in the Collegiate National Championships?

Only Competitors with a current USA Climbing: Collegiate Membership that have:

  • Competed in at least one USA Climbing Sanctioned Collegiate local competition (either as a Collegiate Member or a Introductory Member
  • Competed in their Home Collegiate Regional Championship competition
  • Met all registration requirements and/or deadlines. See first-round invitation process (below).
  • Provided proof of enrollment, by submitting documentation to documents@usaclimbing.org by the close of registration for the respective Regional Championships
  • Are eligible to compete in the Collegiate National Championships.  Exceptions for competitors in regions without a Regional Championship is listed above.

How does the invitation process from Collegiate Regionals to Collegiate Nationals work?

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 2018-2019 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 3.8.3 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 eligible competitors may then also register. 

*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.

What if my Collegiate Regional did not offer participation in multiple disciplines and/or I only received a first-round invitation to Collegiate Nationals in a single discipline - can I still compete at Collegiate Nationals in multiple disciplines?

Yes - the goal of a first-round registration period is to ensure the top performers receive priority registration and do not miss an opportunity to compete at the Collegiate National Championship because they didn't register quickly enough. When a competitor is eligible to register for Collegiate Nationals he/she is eligible to register for as many or as few disciplines as  he/she chooses. Once first-round registration has closed and registration opens to the remainder of eligible competitors, those eligible competitors may also register for as many or as few disciplines as they choose.

How are team results calculated at the Collegiate Regional and Collegiate National Championships?

At the Collegiate Regional and National Championships, Collegiate teams have the opportunity to earn an ‘Individual Discipline’ award in bouldering, sport and/or speed and an ‘Overall Discipline’ Award.  The Individual discipline team championship award is calculated by adding the ranking points of the three highest ranked individual team members, per gender, participating in each discipline of the competition.  Team members may be counted in more than one discipline meaning 6 unique competitors 3-men and 3-women per team, per discipline.  The Overall Team Championship award is calculated by adding the ranking points of the three highest ranked individual team members participating in each discipline of the competition.  However, for the overall, team members may not be counted in more than one discipline, meaning the calculation is based on the top 3 unique competitors of each team, for each discipline and gender totaling 9 unique women (3-bouldering, 3- sport, 3-speed) and 9 unique men (3-bouldering, 3-sport, 3-speed).  Click here for additional information and examples.

How do I register for Nationals, when will it open and how much does it cost?

Registration for Collegiate Championship events, including Regionals & Nationals is handled by USA Climbing directly through the USA Climbing website. 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 3.8.3 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 those without a Home Regional Championship that are eligible to compete at Nationals and eligible competitors may then also register. 

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.

The fee for the Collegiate National Championships is $150 per Competitor.  More details specific to the schedule and format of the Collegiate National Championships can be found on the event page: http://www.usaclimbing.org/Nationals_Information/Collegiate_Nationals.htm

Founding Partner: