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How do I register for a National Cup competition?

Registration links for the Open category at National Cups will be processed on the individual National Cup pages on this website.  Please click on the competition name and follow the direct link to register.

Each competition also has a “Citizens” competition for recreational, intermediate and advanced level adult competitors, and may also have a youth event.  Registration for all participants, other than Open level competitors, will be handled directly by the host gym. 


How much does it cost to register?

The cost to register as an Open Competitor is $75.00 at each National Cup.  The Bouldering Open National Championship is $125.00.

When does the registration period close?


The registration period for each National Cup closes 5:00pm MTN time the evening of the Qualification day, so you are welcome to register just prior to the competition, though we greatly appreciate competitors registering early, as this will help the host facilities in planning.


Do I have to have a USA Climbing Membership?

Competitors may purchase a DAY-Membership ($10.00) if competing in only one National Cup, but must purchase a full USA Climbing Competitor Membership ($95.00) if competing in two or more, and competitors will only receive points towards the National ranking if they have a USA Climbing Competitor Membership. 


How much does it cost for spectators?

The individual host gyms for each National Cup may charge a modest spectator fee for the Finals round of their event.  Please contact the host facility directly.

Will the National Cups be live streamed?


We do not expect that National Cups will have a live stream this year, but the individual host facilities may organize this independently and we may explore this possibility for future seasons


Will there be Sport or Speed National Cups?

There are no Sport or Speed National Cups planned in the 2016-2017 season.



How old do you have to be to compete?

Any competitors 16 or older, by December 31st, 2017 are eligible to register and compete in the Open category, (refer to USAC Rule 5.10.3) with a 2016/2017 USA Climbing Competitor Membership. 

Do National Cups count towards Collegiate and Youth Bouldering eligibility?


The National Cup Series events are geared toward USA Climbing Open competitors (ages 16+ by 12/31/17) and will not count toward the youth participation requirement needed for Youth Bouldering Regional Championship eligibility.  However, 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



Are results from National Cups or the National Ranking involved in U.S. Team selection?

No.  The U.S. National Team will be selected as in past years, based on Rule 4.6.3.  The top 6 U.S. Citizen competitors make up the National Team, based on the Bouldering Open National Championship results.


Can non-U.S. Citizens compete in National Cups?


Yes.  The National Cups are open to all age-eligible competitors and non-U.S. Citizens are welcome and encouraged to compete.  Non-U.S. Citizens can also accumulate ranking points at each competition and be ranked nationally, but must have a USA Climbing Competitor Membership in order to be ranked. 



Does a non-U.S. Citizen Finalist create an additional spot for the next U.S. Citizen competitor in a Final round of a National Cup?

No.  Only in Youth Championship events and the Bouldering Open National Championship, do non-U.S. Citizen (or other “extra quota” competitors, such as World or Continental Champions) competitors create additional spots.  The reason for this is that non-U.S. Citizen competitors are not eligible to be members of a U.S. National Team, so at events where National Team(s) are selected, those competitors create additional spots, to allow for U.S. Citizens to compete at every level, for the National Team.  As the National Cups are not selection events for the U.S. Team, non-U.S. Citizens are considered the same as all others.


How are cash prizes awarded at each National Cup?


A $10,000.00 cash purse is divided between the top 8 competitors of each gender as follows:

1st: $1500    2nd: $1200    3rd: $800    4th: $500    5th: $400    6th: $300    7th: $200    8th: $100


How does the prize purse for the National Ranking work?

The top 30 Open Competitors will receive points from their results at each National Cup competition, as well as at the Bouldering Open National Championship, resulting in a regularly updated National Ranking.  The points table used is the same as the IFSC World Cup Ranking system, for the National Cups, and for the Bouldering Open National Championship, the points values are doubled, since it is well-established as having very high participation and the most competitive field.  This points distribution is outlined on the National Ranking section.  All points count (ie. we do not only count a certain number of competitions or drop the lowest), and an example table of results is also shown on the National Ranking section.



Will the same format or scoring and ranking system be used in National Cups as the Bouldering Open National Championship?

No.  The National Cups will have a Redpoint Qualification, an Onsight Final, and will use a Finals scoring and ranking methodology that deviates from existing USA Climbing bouldering competition rules (see Rule 14.1 – Appendix).  This is a strategic decision, as it is in USA Climbing’s interest to continue to thoughtfully experiment with the way our competitions and events are managed, as competition climbing grows and evolves.  As such, the competitions of this series allow for the investigation of new concepts outside of USA Climbing’s existing competition series and established rules.

The scoring for the Final rounds of the National Cups will be a new 100-point multiple zone scoring system successfully used at numerous major adult non-sanctioned competitions with large prize purses and competitive fields in 2015-2016. See the National Cup Series Rules section for more information.

*As it is the sole event that selection of the U.S. National Team is based upon and consistent with how all other Youth Championship events are scored and ranked, as in recent years the Bouldering Open National Championship will have an Onsight Qualification, Semifinal and Final and will be scored as in past years, using the USA Climbing combined rank ranking system for Bouldering outlined in Rule 8.4.

Please direct additional questions to cupseries@usaclimbing.org

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