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Final Competition Task Force Proposal and Recommendations

Final Competition Task Force Proposal and Recommendations

In March of 2019, USA Climbing commissioned a Competition Task Force (CTF) to conduct an assessment of all competition aspects of our sport. The 15 members of the CTF were solicited publicly and selected for their unique perspective of the sport. Members included volunteers, parents, judges, gym owners, coaches, athletes, routesetters, and researchers. They were tasked with presenting an initial report to the USA Climbing Board of Directors by mid-December and a final report for approval in February of 2020. We asked the CTF to be creative and bold as they looked at new ways to grow our sport, increase accessibility, provide developmentally appropriate seasons, align with our international federation, and increase opportunities for all climbers to participate. We encouraged them to research other sports, the American Development Model, and medical literature in making their recommendations. We are pleased to announce that after continued discussions, feedback, and refinement the Competition Task Force has completed its final report and recommendations. The report can be found below:

Final Competition Task Force Report and Recommendations 

"These recommendations represent a significant evolution from the original proposal presented at the 2019 Sport and Speed Youth National Championships and I commend the task force for letting their research and your feedback guide their final recommendations," said Marc Norman, Chief Executive Officer of USA Climbing. Finally, I would like to personally thank the CTF members for their efforts over the past months. The countless hours of discussions, meetings, research, and review by these volunteers in support of this great sport is truly remarkable. Thank you again, we are truly indebted for your service to our sport."

The final report will now be presented to USA Climbing’s Board of Directors for review and consideration for approval at their February 19 Board Meeting. In the meantime, additional feedback can be shared via email to future@usaclimbing.org or on the USA Climbing Forum where the Board continues to monitor the discussion and feedback.

Final Competition Task Force Report and Recommendations

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The Final CTF Report and Recommendations can be found in the Announcements Category and can also be viewed by visiting the page above.

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