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In order to compete in a USA Climbing sanctioned competition, all competitors must hold a current USA Climbing: Membership. USA Climbing Memberships are valid from September 1 through August 31, annually.  Memberships are only available online and include access to all USA Climbing sanctioned competitions. Click the Join Now/ Renew Membership button and become a USA Climbing member today! Competitors that do not register for an annual membership prior to attending a competition will be subject to the $30 Introductory Membership. 
This year, if a competitor purchases an Introductory Membership ($30) and later decides to upgrade their membership to the Competitor Membership ($105), the fees paid may be credited towards the Competitor Membership 


Category Breakdown 

USA Climbing youth age categories for the 2019-2020 season:

Category Birth Year
 Youth D
2009 or later
 Youth C
2007 or 2008
 Youth B
2005 or 2006
 Youth A
2003 or 2004
 Junior 2001 or 2002 

 
USA Climbing adult categories (16+) for the 2019-2020 season:

Category
Ability Level
Recreational V1 / 5.9
Intermediate
V2-V3 / 5.9+ to 5.11
Advanced
V4+ / 5.11+
Masters
45 yrs. of age or older
Open

Elite athletes 16 yrs.
of age or older*


*Please see below for more details regarding the Open category


Championship Event Eligibility Requirements

Youth Competitors are required to compete in a minimum of one USA Climbing sanctioned Youth local competitions, as a USA Climbing Competitor or Introductory Member, in order to be eligible to compete in their home USA Climbing Youth Regional Championship. Individuals who compete as an Introductory Member must upgrade to a Competitor Membership prior to the close of Regional registration to be eligible to compete at Regional Championships. 
 
Collegiate Competitors are required to compete in a minimum of one USA Climbing sanctioned Collegiate local competition, as a USA Climbing Collegiate or Introductory Member, in order to be eligible to compete in their Home USA Climbing Collegiate Regional Championships. 
Individuals who compete as an Introductory Member must upgrade to a Collegiate Membership prior to the close of Regional registration to be eligible to compete at Regional Championships. 

Open Competitors are required to hold a current USA Climbing Competitor Membership in order to be eligible to compete in USA Climbing Open National Championship events.  Open Competitors must be 16 years of age (or older) by December 31st, 2020. The Bouldering Open National Championship has additional requirements, please refer to Rule 3.8.3.


Pricing

Competitor Membership
$105 
Collegiate Membership
$65
Paraclimbing Membership  $45
Routesetter Membership
$70
Coach Membership - Level 2  $90
Coach Membership - Level 1  $40
Judge Membership
Free
Introductory Membership $30
Supporter Membership
$35
Gym Membership $250


*Please note: These prices do not include competition entry fees.  See below for more details regarding Introductory Memberships. 


Introductory Membership

All competitors are required to hold either an Introductory Membership or Competitor Membership to be eligible to compete in USA Climbing sanctioned events. The Introductory Membership will be applicable for all local competitions (Youth and Collegiate) in addition to National Cup Series competitions. The Introductory Membership can be used at multiple local events. You do not need to purchase a new Introductory Membership for each local event as you did with Day-Memberships. The Introductory Membership and Competitor Membership are good for both climbing seasons (Bouldering and Sport & Speed).

Athletes that compete as an Introductory Member will not be eligible to advance to championship level competitions (Regional, Divisional, National). If a Youth or Collegiate competitor wishes to be eligible to compete in championship competitions, he/she will need to purchase either a Competitor or Collegiate Membership prior to the close of registration for the respective Regional Championship in order for the locals he/she competed in as a Introductory Member to count toward the competitor’s Regional eligibility.

This year, if a competitor purchases an Introductory Membership ($30) and later decides to upgrade their membership to the Competitor Membership ($105), the fees paid may be credited towards the Competitor Membership.

You can read more about the Introductory Membership here.


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