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Membership FAQ

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 $20 Introductory Membership. The fees paid for Introductory Memberships will not be applied or credited toward any other type of USA Climbing membership.

Category Breakdown 

USA Climbing youth age categories for the 2018-2019 season:

Category Birth Year
 Youth D
2008 or later
 Youth C
2006 or 2007
 Youth B
2004 or 2005
 Youth A
2002 or 2003
 Junior 2000 or 2001 

USA Climbing adult categories (16+) for the 2018-2019 season:

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

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 two USA Climbing sanctioned Youth local competitions, as a USA Climbing Competitor Member, in order to be eligible to compete in their Home USA Climbing Youth Regional Championship. 
Collegiate Competitors are required to compete in a minimum of one USA Climbing sanctioned Collegiate local competition, as a USA Climbing Collegiate Member, in order to be eligible to compete in their Home USA Climbing Collegiate Regional Championship.
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, 2018. The Bouldering Open National Championship has additional requirements, please refer to Rule 3.6.3.


Competitor Membership
Collegiate Membership
Routesetter Membership
Coach Membership $80
Judge Membership
Introductory Membership $20
Supporter Membership

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

Introductory Membership

Beginning with the 2018-2019 Climbing Season, USA Climbing will be moving away from the Day-Membership ($10) and incorporating the Introductory Membership ($20) in its place. 

All competitors are required to hold either an Introductory Membership or Competitor Membership to be eligible to compete in USA Climbing sanctioned events. The new 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 a 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.

If a competitor purchases an Introductory Membership ($20) and then later decides to upgrade their membership to the Competitor Membership ($95), the fees paid for the Introductory Membership may not be credited toward the Competitor Membership. 

You can read more about the Introductory Membership here.

USA Climbing Membership Card Replacement 

If your USA Climbing Membership card was lost or stolen, you may purchase a replacement card for $15.  In order to do so, please send an e-mail to: info@usaclimbing.org with the following information:

  • In the subject line, please the text: USA Climbing Membership Card Replacement followed by your first and last name
  • In the body of the e-mail, please include your first and last name, membership number & home region.
  • Within the body of the e-mail you will also need to grant USA Climbing permission to charge the $15 replacement fee to your credit card on file and provide the last 4 digits of that card.


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