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3/19/19 - Level 1 Clinic Scheduled for April 15/16 at Climb Murfreesboro – Two additional clinics soon will be confirmed for Spring/Summer

We are pleased to have confirmed one clinic for this spring and a couple others that will be updated soon. The info is below and with respect to Climb Murfreesboro, April 15/16, this announcement is relatively short notice, but we encourage those interested to register quickly as we’ve already had a lot of interest and expect the clinic to fill. 

We also have clinics in process to confirm for Eagle Climbing in Colorado and Shaker Rocks in Ohio, but do not have dates yet fixed.  This post will be updated as soon as we have the information confirmed and registration set up.  If you are interested in either of these clinics and have a flexible schedule, it is likely we’ll confirm both shortly, for late spring and early summer, respectively. 

A Level 1 Clinic is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in improving their overall routesetting, learning fundamental skill sets for competition routesetting, and taking the first step towards advancing as a USAC competition routesetter.   Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic. 

Clinic location and info:

April 15/16, 2019 – Climb Murfreesboro; Murfreesboro, TN – Chief Instructor Nic Oklobzija

Spring, 2019 – Eagle Climbing and Fitness; Eagle, CO –  Date TBD

Summer, 2019 – Shaker Rocks; Shaker Heights, OH – Date TBD

Registration is first-come, first-served and you should have 6 months experience routesetting and be able to comfortably work 5.10/V3.  If you want to participate we encourage you to register as soon as possible as we continue to see growing interest in Level 1 Clinics. 

We are also working on scheduling Level 1 Clinics for later this fall and winter.  If you work with a climbing gym and may be interested in hosting a Level 1 Clinic, or have general questions about the program, please contact the Administrator of the Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program, Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org.



2/20/19 - Positions Announced and Application Period Open for Spring/Summer Competitions

We are excited to announce the open application period for positions at the following competitions below this Spring and Summer.  Note that the application deadline is short (February 27th, 2019) as the next competitions are in March and April and we need to define the routesetting teams as soon as possible.  If you are Level 2 Certified you may apply to Intern positions; Level 3 Certified, Apprentice positions; and Level 4 or Level 5, Assistant positions.  Please read below for more info.

NOTE:  If you are Level 2 Certified and interested in Intern positions, please feel free to apply to these National events but know that there are only 2 positions and we will also announce applications for the 2019 Sport Youth Divisional Internships at a later date, so you will be able to apply again later for those events.

  • Adaptive National Championship:  March 30, 2019; Vertical Adventures; Columbus, OH
  • Collegiate National Championship:  April 26-27, 2019; Climb Murfreesboro; Murfreesboro, TN
  • IFSC Vail World Cup: June 7-8, 2019; GoPro Mountain Games; Vail, CO
  • Vail Citizens Competition at GoPro Games:  June 9, 2019; GoPro Games; Vail, CO
  • Sport Youth National Championship:  July 11-14, 2019; Reach Climbing; Bridgeport, PA 

As of fall 2018, when applying for National Routesetting positions, you no longer send applications to the Chief Routesetter, but just send one application to routesetting@usaclimbing.org if you are interested to apply for one or more of the National events.  We ask that you simply outline in your application, what events you are available for and most interested in and also to denote if you are not available or interested in a particular event.  If you are specifically interested in the Adaptive National Championship, please send your application AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, and note your interest in that event, as the selection for this event will be done quickly in the interest of the competition being held in late March.

DEADLINE TO APPLY for any and all positions: February 27th, 2019

NATIONAL COMPETITION POSITIONS (see above for relevant dates) 

Adaptive National Championship:  Chief Routesetter:  Mark Mercer 

  • 2 Assistant Positions

Collegiate National Championship:  Chief Routesetter:  John Oungst

  • 4 Assistant Positions
  • 3 Apprentice Positions
  • 1 Intern Position

IFSC Vail World Cup: Chief Routesetter: Hiroshi Okano (US IFSC Routesetter: Chris Danielson)

  • 3 Assistant Positions

Vail Citizens Competition at GoPro Games:  Chief Routesetter:  Flannery Shay-Nemirow

  • 2 Assistant Positions
  • 1 Apprentice Position

Sport Youth Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  Bret Johnston

  • 6 Assistant Positions
  • 5 Apprentice Positions
  • 1 Intern Position


Positions Announced and Application Period Open for Winter Competitions

We are excited to announce the open application period for positions at the following competitions below this winter.  USA Climbing recently confirmed a new “Combined Invitational” competition that will be held in January, and so Assistant applications for that are listed below as well.

NOTE:  If you are Level 2 Certified, you may apply to Internships; Level 3, Apprentice positions; and Level 4 or Level 5, Assistant positions.  Please read below for more info.

  • Bouldering Youth Divisionals (Interns Only): January 12-13, 2019; Multiple Locations (see below)
  • Combined Invitational (Assistants Only): January 18-20, 2019; Momentum Climbing, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Bouldering Open Nationals (Assistants Only): February 1-2, 2019; Deschutes Expo Center; Redmond, OR 
  • Bouldering Youth Nationals (Assistants/Apprentices Only): February 8-10, 2019; Deschutes Expo Center; Redmond, OR
  • Sport Open Nationals (Assistants/Apprentices Only): March 8-9, 2019; Sportrock; Alexandria, VA 

As of fall 2018, when applying for ASSISTANT or APPRENTICE positions, you no longer send applications to the Chief Routesetter, but just send one application to routesetting@usaclimbing.org if you are interested to apply for one or more of the National events.  We ask that you simply outline in your application, what events you are available for and most interested in and also to denote if you are not available or interested in a particular event.

ASSISTANT APPLICANTS:  Anyone applying to Assistant positions during this round will be considered for all the National competitions above unless specifying only to be considered for certain competitions.  Note that only those with L5 certification or routesetters who have set 6 or more National level competitions, will be considered for the Combined Invitational.  Assistants are fully compensated, and all travel expenses are covered. 

APPRENTICE APPLICANTS:  Anyone applying to Apprentice positions will be considered for Bouldering Youth and Sport Open Nationals, as those are the two events with Apprentice positions.  Apprentice positions are provided a partial travel stipend and compensation.

*Assistant and Apprentice applications can be sent to routesetting@usaclimbing.org.

INTERN APPLICANTS:  Anyone applying to Intern positions, you must apply directly to the Chief Routesetter of the competition.  You are welcome to apply to different Divisional Internships (except one within your own Division) and if so, please just send your application to each Chief Routesetter.  Intern positions are unpaid and Intern Routesetters must cover their own travel expenses but accommodation will be provided. 

*Intern applications can be sent to the specific Chief Routesetter for the event, listed below.

DEADLINE TO APPLY for any and all positions: Nov. 19th, 2018

NATIONAL COMPETITION POSITIONS (see above for relevant dates)

Combined Invitational:  Chief Routesetters:  Chris Danielson (Bouldering) & Bret Johnston (Sport)

  •  6 Assistant Positions (3 Bouldering / 3 Sport)

Bouldering Open Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  Brad Weaver

  •  5 Assistant Positions

Bouldering Youth Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  Mike Bockino

  • 5 Assistant Position
  • 5 Apprentice Positions

Sport Open Nationals:  Chief Routesetter:  Ryan Sewell

  • 3 Assistant Positions
  • 1 Apprentice Position

BOULDERING YOUTH DIVISIONAL INTERNSHIPS:

All Divisional competitions are held January 12th/13th, 2019

D2:  The Boulder Field; Sacramento, CA – Chief:  Dave Wetmore (davewetmore@theboulderfield.com)

D3:  The Front SLC; Salt Lake City, UT – Chief:  Mike Bockino (michael.bockino@gmail.com)   

D7:  Peak Experiences; Richmond, VA – Chief:  Ryan Sewell (ryan.s@movementgyms.com)

D8:  Beta Climbing and Fitness; Stamford, CT – Chief:  Jeremy Ho (jeremiahho84@gmail.com) 

There is 1 official Internship available at each of the above Divisionals. In order to apply you:

  • Must have Level 2 Certification
  • May only apply to Intern outside of your home Division 

To apply for a position at any of the above Divisional Internships, please download the Routesetter Intern Application Form on the Resources page and send your Internship application directly to the Chief Routesetter of the event. 

There may be additional official Internship(s) announced in the coming weeks so please check back.  Or with any general questions about the events or application process, email the Administrator of the Routesetting program, Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org



Level 1 Clinic Scheduled for November and December

 

A Level 1 Clinic is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in improving their overall routesetting, learning fundamental skill sets for competition routesetting, and taking the first step towards advancing as a USAC competition routesetter.   Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic.  Clinic location and info:

November 27/28, 2018 - Adventure Rock; Milwaukee, WI - Chief Instructor: Nic Oklobzija

December 18/19, 2018 - Threshold Climbing; Oklahoma City, OK - Chief Instructor: Mike Bockino

Registration is first-come, first-served and you should have 6 months experience routesetting and be able to comfortably work 5.10/V3.  If you want to participate we encourage you to register as soon as possible as we continue to see growing interest in Level 1 Clinics. 

We are also working on scheduling Level 1 Clinics for later this fall and winter.  If you work with a climbing gym and may be interested in hosting a Level 1 Clinic, or have general questions about the program, please contact the Administrator of the Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program, Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org.   

Level 2 Clinic Schedule for Nov 27/28/29 – Momentum Texas

LEVEL 2 CLINIC SCHEDULED

We have scheduled the next Level 2 Clinic in Houston, TX to be held at Momentum Climbing. The Clinic will be held November 27th – 29th, 2018 and the Chief Instructor will be Luke Bertelsen.  Qualified routesetters must apply to take part in this clinic and there are limited spots available. See all the information on the CLINICS page and apply directly using the form on that page in the Level 2 Announcement.

Please note – application for Level 2 Clinics is very competitive and the strongest candidates will be those that have the best combination of the following factors for consideration:  Level 1 Certification, experience routesetting at Championship Level events, significant Chief Routesetter experience at competitions/gyms, strong references, and those who represent strong USA Climbing partner gyms/regions.  We will consider all applications as they are submitted and encourage those to apply who have the depth of experience and qualifications.

To apply to the Level 2 Clinic DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THIS FORM and send directly to luke@rocksandropes.comThe deadline for applications is 5:00 pm MTN; Monday, October 15th, 2018.

Accepted applicants will be provided a link directly to the USAC registration page.  With any questions regarding this clinic, contact Luke Bertelsen, the Chief Instructor, at luke@rocksandropes.com or Chris Danielson, Administrator of the Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program at routesetting@usaclimbing.org.



Level 1 Clinic Scheduled for Oct 1/2 – BKB Somerville

 

LEVEL 1 CLINIC SCHEDULED. 

A Level 1 Clinic is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in improving their overall routesetting, learning fundamental skill sets for competition routesetting, and taking the first step towards advancing as a USAC competition routesetter.   Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic.

Clinic location and info:

October 1/2, 2018 – Brooklyn Boulders Somerville; Somerville, MA – Chief Instructor Nic Oklobzija

Registration is first-come, first-served and you should have 6 months experience routesetting, proficiency in basic roped routesetting mechanics and be able to comfortably work 5.10/V3.  If you would like to participate we encourage you to register as soon as possible as we continue to see growing interest in Level 1 Clinics and most are filled quickly.


 
Routesetter Memberships Now Available; Update regarding SafeSport and Background Screening

Routesetter Memberships Available for 2018-2019 Season

All routesetters are now welcome to purchase a USA Climbing Routesetter Membership for the 2018-2019 climbing season. A current Routesetter Membership is required to participate in a USAC Routesetting Clinic, to work as a Chief Routesetter for any Championship events, as well as to work at any National events and/or to be listed on the published list of USAC Certified Routesetters.

Beginning this season, to maintain as a routesetter with USAC and be listed on the 'Certified Routesetter List' online, a routesetter must have the following:

  • Current USAC Routesetter Membership
  • Current SafeSport certification

Note regarding SafeSport: Beginning September 1st, 2018, routesetters may participate in a Level 1 Clinic but will not receive USAC certification until completing the SafeSport training.  We recommend you complete the SafeSport training prior to a clinic you register for.  If you do not, you may still participate in the clinic but will have to complete the SafeSport training and provide documentation to USAC, before USAC certification will be confirmed. 

Any routesetters certified by USAC prior to Sept 1, 2018, who wish to maintain their USAC certification going into the new 2018-2019 season, must purchase their USAC Routesetter Membership for 2018-2019, also complete the SafeSport training, and provide documentation that it has been completed to USAC. Through the 2018-2019 season, if you purchase a USAC Routesetter Membership but have not completed SafeSport training, your certification status will be listed as “pending.” Beginning Sept 1, 2019, only those who both have current Routesetter Memberships and SafeSport training completed will be included on the published list of USAC Certified Routesetters.

TO COMPLETE THE SafeSport Online Training Certificate:

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has updated the online training program which is now broken into 3 modules/activities. Routesetters that need to complete or renew their SafeSport certification will need to complete all three modules/activities before they are considered SafeSport certified by USA Climbing and the U.S. Center for SafeSport. A certificate is offered upon the completion of each of the three modules/activities, then, one final certificate is offered noting your completion of the entire course. *Note: USA Climbing only needs the final certification, stating 'SafeSport Trained is Issued'. Upon completion of the entire program, please save and submit the final certification only, to documents@usaclimbing.org

SafeSport Certifications are valid for TWO (2) years after the completion date on the certification. Completing the SafeSport Refresher course will not fulfill this requirement.  Access to the SafeSport modules and complete instructions will be provided within the confirmation email received after registering/renewing your USA Climbing - Routesetter membership.  If a confirmation email is not received within 15 minutes of registering/renewing your membership, contact documents@usaclimbing.org immediately.

Note regarding Background Screening:  In addition to the above, any routesetter assigned to work as the Chief Routesetter of a Championship level competition or who is contracted and paid directly by USA Climbing otherwise in the 2018-2019 season (for example as an Assistant/Apprentice at National events or as a Routesetting Instructor), will need to authorize USA Climbing to complete a background check. USA Climbing staff will be in contact with you directly regarding the background check process, which you must authorize but will be paid for by USA Climbing.

TO COMPLETE a Background Screening: 

Background Screening is done through the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI).  All background screenings are valid for TWO (2) years from the time of submission. Background checks may take up to 10 days to process. As long as a routesetter submits his/her background check prior to the respective deadline, he/she will be listed as 'pending' until the background check has cleared.  Access on how to complete your background screen will be provided within the confirmation email received after registering/renewing your USA Climbing - Routesetter membership.  If a confirmation email is not received within 15 minutes of registering/renewing your membership, contact documents@usaclimbing.org immediately.


 

National Chiefs Announcement

We are excited to announce the National Chiefs for the 2018-2019 climbing season.  Please refer to the Competitions page for more information. 

At the National Cup Series events in fall of 2018, only the Chief Routesetter is assigned by USA Climbing.  All other routesetters are coordinated by the host facility at their discretion.  For the National Championship events in 2019, USA Climbing assigns the Chief Routesetter and all other positions (Assistant/Apprentice/Intern).  For those other positions, there will be a formal application process, the first of which will be opened in October.  Please do not apply until the formal application period is announced on this website.   

Level 1 Clinic Scheduled for August

LEVEL 1 CLINIC SCHEDULED - THIS CLINIC HAS BEEN FILLED

A Level 1 Clinic is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in improving their overall routesetting, learning fundamental skill sets for competition routesetting, and taking the first step towards advancing as a USAC competition routesetter. Please go to the CLINICS page and register directly through the link for the clinic. 

Clinic location and info:

August 28/29, 2018 – Spire Climbing Center; Bozeman, Montana – Chief Instructor Luke Bertelsen

Registration is first-come, first-served and you should have 6 months experience routesetting, proficiency in basic roped routesetting mechanics and be able to comfortably work 5.10/V3.  If you would like to participate we encourage you to register as soon as possible as we continue to see growing interest in Level 1 Clinics and most are filled quickly.



Application Period Open for 2018-2019 National Chief Routesetter Positions

We are opening a formal application process for those eligible and interested in opportunities to be a Chief Routesetter for a National event in the 2018-2019 season.  All Chief Routesetter positions at National Cup and Championship events require Level 5 Certification and any Routesetters with Level 5 may apply to be considered for National Chief positions.  

As with all USA Climbing Championship level competitions, positions are chosen in consideration of USAC routesetting background (both general and specific to the discipline(s)), professionalism, and with consideration for geographic diversity and recent experience.  There are very few positions for a higher number of highly skilled and qualified than there are competitions.  Anyone with Level 5 may apply but please be aware that only those with a high level of experience at National competitions (having set at least 6 or more National Competitions and significant experience as a Chief Routesetter at National and/or other Championship competitions) will be strongly considered.

2018 - 2019 National Events

Bouldering Open National Cup Series Competitions
- Ascend Pittsburgh NCS - September 20/21, 2018 (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Mesa Rim Climbing Academy NCS - October 12/13, 2018 (San Diego, CA)
- Momentum Silver Street NCS - November 16/17, 2018 (Houston, TX)
- Ascent Studio NCS - December 14/15, 2018 (Fort Collins, CO)
Bouldering Open National Championship - February 1st & 2nd, 2019 (Bend, OR)
Bouldering Youth National Championship - February 8th - 10th, 2019 (Bend OR)
Collegiate National Championship - April 2019 (Location TBD)
Sport & Speed Open National Championship - April 2019 (Exact Date & Location TBD)
Sport & Speed Youth National Championship - July 2019 (Exact Date & Location TBD)

When applying, you will be considered for all National competitions you are eligible for and if selected, for a competition(s) USA Climbing believes you are be best qualified for.  Therefore, it is not necessary to list in the application competition(s) you are most interested in, but you are welcome to note your preferences, and/or specify the competitions you may (or may not) be available for if desired.

There will be a two-week period to apply, after which we will review all applications and determine Chief Routesetters for the 2018-2019 season.  DEADLINE TO APPLY is July 9th, 2018

By August 1st, selections will be made and Chief Routesetters will be announced on this website.  The process for review and selection is managed by the Administrator of the Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program, Chris Danielson and applications may also be reviewed by USA Climbing staff, including Director of Operations John Muse.  In the case of National Cup Series competitions, the Event Organizer (Host facility) may also offer input on the selection of the Chief Routesetter for those events. 

Please download and submit the CHIEF ROUTESETTER APPLICATION to Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org   


Any questions, please contact Chris Danielson at routesetting@usaclimbing.org


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