FAQs

indicates new as of September 2017.

What is USA Climbing and how does the Northern California/Northern Nevada Region fit in?

USA Climbing is the national governing body of competition climbing in the United States. They promote three competition climbing disciplines: bouldering, sport and speed. To contact them, visit USAC Contacts.

Northern California/Northern Nevada Region is in Region 201 Division 2; view US map. To contact your NorCal Regional Coordinators, visit Region 201 Contacts.

Do I have to belong to a climbing gym or a team to compete?

No, USA Climbing competitions are open to anyone who pays the event fee and have a USAC Day-Member Pass or Annual Competitor Membership.

A number of climbing gyms in the Northern California/Northern Nevada region have teams that provide coaching and organized practice regimens and many of the team members participate in competitions, but anyone can also register and participate as an "Independent" climber.

What's the difference between a USAC Competitor Membership and a Day-Member Pass?

For first time climbers at Local events, sign up for a Day-Member Pass ($10) for your first competition to try out the competitive climbing scene. If you are planning to climb at a Regional Championship event, get the USAC Annual Competitor Membership ($95)! Both options are only done online.

USAC Fee Annual Competitor Membership ($95) Day-Member Pass ($10)*
Valid For 9/1-8/31 one local
Bouldering Locals
Bouldering Championships
Sport & Speed Locals
Sport & Speed Championships
  Member 1-Wk Pass

* A Day-Member Pass is valid for the week/weekend in which it was purchase. They can only be purchased online and done as early as Monday but no later than end of the competition. Cash is no longer accepted.

How are the 3 climbing disciplines different?

Bouldering- season runs from September to February

  • Consists of climbing short, strong problems without a rope
  • Local Competitions- September through November
  • Championship Competitions- Regionals: December; Divisionals: January; Nationals: February

Sport & Speed- season runs concurrently from March-July

  • Sport consists of climbing with ropes for top roping (C & D) and lead climbing (B, A & JR)
  • Speed consists of climbing a specific route on top rope and ranked on how long the climb takes
  • Local Competitions- March through April
  • Championship Competitions- Regionals: May; Divisionals: June; Nationals: July

Each discipline also has specific rules on how the competitions are scored. Review the USAC Rulebook for reference.

What are the requirements to compete at a Regional Championship event?

  • Compete in a minimum of 2 USAC Local competitions
  • Have USAC Competitor Membership by Regional event registration deadline
  • Register for Regional Championship event
Event USAC Membership Invite Other Requirements
Local Day-Member/Competitor All Gym Event Fee
Regional Competitor All 2 Locals; Event Fee
Divisional Competitor Regional Top 10 Event Fee
National Competitor Divisional Top 6 Event Fee
International   National Top 4 Event Fee
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