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2018 Bouldering Regional Championships Information - Onsight Format
2-Day Event: Sat Dec 8th & Sun Dec 9th
Hosted by Sender One LAX
Sat Dec 8th morning session = FYD, FYC, MYB
Sat Dec 8th afternoon session = MYD, MYC
Sun Dec 9th morning session = FYB, FYA, MYA
Sun Dec 9th afternoon session = FJR, MJR
Registration is OPEN Nov 1 - 30. Register by Nov 17 to guarantee event T-shirt!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Please signup ASAP! If the quality of judging is important to your competitor, please volunteer as a judge! There will be 2 judges for every problem.
Rooms for Regionals
Sender One LAX has arranged for a small block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn, 2100 E Mariposa Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245 (310)726-0100
Special rate of $130 for Friday, December 7th or Saturday, December 8th including breakfast, parking, and two queen beds.
To book online, use this link or promo code SENDER.
To book over the phone, say you are with the Bouldering Regional Competition at Sender One or give the promo code SENDER.
Reasonable rates are also available at the Hyatt Place, 750 N Nash St, El Segundo, CA 90245 (310) 322-2880 when World of Hyatt members make advance purchase reservations using Hyatt website https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/hyatt-place-los-angeles-lax-el-segundo/laxze/offers.
NEW 2018-2019 USA CLIMBING RULE FOR REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ELIGIBILITY:
To be eligible to compete in Bouldering and Sport & Speed Regional Championships, Competitors must meet both conditions:
- Participate in at least Two (2) Youth Local Competitions
- Be Ranked in the Top Twenty (20) in at least One (1) Youth Local Competition
(USA Climbing Rulebook - Rule 3.9.1).
Top Twenty Rank List
Local Competition Registration Steps:
- Purchase USA Climbing Competitor or Introductory Membership http://www.usaclimbing.org/Members/Membership_Overview.htm (No USA Climbing Membership = no scorecard)
- Register for local competition (See schedule below)
- Fill out host gym waiver (Waivers usually need to be updated annually. When in doubt, fill it out! No waiver or unconfirmed waivers = no scorecard)
- Sign up to volunteer (See explanation below. Too few volunteers = poorly run competition with long lines and wait times)
- Read USA Climbing Rules http://www.usaclimbing.org/Assets/18-19+Rulebook.pdf and watch Bouldering or Sport Climbing Rules Video http://www.usaclimbing.org/Officials/Rulebook.htm (See explanation below)
- Contact a Regional Coordinator with questions (See contact info below)
2018 Bouldering Local Competition Schedule:
November 10 - Origin Climbing and Fitness, Henderson, NV - Onsight Format
Running Order (Female)
Running Order (Male)
November 17 - Sender One SNA, Santa Ana, CA - Modified Redpoint
Bouldering Regional Championships: December 8/9, 2018
Sender One LAX, Los Angeles, CA - Onsight
Bouldering Divisional Championships: January 12/13, 2019
The Boulder Field, Sacramento CA - Onsight
Bouldering Youth National Championships: February 8/9/10, 2019 - Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Redmond, OR - Onsight
2019 Sport & Speed Season Schedule
Sport & Speed Local Season: February - April, 2019
Sport & Speed Regional Championships: May 18/19, 2019 - Location TBD
Sport & Speed Divisional Championships: June 15/16, 2019 - Location TBD
Sport & Speed Youth National Championships: July 11/12/13/14, 2019 - Reach Climbing, Bridgeport, PA
Each climbing family is expected to provide at least one volunteer for at least one local competition and all championship level events in which their competitor competes during both bouldering and sport & speed seasons. Please see the host gym registration page for volunteer sign up instructions.
WHY DO CLIMBING COMPETITIONS REQUIRE SO MANY VOLUNTEERS,
EVEN WITH ALL THE REGISTRATION FEES?
In part, this is because climbing competitions involve a new, unique "field of play" every time:
Most other sports use the same standardized, unchanged fields/venues over and over. Although these fields/venues require maintenance, it isn't many thousands of $ to build the "field of play" each and every event. Climbing comps require a large routesetting crew and 6-7 days of shutting down all/part of a revenue-generating climbing gym, followed by a competition in a sport requiring serious liability insurance for the gym and USA Climbing.
Most other sports don't have the human resource requirements either. The entire onsight format depends heavily on having isolation run properly, and well-trained judges to make fair and clear assessment of a climber's achievement. To run a fair and safe comp for 250 competitors, that respects the effort that our climbers have put into training, requires almost 200 slots to be filled, nearly a 1:1 ratio. In comparison, a swim meet for over 200 competitors at an 8-lane poll needs less than 15 volunteers+officials; a soccer tourney with 200 players requires 20-40 vounteers+officials. A climbing competition therefore requires 5X to 10X the number of volunteers as these other sports. While other sports can have a small fraction of families helping at the competitions, youth climbing events need to have most families involved in at least one volunteer role.
The quanity of volunteers is partially driven by the need for coverage -- to ensure volunteers have the ability to watch their climber, and their climber can be watched. It's important that they can briefly step away from their assignment to watch, while still ensuring a level of consistency in judging. The number of slots are sized to allow this coverage, and to meet the standards of quality and fairness expected.
Thoughtful planning of judge pairing so that volunteers can watch their climber, as well as putting less experienced judges with experienced judges, requires time. The earlier the signups are filled, the earlier that process can start.
-Your friendly (volunteer) Regional Coordinator team
Classic Redpoint Rules
Modified Redpoint Rules
If you have questions, feel free to contact:
Adrienne Beauchamp Role: Scorekeeper/Assistant Event Coordinator
Steve Davis Role: Co-Chief Judge
Rich Endo Role: Web Master
Bayan Suleman Role: Co-Chief Judge
Liz Whaley Role: Event Coordinator/Facebook Coordinator/Las Vegas Liaison
Eric Wong . Role: Volunteer Coordinator