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502-Great Lakes


 Welcome to the Great Lakes Region Webpage!





  Regionals Info:



Link to Rules video (all judges must watch before arriving at the comp): 

Bouldering Rules


Updated Lists of Registered Climbers  
Registration closes at 11:59MT on Monday, 11/25/19.


On Tuesday Morning, We will have a preliminary schedule posted.


Registered Climbers sorted by Category:
Registered Climbers sorted by last name:



 Facebook users: Check out the Great Lakes Region Facebook page for the most up to date news:

/Great Lakes Region Facebook Group



Youth climbers compete in gender-specific age categories based on their birth year.



Birth Year

Youth D

2009 or Later

Youth C

2007 / 2008

Youth B

2005 / 2006

Youth A

2003 / 2004


2001 / 2002


A Climber’s Regional affiliation is based on their home address or the address of their home gym.  The Great Lakes Region (Region 502) consists of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.  

To be eligible to compete at the Regional championship, climbers must:

  • Have a 2019 – 2020, (September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2022) USA Climbing competitor membership, which can be purchased at www.usaclimbing.org  
  • Compete in at least one (1) USAC – sanctioned bouldering local comp anywhere in the country and finish in the top 16 places in their age category. 
  • The Regional Championship event is scheduled for December 14 and 15, 2019.  Open enrollment for Regionals begins November 4th and closes November 25th, 2019.  All climbers will compete either on Saturday or Sunday but not both days.  


    Competitors who choose not register for an annual USA Climbing membership prior to participating in a local comp must purchase a $30.00 Introductory-Membership at www.usaclimbing.org .  Fees paid for Day-Member pass can be applied  toward the later purchase of an annual membership. 

  • Key Rules: 

  • Climber may touch only the designated start hold(s) with his/her hands prior to an attempt; touching another hold will be counted as an attempt.
  • Climber must control the start hold(s) with both hands before proceeding to the next handhold.
  • Black tape indicates area that are completely off limits, (this includes the tape).
  • Red tape indicates area (including the tape) that may not be touched by a climber’s hand.  Their feet may “smear” the flat surface of the wall past the tape, but cannot use any holds across the tape.
  • Climber may not use the side or top of the wall (unless specifically designated as part of the problem by the route-setter and explained by the judge).
  • Climber may not put his/her fingers in the t-nut holes in the wall or volumes.
  • No BETA is allowed, competitors may not receive coaching or parents yelling out BETA to the climber – this may lead to disqualification. 
  • Parents and Coaches are not permitted to have a discussion or contact with the judge.  Any such action may be grounds for disqualification of the competitor.  All issues should be addressed with Chief Judge.
  • No headphones while climbing
  • Climber may call a “technical” only for the following:
    • Broken/spinning hold
    • Tape stuck to the shoe
    • An open would with blood
    • Failure of the timing system – he/she will be given a new attempt on the problem once the issue is resolved.
    • Closed chalk bag and untied shoes are NOT considered a technical.

      Please check online for up-to-date information about upcoming information and events:  

    • USA Climbing Great Lakes Regional Page
    • The USA climbing Website 
    • USA Climbing Midwest Regional Page
    • USA Climbing Rulebook

If you have questions drop us a note on Facebook or Facebook Messenger. 

Be safe this  season –

Your USA Climbing Great Lakes Regional Coordinators,

John Kelly

Rodney Ruth

Daneen Angwin

Check the Great Lakes Schedule for Details!  Be sure to also check nearby regions for additional local competitions, especially 702: The Rustbelt and 501: Midwest

If you have questions regarding membership or the bouldering season, please do not hesitate to ask. E-mail: info@usaclimbing.org or call the office: 303-499-0715 for more details!



The great Lakes Region includes:

       Illinois         Michigan         Indiana           Kentucky



10 climbers from each category will advance from Regionals to Divisionals 

6 climbers from each category will advance from Divisionals to Nationals. 




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