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 Welcome to the Great Lakes Region Webpage!



2019 Sport and Speed Divisionals Info:

2019 D5 Sport and Speed Divisional Preliminary Schedule

Sport Qualifier Running Order

Category C and D Speed Qualifiers Running Order

Category B, A and JR Speed Qualifier Running Order

Volunteer Sign-Up: Divisionals Volunteer sign up

Gym Waiver (all competitors, volunteers, and spectators need to complete one if they don't already have one on file with VE): Divisionals Gym Waiver




 2019 Sport And Speed Regionals Info:

Preliminary Schedule

Saturday Sport Running Orders

Saturday Speed Running Orders

Sunday Sport Running Orders

Sunday Speed Running Orders

Planet Rock Madison Heights gym info, including schedule, Hotel info, and link to volunteer sign-up

Results: 2019 Great Lakes sport and speed regional championship results



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

/Great Lakes Region Facebook Group




2019 Sport and Speed Season:

2019 Great Lakes Region sport and speed Schedule





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

2018 / 2019 Season Categories:


Birth Year

Youth D

2008 or Later

Youth C

2006 / 2007

Youth B

2004 / 2005

Youth A

2002 / 2003


2000 / 2001


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 2018 – 2019, (September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019) USA Climbing competitor membership, which can be purchased at www.usaclimbing.org  
  • Compete in at least two (2) USAC – sanctioned bouldering local comps anywhere in the country. 

    The Regional Championship event is scheduled for December 9 and 10, 2018.  Open enrollment for Regionals begins around November 1st and closes November 30th, 2018.  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 $10.00 Day-Membership at www.usaclimbing.org during the 6-days immediately prior to and including the comp (but not before that).  Fees paid for Day-Member pass cannot be applied or credited 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

Chuck Kapayo 

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

GYM MANAGERS:  Want your event listed on the Schedule Page?  Pay your USAC host Fee!

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

If you are a host facility and would like to pay your sanctioning fee with a credit card, please contact kyle@usaclimbing.org.



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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