Updated: 12/04/2019 @ 1:25pm
Welcome to the Capital Region page. The Capital Region (Region 701) is one of two regions that make up Division 7 and includes Virginia, West Virginia, DC, Maryland and Delaware. Rustbelt (702) is the other region in our Division and includes Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
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2019 Capital Bouldering Regional Championship
2020 Division 7 Bouldering Championship
Survey of Possible Improvements to the Local Season
Significant Changes to the 2019-2020 USA Climbing Season
Notice Regarding SafeSport Training for Youth Competitors
2019-2020 Bouldering Local Competition Registration
- General Information
2019 CAPITAL BOULDERING REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Capital Bouldering Regional Championship will be at Earth Treks’ Rockville location. This 38,000+ sq. ft. climbing center is located in Rockville, Maryland.
Learn more about Earth Treks - Rockville
Earth Treks Competition Page
Parking and ISO Direction/Map >
Additionally, spectators may park at Richard Montgomery High School. The Sandy Spring Bank lot should also be available after they close at 12pm.
Saturday, December 14
Earth Treks – Rockville 725 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852
LIMITED ACCESS FOR COMPETITORS AND THEIR FAMILIES
After discussions with host management and the event setting staff, we have revised the restrictions on venue access for competitors and their families as follows:
Beginning December 9th through close of business on December 12, competitors are prohibited from entering Earth Treks Rockville in its entirety. Additionally, competitors’ families are prohibited from entering the bouldering area of the venue during the same time period, but will be able to access the Sport climbing sections of the gym. Beginning December 13 until the close of isolation on December 14, competitors and their families are prohibited from entering Earth Treks Rockville in its entirety. Individuals who have been found to have violated these prohibitions may be subject to disciplinary action, including disqualification of competitors from Regionals. Additionally, photography and/or video of the competition area from December 9 until the close of isolation on December 14, is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action, including competitor disqualification from Regionals.
Please note, the primary revisions are that competitors’ families will have access to the Sport climbing areas of the gym from December 9-12, as the competition setting area will be obscured. We ask that competitors’ families not be in the bouldering area during the week leading up to the event and neither competitors nor their families be in the gym on the Friday prior to the competition (December 13). We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with these restrictions and hope these revisions will minimize any inconvenience experienced by our climbing families.
The Chief Routesetter for the event will be Daniel Cornella. Dan is a Level 3 USAC certified Route Setter with endorsements in both sport climbing and bouldering. He currently serves as the Assistant Head Route Setter to the Colorado Region Earth Treks branded facilities and finds his passion in creating movement on a day to day basis. Having set many championship level events, he looks forward to bringing his knowledge and psyche to the 701 Capital Region. When not setting you can easily find him roaming the local crags with his wife and dog.
We are excited to have Dan bring his years of experience and unique vision to this event. Dan will be supported by Ward Byrum, Earth Treks’ Director of Routesetting, and an experienced team from Earth Treks.
Late registration is now open and will close Tuesday, November 26 at 11:59pm MST. All other eligible competitors who have not yet registered may register during the late registration period but shall incur a late fee of $50.00 during this additional period.
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Current Registration List >
All competitors must have a current waiver on file with Earth Treks in order to compete. Complete waiver >
Current List of Waivers Completed/Needed >
Volunteers make this event possible. Be a part of the Capital Region’s growing volunteer community and help make this the best experience possible for your child/competitors. Running orders will not be realized and the schedule will not be finalized until we fill ALL volunteer slots.
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The preliminary schedule is now posted. Check back often, as it is subject to change.
View preliminary schedule > posted 11/29/19
Running orders will be posted closer to the event and once volunteer slots are filled.
Top 10 climbers in each category receive invitations to Divisionals at Peak Experiences in Richmond, VA.
We encourage all parents, competitors and coaches to read the USA Climbing Rulebook and watch the Championship Rules video.
A summary of the rules and other important information for the event can be found here. You are encouraged to review prior to the event.
Onsight format, 6 problems, 4 minutes per problem, 30 second transition, 4 minute rest.
USAC Level 2 Certified coaches may enter ISO but must do so within the ISO check-in window. Once a coach leaves ISO, they may not enter ISO again. USAC Level 1 Certified coaches may NOT enter ISO but must check in prior to entering the venue.
Iso(lation) is an area where, after checking-in, athletes are staged where they can neither see the problems nor can they communicate about them with anyone who has. Because competitor climb times are randomly ordered within their categories Regional Championships can have some of the longest ISO wait times of any competition. But ISO need not be stressful or boring.
- Know ISO open and close times. Once ISO closes, athletes may not enter.
- Know how long the ISO wait may last. This should not be a comp day surprise.
- Only athletes, USA Climbing active certified coaches, and competition officials allowed into ISO.
- Spectators are not allowed into venue until ISO closes. Climbers are not allowed in the competition area until after they have completed climbing after ISO.
- Send necessary climbing gear into ISO with climbers (harness, shoes, chalk, etc.).
- Make sure competitor knows to listen for and who is calling climbers on-deck.
- There are walls to warm up on in the isolation area. There are volunteer monitors in the isolation area.
- Send competitors into ISO with food and drink. Hydration is super important.
- Bathrooms are available but competitors may have to wait for available escort. Otherwise, climbers are not allowed to leave the isolation area until their climb.
- Kids are encouraged to interact; to invite strangers to join games. Climbers are encouraged to ask questions of any competitor, coach, or official.
- Fresh meals can be passed to athletes with long waits at ISO entrance
- Athletes may bring games, books, magazines, cards, and non-cell/non-wifi personal electronics and headphones. No phones or connected devices.
- You can send in a pillow and blanket but know that you cannot retrieve items left in ISO until the end of the competition.
- Climbers come out of isolation in a pre determined running order.
- The running order will be posted prior to the start of the competition.
- They climb the first problem for their category first.
- Climbers will have 4 minutes to attempt to complete each problem. They are allowed to try the problem as many times as they want for the allotted climbing period. They will have 30 seconds to transition to their next problem, where they will have a 4 minute rest period before they have to climb again.
- Once a climber completes their 6 problems they may watch the other competitors.\
- Climbers are scored for the highest Zone handhold that they reach and "control" on the problem during the time period (Zones: 5, 10, 15 or 25). Falls will be recorded and 0.1 will be deducted per fall to a competitor’s highest point. See the rulebook for secondary factors that come into play.
- Climbers are not allowed to receive any coaching, tips or direction (beta) from coaches, competitors or spectators during their climbing and resting periods or while transitioning to next climbs.
2020 DIVISION 7 BOULDERING CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday-Sunday, January 18-19, 2020
Peak Experiences (RVA/Richmond)—1375 Overbrook Road, Richmond, VA 23220
Registration is by invitation only and will open upon the conclusion of the Regional Championship.
Information will be posted as it becomes available.
The top six (6) competitors in each gender/category will receive an invitation from Youth Divisional Championships to Youth National Championships.
SURVEY OF POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE LOCAL SEASON
I want to get people’s thoughts on what would enhance your child’s experience at local competitions and encourage greater participation during the local competition season. Please take a moment to complete the survey below to provide us with your thoughts and opinions.
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE 2019-2020 USA CLIMBING SEASON
USA Climbing has added a number of membership categories -- and in some cases raised membership prices -- for the 2019-2020 climbing season. These changes will affect all USA Climbing stakeholder groups in addition to some of our organizational processes and procedures.
The primary reason for this change is that the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee have instituted changes for National Governing Bodies, like USA Climbing. These changes have required USA Climbing to provide SafeSport training and background screens to additional membership categories and stakeholder groups within the organization in an effort to ensure we are holding athlete safety to the highest of standards and priorities. Secondly, USA Climbing would like to begin giving to other organizations within the climbing industry as a way to have a broader impact. As a start, USA Climbing will give $5 for every Competitor and Collegiate Membership to the Access Fund, whose mission is to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment. To help mitigate these price increases, we will be adding additional benefits to membership categories to further increase their value and add reasons for individuals to maintain their memberships outside of just a competition requirement.
Another new change for the 2019-2020 climbing season is the introduction of a new membership platform. Since the beginning of USA Climbing, we have had the same membership platform and have long outgrown its capability. This new platform, Sport:80, will give USA Climbing and its stakeholders more connectivity, efficiency and reliability among a host of other positive additions to the organization as a whole. More information about this new system will be available in the coming weeks prior to the start of the new climbing season.
Visit the page below to view all membership additions and pricing changes as well as information related to the reasons for any additions/changes in "blue."
Significant Changes to the 2019-2020 USA Climbing Season
NOTICE REGARDING SAFESPORT TRAINING FOR YOUTH COMPETITORS
All competitors who will be 18 years of age or older on August 31, 2020 MUST complete SafeSport training. Any of the above-mentioned competitors who has not successfully completed the SafeSport training will have their membership in a "suspended" status not will not eligible to compete at any USAC events, including but not limited to, local competitions..
SafeSport Training is initiated through the Sport80 membership system at https://usaclimbing.sport80.com.
Competitors are strongly encouraged to complete SafeSport training as soon as possible as the training takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. If you have any questions please contact Sharlee@usaclimbing.org
2019-2020 BOULDERING LOCAL COMPETITION REGISTRATION
Below is a list of local competitions with registration opening on the dates/times indicated:
Registration for local comps in this region fills up quickly. We strongly recommend that you register for each comp as early as possible. To be eligible for the Regional Championship, competitors will have to participate in at least one Youth Local but will also have to rank Top 16 in at least one USAC Youth Local (Top 16 does not include “extra quota” competitors – see Rule 3.9.1(a)(ii)). Climbers can compete at “local” comps outside of the Capital Region to fulfill their comp requirements.
We will do our best to post when registration opens on the Capital Region Facebook group page. For nearby regions’ full schedules, visit the Rustbelt Schedule and Midsouth Schedule pages.
In order to compete at a USA Climbing sanctioned youth bouldering local, competitors must either:
1. be current 2019-2020 Competitor (annual) Members or
2. have registered for a $30 Introductory Membership online via the USA Climbing website prior to the competition.
Athletes that compete as an Introductory Member will not be eligible to advance to championship level competitions (Regional, Divisional, National). If a Youth or Collegiate competitor wishes to be eligible to compete in championship competitions, he/she will need to purchase either a Competitor Membership prior to the close of registration for the respective Regional Championship in order for the locals he/she competed in as an Introductory Member to count toward the competitor’s Regional eligibility.
A USA Climbing membership is valid from September 1 through August 31 annually and covers both Bouldering and Sport & Speed seasons. For more information on memberships and age category breakdowns, click here. In order to compete in a USA Climbing sanctioned competition, all competitors must hold a current USA Climbing Membership.
- USA Climbing Memberships are valid from September 1 through August 31, annually.
- Memberships are only available online and include access to all USA Climbing sanctioned competitions.
- Competitors that do not register for a Competitor (annual) Membership prior to attending a competition will be subject to the $30 Introductory Membership. The fees paid for Introductory Memberships will be credited toward the purchase of a USA Climbing Competitor Membership. The Introductory Membership replaces the Day Memberships but can now be used at multiple local events. You do not need to purchase a new Introductory Membership for each local event.
> For more information about membership or to register for a membership, USA Climbing Memberships.
Bouldering: a number of individual, short routes or “problems,” are attempted without a climbing rope, but with landing mats for protection.
Bouldering local season runs from September through November. Youth competitors are required to compete in a minimum of one USA Climbing sanctioned local bouldering competition and rank in the Top 16 (excluding extra quota competitors) in order to be eligible to compete in the Bouldering Regional Championship.
SPORT & SPEED SEASON
Sport: routes are climbed on lead or top-rope, with the competitor belayed from below. For lead, each quickdraw is clipped sequentially. Speed: routes are attempted on top-rope, with the competitor belayed from below, or on auto-belay. Competitors are ranked based on how long it takes them to climb a specific route (usually standardized).
Sport & Speed local season runs from February through April. Youth Sport competitors are required to compete in a minimum of one USA Climbing sanctioned local Sport competition and rank in the Top 16 (excluding extra quota competitors) in order to be eligible to compete in Sport at the Sport & Speed Regional Championship. Speed-only competitors are not required to attend Local competitions. They must, however, purchase a USAC Competitor (annual) Membership by the registration deadline for the Sport & Speed Regional Championships.