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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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  • Capital Region Sport Judging & Belaying Clinic
  • 2018 Capital Sport & Speed Regional Championship
  • 2018 Sport & Speed Division 7 Championship
  • 2018 Sport & Speed Season
  • Membership Requirements for Local Competitions
  • General Information



Following the success of last year’s judging and belaying clinic in the DC metro area, where attendees judged and belayed through Youth Nationals, we are hosting a Sport Championship Judging & Belaying Clinic in Richmond, VA. We take pride that we continue to foster terrific long term judges and belayers in the region who go on to work the highest level of competitive climbing.

  • Do you have the urge to judge championship events but would like to practice in a non-stressful environment first?
  • Ever wondered how to judge sport regionals, divisionals, and nationals?
  • Do you want know how to belay championship events?
  • Would you like to improve the quality of judging and belaying at championship events?

USA Climbing Capital Region and Peak Experiences is hosting this clinic at Peak Experiences Richmond on Saturday, April 28 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Regional and divisional coordinators will cover all aspects of judging for championship events. Clinic participants will also test their skills in mock competition scenarios. Beginners and veterans welcome.

Additionally, coordinators will conduct a belaying overview and demonstration for top rope and, for very experienced belayers, a tutorial on competitive lead belaying. Belay experience is required (does not have to be competition experience).

This exciting event is open to climber parents and others in the Region 701 community who want to volunteer at local and higher competitions.

To reserve your space or if you have questions, email jenniejariel@gmail.com.

Sport Judging & Belaying Clinic
Saturday, April 28
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Peak Experiences
1375 Overbrook Rd.
Richmond, VA 23220


  • Participants can only register for judging OR belay as tutorials run concurrently.
  • Please arrive about 15 minutes prior to start time. If you are signing up for the belay component and have not belayed at Peak within the past 6 months, please arrive 30 minutes prior for belay certification.
  • When reserving space for belay component, please indicate whether you are top rope and/or lead belay certified at Peak Experiences.
  • All attendees must have a waiver on file with Peak Experiences in order to participate.
  • While the clinic is free, non Peak Experiences member participants must pay for a day pass if they wish to climb after clinic.



We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Capital Sport & Speed Regional Championship will be at Peak Experience’s new Richmond facility. This 21,000 sq. ft. climbing center is located in the Sports Center of Richmond’s (SCOR) 50,000 sq. ft. sports complex.

Peak Experiences Richmond
Saturday, May 12
1375 Overbook Road
Richmond, VA 23220

Registration is now open and closes at 11:59pm MST on Monday, April 30, 2018. On May 1st, USA Climbing will post a roster of currently registered competitors and reopen registration to allow all members an additional 48-hours to register for Regionals at an additional $100 fee. USA Climbing will NOT accept any late or missed registration appeals if a competitor fails to register by this second registration deadline.

Athlete’s measurement requirement for registration: To aid in route setting for Regionals, the Regionals registration form will ask for your athlete's "measured reach in inches." To measure, stand flat footed against a wall and reach as high as you can and measure from the bottom of your foot to the tip of your hand.

We encourage everyone to register early to help us finalize the schedule. Competitors may register before meeting their two required sport locals. Competitors that do not meet requirements by the time Regionals registration closes will be refunded. The two-competition minimum participation requirement will be waived for competitors that wish to compete in SPEED ONLY.
Register here >

All competitors must have a current waiver on file with Peak Experiences in order to compete. Complete waiver >

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 finalized until we fill volunteer slots.
Sign up to volunteer >

The preliminary schedule is now posted. Check back often, as it is subject to change.
View preliminary schedule > posted 4/2/18

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 Vertical Adventures in Columbus, OH. 
Speed: All 
climbers that compete in Speed receive invitations to Divisionals for Speed.

We encourage all parents, competitors and coaches to read the USA Climbing Rulebook and watch the Championship Rules video.

Onsight format, 3 routes, 5 minutes per route, 1 min. transition, 5 minute rest, 1 min. tie-in period.

USAC Certified coaches may enter ISO but must do so within the ISO check-in window. Coaches may not go out with their climbers for route preview. Once a coach leaves ISO, they may not enter ISO again until the Session 2 ISO check-in window. 

ISO (Isolation)
Iso(lation) is an area where, after checking-in, athletes are staged where they can neither see the routes nor can they communicate about them with anyone who has. Athletes will all have an equal, timed opportunity to preview routes then they will be herded back into ISO until their assigned climb time. 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.

  • Speed-only competitors do not need to enter ISO.
  • 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 Session 1 ISO closes. Sport 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 route for their category first.
  • Climbers will have 5 minutes to complete each route, with one attempt. They will have one minute to transition to their next route, where they will have a 5 minute rest period and 1 minute tie-in period before they have to climb again.
  • Once a climber completes their 3 routes they may watch the other competitors.
  • Climbers are scored for the highest hold that they reach with “positive movement,” “usable service,” or “control,” and number of clips made (clips are for climbs that are lead climbed).
  • 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. 


  • Routes are attempted on top-rope. Competitors are ranked based on how long it takes them to climb a specific route.



June 16-17, 2018

Vertical Adventures
6513 Kingsmill Ct.
Columbus, OH 43229

Registration will open at the conclusion of Sport & Speed Regionals and is by invitation only.

Top 6 climbers in each category receive invitations to Nationals. 
Speed: All 
climbers that compete in Speed receive invitations to Nationals for Speed.



If you do not have a 2017-2018 season membership and would like to participate in Sport & Speed Season, including Regionals, register here.

The Capital Region schedule is posted on the Region 701 Schedule & Results page. Registration for local comps in this region fills up quickly. Join the Capital Region Facebook group for updates on comps, including registration openings. We strongly recommend that you register for each comp as early as possible. Climbers can compete at “local” comps outside of the Capital Region to fulfill their 2 comp requirement necessary to compete at the respective discipline’s Regional Championship. The 2-comp requirement does not apply for “speed only” competitors. For nearby regions’ full schedules, visit the Rustbelt Schedule and Midsouth Schedule pages.


May 12, 2018

Sport & Speed Youth Regional Championships
Speed: All categories (including B, A and Jr) will be on a randomized route (not IFSC regulation route)

Peak Experiences (New facility)
Richmond, VA

June 16-17, 2018

Sport & Speed Youth Division 7 Championships
Speed: Categories B, A and JR will be on the 10m IFSC regulation route/wall. C & D will be on a randomized route.

Vertical Adventures
Columbus, OH

July 12-15, 2018

Sport & Speed Youth National Championships
Speed: Categories B, A and JR will be on the 15m IFSC regulation route/wall. C & D will be on a randomized route.

Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness Center
Kennesaw, GA



In order to compete at a USA Climbing sanctioned youth local, competitors must either:

  • be current 2017-2018 annual members or
  • have registered for a $10 Day-member pass online via the USA Climbing website prior to the competition.

A $10 Day-member pass can be purchased as early as the Monday before the competition. [This is a change from last year where day passes were only valid for 24 hours]. It will allow you to compete in a USA Climbing sanctioned local competition and be placed amongst the other competitors in your category at the event. The fees paid for Day-member passes will not be applied or credited toward any other type of USAC membership. 

For more information or to register for annual or day-member membership, visit the Membership page.



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.

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 Sept. 1, 2017 to Nov. 26, 2017. Youth competitors are required to compete in a minimum of two USA Climbing sanctioned local bouldering competitions in order to be eligible to compete in the Bouldering Regional Championship.

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. Competitors are ranked based on how long it takes them to climb a specific route (usually standardized IFSC route for B, A and JR categories and randomized route for C and D categories).

Sport & Speed local season runs from February 17 through April 29, 2018. Youth Sport competitors are required to compete in a minimum of two USA Climbing sanctioned local Sport competitions in order to be eligible to compete in Sport at the Sport & Speed Regional Championship.




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