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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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  • New 2018-2019 Rulebook
  • 2018-2019 Membership
  • 2018-2019 Bouldering Season
  • General Information


NEW 2018-2019 RULEBOOK

USA Climbing has just posted the new Rulebook for the 2018/2019 season. The updated rulebook contains a number of significant changes to the previous season.

The eligibility requirements for Regionals have changed. In addition to the usual requirement to attend at least two local comps, you must now also place in the top 20 in at least one of those locals in order to be eligible for Regionals. Please see Rule 3.9.1 for further details.

Rules 6.18.1, 6.18.2, and 6.18.3 pertaining to “control” have been updated, eliminating the reference to two seconds, and making clear that control “is determined by evaluating the climbing position of the competitor and use of the handhold.”

There are several other significant rule changes and we encourage everyone to review at least Section 1 of the new Rulebook which highlights the changes.


2018-2019 MEMBERSHIP

Registration for the 2018-2019 season membership is now open! 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 $20 Introductory Membership. The fees paid for Introductory Memberships will not be applied or credited toward any other type of USA Climbing 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.



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 two Youth Locals but now will also have to rank Top 20 in at least one USAC Youth Local (Top 20 does not include “extra quota” competitors – see Rule 3.9.1). 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 2018-2019 Competitor (annual) Members or
  2. have registered for a $20 Introductory Membership online via the USA Climbing website prior to the competition.

Athletes that compete as a 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 a Introductory Member to count toward the competitor’s Regional eligibility.


Sept. 29, 2018

Youth Bouldering Local

Earth Treks
Timonium, MD

Oct. 13, 2018

Youth Bouldering Local

Christiansburg, VA

Oct. 27, 2018

Youth Bouldering Local

Vertical Rock
Manassas, VA

Nov. 3, 2018

Youth Bouldering Local

River Rock
Roanoke, VA

Nov. 10, 2018

Youth Bouldering Local

The Boulder Yard
Frederick, MD

Dec. 8, 2018

Bouldering Regional Championships

Earth Treks
Rockville, MD

Jan. 12-13, 2019

Bouldering Division 7 Championships

Peak Experiences RVA
Richmond, VA

February 1-2, 2019

Bouldering Open National Championships

Deschutes County Fairgrounds Expo Center
Bend, Oregon

February 8-10, 2019

Bouldering Youth National Championships

Deschutes County Fairgrounds Expo Center
Bend, Oregon



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 September through November. 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, 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 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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