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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.

Join the Capital Region Facebook group for updates, information on Youth competitions and photos. If you are looking for updates on the Collegiate series, join the Collegiate Capital Region Facebook Group.

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Membership Requirements for Local Competitions
  • General Season Information

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MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS FOR LOCAL COMPETITIONS

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

  1. be current 2017-2018 annual members or
  2. 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.

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2017-2018 GENERAL SEASON INFORMATION

MEMBERSHIP
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 SEASON
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 & 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. Competitors are ranked based on how long it takes them to climb a specific route (usually standardized).

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.