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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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  • 2019 Capital Sport & Speed Regional Championships

  • 2019 Sport & Speed Division 7 Championships

  • Notice Regarding SafeSport Training for Youth Competitors

  • 2019 Sport Local Competition Registration

  • 2018-2019 Season

  • General Information



We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Capital Sport & Speed Regional Championship will be at Earth Treks’ Crystal City location. This 45,000 sq. ft. climbing center is located in downtown Crystal City, Virginia, just minutes from the Pentagon and the Nation’s capital.

Learn more about Earth Treks - Crystal City

Earth Treks Competition Page

Saturday, May 11

Earth Treks - Crystal City 1235 S. Clark Street Arlington, VA 22202


Registration is now open and closes at 11:59pm MST on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. 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 $50 fee. Registration for Regionals will officially close on May 2nd at 11:59pm MST and USA Climbing will NOT accept any late or missed registration appeals if a competitor fails to register by this second registration deadline.

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 >

Current Registration List >


All competitors must have a current waiver on file with Earth Treks 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 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 4/2/19


Running orders will be posted closer to the event and once volunteer slots are filled.


Sport: 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, 30 second transition, 5 minute rest.


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.

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 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 30 seconds to transition to their next route, where they will have a 5 minute rest 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 15-16, 2019

Vertical Adventures 6513 Kingsmill Ct. Columbus, OH 43229


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


Sport: Top 6 climbers in each category receive invitations to Nationals.

Speed: All climbers that compete in Speed receive invitations to Nationals for Speed.



At this time, youth competitors who will be 18 years old on or before August 31, 2019, will need to complete the SafeSport training by June 27, 2019. Any youth competitor who is 17 at the time of training, is required to provide parental consent to info@usaclimbing.org prior to completing the training.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport is creating a youth specific training that is in the final stages of development, and is expected to be rolled out later this spring, which may result in changes to the above-referenced policy.



Below is a list of local competitions with registration opening on the dates/times indicated:

Gym and Location

Registration Date/Time

Registration Link

Volunteer Sign-Up

Competition Date

Peak Experiences – Midlothian
11421 Polo Circle
Midlothian, VA




April 20, 2019

Vertical Rock
10225 Nokesville Rd
Manassas, VA




April 13, 2019

Crimper’s Climbing Gym
100 Central Ave
Christiansburg, VA




March 23, 2019




2018-2019 SEASON

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.

NOTICE TO COMPETITORS: As a result of the Capital Region having less than 4 local competitions for the 2019 Sport Season, the top-20 requirement for Regional Championship registration will not apply for this season. Competitors will still need to compete in at least 2 local comps and hold a competitor membership, if they wish to register for Regionals.

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 Championship

Earth Treks
Rockville, MD

Jan. 12-13, 2019

Bouldering Division 7 Championship

Peak Experiences RVA
Richmond, VA

February 1-2, 2019

Bouldering Open National Championship

Deschutes County Fairgrounds Expo Center
Bend, Oregon

February 8-10, 2019

Bouldering Youth National Championship

Deschutes County Fairgrounds Expo Center
Bend, Oregon






March 23, 2019

Youth Sport Local

Christiansburg, VA

April 13, 2019

Youth Sport Local

Vertical Rock
Manassas, VA

April 20, 2019

Youth Sport Local

Peak Experiences
Midlothian, VA

March 8-9, 2019

Sport & Speed Open National Championship

Alexandria, VA

May 11, 2019
(date has changed)

Sport & Speed Regional Championship

Earth Treks Crystal City
Arlington, VA

June 15-16, 2019

Sport & Speed Division 7 Championship

Vertical Adventures
Columbus, OH

July 11-14, 2019

Sport & Speed Youth National Championship

Reach Climbing + Fitness
Bridgeport, PA



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 $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.

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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