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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 Bouldering Youth Divisional Championship
  • Bouldering New 2018-2019 Rulebook
  • 2018-2019 Membership
  • 2018-2019 Bouldering Season
  • General Information



Saturday-Sunday, January 12-13, 2019
Peak Experiences (RVA/Richmond)—1375 Overbrook Road, Richmond, VA 23220

Registration is by invitation only and closes Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 11:59 pm MST. Competitors with an *asterisk next to their name in the online Regionals results have received an invitation to Divisionals. USA Climbing WILL NOT contact competitors who receive 2nd/subsequent round invitations. USA Climbing will post 2nd round invitation charts by the end of the day on Friday, Dec. 14.
> Register here

All competitors must complete a waiver for Peak Experiences in order to compete.
> Complete waiver

Will be posted shortly.

These events aren’t possible without the help of volunteers! We need a lot of volunteers to ensure the event runs smoothly, fairly and on time. Volunteer sign-up link will be posted shortly.

Graduate Richmond
301 West Franklin St.
Richmond, VA 23220   (804) 521-3400
> Book group rate  Group cutoff date: 12/21/18

Guests will be given a “run of house” option at the rate of $129 (whatever room type is available at the time of their request, so no guarantee on kings or double queens being available always). The hotel will also reserve the right to modify block based on needs. Unless otherwise notified, rooms available will be guaranteed until 20 days prior.  After this date, the hotel cannot guarantee rooms nor rates.

Richmond offerings include: Seasonal Byrd House Bar located on our 16th floor roof-top, complimentary bicycle rentals, in-room refrigerators, Brookfield Cafe and Lounge with outdoor patio on our first floor, roof-top outdoor seasonal pool, fitness center and complimentary wi-fi throughout. Note: Valet parking at $12.00 per car per day with in/out privileges.

Cancellations: Individual guest rooms in this group block must be cancelled by 4:00 pm 24 hours prior to the date of arrival or one-night room and tax will be charged to the method of guarantee and advanced deposits forfeited.

Two round on-sight bouldering competition with “Multi-zone” format.
Saturday (Qualifiers): 4 problems, 4 minutes per problem, 4 minute rest (no transition); top 10 advance to finals
Sunday (Finals): 3 problems, 4 minutes per problem, 4 minute rest (no transition)

> Watch the bouldering rules video
> Read the updated rulebook

Running orders will be posted closer to the event and only when all volunteer positions are filled.
> See running order

The top six (6) competitors in each gender/category will receive an invitation from Youth Divisional Championships to Youth National Championships.

ISO (Isolation):

  • Climbers report to a cordoned off ISO area at check-in to ensure that they do not see the problems prior to their turn.
  • Climbers are not allowed in the competition area until after they have completed climbing.
  • Only climbers and USA Climbing certified coaches who have met all requirements are allowed in the isolation area.
  • Climbers are not allowed to leave the isolation area until it is their turn to climb.
  • Climbers are not allowed to have phones or internet connected devices in the isolation area.
  • They may bring food and drinks.
  • There is a bathroom available in the isolation area.
  • There are walls to warm up on in the isolation area. There are volunteer monitors in the isolation area.


  • 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.
  • They are allowed to try the problem as many times as they want for the allotted climbing period. After the time period ends, the climber transitions to the next climb then rests for the next time period while the 2nd climber in the running order climbs the first climb. At the end of the second climbing period, the first climber begins the second problem, the second climber rests and the third climber begins the first problem. This progression continues until all of the climbers have climbed all of the problems.
  • Once a climber is finished climbing, he/she 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 .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. 


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.


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.


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

March 8-9, 2019

Sport & Speed Open National Championship

Alexandria, VA

May 18-19, 2019

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.

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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