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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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  • 2018 Sport & Speed Regionals
  • Vertical Rock Sport Comp Added to Schedule
  • 2018 Sport & Speed Season
  • Membership Requirements for Local Competitions
  • General Information




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.

Learn more about Peak RVA/Richmond>




Vertical Rock is hosting a flash format Youth Sport local comp on April 14, 2018. Registration is open and will most likely sell out fast. For more information on this format, see rule 5.4.3 “Onsight —Flash Demonstration” on page 28 of the USAC Rulebook.

Register for the Vertical Rock comp>




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.


March 16-17, 2018

Sport & Speed Open National Championships
Speed: 15m IFSC regulation route/wall

Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center
Reno, NV

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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