801-New England West
Welcome to the New England West Region page. Please join our Facebook group and Instagram (usac.801new) for updates and information on competitions.
All info about local and championship comps will be posted on this page. This should always be the first place you look for schedule, running orders, volunteer info, etc. We will often announce info on facebook as well, but there are many people who are not on fb, so fb is not our primary communication channel.
2019-2020 Bouldering Season
Registration links and waivers can be found (when available) on the schedule & results page.
Note: To qualify for Regionals, a climber needs to compete in at least one local comp, in any region, and place in top 16 in his/her category, and has a competitor membership. Check out our neighboring regions, New England East and The Rusbelt, for more local comps.
1. Local comps period: 9/7/2019-11/23/2019
2. Regional Championships: 12/14-12/15/2019, Rock Climb Fairfield, Fairfield, CT
3. Divisional Championships: 1/18-1/19/2020, Beta Climbing and Fitness, Stamford, CT
4. Youth National Championships: 2/7/2020 - 2/9/2020, Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, Redmond, OR.
2019-2020 Sport & Speed Season
Youth Regional Championships (Option 1): 5/9/20-5/10/20
Youth Regional Championships (Option 2): 5/16/20-5/17/20
Youth Divisional Championships: 6/20/20 - 6/21/20
Youth National Championships: 7/9/20 - 7/12/20
Stay tuned for Registration for the 2019-2020 season membership. 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, visit USA Climbing Memberships
** SAFESPORT TRAINING IS REQUIRED FOR ALL COMPETITORS 18 OR OLDER **
Sport & Speed Youth National Championship competitors who will be 18 years of age or older on July 11, 2019 MUST complete SafeSport training prior to athlete check-in on Wednesday, July 10th. Any competitor who has not successfully completed the SafeSport training by the close of athlete check-in (6pm EDT) will not eligible to compete at Sport & Speed Youth National Championships.
Note that climbers who will be under 18 on July 11th don't need to do anything regarding SafeSport. Those who are 17 now but will be 18 or older on July 11 must get parental consent before doing the SafeSport training.
Additional information can be found on the Youth Nationals registration page.
Please review 2019-2020 USA Climbing Rulebook. Pay particular attention to the first section, "Rules Under USA Climbing Review and Significant Changes".
WHY DO CLIMBING COMPETITIONS REQUIRE SO MANY VOLUNTEERS,
EVEN WITH ALL THE REGISTRATION FEES?
In part, this is because climbing competitions involve a new, unique "field of play" every time:
- The climbing "field of play" is a set of never-before-seen routes/problems
- A large majority of comp registration fees goes toward their creation
- Extensive (volunteer) resources are required to run a fair comp: judges, iso, etc.
Most other sports use the same standardized, unchanged fields/venues over and over. Although these fields/venues require maintenance, it isn't many thousands of $ to build the "field of play" each and every event. Climbing comps require a large routesetting crew and 6-7 days of shutting down all/part of a revenue-generating climbing gym, followed by a competition in a sport requiring serious liability insurance for the gym and USA Climbing.
Most other sports don't have the human resource requirements either. The entire onsight format depends heavily on having iso run properly, and well-trained judges to make fair and clear assessment of a climber's achievement. To run a fair and safe comp for 250 competitors, that respects the effort that our climbers have put into training, requires almost 200 slots to be filled, nearly a 1:1 ratio. In comparison, a swim meet for over 200 competitors at an 8-lane poll needs less than 15 volunteers+officials; a soccer tourney with 200 players requires 20-40 vounteers+officials. A climbing competition therefore requires 5X to 10X the number of volunteers as these other sports. While other sports can have a small fraction of families helping at the competitions, youth climbing events need to have most families involved in at least one volunteer role.
The quantity of volunteers is partially driven by the need for coverage -- to ensure volunteers have the ability to watch their climber, and their climber can be watched. It's important that they can briefly step away from their assignment to watch, while still ensuring a level of consistency in judging. The number of slots are sized to allow this coverage, and to meet the standards of quality and fairness expected.
That's a quick outline of some reasons why the climbing comps require a registration fee AND require heavy volunteer participation from the parents. A reasonable expectation is that each climbing family provide at least one volunteer in each of the bouldering and sport seasons.
Thoughtful planning of judge pairing so that volunteers can watch their climber, as well as putting less experienced judges with experienced judges, requires time. The earlier the signups are filled, the earlier that process can start.
The reality is:
- Competitors do pay a registration fee
- On top of that, we still do need many, many volunteers for these comps
- Often, we don't get enough volunteers for these comps signed up early enough
- But we can help make that change!
-Your friendly (volunteer!) Regional Coordinator crew (Joan, Jayme & Kevin)
801 REGIONAL COORDINATORS
Kevin Gallagher, Joan Zhao, Jayme Talbot
Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.