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801-New England West

Welcome to the New England West Region page. Please join our Facebook group 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.


Bouldering Divisional Championships information

Date: 01/12/2019 - 01/13/2019

Registration: Registration link and info is here. You can check your registration status here.

Location: BETA Climbing+Fitness, 45 Harbor Drive, Stamford, CT 06902

Waiver: Please fill out a waiver here if you haven't done so. 

Volunteers: Please click here to signup to volunteer. Climbing competitions can only work with your volunteer help. See below for why.

Schedule: Will be announced when it's available.

Hotel information:

Sheraton Stamford Hotel 

  • 700 E Main St. Stamford, CT 06901 (1.8 miles away from BETA, 7-minute drive) 
  • $109 per night + $7 parking
  • Sheraton is offering a free shuttle service from the hotel to BETA and from BETA back to the hotel. We hope this will be helpful for families/parents so they don't have to worry about parking around the gym. This shuttle can also take them around downtown Stamford as well. 
  • For reservations, click on https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1810185761&key=19DB9791 or call 1-800-325-3535 and ask for the discounted rate for "Beta Rocks" or "Beta Climbing and Fitness".
  • The cut-off date for this discount is December 27th, 2018.

Amsterdam Hotel 

  • 19 Clarks Hill Ave Stamford CT 06901 (1.5 miles, 6-minute drive)
  • $80 per night for a single queen or $85 per night for a double
  • Reservations can be made on www.amsterdamhotelct.com. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the "Discount Code Reservations" button. 
  • Use the following discount code when booking, no cut-off date for these discount codes:

80betarocks (for a single Queen room), 85betarocks (for a double Queen room)



Bouldering Local Comp Schedule:

(Bouldering Local Season: September - November, 2018)

Note: Climbers may compete at any local comp, in any region, to satisfy the two comp minimum requirement for Regionals. Check out our neighboring regions, New England East and The Rusbelt, for more local comps.

09/22/2018 - Central Rock Gym, Hadley, MA (Registration limited to 80 climbers/session. NO walk-in registrations will be accepted.) 09/29/2018 - Rock Climb Fairfield, Fairfield, CT 10/06/2018 - The Gravity Vault, Poughkeepsie, NY 10/13/2018 - Brooklyn Boulders, Queensbridge, NY 10/21/2018 - The Rock Club, New Rochelle, NY 10/27/2018 - The Gravity Vault, Melville, NY 10/27/2018 - Rock Spot, South Kingstown, RI

Registration links and waivers can be found on the schedule & results page.

Bouldering Championships: 

12/8-9/2018 - Bouldering Regional Championships - CRG, Hadley, MA

1/12-13/2019 - Bouldering Divisional Championships - BETA Climbing + Fitness, Stamford, CT

2/1-2/2019 - Bouldering Open National Championships - Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Redmond, OR

2/8-10/2019 - Bouldering Youth National Championships: February 8/9/10, 2019 - Deschutes County Fairgrounds, Redmond, OR

Speed & Speed local comp schedule (TBA)


(Sport & Speed Local Season: February - April, 2019)

Sport & Speed Championships: 

5/18-19/2019 - Sport & Speed Regional Championships

6/15-16/2019 - Sport & Speed Divisional Championships

7/11-14/2019 - Sport & Speed Youth National Championships - Reach Climbing, Bridgeport, PA


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 membershipUSA Climbing Memberships


Please review 2018-2019 USA Climbing Rulebook for Championship events eligibility.




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!

Thank you!
-Your friendly (volunteer!) Regional Coordinator crew (Joan, Jayme & Kevin)



Kevin Gallagher, Jayme Talbot, and Joan Zhao (region801@usaclimbing.org). Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.




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