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802-New England East

USA Climbing New England East (NEE) region 802 is VT, NH, ME, and eastern MA.
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2018.02.28 - updated sport & speed regionals schedule



Feb 17
to Apr 29
  Sport Local Comps

(some comps might limit the number of competitors, 
so check the info pages and register early. 
walk-in registration might not be available.)


Feb 24

White Mountain School - Bethlehem, NH

  Mar 10

Boston Rock Gym - Woburn, MA

Volunteer Signup

  Mar 24

Metrorock - Everett, MA
** Flash Format


Mar 31

Brooklyn Boulders - Somerville, MA
** Modified Flash Format


  Apr 7

Salt Pump Climbing - Scarborough, ME
** Flash Format

Volunteer Signup


Apr 14

North Country Climbing Center - Lisbon, NH


Apr 28

Evo Rock & Fitness - Portland, ME

Go to 4/28 on calendar
for Info/Registration

Pre-registration only.
Two sessions, and max
50 competitors per session.


March 16-17

Sport & Speed Open National Championships

May 12-13  

Sport & Speed Region 802 Championships
Evo - Concord, NH

Sat May 12:  FYD, FYC, FYB, MYA
   Preliminary: iso 7:45a-8:30a, climbing 9:00a
Sun May 13: MYD, MYC, MYB, MJr, FYA, FJr
   Preliminary: iso 7:45a-8:30a, climbing 9:00a

Jun 16-17  

Sport & Speed Division 8 Championships
Central Rock Gym - Randolph, MA

July 12-15  

Sport & Speed Youth National Championships
Stone Summit - Kennesaw, GA





BOULDERING Nationals (Feb 2018)


USA Climbing Bouldering Youth National Championship info


Unofficial Registration Report for Region 802



We recommend before attending regionals, all competitors, coaches, and parents
      - read the explanation regarding the NEW Multi-zone scoring format 
      - and watch the new Bouldering Rules video.
The multi-zone scoring format will be used for all Bouldering Championship events: Regionals, Divisionals, Nationals (Youth & Open).



No experience is necessary to judge, and the multi-zone scoring system is straightforward, simpler than the old system. You'll be paired with another (experienced) judge you can learn from and can help ensure that you should be able to watch your climber. We will train you so that you feel ready!

Many of us remember the anxiety our first judge slot;
many of you will find the experience super satisfying!


Climbing is fairly unique among sports:
  • New, different "field of play" each comp (routesetting never the same, rebuilt each time)
  • Heavily resource intensive
  • Of registration fee, a large majority goes (directly or indirectly) toward "different field of play"
  • Requires many people day of the comp to keep it fair:  judges, iso, etc
  • This regionals has grown nearly 50% in 2yrs, while other sports are shrinking.

Most other sports use the same fields over and over and although they require maintenance, it isn't many thousands of $ to build the field each and every event, requiring a large routesetting crew and 6-7 days of shutting down all/part of a revenue-generating business/gym.

Most other sports don't have the human resource needs either. To run a fair comp that respects the effort that our climbers have put into training requires about 200 slots filled for those 266 competitors in our region, a much higher volunteer-to-competitor ratio than most sports.

That's a quick attempt to outline why the comp requires a registration fee AND requires heavy volunteer participation from the parents.

While there might counter arguments to some of the points above, please keep in mind that today's reality is:
  - we do need many, many volunteers for these comps.
  - we don't get have enough volunteers for these comps.

Thank you! 

Everyone (even if not judging) should read the scoring explanation:


Judges to watch the new bouldering rules video:



Bouldering season

Sep 1
to Nov 29
  Bouldering Local Comps
(some comps might limit the number of competitors, 
so check the info pages and register early.
walk-in registration might not be available.)

Sep 9 Rock Spot Climbing - Boston/Dedham, MA

Gym Info/Register Waiver

Sep 16 North Country Climbing Center - Lisbon, NH

Gym Info/Register Waiver  
  Sep 23 Boston Rock Gym - Woburn, MA
(only limited number of registration slots left)

Gym Info/Register Waiver  
  Sep 30 Salt Pump Climbing - Scarborough, ME

Gym Info/Register Waiver  

Oct 14 Evo Rock + Fitness - Concord, NH

Gym Info/Register Waiver  
  Oct 21 White Mountain School - Bethlehem NH

Gym Info/Register Waiver  
  Oct 28 Petra Clifs - Burlington, VT

Gym Info/Register Waiver  

Nov 4 Evo Rock + Fitness - Portland, ME
(limited registration)

Gym Info/Register Waiver  
  Nov 11 Metrorock - Essex Junction, VT

Gym Info/Register Waiver  

Dec 9-10

  Bouldering Region 802 Championships
Metrorock - Newburyport, MA
(see above)  
Jan 13-14   Bouldering Division 8 Championships
Central Rock Gym - Warwick, RI
(info coming)  
Feb 2-3   Bouldering Open National Championships
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Feb 9-11   Bouldering Youth National Championships
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT



USA Climbing memberships for the Sept 1, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018 competition year are now available.
(Or click on the "JOIN or SUPPORT" link at the top of every usaclimbing.org page.)


In order to help avoid disappointment, confusion, or even disqualification, it is everyone's responsibility to know and understand the USA Climbing rules.

We highly recommend that everyone be familiar with the USA Climbing Rulebook.  There are some significant changes made to the rules for the 2017-2018 year, and the first section of the rulebook is "Significant Changes -- Overview."  This is a great place to start if you've read the rulebook before.

For Bouldering season: All climbers, parents, coaches, friends, and especially judges: please watch the 2017-2018 Championship Bouldering Competition Rules Video prior to attending or participating in Bouldering Regionals, Divisionals, or Nationals.

For Sport & Speed season: All climbers, parents, coaches, friends, and especially judges and belayers: please watch the Sport Climbing Rules video prior to attending or participating in Sport& Speed Regionals, Divisionals, or Nationals.

If there is any climbers briefing in iso, it will be primarily for items specific to that competition or to that venue/gym.  The climbers briefing cannot (and will not) fully review all the rules. It is the responsibility of the coaches and climbers to ensure they know the rules.


All the USA Climbing Championship events run on volunteer power. All the judges, belayers monitors, escorts, runners, and scorers are volunteers and without them we cannot provide the successful championship event that all our climbers have trained so hard for!

Parents and friends who have volunteered in the past: thank you and yes, we will need your generous help again. In fact, please help spread the word among the others on your team and at your gym -- volunteering isn't complicated, it's satisfying, it's educational, and it's appreciated by all the competitors! If you can, bring along someone who hasn't judged before, and we'll help you show them how capable they are to help out.

Those who have yet to volunteer: please consider signing up to help your climber(s) at this championship event. You can be assured that you are just as capable as any of the amazing volunteers that we see consistently helping at all the USAC events. You'll watch the Bouldering Competition Rules Video (see link above) or the Sport Climbing Rules video (see above) beforehand, and we'll review things during a briefing the day of the comp. We will prepare you, and we will help you feel prepared.

We strive to arrange volunteer assignments so that you can see your climber(s) -- that's one reason we ask for the category of your climber(s). While we can't guarantee you'll see all of your climber's attempts, we've been successful with this in the past. In fact, the more volunteers we get, the more we can have duplicate judges and substitutes! Also, please also consider signing up for the session before or session after your climber(s).



For the Bouldering Championship Events, USAC coaches must complete the following by Nov 1st:
  1) submit team rosters for use in team championship calculations.
  2) submit all documentation for coaching certification to be allowed into the isolation area.
See the Coaches page on the USAC site for more info.



The New England East region is one of two that make up Division 8:
    New England East (802): VT, ME,NH, Eastern MA   (our region)
    New England West (801): NY, CT,RI, Western MA  (neighboring region)

The New England East Regional Coordinators (RCs) are:
    Mark Vasta, Matt Ornes, and Shannon Lucia
    (see the Region 802 Contacts link on the right side of this page.)

Nearby Regions (for other local competitions):
    New England West (801): NY, CT, RI, Western MA
    Rustbelt (702): OH, PA, NJ






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