Updated: 03/02/2020 @ 12:45pm
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.
Join the Capital Region Group on the USA Climbing Forum for updates, information on Youth competitions and photos. If you are looking for updates on the Collegiate series, join the Collegiate Capital Region Facebook Group.
- Lead Belaying and Judging Clinic
- Significant Changes to the 2019-2020 USA Climbing Season
- Notice Regarding SafeSport Training for Youth Competitors
- 2020 Sport Local Competition Registration
- 2019-2020 Season
- General Information
LEAD BELAYING AND JUDGING CLINICS
USA Climbing Capital Region 701 will be hosting a competition lead belaying clinic as well as a judging clinic at Earth Treks' Columbia location following their local sport competition on April 4, 2020. These clinics are an excellent way to be introduced to or to improve your competition belaying or judging skills prior to Regionals and Divisionals.
Please note that this is a more advanced level of lead belaying and we ask that all participants have experience with lead belaying and feel comfortable doing so. This is not for inexperienced belayers. The judging clinic will be open for all participants, regardless of experience.
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE 2019-2020 USA CLIMBING SEASON
USA Climbing has added a number of membership categories -- and in some cases raised membership prices -- for the 2019-2020 climbing season. These changes will affect all USA Climbing stakeholder groups in addition to some of our organizational processes and procedures.
The primary reason for this change is that the U.S. Center for SafeSport and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee have instituted changes for National Governing Bodies, like USA Climbing. These changes have required USA Climbing to provide SafeSport training and background screens to additional membership categories and stakeholder groups within the organization in an effort to ensure we are holding athlete safety to the highest of standards and priorities. Secondly, USA Climbing would like to begin giving to other organizations within the climbing industry as a way to have a broader impact. As a start, USA Climbing will give $5 for every Competitor and Collegiate Membership to the Access Fund, whose mission is to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment. To help mitigate these price increases, we will be adding additional benefits to membership categories to further increase their value and add reasons for individuals to maintain their memberships outside of just a competition requirement.
Another new change for the 2019-2020 climbing season is the introduction of a new membership platform. Since the beginning of USA Climbing, we have had the same membership platform and have long outgrown its capability. This new platform, Sport:80, will give USA Climbing and its stakeholders more connectivity, efficiency and reliability among a host of other positive additions to the organization as a whole. More information about this new system will be available in the coming weeks prior to the start of the new climbing season.
Visit the page below to view all membership additions and pricing changes as well as information related to the reasons for any additions/changes in "blue."
Significant Changes to the 2019-2020 USA Climbing Season
NOTICE REGARDING SAFESPORT TRAINING FOR YOUTH COMPETITORS
All competitors who will be 18 years of age or older on August 31, 2020 MUST complete SafeSport training. Any of the above-mentioned competitors who has not successfully completed the SafeSport training will have their membership in a "suspended" status not will not eligible to compete at any USAC events, including but not limited to, local competitions..
SafeSport Training is initiated through the Sport80 membership system at https://usaclimbing.sport80.com.
Competitors are strongly encouraged to complete SafeSport training as soon as possible as the training takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. If you have any questions please contact Sharlee@usaclimbing.org
2020 SPORT LOCAL COMPETITION REGISTRATION
Below is a list of local competitions with registration opening on the dates/times indicated. This list is tentative and subject to change, so please check back often.
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 at least one Youth Local but will also have to rank Top 16 in at least one USAC Youth Local (Top 16 does not include “extra quota” competitors – see Rule 3.9.1(a)(ii)). 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 2019-2020 Competitor (annual) Members or
2. have registered for a $30 Introductory Membership online via the USA Climbing website prior to the competition.
Athletes that compete as an 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 an Introductory Member to count toward the competitor’s Regional eligibility.
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. 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 $30 Introductory Membership. The fees paid for Introductory Memberships will be credited toward the purchase of a USA Climbing Competitor 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.
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 one USA Climbing sanctioned local bouldering competition and rank in the Top 16 (excluding extra quota competitors) in order to be eligible to compete in the Bouldering Regional Championship.
SPORT & SPEED SEASON
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 one USA Climbing sanctioned local Sport competition and rank in the Top 16 (excluding extra quota competitors) in order to be eligible to compete in Sport at the Sport & Speed Regional Championship. Speed-only competitors are not required to attend Local competitions. They must, however, purchase a USAC Competitor (annual) Membership by the registration deadline for the Sport & Speed Regional Championships.