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Region 81

Updated: 10/16/2020 @ 1:00pm

Welcome to the Youth Region 81 page. Region 81 is one of two regions that make up Division 8 and includes Virginia, part of West Virginia and Maryland. Region 82 is the other region in our Division and includes Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Western New York.

Join the Youth Region 81 Facebook Group for updates, information on Youth competitions and photos. If you are looking for updates on the Collegiate series, join the Collegiate Mid-Atlantic Division Facebook Group.

Region 81 Coordinators (region81@usaclimbing.org):

Steve Baker
Jeffrey Cass
John Moriarty
René Sepúlveda
Michelle Sherman

Divisional Coordinator: Jeffrey Cass (jcass.usac@gmail.com)

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HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • USA Climbing Announces Significant Changes to 2020-2021 USA Climbing Season

  • Notice Regarding SafeSport Training for Youth Competitors

  • 2020-2021 Season

  • 2020-2021 Qualifier Competition Schedule

  • General Information

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USA CLIMBING ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO 2020-2021 USA CLIMBING SEASON

For an important notice from USA Climbing about changes to the 2020-2021 climbing season, please click here.

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NOTICE REGARDING SAFESPORT TRAINING FOR YOUTH COMPETITORS

All competitors who will be 18 years of age or older on August 31, 2021 MUST complete SafeSport training.  Any of the above-mentioned competitors who has not successfully completed the SafeSport training will have their membership in a "pending" status and will not be eligible to compete at any USAC events, including but not limited to, qualifier 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

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2020-2021 SEASON

We strongly recommend that you register for each comp as early as possible. Youth competitors are required to compete in a minimum of one USA Climbing sanctioned qualifier competition for each discipline they wish to compete in and will be awarded rank points based on place at those competitions. More information below.

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2020-2021 QUALIFIER SCHEDULE

1. The schedule is tentative until the event is confirmed between the Host Gym, Kaya, and USA Climbing. An event is NOT OFFICIAL UNTIL LISTED AS APPROVED on the spreadsheet below. 

2. Each gym has its own set rules for facility access regarding the pandemic and participation in the competition. Please familiarize yourself with the gyms policies prior to participation in an event.

  • Competitors should first check the host facility’s website to identify any local health department restrictions or other compliance requirements prior to their visit. Some areas or facilities may still have restrictions in place that require competitors and/or spectators to make reservations to climb at the host facility.

  • If required, competitors should make a reservation to climb at the host facility during the designated two-week competition period prior to registering for the event within the KAYA app. Reservations may also be required for spectators. Please call or go to the host facility website for reservation instructions and event instructions. Please contact the host facility with any questions regarding access for the competition. 

3. Competitors should keep a written record of their completed boulders and videos of those boulders in the event a technical issue arises with the KAYA app. The written record should include the event name as listed on the USA Climbing website, date and time of your climbing session, photo of each completed boulder and each completed boulder’s name, color and grade. Don’t forget to also capture videos of your completed boulders.

4. Registration will take place through Kaya and USA Climbing, not through the gyms. Competitors MUST possess a current USA Climbing Intro or Competitor Membership in order to participate. In order to be ranked for regionals, a Competitor Membership is required.

5. USA Climbing will be releasing a set of rules specific to the Virtual Qualifying Events, an FAQ Document, Instructions for Competitors using KAYA, and an updated rules video for bouldering.


2020-2021 BOULDERING SEASON (OVERVIEW) - information is preliminary and subject to change 

Jan. 16, 2021

Bouldering Regional Championship

[TBD]

Feb. 20-21, 2021

Bouldering Division 8 Championship

[TBD]

July 7-13, 2021

Youth National Championships

[TBD]

Nov. ___, 2021

National Championships

[TBD]

2020-2021 LEAD/TOP ROPE SEASON (OVERVIEW) - information is preliminary and subject to change 

[TBD]

Youth Lead/Top Rope Qualifier

[TBD]

[TBD]

Youth Lead/Top Rope Qualifier

[TBD]

[TBD]

Youth Lead/Top Rope Qualifier

[TBD]

[TBD]

Youth Lead/Top Qualifier

[TBD]

Apr. 24, 2021

Lead/Top Regional Championship

[TBD]

May 29-30, 2021

Lead/Top Rope Division 8 Championship

[TBD]

July 7-13, 2021

Youth National Championships

[TBD]

Nov. ___, 2021

National Championships

[TBD]

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

MEMBERSHIP

A USA Climbing membership is valid for a period of one year from purchase. 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 for a period of one year from purchase.

  • Memberships are only available online and include access to all USA Climbing sanctioned competitions.

  • Competitors must register for either a Competitor Membership or Introductory Membership prior to attending a competition. The fees paid for Introductory Memberships will not be credited toward the purchase of a USA Climbing Competitor Membership and no competitions attended as an Introductory Member will count towards championship eligibility.   

> For more information about membership or to register for a membershipUSA Climbing Memberships.

BOULDERING SEASON - [may be adjusted due to COVID-19]

Bouldering: a number of individual, short routes or “problems,” are attempted without a climbing rope, but with landing mats for protection.

Bouldering qualifier season runs from November through December. Youth competitors are required to compete in a minimum of one USA Climbing sanctioned bouldering qualifier competition and will be awarded rank points based on place at those competitions. The Regional Ranking of each climber who holds a Competitor membership at the time of the comp will be based on her/his best V point total score from among all of the QE competitions in which s/he participated during the season as a Competitor member. As each Bouldering QE is completed, the ranked list of all Regional competitors in a category will be updated on the USA Climbing website.

At the end of the Bouldering Qualification season, the top 25 competitors with Competitor memberships per category per gender will qualify for Regionals. Those who are pre-qualified for Regionals, if ranked within the top 25, will provide a pass down to the next highest ranked competitor(s).

For more information on the “virtual” bouldering qualification series, please click here.

LEAD/TOP ROPE SEASON - [may be adjusted due to COVID-19]

Lead/Top Rope: routes are climbed on lead or top-rope, with the competitor belayed from below. For lead, each quickdraw is clipped sequentially. Lead/Top Rope qualifier season runs from February through mid-April. Youth competitors are required to compete in a minimum of one USA Climbing sanctioned sport qualifier competition and will be awarded rank points based on place at those competitions. Each competitor’s Top 2 ranks will be used to determine Regional rankings. 

At the end of the Lead/Top Rope Qualification season, the top 25 competitors with Competitor memberships per category per gender will qualify for Regionals. Those who are pre-qualified for Regionals, if ranked within the top 25, will provide a pass down to the next highest ranked competitor(s).

SPEED SEASON - [may be adjusted due to COVID-19]

Speed: routes are attempted on top-rope, with the competitor on auto-belay. Competitors are ranked based on how long it takes them to climb a specific route (usually standardized).

Speed competitors are required to attend youth qualification speed trial competitions from mid-October to mid-April. They must also purchase a USAC Competitor or Introductory Membership to be eligible to register for the qualification trials. Only times set at youth qualification speed trial competitions, while holding a Competitor Membership, will count toward qualification for the Youth National Speed Championship Qualification. There will be no credit for competitions while holding an Introductory membership.


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