USA Climbing News

Sport & Speed Youth Divisional Championships

Congratulations to everyone that competed in the Sport & Speed Youth Divisional Championships! Registration for the Youth National Championships is by invitation only and is now closed.

The charts below reflect the final registrants for the upcoming Sport & Speed Youth National Championships.











More information pertaining to the Sport & Speed Youth National Championships will be posted on the event website as it becomes available, we encourage you to check it often.

All Speed Results from the Divisional Championships have been posted under the SCS tab of our website, for competitors to view.

All Sport Youth Championship competitors should refer to this document when reading the results from the SCS Championship competitions.

2015 Adaptive Climbing National Championship

USA Climbing is excited to host the 2nd Annual Adaptive Climbing National Championship at Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness in Kennesaw, Georiga on July 17, 2015. Read more about this competition and click here to register for the competition. Registration will close on Wednesday, July 15th at 11:59pm MT.

Skratch Labs to Sponsor the First USA Climbing All-Around Award & Coaches' Lounge

USA Climbing national sponsor, Skratch Labs will sponsor the first USA Climbing all-around award and coaches' lounge at the upcoming Youth Sport & Speed National Championships in Kennesaw, GA. Click here to read more.

World Youth Championships- Coaches Call for Applications

USA Climbing is looking for 3 Assistant Coaches and 1 Apprentice Coach to assist Head Coach, Claudiu Vidulescu at the 2015 World Youth Championships in Arco, Italy. Click here for more details about each position and how to apply. All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm MT on July 9, 2015.

USA Climbing Regional Realignment Plan- Effective September 1, 2015

Beginning September 1, 2015 USA Climbing's Regional and Divisional structure will be reformatted and our geographic boundaries redrawn to allow for a tigther distribution of our membership across all regions. For more details about the realignment and a map of the new boundaries, click here.

USA Climbing Partners with Rally Me

USA Climbing in partnership with RallyMe, launches a USA Climbing Crowdfunding platform, exclusively for all USA Climbing's TEAMs. Read more...

USA Climbing Rules Revisions

As outlined in the addendum to the USA Climbing Rulebook, the Rules Committee has pulished the changes below to our rules, effective April 5, 2015. To review the Rulebook in its entirety, click here.

13.3 Rules Revisions as-of April 5, 2015

11/30/2014- Rule 5.18.9 shall be replaced with:

Prior to an attempt, a competitor may only touch the marked starting hold(s) with their hands. If they touch any other holds with their hands they will be charged with an attempt. Note: Touching a foothold with a foot prior to beginning an attempt will not result in the competitor being charged with an attempt.

04/05/2015- Rule 5.7.4 shall be replaced with:

For each discipline, the reigning Open National Champions, if they are age-eligibile as youth competitors, will receive a bye to their respective Youth National Championship. Additionally,

a.) For sport climbing, the second, third and fourth place finishers at the Open National Championships, if they also qualify as a youth, will receive a bye to their respective Regional Championships.

b.) For speed climbing, the second, third and fourth place finishers at the Open National Championships, if they also qualify as a youth, will receive a bye to their respective Divisional Championships.

c.) Each competitor who receives a by must be a current member of USA Climbing.

04/05/15- Rules 5.37.3 and 5.37.4 shall be replaced with:

5.37.3 The U.S. National Teams are selected to represent the United States in sanctioned international competitions. There are separate Adult and Youth National Teams, the members of which are defined by participation quotas for international competitions as follows:

a.) The U.S. Adult National Team is composed of the top six (6) U.S. citizen competitors in the Open National Championships and any reigning World and/or Pan American Champions.

b.) The U.S. Youth National Team is composed of the top four (4) U.S. citizen competitors in the Youth National Championships and any reigning World and/or Pan American Champions. In the event a reigning World and/or Pan American Champion finishes in the top four (4) U.S. citizen competitors in the National Championships, the next highest placed U.S. citizen competitor(s) will also be member(s) of the U.S. National Team.

5.37.4 An individual who has been selected to compete in the place of a U.S. Youth National team member at World Youth Championships or Pan American Championships, shall also be considered a U.S. National Team member, as an 'Alternate.'

USA Climbing Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

If there are any topics you'd like the USA Climbing Board of Directors to discuss during one of their their regularly scheduled board meetings, please e-mail with topics or ideas.

All Routesetters

Click here to be directed to the USA Climbing Routesetting website, with all the information you could ever want on how to get certified as a USAC setter! The site also provides details on routesetting clinics, certifications and even how to be a host gym.