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Regional Coordinators: Kevin Gallagher

New England West News

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Last update: Feb 28, 2015. CRG local comp results posted

ABS 16 Youth National Championships

Congratulations to all New England West climbers who competed at Nationals. The final results are available here.

Also, many thanks to all the N.E.W. parents who volunteered and made the comp a huge success.

Rule Changes

The Rules Committee made some significant changes to the rules this year. Here is a summary of some of the more important changes that I've noticed.

This is just a summary -- read the Rulebook yourself too! It's your responsibility to know the rules to avoid disappointment at the comps! Start with Section 1, "Significant Changes - Overview".

  • Section 13.2, "Guidelines for Routesetting and Scoring": This section explains in great detail how holds are scored. There is also an explanation of the route map, which a climber normally only gets to see for a few seconds after their climb.
  • Section 5.28, "Scoring": This has been expanded to more completely describe some of the nuances of scoring, including "control", "positive movement" and "usable surface".
  • Sections 5.18.5-5.18.12: The biggest change here is a clarification that competitors must control the starting hold(s) before using their hands for climbing on any other holds.
  • Sections 6.10.1 (Sport Rankings) and 8.4.1 (Bouldering Rankings): At Regionals, Divisionals and Nationals the finish order for each round is determined first by the number of tops a competitor got followed by the geometric mean of their rank on each route/boulder. Yep, it's a little more complicated than how it used to be done. See the rules for details on the math. Also helpful is 'Reading the results'.
  • Section 7.6.10: Speed competitors are only allowed one false start per round, instead of two.
  • Section 5.25.9: If a speed competitor suffers a technical incident, the other climber does not get to reclimb the route.
  • Section 7.8: If there are any ties among speed competitors advancing to the next round, they shall immediately reclimb the routes.

Again, be sure to read the rulebook for the full and complete rules.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

SCS 2015 Schedule

New England West Local Comps

Feb 28, 2015 -- Central Rock Gym, Glastonbury, CT. Results here
Mar 14, 2015 -- New Jersey Rock Gym, Fairfield, NJ
Mar 21, 2015 -- The Gravity Vault, Upper Saddle River, NJ
Apr 11, 2015 -- The Gravity Vault, Chatham, NJ
Apr 18, 2015 -- The Gravity Vault, Middletown, NJ
Apr 25, 2015 -- Carabiner's, Fairfield, CT

Note: Climbers may compete at any local comp, in any region, to satisfy the two comp minimum requirement for regionals. To be eligible to advance to Divisionals, competitors must compete at their home Regional Championship.

SCS 2015 Championship Comps

May 9, 2015 -- Youth Regional Championship, The Rock Club, New Rochelle, NY
Jun 13-14, 2015 -- Youth Divisional Championship, Central Rock Gym, Watertown, MA
July 9-12, 2015 -- Youth National Championship, Stone Summit, Kennesaw, GA


Mar 27-28, 2015 -- SCS Open National Championship, Central Rock Gym, Watertown, MA

ABS 17 Schedule

The ABS 17 schedule will be posted in late summer.

About Our Region

The New England West Region (Region 502) is one of three regions that make up Division 5:

  • Capital Region (501): Eastern PA, DE, MD, DC and Northern VA
  • New England West (502): NJ, NY, CT, Western MA
  • New England East (503): VT, ME, NH, RI, Eastern MA

Regional Coordinator

Kevin Gallagher

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USAC Regions

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Division 2:  Southern California Southern Mountain Colorado
Division 3:  Midwest Ohio River Valley Mid-Atlantic
Division 4:  Heartland Bayou Deep South
Division 5:  Capital New England West New England East


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