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Regional Coordinators: Kevin Gallagher

New England West News

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Last update: Apr 24, 2015. Regionals registration list updated

Volunteer for Regionals

We need volunteers to help run the regional championship. We can't run the competition without you! Don't worry, you can take a break from your volunteer duties to watch your climber.

Please sign up here.

Thank you!!

SCS Regional Championship Registration

Registration for the SCS Youth Regional Championships is now open.Click here to register. All competitors MUST register before May 1, 2015 at 11:59pm MT.

Registration is open to all USA Climbing youth competitors who have competed in, or intend to compete in, at least two USA Climbing SCS sanctioned local competitions as a USA Climbing competitor member before May 9, 2015. You can register before you have completed your two comps. If you don't complete two comps your registration fee will be refunded.

Important: If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 15 minutes of registering for this competition, please contact USA Climbing will NOT accept registrations beyond the May 1, 2015 registration deadline.

Here is the list of climber's who have registered as of April 24, 2015. If your name is not on the list then something went wrong with your registration and you must contact USA Climbing at This list will be updated periodically so you can verify that you are registered.

SCS Regional Championship Competition Details

Regionals will be held at The Rock Club in New Rochelle, NY on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The format will be a single round onsight competition with three routes per category.

** Tentative Schedule **
Subject to change based on registration numbers
This schedule assumes we have enough volunteers

Morning Session - All Female Categories
Note: Male competitors may not enter the gym during the morning session

ISO opens
Judges & belayers meetings
Meeting for all other volunteers (ISO caller, chair runner, etc.)
ISO closes
Competitors meeting
Route preview
Sport climbing begins
Sport climbing ends

Afternoon Session - All Male Categories
Note: Female competitors are welcome watch, cheer and volunteer

ISO opens
Judges & belayers meetings
Meeting for all other volunteers (ISO caller, chair runner, etc.)
ISO closes
Competitors meeting
Route preview
Sport climbing begins
Sport climbing ends

Speed Climbing - All Categories

(approx) Competitors Meeting
Speed climbing begins
Speed climbing ends

(approx) Awards will be presented as soon as all scoring is complete

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. A second false start will result in disqualification.
  • 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
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

Division 1:  Washington / Alaska Northwest Northern California
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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