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Last update: Dec 19, 2014. Added preliminary schedule for divisionals

ABS 16 Divisional Championship

Location: Central Rock Gym,Glastonbury, CT

Date: Saturday & Sunday, Jan 10-11, 2015

Registration: Climbers with an invitation to Divisionals must register here no later than Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 11:59pm MT.

Volunteers: We need you! Sign up now (please)!

Provisional Schedule

Qualification Round -- Saturday, 10 January 2015:

  • 4 climbs: 4 minutes to climb, 4 minutes of rest, no transition
  • Rolling isolation for Saturday qualification round
  • Each climber should check into isolation 20 minutes prior to their posted climbing time
  • Climbers are NOT allowed to enter the gym prior to entering ISO. If a climber enters the gym before they enter ISO they may be disqualified from the event.
8:30Judges meeting
9:00Isolation Opens
10:00FYB, MYC, FYD categories climbing begins
11:32FJR, FYC, MYD, MYA categories climbing begins
1:04FYA, MYB, MJR categories climbing begins
3:30Gym closes to all guests to reset for finals

Final Round -- Sunday, 11 January 2015:

  • 3 climbs: 5 minutes to climb, 5 minutes of rest, no transition
  • Single isolation, all climbers and coaches must check into isolation by 9:40AM.
9:00Isolation Opens for all climbers
9:00Judges meeting
9:40Isolation Closes for all climbers
9:45National Anthem
10:00FYB, MYC, FYD climbing begins
10:48FJR, FYC, MYD, MYA climbing begins
11:36FYA, MYB, MJR climbing begins
1:00(approx) Awards

ABS 16 Regional Championship Results

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Regional Championship and made it a success: the volunteers; the Gravity Vault staff and setting team; and, most of all, congratulations to all the climbers.

The individual places and invites and team results are available here. This includes the results of the two super finals.

If you want all the details that's available here. This does not include the results of the two super finals. To understand the new ranking algorithm check out this explanation from USA Climbing.

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.

ABS 16 Schedule

The local competition season has ended. Good luck to all New England West climbers in the championship season.

ABS 16 Championship Comps

Dec 6, 2014 -- Youth Regional Championship, The Gravity Vault, Upper Saddle River, NJ
Jan 10-11, 2015 -- Youth Divisional Championship, Central Rock Gym,Glastonbury, CT
Feb 13-15, 2015 -- Youth National Championship, Madison, Wisconsin

Feb 6-7, 2015 -- ABS 16 Open National Championship

SCS 2015 Schedule

New England West Local Comps

Feb 28, 2015 -- Central Rock Gym, Glastonbury, CT
Mar 8, 2015 (Sunday) -- The Rock Club, New Rochelle, NY
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

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, location TBD
Jun 13-14, 2015 -- Youth Divisional Championship, location TBD
July 9-12, 2015 -- Youth National Championship, location TBD

Mar 27-28, 2015 -- SCS Open National Championship

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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