Youth League - Interclub series
Round two: Cliffhanger, Sunday Nov 17
10am - 12 noon (9.45am arrival)
Cliffhanger is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new initiative, the Youth League. The Youth League is a social series, where youth squads from around Victoria pit themselves against each other to gain flash climbing experience, and of course, have fun.
Click here to join the interleague Facebook group
**These are the competitors who chose to log scores electronically (score logging is not required in keeping with the social nature of the competition. Anyone who missed logging their scores can email and attention their results to Luke and we will update.**
The league has been created to give junior aged climbers more experience with competition, and grow familiarity with the climbing community in a relaxed environment, ahead of high pressure competitions, such as the state titles. It's also a great opportunity for an inter-club meetup. The series will run to a newly created structure, different to traditional climbing competitions currently run by state and national bodies. State and national bodies increasingly have to follow Olympic standard rules for competitions, which provides a great and elite experience for our athletes, however the administrative burden has led to a decline in general competitions hosted by gyms, and left lead and top-ropes climbers with few avenues for competition other than state and national titles.
The Youth League has been created by gyms themselves - initially a joint project between Cliffhanger, Gravity Worx and The Rock in Geelong, with other gyms also keen to take part as the league takes shape.
Squads will travel to other gyms and treat the existing climbs as 'new' climbs. While there may be new routes put up, there is no formal route-setting requirement. Competitors who have previously climbed the routes, such as those from the home team, will be required to identify as 'home squad', so other competitors can take that into account when comparing final scores. The competition will take place approximately once a month on a Sunday morning. Competitors are encouraged to arrive at opening time and compete for the first two hours of operation of the gym to create a social environment for the competition, however competitors can log their scores for the entire day.
Age category based on competitor's age at 31.12.19
Junior - 17 & 18 year olds
Youth A - 15 & 16 year olds
Youth B - 13 & 14 year olds
Youth C - 11 & 12 year olds
Youth D -- 10 & under
The host gym will nominate a set of climbs graded 8 to 23 which competitors can climb. Once a competitor has fallen in the climb or rested on the rope, they must return to the ground. They can queue for the climb again and make other attempts, but all attempts must be ground up.
Competitors will log their climbs, with their top-5 graded climbs counting toward their score. Scores for each climb are based on the grade of the climb. If a competitor climbs a grade 15 without falling or resting on the rope, and the climb is clean, they will earn 15 points. If they 'flash' the climb - climb it clean on their first attempt - they will earn a bonus 5 points. Leading earns a bonus 2 points, however be sure to see the lead requirements below. All routes will be top-ropable. Home gym climbers can claim a flash on the day even if they have climbed the route before, however, their home ground advantage will be included with their score.
Standard gym entry fees apply.
If competitors wish to lead climb, they will need to follow the standard lead climb approval requirements for that host gym and carry a lead ticket. The same applies for lead belayers. Competitors will need to be approved for lead climbing in advance of the day of competition if they wish to lead. There may be some capacity to approve climbers on the day, but this will depend on staffing, and due to the constraints of running a low overhead model as well as different lead requirements at each gym, we recommend getting lead tickets in advance of competition day.
Glory and recognition are the main prizes. The league is designed to build kudos for competitors. Winners will be promoted on the league Facebook page, other social media and websites, and be able to start to build their profile as a competitor. Where appropriate (dependent on age and other factors) these posts will link with the competitor's existing social media profiles. Host gyms may offer spot prizes in the first two hours of competition day, but this is not a requirement.
Please note, rules for the league may change between competitions in the first season as the model is refined. Please provide feedback on what you feel works well and what could be refined.
The league will need volunteers. If you are happy to volunteer, please provide your details on the Facebook page (under construction at 21.10.19)
Youth League rounds
Sunday, October 27 - Gravity Worx - 10.45am for 11am start.
Sunday, November 17 - Cliffhanger 9.45am for 10am start.
Dates for The Rock, Geelong to be announced.
There are other gyms keen to host, we'll bring you more news as they come on board shortly.
Round One Results: