Climber Rules: COLORADO REGIONAL DIVISIONS and PROCEDURES: The League consists of five regions within the state: 1.DenSE - SouthEast Denver Metro Area: Jen Vidal (firstname.lastname@example.org) 2.DenNW - NorthWest Denver Metro Area: Tyler Bevington (email@example.com) 3.NoCO - TBA 4.SoCO - Monument south to Pueblo: Rob Gilbert (firstname.lastname@example.org) 5.WSlopper - Everything west of the Front Range: Dave Meyer (email@example.com) & Larry Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Each region will hold its own series of competitions in whatever format works best for them (all roped; all bouldering, mixed, etc). The regular season begins in October and goes into February. A post season Regional Final and State Final will be in February. From the Regional Final, the top sixteen (16) individual males and females from each region will move on to a Varsity Level State Final. Each region will send 32 Varsity climbers (16 females, 16 males) to State. The Junior Varsity climbers must meet the Regional requirements to compete at a JV State Final. Ideally, State Finals are in a different region each year. Awards will be given for the top three placing male teams, female teams, individual males and individual females.
TEAM COMPOSITION: A team will consist of a minimum of 3 climbers (plus an alternate) of the same gender, from the same school. (So, one school may have 2 teams: a boys team and a girls team).
RED POINT FORMAT: -Each comp will have either, 10-20 roped routes (top rope and lead climbing) or 10-20 boulder problems, or a mix of both bouldering and roped routes. Routes must be set so that the level of difficulty increases with each route. (Rt #1 is the lowest difficulty; Rt#20 is the most difficult). Therefore, Rt#1 is worth the lowest amount of points and R#20 is worth the most. -Climbers will have 3 hours to complete as many climbs as desired. The top 5 climbs will be scored. If your gym can do both roped and bouldering, then the top 2 bouldering routes, top 2 roped routes and top 5th route of either style is scored. -Flashing a climb will earn a bonus. Leading will earn another bonus. A climber will earn a both bonuses if they Flash and Lead a climb. This must be done within the same first attempt. A scoring template will be sent to the host gym so all gym’s scores are equitable. -Climbers will be scored as individuals and ranked among all other individuals in their gender category. -Team scores will be composed of the sum of the top 3 individual scores within their gender. -Beta is encouraged when the athlete is on the ground. When climbing, no coaching from anyone is allowed. A part of the competition is allowing the climber to problem solve and read the route as they perform the climb.
-Athletes must complete in the minimum number of regular season competitions according to their specific Region . Their top scoring comps will be used for the Regional Ranking.
GENERAL SAFETY RULES: -Belayers must be “certified” by their team’s coach/sponsor and the host gym. If such a coach/sponsor does not exist, Belayers will be “certified” by the host gym only. In the case of lead belaying, the host gym will “certify.” The host gym has the final say regarding the knowledge and skill level of the belayer. -All climbers will tie a Figure Eight Follow Through directly into the harness. A back-up knot must be in place. (Yosemite, Double Overhand, etc) -Competitor’s slack will be given to top roped climbers. If the climber weights the rope it is considered a fall and the climber must be lowered. -For lead climbers, they must make every clip. Skipping clips, back clipping and z-clipping are safety hazards. If the climber realizes and fixes the problem on their own, they may continue without penalty. If not, they must be safely instructed and lowered. This is considered a fall. -Climbers must stay on-route. This means using only the designated hand and foot holds or natural features. Use of other holds or features that are marked “off” are considered a fall and the climber must be lowered. -When lowered, the climber must untie and allow other climbers in the cue the opportunity to compete. They may return to the climb for as many attempts as desired. -A “Technical” may be called if a hand-hold, foot-hold or feature moves or breaks. The climber must make this call at the time of the difficulty. They will be lowered without penalty and allowed to attempt the climb again. The climber may forego calling a “Technical” if they decide it did not affect their climb. If they make this choice, then they cannot call a “Technical” after the fact. -Sharing beta is encouraged after the first attempt and only while on the ground. Beta/coaching may not be given while the climber is on-route. Support your team members and other competitors. -The honor system will be used to score. The climber/belayer team will record and witness the climb.