2014 BMC Youth Climbing Series - Entries now closed

Posted by Rob Adie on 23/12/2013
BMC Youth Climbing Series Grand Final at EICA Ratho

The venues for the 2014 BMC Youth Climbing Series have now been finalised. There have been some major changes to the London & SE area so if you live in that area please pay particular attention. ONLINE ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED

The BMC YCS has been expanding at a rapid rate for the last couple of years. This is great for competition climbing, and the young people who want to compete in events, but in certain areas some regional round host walls have been full to bursting point.

In particular, the London & SE Area rounds were averaging over 140 competitors per round. This is too many for the host walls, and the band of dedicated local volunteers, to handle. To address this issue, the Area Youth Coordinators, the volunteers who run the regional rounds, have worked with the BMC office and the local host walls to find a solution.

For 2014, as a pilot, the London & SE  Area will be split into 2 separate regions. The two separate regions will have 2 regional rounds and then a London & SE regional final (this already happens in Wales, where the format works very well).
 

The London & SE Area Split

The London & SE Area will be split north to south along the line of the M4/Thames river unless you have an RG (Reading post code).

London & SE - North area - all those competitors living north of the M4/Thames river or living in an area with an RG postcode will compete in this area.

London & SE - South area - all those competitors living south of the M4/Thames river that don't have an RG postcode will compete in this area.
 

The London & SE Regional Round Venues

Round 1 - 25 January 2014:-
                   London South - White Spider, Kingston
                   London North - Reading Climbing Centre

Round 2 - 1 March 2014:-
                    London South - Craggy Island, Guilford
                    London North - Westway Climbing Centre, London

Round 3 - 29 March 2014:-
                   Regional final - Castle Climbing Centre, London

After the first two rounds, the top 5 climbers from each category, in each of the two London & SE regions, will be invited to a regional final (there will be no charge for the regional final).

Then, the top 3 climbers in each category from the regional final will be invited to the National Grand Final at EICA on the 28th June - please note the date change on the final date.

Additionally, if we continue with this format in future years, the London & SE Area regional final location will alternate between the north and south region each year.

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2014 SERIES

The 2014 Venues by Area

London & SE - North
Round 1 - 25 Jan - 25 Jan - Reading Climbing Centre
Round 2 - 1 March - Westway Climbing Centre, London
Round 3 - 29 March - The Castle Climbing Centre, London - Regional Final

London & SE - South
Round 1 - 25 Jan - White Spider Climbing Centre, Kingston
Round 2 - 1 March - Craggy Island Guidlford
Round 3 - 29 March - The Castle Climbing Centre, London - Regional Final

South West
Round 1 - 25 Jan - The Quay Climbing Centre, Exeter
Round 2 - 1 March - High Sports Plymouth
Round 3 - 29 March - Undercover Rock, Bristol

South Wales
Round 1 - 25 Jan - Summit Centre, Trelewis
Round 2 - 1 March - Dynamic Rock, Swansea
Round 3 - 29 March - Boulder Climbing Centre, Cardiff - Welsh National Final

North Wales
Round 1 - 25 Jan - Beacon Climbing Wall, Caernarfon
Round 2 - 1 March - Indy Climbing Wall, Angelsey
Round 3 - 29 March - Boulder Climbing Centre, Cardiff - Welsh National Final

Midlands
Round 1 - 25 Jan - Wolf Mountain, Wolverhampton
Round 2 - 1 March - The Tower Climbing Centre, Leicester
Round 3 - 29 March - Creation Climbing Centre, Birmingham

Peak Area
Round 1 - 25 Jan: Awesome Walls, Sheffield
Round 2 - 1 March: Alter Rock, Derby
Round 3 - 29 March: Nottingham Climbing Centre

Yorkshire & Humberside
Round 1 - 25 Jan - The Leeds Wall
Round 2 - 1 March - The Leeds Wall
Round 3 - 29 March - Harrogate Climbing Centre

North West
Round 1 - 25 Jan - North West Face, Warrington
Round 2 - 1 March - Manchester Climbing Centre
Round 3 - 29 March - Awesome Walls, Liverpool

North East & Lakes
Round 1 - 25 Jan - Lakeland Climbing Centre, Kendal
Round 2 - 1 March - Newcastle Climbing Centre
Round 3 - 29 March - Sunderland Wall


The Final
28 June 2014 at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena - please note the change of date.

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE 2014 SERIES

The deadline for entries is 5pm on the Thursday before each round.  Please note that entries submitted after that, and entries on the day, will not be accepted.

Online entry for the 2014 YCS is now live.

The cost of entry is:

1 round - BMC members: £12, non-members: £17 and those on income support: £6
2 rounds - BMC members: £22, non-members: £30 and those on income support: £10
3 rounds - BMC members: £30, non-members: £45 and those on income support: £15
 
Non-member and Income Support entry include 3 months membership of the BMC which automatically includes free civil liability and personal accident disability insurance for all events.
 
Note that for Welsh residents qualification for the Welsh Final is dependent on the results from rounds 1 & 2. There is no charge for the Welsh Final.
 
Note that for London & SE residents qualification for the London & SE Final is dependent on the results from rounds 1 & 2. There is no charge for the London & SE Final.
 
Each round starts at 0930 with registration and climbing starts at around 1000, with each round normally concluding by approx. 1600 - this is totally dependent on the number of entrants in each round and the size of the venue.

Parental Consent Form
To take part, the parent/guardian of a each competitor must complete a parental consent form. Consent forms must be returned to the BMC office before the date of the event - please mark FAO Amii Wilkes.

Further Information

Full rules for the 2014 series

For more information on the main changes to the rules in 2014

More information on the BMC Youth Climbing Series

Full results of the series can be found here.

Grades for the rounds

BMC YOUTH CLIMBING SERIES

Boys Youth E

Boys Youth D

Boys Youth C

Boys Youth B

 

Boys Youth A

3 Boulder problems

4a-5a

4b-5b

4c-6a

5a-6b

5b-6c

3 Routes

F4-F6a

F4-F6b

F6a-F7a+

F6b-F7b+

F6b+-F7c+

BMC YOUTH CLIMBING SERIES

Girls Youth E

Girls Youth D

Girls Youth C

Girls Youth B

 

Girls Youth A

3 Boulder problems

4a-5a

4b-5b

4b-5c

4c-6a

5a-6b

3 Routes

F4-5+

F4-F6b

F5 -F6c/6c+

F5-F7a+/b

F6a-F7b

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1) Anonymous User
02/12/2013
Good that London and south east has changed, but i noticed that after the 2 rounds, 5 of each category goes through to a final. So with this in mind North Wales and South Wales should only do the same.
There is the other issue that these areas has to complete in 2 rounds and a final before the top 3 climbers in each category goes to the UK final.
As always one of the dates is during 1/2 term so making it very difficult for families to choose this event or holiday, yet in other areas they only have to go to 2 events out of 3.
2) Rob Adie (author comment)
03/12/2013
Hi,

Wales do have this format - the London & SE split has been modelled on the way that Wales has worked successfully for many years.

In most areas the level of the climbers is so high that you do have to do 3 rounds to gain a place in the final - all three rounds count towards the final score in the other areas, so there is no disadvange with the system that we have implemented.

Cheers

Rob
3) Anonymous User
09/12/2013
Hi Rob
Could we possibly see the updated grades for all of categories for the rounds? They don't reflect the reality. The final for Girls youth E ended with 6a+. 6b and 7a as routes, for example - a far cry from the 4a-5+ which the table suggests! Even the regional rounds had 6c+ as the hardest route. It is useful if the climbers can have a realistic idea of what they will be facing in the rounds. The more accurate the information, the better prepared they will all be.
4) Anonymous User
14/12/2013
What are the dates for the rounds that are not in London?

Are the boulder problems graded in French or English?
5) Rob Adie (author comment)
16/12/2013
Hi,

The grades do vary from area to area and it is up to the AYC's to determine the appropriate grades for their region depending on the ability levels that show up each year and these grades will change from round to round so that everyone gets split evenly. The grade list above is just a general indication and like you descrobe they can vary quite a lot depending on the pool of talent in your particular region.

The grades for bouldering are Font grades.

Cheers

Rob
6) Anonymous User
16/12/2013
Hi when does the online entry open? Its says December but we are well halfway through the month? thanks
7) Anonymous User
19/12/2013
It's not really fair that LSE parents get a free final round when most other regions have to travel further to their respective venues and have to pay an extra £15 for entering three rounds. That is a lot of extra money if you have three kids who climb!!!
8) Anonymous User
19/12/2013
Boulders are too easy
A 6C boulder does not reflect a 7c+ route
I would say 7B boulder is more realistic to make the ycs as equal as it wants to be
9) Anonymous User
19/12/2013
I can see why London and South East has been split, but for the categories that don't get more than 5 entrants in the subregion (usually E and A), it will mean that the first 2 rounds are irrelevant to the competition. For everyone, once they have got to the regional final, their chances of getting to the National final now only rest on one set of results, whereas with three rounds there is more of a chance to make up ground if something goes wrong at one round. I assume that Wales is split not because of numbers, but because of geography?
I guess it will be better for the large categories, and will be easier for the hosting walls, but this will be my daughter's last year, and she is sad about the changes. As well as the thoughts I mentioned above, she won't get to climb with and against all the friends she has made over the last 9 years she has been taking part.
10) Anonymous User
20/12/2013
Well, White Spider is almost Kingston, but if you head for Tolworth you are more likely to find it.
11) Anonymous User
23/12/2013
nice website
12) Anonymous User
28/12/2013
I think it is very tough for the welsh kids and now the London lot because they now only have one set of results and one brilliant performance to be in with a chance of getting to the final in Ratho

Pls can you confirm that the top five children will also go the the welsh final?

13) Anonymous User
07/01/2014
These do no appear to be font grades, most of the youth competing will be familier with the font boulder grades in their NICAS books which has no mention of a,b & c's in the lower grades, 5 & below????
14) Anonymous User
08/01/2014
No Scottish rounds?
15) Scottk
09/01/2014
There are Scottish rounds but they are run by MCofS and details can be found there. They are 8th Feb (Inverness and Glasgow), 1st March (Aberdeen and Stirling) and 29th March (Kinlochleven and Edinburgh).
16) Anonymous User
19/01/2014
What time does it start?
17) Anonymous
20/01/2014
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18) Anonymous User
24/01/2014
My 7year old son is 4 months into climbing and going well. He is keen to enter the youth climbing series to try it out. He can manage a figure of eight knot but struggles with a stop knot, as his belayer can I do it for him?
Greg
19) Anonymous User
25/01/2014
Hi there,
Great first round today at White Spider for London and South East South and great that results have been posted so quickly. Unfortunately the results for this region are from 2013's last round. Whoops!
20) Anonymous User
26/01/2014
When and we're will the 2014 round one ruselts be posted ?
21) Anonymous User
26/01/2014
Anyone looking for results from yesterday's round, these can be found on indoorsout.com
Ruth
26/01/2014
If anyone is looking for results from yesterdays round, they can be found at indoorsout.co.uk

Ruth
23) Anonymous User
29/01/2014
Pretty dismayed to overhear at a recent youth climbing competition one of the "home" climbers say she had been allowed into the venue early to practise routes before outside teams turned up. As an ex PE teacher I have a built in dislike of any competitive element where the playing field is not even. I have always climbed outdoors myself and never felt the need to compete so I have no personal axe to grind but surely it is very wrong to encourage kids to compete with a deliberate advantage (cheating). Next step = Olympics = performance enhancing drugs ???
24) Anonymous User
29/01/2014
Should walls who have their own teams and are hosting the comp be setting the routes? Something to think about maybe. ?
25) Anonymous User
17/02/2014
@ 23:
I'm certain that she wasn't allowed in to "practice routes". At the very most she may have gone in early to warm up, and had anyone else been there, they would probably have been let in too.
26) Anonymous User
24/02/2014
I know its probably a silly question....but I couldn't find the answer in the rules. In the junior competition are the belayers provided....or will I need to do the belaying for my child?
27) Anonymous User
26/02/2014
@26
Belayers are normally provided. Either wall staff or competent volunteers.
28) Anonymous User
02/03/2014
Can competitors choose their belayer as people tend to trust people they climb with often more and therefore climb at the upper end of their ability as they feel safer whilst climbing.

Also can you enter another regions comps if you don't live in that region. For example entering the Peaks series if you live in the Midlands.

I am asking as I am hoping to enter the series next year.
29) Anonymous User
02/03/2014
BMC - Re - "For 2014, as a pilot, the London & SE Area will be split into 2 separate regions. The two separate regions will have 2 regional rounds and then a London & SE regional final (this already happens in Wales, where the format works very well). ...... After the first two rounds, the top 5 climbers from each category, in each of the two London & SE regions, will be invited to a regional final (there will be no charge for the regional final). " Can you please confirm if the top 5 Welsh climbers from North & South progress to the Welsh final as stated above, or is it the top 4 that has been the case in previous years? I cannot find anything about this in the rules of the competition to clarify this issue. Thank you
30) Rob Adie (author comment)
03/03/2014
Normally belayers are volunteers from the area, and it is sometimes difficult to allocate belayers to particular climbers, but if this is a problem, please speak to the Area Youth Coordinator at your regional rounds and I am sure they will be able to help with this issue.

All competitors must compete in the region within which they live.

Due to the size of the region we will be taking 5 climbers from each category through to the regional final in the London & SE region. The quota for Wales for the national final will remain at 4 climbers per category.

Cheers

Rob Adie
31) Rob Adie (author comment)
03/03/2014
Hi Rob,

I wanted to let you know about YCS round 2 (North West at MCC). Relax, it's one of those novelties in your inbox where I'm highlighting good stuff.

I'm all for feedback that highlights potential improvements, and things have been improved since round 1, but it's too easy for some people to forget this is a fun, social event and get stuck in a rut moaning about things.

The registration was slick (if people had filled their consent forms in and done their own planning). MCC managed to swallow the event with it feeling like it was buzzing rather than bursting (especially for those who were organised enough to arrive at the suggested time and easily park on site) and as always the staff were very welcoming. The routes were ideally graded for the categories and the route setters had done a good job of catering for the wide variation of height in each category. Ideal as in challenging but not elitest. Yes there were pockets of grumbles amongst certain parents as they tried to pick fault to explain why their child hadn't topped their routes. These were parents who were stood on the sidelines instead of stepping up to volunteer to help the event run. If they can do better, they have ample opportunity to do so. I have a theory these will be the same parents who got there without a consent form and/or arrived at the last minute too but that might be my soapbox taking over.

Now I may be biased. I have judged and belayed at different rounds and my daughter has come last on both occasions. She's 8 and spent both journeys home telling us how much fun she's had. She also went into school raving about how good it is to climb, even when you come last. Some people can learn a lot from listening to their children a bit more. The YCS is a great concept. Please take great pride in what it stands for.

Well done.

Amy's Dad.
32) Anonymous User
11/04/2014
As someone who would like to enter the youth series next year I was wondering if there's any way I can enter in the Scotland as looking at the regions above there seems to no regions in the south west of Scotland. Also I will be 15 by the competion ion next year and I climb 6a/+ have I got any chance of doing well??
33) Rob Adie (author comment)
11/04/2014
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland run the regional rounds of the YCS in Scotland and all the information is on their website - http://www.mcofs.org.uk/

Cheers

Rob

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