2015 BMC Youth Climbing Series - Dates, Venues & Online Entry

Posted by Rob Adie on 03/12/2014
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The venues for the 2015 BMC Youth Climbing Series have been finalised and you can now get in early and enter online for the 2015 series.

The BMC YCS has been expanding at a rapid rate for the last couple of years with over 800 young climbers entering in 2014. 

ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2015 SERIES

ROUND 1 & 2 ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED.

The 2015 Venues by Area

London & SE - North
Round 1 - 24 Jan - Reading Climbing Centre
Round 2 - 21 February - The Castle Climbing Centre, London
Round 3 - 21 March - White Spider Climbing Centre, Kingston - Regional Final

London & SE - South
Round 1 - 24 Jan - Craggy Island Guidlford
Round 2 - 21 February - Surrey Sports Park
Round 3 - 21 March - White Spider Climbing Centre, Kingston - Regional Final

South West
Round 1 - 24 Jan - The Quay Climbing Centre, Exeter
Round 2 - 21 February - High Sports Plymouth
Round 3 - 21 March - Undercover Rock, Bristol

South Wales
Round 1 - 24 Jan - Dynamic Rock, Swansea
Round 2 - 21 February - Boulder Climbing Centre, Cardiff
Round 3 - 21 March - Beacon Climbing Wall, Caernarfon - Welsh National Final

North Wales
Round 1 - 24 Jan - Indy Climbing Wall, Angelsey
Round 2 - 21 February - Boardroom Climbing Wall, Queensferry
Round 3 - 21 March - Beacon Climbing Wall, Caernarfon - Welsh National Final

Midlands
Round 1 - 24 Jan - The Tower Climbing Centre, Leicester
Round 2 - 21 February - Wolf Mountain, Wolverhampton
Round 3 - 21 March - Creation Climbing Centre, Birmingham

Peak Area
Round 1 - 24 Jan - The Foundry Climbing Centre, Sheffield
Round 2 - 21 February - Nottingham Climbing Centre
Round 3 - 21 March - Awesome Walls, Sheffield

Yorkshire & Humberside
Round 1 - 24 Jan - Harrogate Climbing Centre
Round 2 - 21 February - Harrogate Climbing Centre
Round 3 - 21 March - The Leeds Wall

North West
Round 1 - 24 Jan - North West Face, Warrington
Round 2 - 21 February - West View Climbing Wall, Preston
Round 3 - 21 March - Awesome Walls, Liverpool

North East & Lakes
Round 1 - 24 Jan - Newcastle Climbing Centre
Round 2 - 21 February - Sunderland Wall
Round 3 - 21 March - Lakeland Climbing Centre, Kendal

The Final
25 April 2015 at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena.

ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2015 SERIES

ROUND 1 & 2 ENTRY IS NOW CLOSED.

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.

The cost of entry is:

1 round - BMC members: £12, non-members: £18 and those on income support: £7
2 rounds - BMC members: £22, non-members: £32 and those on income support: £12
3 rounds - BMC members: £30, non-members: £48 and those on income support: £18
 
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.

Reminder of how London & SE Area split works.

The London & SE Area is 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.

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

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

Further Information

Full rules for the 2015 series

More information on the BMC Youth Climbing Series

Full results of the series can be found here.

There are five categories, with separate girls and boys competitions, that follow the IFSC (International Federation of  Sport Climbing) system based on year of birth. The categories are called Youth A, B, C, D and E.

In 2015 these are:

Youth A - those born in 1998 & 1999
Youth B – those born in 2000 & 2001
Youth C – those born in 2002 & 2003
Youth D – those born in 2004 & 2005
Youth E - those born in 2006 & 2007

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
03/12/2014
How do you know which region you fall into? Is it on postcode?
2) Rob Adie (author comment)
04/12/2014
If you live close to the border of a region and you are not sure please email - rob@thebmc.co.uk with your postcode and I will confirm which region you are in.

Cheers

Rob
3) Anonymous User
06/12/2014
Trying to book my daughter's place for the Peak rounds but "Peak" isn't an option for the region of residence section - I think you're missing a few regions!
4) Rob Adie (author comment)
06/12/2014
There are no regions missing, you need to click on english regions except london & se on the first page, this will then take you through to the next page where you select your region from the dropdown list, of which peak is one of them.

Cheers

Rob
5) Anonymous User
08/01/2015
Does this tie in with the mcofs competitions in Scotland?
6) Rob Adie (author comment)
09/01/2015
Yes it does and along with the comps in Ireland, eac region of the BMC, MCofS and MI send a team to the national final on the 25 April at EICA in Edinburgh.

Cheers

Rob
7) Anonymous User
15/01/2015
The article says you must post the consent form to the BMC but when you go through the order process in the section about the parental consent form it states " this must be signed and sent to the BMC office prior to the event or brought to the event by the parent/guardian".
8) Rob Adie (author comment)
15/01/2015
You can do either - post the form to me at the office or take it to your regional round.

Cheers

Rob
9) Anonymous User
19/01/2015
We are in North Wales but need to be in South Wales next weekend. Is there any chance my son and daughter can compete round one in Swansea instead of Indy? Thanks, Sheena
10) Anonymous User
19/01/2015
Hi, I just posted about the north and south wales swap, but have read your rules and see that this is not possible. So my daughter will not be able to do round one. She is on a swim relay team competing in Cardiff on Sat and can't let down her team Does this exclude her from the entire competition? I hope not. Many thanks,
Sheena
11) Rob Adie (author comment)
20/01/2015
Hi Sheena,

A competitor can not compete in one region for one round and another region for the second as she would be competing against different competitors and that would be unfair. Only doing one round does not exclude for entering the second round, but it would make attaining a place in the welsh final more difficult, due to the loss of points from the first round.

Cheers

Rob
12) Anonymous User
20/01/2015
Hi there, my son would like to have a go in one of the rounds but we can't do the two first ones! Can he do only the third round? Many thanks
13) Rob Adie (author comment)
21/01/2015
Yes you can just do the third round of the series if you wish as long as you don't live in the London & SE or Welsh regions as they have regional finals which require prequalification from the first two rounds.

Cheers
Rob
14) Anonymous (author comment)
21/01/2015
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15) Anonymous User
21/01/2015
Rob, Not sure if my other half called you, we cannot find any confirmation email regarding Tom's entry to the North Wales YCS this year, we're sure we've entered him. Please could you check if Tom Healy in Boys D is registered for Indy this weekend. Thanks
16) Rob Adie (author comment)
21/01/2015
Hi,

Yes Tom is registered and fully paid up. Try checking your spam filter for your confirmation, but its not a problem. The AYC will have his name on the list so you just need to turn up at Indy.

Cheers

Rob
17) Anonymous User
21/01/2015
I am unable to edit the parental consent form as I don't have windows, my printer is also broken, so i am unable to print one out. please could you email a form that I can email back to samwilliams1979@live.co.uk.
18) Anonymous User
23/01/2015
Hi Rob can you help please i registered online for two rounds for the youth climbing and thought i had registered my son for Reading and then the Castle N4 but i have registered for Craggy Island instead, what can i do please?

sarah@grenvilledecorators.co.uk
24/01/2015
Hi my daughter has just come second in the first round in her region. Can I now enter her for the second round? I thought they had to get put through from each round. It's says entries are now closed. Confused!
20) Anonymous User
26/01/2015
Hi. Could someone please explain why some of the regions (Peak, South Wales), having been awarding Boulder scores of more than 180. I understand extra points are awarded for countbacks and climb offs but how can a score of 185 be awarded for three boulders. I am aware that it doesn't affect the positions but am curious as to the reasons when?
21) Anonymous User
26/01/2015
Why are there so many bouldering scores in excess of 180? Is this a rule change?
22) Rob Adie (author comment)
26/01/2015
19. - Hi Vicky - you can enter your daughter into all 3 rounds at the beginning of the series if you wish, there is no restriction or prequalification required to the number of rounds you can enter unless you live in Wales or London & SE region (where you can only enter the first two rounds - as there is a a regional final in these areas). If you read above it actually entries for round 1 are closed as this round has now passed - you may still enter rounds 2 or 3, by clicking on the link above.

20 & 21 - There is a new rule this year to reward those climbers who do the boulder problems first go, they get an extra 2 points, if they get it second go they get an extra point, and if they get it third go they just get the standard 60 points. This is to reward the boulderers for doing the problems in a lower number of attempts, whereas in the past the number of attempts where only taken into consideration if there was a tie in the category. So now the max number of points attainable for the three boulder problems if a competitor does them all on their first go is 186.

The full rules can be seen in the article above.

Cheers

Rob
23) Anonymous User
19/02/2015
Rob,
My son will be competing in Youth A (16 years old). He climbs regularly at our home centre without my supervision. Do I need to stay at the comps with him? It's just I have something else booked and wondered if I can drop him off as long as I am local and contactable? Thanks
24) Rob Adie (author comment)
19/02/2015
Hi,

All competitors need to have someone who is either a parent/guardian or in loco-parentis with them at all times during the event. You unfortuantely cannot just drop them off and come and collect them later.

Cheers

Rob

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