2017 BMC Youth Climbing Series - Dates, Venues, Online Entry & Results

Posted by Rob Adie on 22/02/2017
Photo: Sandy Carr

The venues for the 2017 BMC Youth Climbing Series have been finalised and you can now enter online for the series.

The BMC YCS has been expanding at a rapid rate for the last couple of years with 900 young climbers entering in 2016. Will we reach 1000 in 2017?

ENTRY FOR ROUND 1, 2 & 3 IS NOW CLOSED

RESULTS FOR THE WHOLE SERIES CAN BE SEEN HERE

The 2017 Venues by Area

Please note that the regional areas for 2017 have changed - for more information please click here.

London & SE - North
Round 1 - 28 January – The Reach Climbing Centre
Round 2 - 25 February – Reading Climbing Centre
Round 3 - 25 March - Castle Climbing Centre

London & SE - South
Round 1 - 28 January - Craggy Island Guildford
Round 2 - 25 February - High Sports Brighton
Round 3 - 25 March - White Spider Climbing Centre, Kingston

South West
Round 1 - 21 January - The Quay Climbing Centre, Exeter - Note date change
Round 2 - 25 February - High Sports Plymouth
Round 3 - 25 March - Redpoint, Bristol

Wales
Round 1 - 28 January - Boardroom Climbing Wall, Queensferry
Round 2 - 25 February – Boulders Climbing Centre, Cardiff
Round 3 - 25 March –  Beacon Climbing Wall, Caenarfon

Midlands & Peak
Round 1 - 28 January - Nottingham Climbing Centre
Round 2 - 25 February - Creation Climbing Centre, Birmingham
Round 3 - 25 March - Awesome Walls, Sheffield

North East & Yorkshire
Round 1 - 28 January – Huddersfield Climbing Centre
Round 2 - 25 February - Sunderland Climbing Wall
Round 3 - 25 March - The Leeds Wall

North West & Lakes
Round 1 - 28 January – West View Climbing Wall, Preston
Round 2 - 25 February - Kong Adventure Climbing Centre
Round 3 - 25 March – Awesome Walls Liverpool

Scotland
See the Climb Scotland website for venues and online entry.

The Final
29 April 2017 at Edinburgh International Climbing Arena.

ENTRY FOR ROUND 1, 2 & 3 IS NOW CLOSED

RESULTS FOR THE WHOLE SERIES CAN BE SEEN HERE

The deadline for entries is 12pm on the Wednesday 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: £14, non-members: £22 and those on income support: £8
2 rounds - BMC members: £24, non-members: £38 and those on income support: £14
3 rounds - BMC members: £32, non-members: £56 and those on income support: £20
 
It is much cheaper to enter the YCS if you are a member of the BMC, if you enter all three rounds the cost of your membership is recouped in just your entry fee alone, then you have all the other great benefits of being a BMC member - want to join - click here
 
Non-member and Income Support entry include 3 months membership of the BMC which automatically includes free Combined Liability and Personal Accident insurance for all events.
 
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.

Speed Climbing at the YCS
Now that climbing will be part of the Olympic Games in 2020, we wish to involve speed climbing in some form in the Youth Climbing Series. However due to the time and logistical constraints of the regional events and the national final, we don't feel that we can introduce a full speed climbing competition element to the YCS in its current format.

Therefore we plan to run an (non-compulsory) speed climbing competition on the Sunday of the National Final weekend at EICA, Ratho. In addition certain Area Youth Coordinators may decide to run come and try it speed climbing sessions at the regional rounds if the facilities, timings and logistics allow, but this is not compulsory and will not count towards the final rankings.

After the National Final in 2017 the AYC's will meet to discuss the future format of the series and look at how we can introduce speed climbing into the competition for the future.

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 2017 series

More information on the BMC Youth Climbing Series

Full results of the series (both past and current) can be found here.

RESULTS FOR THE WHOLE SERIES CAN BE SEEN 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 2017 these are:

Youth A - those born in 2000 & 2001
Youth B – those born in 2002 & 2003
Youth C – those born in 2004 & 2005
Youth D – those born in 2006 & 2007
Youth E - those born in 2008 & 2009

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

WATCH: BMC Youth Climbing Series Final 2016 on BMC TV:

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

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  • Rob Adie (BMC Competition Climbing Officer) tel: 0161 438 3318 / email: rob@thebmc.co.uk

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1) Anonymous
05/12/2016
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2) Anonymous User
03/01/2017
Dates and venues for Scotland region appear to be omitted from the information. Please can you confirm?
3) Tim Waterhouse (staff comment)
03/01/2017
Info on the Scotland rounds can be found here:

http://www.climbscotland.net/moving-on-up/competitions/youth-climbing-series-2017
4) Anonymous User
04/01/2017
Hi, does anyone know if there is a club for North West and Lakes that we could buy Hoodies from. Many thanks Amanda Fallows.
07/01/2017
Hi do you know roughly when the girls group E would finish? Many thanks
6) Rob Adie (author comment)
09/01/2017
Answer to question 4 - The hoodies are generally organised by the AYC for the national finalists after they have been identified at the end of round 3.

Answer to question 5 - it is difficult to predict the end time of any of the categories when we dont know what the final numbers of entrants will be, but the regional rounds are generally finished by about 4/5pm.

Cheers

Rob
7) Anonymous User
09/01/2017
Will the GB Development Squad be allowed to enter the YCS this year?
8) Rob Adie (author comment)
10/01/2017
In answer to question 7.

The rules will remain the same as it was for the GB Team in previous years - Youth C Development Squad members will be able to do the YCS, but not Youth A & B.

Cheers

Rob
9) Anonymous User
13/01/2017
Will the grades reflect true grades on rock or some watered down soft grading system that seems to have become prevalent in climbing walls these days?
10) Anonymous User
13/01/2017
My experience of these competitions is that the 'walls' can't be bothered to set properly and there are confusing combinations of colours (of holds) within close proximity and this leads to the disqualification of competitors who, for example, put their foot on an illegal hold. This setting clearly favours the local kids. Also, be warned that the real competition is between the parents and not the overly pushed kids who are supposed to be enjoying themselves.
11) Anonymous User
17/01/2017
As a parent of a child involved in the YCS since 2009, I would recommend this comp to anyone. Yes your child will need to learn the rules - which include not making use of other colour holds or being coached up climbs but this is straightforward.
Each region has the competition hosted across 3 different walls which ensures that familiarity with a wall or routesetter is not the over-riding factor in who does well. Indeed being at a 'home wall' can sometimes be trickier as the children put a bit of extra pressure on themselves.
For the most part, the competition is fun and friendly. My child has long standing friends made over many years of competing both from our region and other regions across the country. How many other sports do you see the kids cheering each other on and sharing beta with each other even at the very top level?
If you are going for the first time, encourage your child to see it as a chance to enjoy climbing with some new friends. They will hopefully encourage each other and have fun. There is always another day if things don't go to plan.
Finally remember every single person involved in organising the day is a volunteer. Consider volunteering yourself as judge or belayer - the AYC will give a full briefing if you are new to the role. There are lots of us around who are experienced in these roles if you just fancy working alongside someone to gain confidence.
12) Anonymous User
23/01/2017
Where can we find results for Exeter comp on Saturday?
13) Rob Adie (author comment)
23/01/2017
Results from Round 1 of the SW area of the YCS can be seen here - http://indoorsout.co.uk/brycs2017results.html

Cheers

Rob
14) Rob Adie (author comment)
23/01/2017
Results from Round 1 of the SW area of the YCS can be seen here - http://indoorsout.co.uk/brycs2017results.html

Cheers

Rob
15) Anonymous User
23/01/2017
Where can we find results from Exeter comp on Saturday
16) Anonymous User
23/01/2017
The first SW was on Saturday 21 Jan - when do the results get posted and where?
17) Rob Adie (author comment)
23/01/2017
See my post above for a link to the SW results.

Cheers

Rob
18) Anonymous User
23/01/2017
Where can we find the results for the Exeter comp on Saturday? - for the third time
19) Anonymous User
23/01/2017
Has anybody managed to actually find the resilts for the comp at Exeter on Saturday, following the link above or otherwise?
20) Anonymous User
23/01/2017
Come on 18. Open your eyes. The link is posted 3 times above. If the link doesn't work, google it!!
21) Rob Adie (author comment)
23/01/2017
http://indoorsout.co.uk/brycs2017results.html

Copy this link into your browser and then find the results for SW in the bottom left hand corner of the page.

Cheers

Rob
22) Rob Adie (author comment)
23/01/2017
http://indoorsout.co.uk/brycs2017results.html

Copy this link into your browser and then find the results for SW in the bottom left hand corner of the page.

Cheers

Rob
23) Anonymous User
23/01/2017
It wasn't the link that was the problem, just the fact that the results hadn't been posted until I had got back from bolting a great little crag on the North Devon coast.
24) Anonymous User
23/01/2017
Where do we find the results for the comp in Exeter?
25) Anonymous User
24/01/2017
where can we find the results for the comp in Exeter on Saturday? It is starting to get annoying.
26) Rob Adie (author comment)
24/01/2017
I am not sure how I can make this any clearer - the results have been posted since yesterday morning.

http://indoorsout.co.uk/brycs2017results.html

Copy this link into your browser and then find the results for SW in the bottom left hand corner of the page.
27) Anonymous User
24/01/2017
You need to see what the problem is. Some people get a green tick and can access the results and others get a red cross and cannot. Surely, you must have lookeed at this problem.
28) Rob Adie (author comment)
24/01/2017
No - as no one had pointed out what the problem was i could really have looked at this - the results are definitely there and always there when I have been looking at them. For those who are still struggling to see the results try refreshing your browser as you might have an old version of the page cached.

Cheeers

Rob
29) Anonymous User
26/01/2017
Hi Rob - where can we find the results for the Exeter comp on Saturday?
30) Anonymous User
30/01/2017
Any chance we could see the results from Saturdays YCS for the northwest at west view. Its still showing a red cross on the indoorsout site.
Thanks
31) Anonymous User
31/01/2017
You can find the results for the North West and Lakes under this URL. It is not sorted for some reason and the site has no current link to it. Maybe we can get clarification as to why from the site admin.

http://indoorsout.co.uk/brycs17_nw_heat_1.htm

If you need support in this area then let me know. :-P

S Cooper....
32) Anonymous User
31/01/2017
Hi when are everyone west view results going to be released?
33) Anonymous User
01/02/2017
If you go to comment 31 posted by P S Cooper and substitute sw for nw in the address provided in your search engine it will take you to the results. Clearly there is a glitch in the software. The SW results are green ticked and present on my machine but the NW results are red crossed and not there.
Thank you P S Cooper.
34) Rob Adie (author comment)
01/02/2017
Hi Guys,

We seem to have a glitch with the system where some people cant seem to see certain regions results, we are looking into fixing it. But in the mean time the results can be viewed by using the url as described by comment 31.

Cheers

Rob
35) Rob Adie (author comment)
06/02/2017
Hi All,

We have now fixed the issue with the system and all the results from Round 1 are available. Apologies for the delay.

Cheers

Rob
36) Anonymous User
09/02/2017
Any chance you can sort the North West & Lakes results for West View? All other regions are correctly sorted.
37) Rob Adie (author comment)
09/02/2017
The NW results are now all correctly sorted - apologies for the delay.

Cheers

Rob
38) Anonymous User
15/02/2017
My son is interested in entering but we would like to come and spectate and see how the comp works before we enter into any comps in the future. Is this possible and if so could I have a little info please. Thanks in advance.
39) Anonymous User
19/02/2017
I have accidentally entered my son into London South and we are actually London north how can I get this changed. It's our first ever competition so just trying to work everything out! Huge thanks for your help
40) Anonymous User
26/02/2017
Where can we find the results for the comp in Plymouth.
41) Anonymous User
26/02/2017
Where can we get the results from the Plymouth comp on Saturday?
42) Anonymous User
27/02/2017
Still no results for Plymouth. Is this because there were too many entries?
43) Anonymous User
28/02/2017
Morning, the sw results for round 2 don't appear to be available. Is this the case? or am I doing something wrong when checking. Thanks
44) Anonymous User
28/02/2017
Please can we have news on the results for the plymouth regionals. Also thanks to those hard workers for organising a well run competition.

Many thanks Nick
45) Anonymous User
28/02/2017
Is Plymouth in Exeter?
46) Anonymous User
01/03/2017
When will the results of the South West round 2 be available online?
47) Rob Adie (author comment)
01/03/2017
The results from the SW region round 2 should be available on the results page by the end of today.

Cheers

Rob
48) Anonymous User
01/03/2017
It is the end of the day. still no results?
49) Anonymous User
01/03/2017
The results for south west round three will actually be available before the competition takes place - amazing!
50) Anonymous User
01/03/2017
Maybe take 'end of the day' as midnight tonight, as far as south west results re concerned.
51) Anonymous User
02/03/2017
Rob unfortunately still no results, any news?
52) Anonymous User
02/03/2017
Can somebody please let us know why the results aren't posted yet. Every other region had their results posted over the weekend.
53) Rob Adie (author comment)
02/03/2017
Apologies for the lack of SW results we had some technical issues with them that had to be sorted and we are now waiting for our chief scorer to post them, however he is a volunteer and teaches a full schedule during the day so we hope to get the results posted as soon as possible- please have some patience.

Cheers

Rob
54) Anonymous User
02/03/2017
Is there a good reason that the results are so late. Since nothing can change after the competition, the results must have been known on Saturday and some of the groups did finish quite early so it shouldn't be too much to ask to get them online. maybe there is some tweaking going on as 'technical issues' are fine and an 'overworked volunteer' is fine - but why both excuses together? I am not convinced!
55) Anonymous
03/03/2017
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56) Anonymous User
03/03/2017
Hi, any update on the South West results? Still showing as a red cross for me.
57) Anonymous User
03/03/2017
Hey Rob,

I appreciate that the competition is highly dependent on volunteers. I and many other adults volunteer at each round of the competition to ensure that the events are able to run. Please can you explain the reason for the continued delay?

This is the flagship competition for engaging young athletes in this sport. We have a bouldering World Champion, climbing is getting increased global recognition. This just feels distinctly amateur to me.

Surely in 2018 a better way of communicating these results to competitors has to be found rather than relying on parents to constantly refresh a page on a school website?
58) Rob Adie (author comment)
03/03/2017
Apologies for the delay guys but the SW results have now been posted.

Cheers

Rob
59) Anonymous User
26/03/2017
When will the results for South West be posted? Thanks

Also the Scotland results are up on the Climb Scotland website.
60) Anonymous User
27/03/2017
hi do you have any idea of when the sw results will be available . My daughter is interested to see how she and her friends did and family keep asking her. If I had some idea I could stop her checking until then. Thanks
61) Anonymous User
28/03/2017
Is there a problem with the sw results from Bristol. ?
62) Anonymous User
29/03/2017
Any news on Bristol results?
63) Rob Adie (author comment)
30/03/2017
SW results are available on the link above - apologies for the delay.

Cheers

Rob
64) Anonymous User
05/09/2017
Do you have to be a member of a climbing club or squad to participate in the series?

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