BMC Open Youth Climbing Comps 2018

Posted by Peter Burnside on 01/12/2017
Jim Pope competing in the British Lead Climbing Championships 2016. Photo: Phil Borodajkewycz

This year's climbing competition season kick-starts with the BMC Open Youth events for both Lead and Boulder, and will also count as Round One of the BMC Lead Cup, at Awesome Walls Sheffield and The Depot Nottingham on 24 and 25 February. Read on for more details.

The same format as 2017 will be used for the competitions, with the lead event on Saturday open to Senior competitors as well as the Junior categories, and the bouldering event on Sunday open only to Junior categories. The Lead event will include two qualifying routes and a final, while the bouldering event will feature a qualifying round of eight problems to complete, and a final on three problems.

Good luck to all those that attend, and make sure to leave it all on the wall!

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED

Closing date for entries: midnight on Sunday 18 February

Lead Climbing Competition

Saturday 24 February, Awesome Walls Sheffield.

The BMC Lead Cup Round One is open to both Senior and Junior competitors, the same as 2017's event. 

Bouldering Competition

Sunday 25 February, The Depot Climbing Centre Nottingham.

The BMC Youth Open for Bouldering is open to Junior categories only.

Categories

Competitors will compete in the international competition climbing categories for 2018, according to the year in which they were born. These are as follows:

Youth C: born in 2005 or 2006
Youth B: born in 2003 or 2004
Youth A: born in 2001 or 2002
Juniors: born in 1999 or 2000
Seniors: born in 1998 or earlier

Timetable and registration

Lead  Saturday 24 February: registration/warm up opens: 8:30am, closes: 9:30am. Climbing starts at 10:30am.

This event is lead climbing only. It will include two qualifying rounds and a final. All competitors are required to be Awesome Walls Members

Boulder  Sunday 25 February: registration/warm up opens: 8am- Full timetable to follow

There will be eight problems to compete in the qualifiers and three problems in the final.

Please keep an eye on the BMC Comps Twitter and the GB Climbing Team Facebook page for updates. 

WATCH: The Lead Cup 2017 on BMC TV

WATCH: The 2017 Open Youth Boulder Comp on BMC TV


 

The GB Climbing Team is supported by the BMC, Mountaineering ScotlandBerghaus, and Rock Over Climbingand the GB Paraclimbing Team is supported by Oakwood Climbing Centre and Quay Climbing Centre. Many UK walls also support the British Climbing Team through free or subsidised entry.

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1) Anonymous User
01/12/2017
Has anyone else noticed that the lead comp date clashes with Round 4 of Blokfest (which has been in the diary for over a month now)?
2) Anonymous User
06/12/2017
Yet again the dates are over half term, please go on line and check these dates it’s not hard.
3) Anonymous User
08/12/2017
My son loves lead climbing but he loves Blokfest more.

I feel it is a shame that for most competotors the lead climbing competition amounts to a week end with only two routes to climb.
4) Anonymous User
11/12/2017
Do you have the dates for the other competitions yet?
5) Anonymous User
12/12/2017
Enter the competition for fun, just don't expect either your result in this competition or the lead cup to be taken into consideration for selection for the GB Development Squad. No results from any open competitions are considered. Make sure you train hard for that selection event and smile at the selection committee (preferably pay for some coaching from one of them before the event) ! :-)
6) Anonymous User
15/12/2017
Advice for all young climbers, enter these competitions because you love climbing and want to succeed, NOT as a means of getting into the national team. If you do well in the day and aren't part of "the squad" walk away with a smile and happy in the knowledge that you have left the BMC with egg on their face and the difficult task of working out who they can justify sending to Europe. DO NOT expect they BMC to admit they got anything wrong! (Unless you really mucked up last year but daddy has kicked up such a stink that they let you in through a previously unpublished back door)!
7) Anonymous User
08/01/2018
any dates for the remaining comps for this year, coaches on squads preparing training cycles would dearly like this information1
8) Anonymous User
06/02/2018
Where can I find the Full Rules and Regulations for the YCS, the Lead Cup and the Youth Bouldering?
9) Anonymous User
13/02/2018
Is it possible to have the dates for the others this year. We are trying to plan our year and it is difficult without the dates.
10) Zoe (staff comment)
13/02/2018
Hi,

Many thanks for your comment.

Once the venues have been confirmed the dates for the remaining competitions will be announced.
I am hoping by the end of next week if not then the week after.

Kind Regards,

Zoe

11) Anonymous User
26/02/2018
Hi, was the new recent change to the ifsc bouldering rules not taken into consideration, where scoring is now tops, then bonuses then attempts to top then attempts to bonus (zones), actually would have changed the results of the bouldering finals had the ifsc rule change been implemented, just wondering as no one seems to have commented or noticed, thanks.
12) Anonymous User
26/02/2018
Not only would it have changed the finals, in some cases, it would have changed who qualified for finals. Please can the BMC explain when or if they will be adopting the new IFSC boulder rules?
13) Anonymous User
26/02/2018
Regarding the bouldering comp
Why was the decision made not to allow entries on the day?
Why weren't the new ifsc rules used regarding tops / attempts at bonuses etc?
Why were judges used who had never judged before and hadn't been briefed before hand?
Why weren't there any prizes? (What was the entrance fee for?)
I also worry about what we are teaching these kids about sportsmanship - some very poor behaviour from some competitors when things didn't go their way.
14) Anonymous User
26/02/2018
Why can't I post on the results page?
Hopefully someone can explain why the new ifsc rules weren't used? Several of the results would have been different even affecting the podiums in some cases. If these are the rules to be used in the European comps why aren't we using them nationally? It would have been good to see harder and more technical setting in some of the categories and particularly some of the finals to prepare these children for the level of European competitions.

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