BMC Open Youth Competition: 21 & 22 Nov

Posted by Rob Adie on 06/11/2015
Orrin Coley competing in the summer OYE - Leeds - Photo - Peter Wuensche

The last youth competitions of the season are almost here and with some changes to the 2016 calendar, there will be some slight changes to these last two competitions of the season as well.

The BMC competitions committee have discussed the issue of young competitors doing too many competitions - both national and regional events and trying to peak too many times in one season. It was thought that rather than competing almost every weekend (which you could do if you wanted to) – we should be encouraging you to spend more time training for a few specific events per year and having more contact time with your coaches/squads etc. rather than pushing yourselves to rush round the country trying to attend as many events as possible.

So we have decided to drop the three round cup series that we piloted this year and change to a two event system. So this will include the National Championships in each discipline and another Open Youth/team selection event in 2016.

This now has the knock on effect of the lead and boulder competition scheduled for November will now just be an Open Youth competition and NOT be the first round of the 2016 cup series. The results from the lead event will however still be used as part of the selection process for the GB Climbing Team for 2016.

Full dates, venues and rounds of the these events for 2016 will be announced soon.

These competitions are designed to be a fun but competitive event. The results from these events will be used as part of the selection criteria for the GB Junior Bouldering and Lead Teams - for more information click here.

Full selection criteria for the GB Junior Lead Team can be found here.

Lead competition - Saturday 21 November - Leeds Wall

Bouldering competition - Sunday 22 November - The Climbing Works, Sheffield

ENTRY FOR THIS EVENT HAS NOW CLOSED

The BMC Open Youth competitions are open to young climbers born between 1 January 1997 and 31 December 2004 and who are eligible to compete for Great Britain (ie hold a GB passport). Others may be invited at the discretion of the BMC.

Team managers from both the lead and bouldering teams will be looking at performances in these events as it will be used as part of the continuing monitoring process for the Great Britain Climbing Team. Consequently, these results will be considered - and will count - when selection for next year's GB team is is made.

Timetable

Lead - Saturday 21 Nov: registration/warm up opens : 8am, closes: 9am. Climbing starts at 10am.

This event is lead climbing only. It will include two qualifying rounds and a final.

Boulder - Sunday 22 Nov: registration/warm up opens: 8am - full timetable will be posted shortly.

There will be 8 problems to compete in the qualifiers and 3 problems in the final.

Categories

Competitors will compete in the international competition climbing categories for 2016, according to the year in which they were born. These are as follows:

Youth C - born in 2003 or 2004
Youth B - born in 2001 or 2002
Youth A - born in 1999 or 2000
Juniors - born in 1997 or 1998

Event vests will not be provided

ENTRY FOR THIS EVENT HAS NOW CLOSED

The British Junior Climbing Team is supported by the BMC and the Route Setting Association. Many UK walls also support the British Climbing Team through free or subsidised entry.

Entry to either the lead or boulder event with BMC, MCS and MCI membership is £15 and non members £20.

If you wish to enter both events you can do so at the reduced rate of £25/£35 for members/non-members respectively.

The deadline for entries for both events is 12pm Thursday 19 November.

• Please complete and submit online entry form by the deadlines stated above.
• Only online applications will be accepted. On the day entries will be accepted but they must be registered by 08:30am at the latest or they won't be allowed to compete. On the day entries will be added to the TOP of the start list for qualifier 1 i.e. they will climb first.
Parental consent must be given for any competitor aged 12 to 17 years on the day of the event.
• All applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their application. They will then receive a further e-mail containing full event information two days before the event.

Please note that emails do not always reach their destination, it is therefore your responsibility to contact the BMC if email notification has not been received by Thursday 19 November .

FURTHER INFORMATION

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

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