BMC Youth Climbing Series

Posted by Rob Adie on 05/12/2013
A young competitior in the 2011 BBCs. Photo: Alex Messenger.

The BMC Youth Climbing Series offers fun climbing competitions for young people. The series is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of entrants across the country.

The competition is open to all young people so, whether you're new to climbing, or already have some experience, this could be just the competition for you.

There are three regional rounds in each of the following BMC areas followed by a Grand Final when the top 3 in each category from each of the BMC Areas, BMC Cymru/Wales, the two Areas from Scotland and Ireland take part (see below).

South West
London & SE North
London & SE South
Midlands
Peak
Yorkshire & Humberside
Lakes & North East
North West

Wales/Cymru: BMC Cymru/Wales holds two rounds in each of their North and South areas and then hold an all BMC Cymru/Wales Final. The top 3 in each category from the BMC Cymru /Wales Final then go through to the Grand Final.

Scotland: Mounteering Council of Scotland hold their own MC of S Youth Climbing Series. They have two areas: Scotland North and Scotland South. The top 3 in each category in each of the two areas in Scotland go through to the Grand Final.

Ireland: Mountaineering Ireland run their own MI Youth Climbing Series in Ireland and, like Wales, the top 3 in each category from their final go through to the Grand Final. 

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

As the categories are worked out on the year a young person is born - and these move on by one each year -  the following table sets out how the categories work out until 2016.

Year
of
Event
Year of Birth
Youth E
Youth D
Youth C
Youth B
Youth A
2013
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996
2014
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
2015
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
2016
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999

Each event comprises 3 routes and 3 boulder problems for each category.  In categories A, B and C routes are led. In categories D and E they are top-roped.  For an explanation of the difference between leading and top-roping a route, please see A Parents Guide to Climbing 

To be eligible for the Grand Final it is necessary to take part in at least two regional rounds in the Area that a climber lives. If a series is not organised in their region climbers may enter the series in the region nearest to them.

More information

The information given here changes slightly each year so even if you are already familair with this event it is still worth reading the updated information each year.

2016 information

Dates for 2016

Please note that there will be no on the day entry in 2016, all entries must be completed online. Competitors who turn up on the day of the event without having entered will not be allowed to compete - without exception.

Download the Rough Guide to the BMC Youth Climbing Series

Download the full rules for the BMC Youth Climbing Series 2015

Full results of the 2015 regional rounds can be found here.

Download results of the 2015 grand final (pdf)

More competitions for young people

WATCH: BMC Youth Climbing Series Final 2015 on BMC TV:

WATCH: BMC Youth Climbing Series Final 2014 on BMC TV:

WATCH: BMC Youth Climbing Series Final 2013 on BMC TV:


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1) Anonymous
25/02/2012
This comment broke the house rules and has been removed
2) Anonymous User
24/12/2012
When will the venues for 2013 be released?
3) Anonymous User
03/01/2013
What about the south west area please
4) Anonymous User
05/01/2013
How much is it to enter the competitions please?
5) Anonymous User
11/02/2013
What grade will the lead climbs and boulder problems be for the Youth A?
6) Anonymous User
11/02/2013
What grade will the lead climbs and boulder problems be for the Youth A?
7) Anonymous User
16/02/2013
Thx for hosting a great event today
8) Anonymous User
16/02/2013
Brilliant day today in Nottingham - well done to all organisers and volunteers. Lovely welcoming atmosphere - thanks to all!
9) Anonymous User
18/02/2013
Another super day at Awesome Walls Stockport on Saturday for the NW region Youth climbing series. Helpful and welcoming staff, really good route setting, enthusiastic support but most of all the athletes worked really hard and were very supportive of one another. Well done Tim (Area boss) and Andy (Awesome walls manager).
10) Anonymous User
21/02/2013
Great day at Nottingham. Daughter loved it. Fantastic and very friendly atmosphere. Many thanks to the organisers.
11) Anonymous User
21/02/2013
Great day at Nottingham. Daughter loved it. Fantastic and very friendly atmosphere. Many thanks to the organisers.
12) Anonymous User
22/02/2013
Is there a gallery with all the photos from the leading
13) Anonymous User
23/02/2013
Dissapointing and a little unfair to let GB team members back in series. They already have advantage with extra coaching etc. The idea that the other competitors have the chance of making the final has been virtually taken away before the start of the competition. Don't penalise other for the benefit of a few. Unhappy!

Paul Hughes
14) Anonymous User
23/02/2013
Despite turning up at Awesome walls 20 mins early all the t shirts had gone. My little lad was quite disappointed. Surley, it cant be diificult to have ordered the same number of t shirts as entrants and in a size that would fit the relevant age.
15) Anonymous User
27/02/2013
In response to comments above:-

12. We dont have any photos from the induvidual rounds unfortunately.

13. Only the Youth C team members have been let back into the series (3 climbers in total), this was a decision made by all the Area Youth Coordinators at last years meeting, due to the fact that the Youth C members of the team can not compete internationally yet, and by removing them from the YCS does not give them very main competitions to compete in, so it was agreed to let them back into the series. There are only 3 climbers in the Youth C category this year.

14. T-shirts are not provided by the BMC for the regional rounds as this would cost an huge sum for over 7-800 t-shirts. Sometimes the host walls go out of their way to provide extras for the regional rounds and Awesome walls provided t-shirts which is fantastic for the competitors, but nothing to do with the BMC. Unfortunately they may have run out, but there is not much we can do about that unfortunately.

Chheers

Rob Adie
16) Anonymous User
01/03/2013
just wondered when the results will be posted?
17) Anonymous User
01/03/2013
Full results can be viewed here - http://indoorsout.co.uk/brycs2013results.htm
18) Anonymous User
01/03/2013
Why are the results only posted on the above website and not on this website? A bit odd as it is a competition organised by the BMC yet the results are not available from them?
19) Anonymous User
01/03/2013
Why are the results only posted on the above website and not on this website? A bit odd as it is a competition organised by the BMC yet the results are not available from them?
20) Anonymous User
01/03/2013
Why are the results only posted on the above website and not on this website? A bit odd as it is a competition organised by the BMC yet the results are not available from them?
21) Anonymous
05/03/2013
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22) Anonymous User
10/03/2013
@ comment 23:
Paul,
Being on the GB Team currently brings with it NO advantages in terms of extra coaching or support. Anybody that has made it to the team has done it off their own back. The funding levels in previous years have left no money for extra coaching. This may change this year as there is a little extra money in the pot, but time will tell.
23) Anonymous User
19/03/2013
Why is it so hard to find the results of the Youth Series?
24) Anonymous User
26/01/2014
When will the results be posted for yesterday's bmc youth climbing series in the south west at the quay?
25) Anonymous User
24/02/2014
what are the regulations
26) Anonymous
24/02/2014
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27) Anonymous
24/02/2014
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28) Rob Adie (author comment)
24/02/2014
All the rules and regulations are in the article above or you can follow this link - https://www.thebmc.co.uk/Handlers/DownloadHandler.ashx?id=1117

Cheers

Rob
29) 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.
30) Anonymous User
24/03/2014
Hello Rob

My son will be entering round 3 on 29th March. Its our first time and I wondered if we need to bring Helmet and harness with us? Many thanks
31) Rob Adie (author comment)
25/03/2014
Your son will definitely need a harness, and its totally up to you as to whether he wears a helmet or not, some competitors do, some do not.

Cheers

Rob
32) Anonymous User
08/11/2014
Hi,

How do I apply online? And where will the London rounds take place please?

Thanks.
33) Anonymous User
18/01/2015
Hi
How do I find out which region I live in
Thanks
Greg
34) Rob Adie (author comment)
19/01/2015
The BMC YCS areas are as follows -
Wales N
Wales S
Lakes & NE
London & SE North
London & SE South
Midlands
North West
Peak
South West
Yorkshire

If you liev close to one of the borders and would like confirmation drop me an email on rob@thebmc.co.uk and I will confirm it for you.

Cheers

Rob
35) Anonymous User
18/04/2015
Why does Scotland's youth d have ages 10-11 when England youth d is 9-10 isn't this unfair?
36) Rob Adie (author comment)
20/04/2015
The agre categoires are split on year of birth which is the same for all federations - for 2015 the years fo birth for Youth D are 2004 & 2005. The age range are just indications, depenidng on when you are born you could be 9, 10 or 11 and still be in Youth D. All the competitors from the MCof S, MI and BMC compete in the same age categories.

Cheers
Rob
37) Anonymous
08/06/2015
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