BMC Youth Climbing Series 2019

Posted by Becky McGovern on 05/10/2018

The BMC Youth Climbing Series is a climbing competition for young people. The series is extremely popular and attracts hundreds of young climbers nationwide.

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

There is a new format for 2019 with four rounds; two roped and two boulder.  Each round consists of seven seperate events taking place simultaneously across seven different regions in England and Wales.  The series will culminate in a two day Grand Final where the top three in each category from each BMC area, and from Scotland and Ireland, take part.

To be eligible for the Grand Final it is necessary to take part in a minimum of three regional rounds in the area that a climber lives. 

Scotland
Mountaineering Scotland hold their own Youth Climbing Series with two areas: Scotland North and Scotland South. The top 3 in each category in the Scottish Final go through to the Grand Final.

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

Dates England & Wales

Round 1: Saturday 12 January (boulder)

Round 2: Saturday 26 January (roped)

Round 3: Saturday 2 March (boulder)

Round 4: Saturday 23 March (roped)

Entry closing dates England & Wales

Round 1: Entries close 12pm Wednesday 2 January

Round 2: Entries close 12pm Wednesday 16 January

Round 3: Entries close 12pm Wednesday 20 February

Round 4: Entries close 12pm Wednesday 13 March

Grand Final

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 April (venue TBC)

How to enter

Entry is online only and by the entry closing times stated above.

Enter London & SE North

Enter London & SE South

Enter Midlands & Peak

Enter North East & Yorkshire

Enter North West & Lakes

Enter South West

Enter Wales/Cymru

Competitors will be unable to enter after the entry closing times, or on the day of the competition (there will be no exceptions).

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT PAYMENT IS MADE BY THE ENTRY CLOSING TIMES.  FORMS WITHOUT PAYMENT BY THE ENTRY CLOSING TIMES WILL BE DELETED AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN THE EVENT/S.

Venues

London & SE (North) north of the M4/Thames OR in RG postcode
Round 1: Big Rock Bond (boulder)
Round 2: The XC (roped)
Round 3: Mile End Climbing Wall (boulder)
Round 4: Westway Climbing (roped)

London & SE (South) south of the M4/Thames AND NOT in RG postcode
Round 1: Boulder Shack (boulder)
Round 2: High Sports Brighton (roped)
Round 3: Chimera Climbing Centre (boulder)
Round 4: White Spider Climbing (roped)

Midlands & Peak
Round 1: The Depot Climbing Centre Birmingham (boulder)
Round 2: The Foundry Climbing Centre (roped)
Round 3: The Depot Climbing Centre Sheffield (boulder)
Round 4: Green Spider Climbing Hereford (roped)

North East & Yorkshire
Round 1: The Depot Climbing Centre Leeds (boulder)
Round 2: Climb ROF 59 (roped)
Round 3: The Valley Bouldering Centre (boulder)
Round 4: The Big Depot Climbing Centre Leeds (roped)

North West & Lakes
Round 1: Boulder UK (boulder)
Round 2: Awesome Walls Stockport (roped)
Round 3: The Depot Climbing Centre Manchester (boulder)
Round 4: Kendal Wall (roped)

South West
Round 1: Project Climbing Centre (boulder)
Round 2: Quay Climbing Centre (roped)
Round 3: The Climbing Hangar Plymouth (boulder)
Round 4: Plymouth Life Centre (roped)

Wales/Cymru
Round 1: Boulder Hut (boulder)
Round 2: Summit Centre - Rock UK (roped)
Round 3: The Boardroom (boulder)
Round 4: Beacon Climbing Centre (roped)

Competitor categories

There are five categories and each is split into boys and girls. The categories are called Youth A, B, C, D and E and follow the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing) system.

Youth A those born in 2002 & 2003
Youth B those born in 2004 & 2005
Youth C those born in 2006 & 2007
Youth D those born in 2008 & 2009
Youth E those born in 2010 & 2011

Each roped round comprises of 5 routes per category. Each boulder round comprises of 10 blocs per 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 please see A Parents Guide to Climbing.

Costs per round

£15 BMC member (volunteer)
£20 BMC member (not volunteering)
£20 non-member (volunteer)
£25 non-member (not volunteering)
£8 income support (volunteer)
£10 income support (not volunteering)

Cancellation policy
If you cancel with less than five business days of the competition - you will not be entitled to a refund.

If you cancel with more than five business days of the competition - you will receive a 100% refund. 

Parental consent

ALL COMPETITORS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN AT THE EVENT.

Parents or guardians must hand-in a signed parental consent form at EACH round, you will NOT be able to compete without one.

Download the parental consent form

Results

Results will be published by 5pm on the Monday after each round.

View the 2018 grand final results

Further information

An email will be sent to all competitors with event details on the Tuesday before each round.

Rules and other necessary information will be provided ahead of Round 1.

Please email ycs@thebmc.co.uk

Follow our YCS Facebook page to be notified and keep up to date on announcements and changes.


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1) Anonymous User
05/10/2018
South Wales is 4 hours from North Wales, but 3 of the 4 Welsh regions are in the North, and one of the rounds isn't even in Wales!
This is not affordable for the majority of families.
Can we have 2 rounds in South Wales please?
2) Anonymous User
08/10/2018
Hi Becky & Zoe,

Is there any flexibility around where you compete or does it have to be where you LIVE?

There are a few permutations and it might be worthwhile considering a 2 tier approach as long as it's easy enough for you to monitor:

1) Your default region for YCS is the Area where you LIVE. That’s the current situation and will cover most climbers adequately.
2) If your Climbing Squad is based in a different YCS region - perhaps you should be given the option to compete in that region where the centre is based and with your mates, rather than where you live? Some centres are near the regional borders so as it currently stands, teammates can be split up for YCS.
3) Is easy: You LIVE and TRAIN in the same region: Clearly you can’t 'jump the border' and compete in a different region. That needs to be strictly adhered to or else it makes a mockery of the regional structure.

Whatever you decide, I think it must be made very clear prior to registration so that there is some consistency and zero confusion because I'm not convinced that everyone in the past has competed in the correct region, particularly when homes and centres are across different regions.

I do like the new format, good thinking... Although again, perhaps a separate regional Boulder and regional Lead team would allow more climbers the opportunity to compete at the Grand Final weekend and ultimately help grow the sport. Clearly there would be a lot of overlap anyway but a few specialists might get themselves an opportunity. Maybe something to consider for next year...
3) Becky McGovern(staff comment)
10/10/2018
Response to comment 1.

Many thanks for raising your concerns.

This year the format of the BMC YCS has changed to allow a number of different venues to take part who previously couldn’t.

The BMC emailed all suitable venues in August and asked these venues to consider hosting a round of the YCS in 2019. This email was sent to walls in South Wales. All venues were asked to respond by 3 September. Not all walls in South Wales responded.

The organisation of such a large event with so many new elements meant it was a very time sensitive project. The BMC felt it was best to secure venues as soon as was feasibly possible rather than risk the potential of the YCS competition not running in certain regions as no suitable venues could be sourced.

After each YCS Grand Final, all the AYCs meet to discuss any potential issues. At the meeting this year, it was decided a change in format was required. Although the boundaries used in the YCS regions are in need of a review, it was felt that too many changes to the format would cause confusion. So the boundaries for regions will be reviewed after next year’s YCS.


Whilst it is regrettable that there is no YCS round in South Wales for 2019, all the current venues have signed and returned their contracts therefore no venues can be changed. This will of course be reviewed for 2020.
4) Becky McGovern(staff comment)
10/10/2018
Response to comment 2:

Thanks for your comment. For 2019 climbers need to take part in the region in which they live.

After each YCS Grand Final, all the AYCs meet to discuss any potential issues. At the meeting this year, it was decided a change in format was required. Although the particular issue which you raise is in need of a review, it was felt that too many changes would cause confusion and be impossible to adequately resource. Therefore this will be reviewed in 2020.

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