The Youth Climbing Series (YCS) for 2016 finished at the end of April in an exciting national final. After the event the area youth co-ordinators from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, gathered to discuss the series and plan the 2017 YCS.
Dates for the 2017 YCS series will be as follows, taking into account the dates of the February half term and Easter next year:
Round 1 - 28 Jan
Round 2 – 25 Feb
Round 3 – 25 March
National Final - 29 April - Venue - TBC
The full development of the YCS was discussed at length at the Area Youth Coordinator meeting on the Sunday after the national final back in April, following a indepth look at the series by a working group about ways we can make the series better. The following changes/developments have been agreed for the 2017 series:
1. To reflect the large difference in numbers of climbers entering the YCS from the different regions as a whole, it was decided that an adjustment of the region boundaries and the amalgamation of several regions was required to more accurately reflect the numbers of climbers entering each region. This is to try and avoid the case where, in some heavily subscribed regions, the final places are very heavily contested whereas in other regions, just by entering two rounds, competitors are guaranteed a place in the final.
So for 2017 we will have the following regions for the Youth Climbing Series:
London & SE North
London & SE South
Midlands & Peak
North East & Yorkshire
North West & Lakes
Scotland and Ireland will still be split into their regional rounds but will only submit one team for the Grand Final.
The image below gives a representation of where the regional boundaries will now lie in England and Wales.
2. The changes to these regions will reduce the numbers in the National Final to 270 and we will also be looking at other ways of timetabling the final day to reduce the length of the day, which at 360 competitors for 2016 does mean that it overruns most years.
3. If sport climbing is included in the 2020 Olympic games a very basic, fun speed element will be introduced to the YCS. Details on this will follow.
4. It was acknowledged that the BMC needs to invest in upskilling its volunteers who are involved in the Youth Climbing Series, so a series of judging and belaying courses will be organised to coincide with the regional rounds for volunteers to attend. At these courses, volunteers will gain further knowledge and skills that will be of great benefit to the competitors in the YCS, and hopefully will help the volunteers to get more out of their days working at the events. Further details to follow.
I hope you all enjoyed the YCS this year and I look forward to seeing some more fantastic performances at the national final again next year.
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