BMC Youth Climbing Series: Dates and changes for 2017

Posted by Rob Adie on 22/07/2016

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:

South West

London & SE North

London & SE South

Midlands & Peak

North East & Yorkshire

North West & Lakes

Wales

Scotland

Ireland

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.

WATCH: The 2016 Youth Climbing Series Final on BMC TV

FURTHER INFORMATION

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1) Anonymous User
22/07/2016
The colour coding on the map is crazy. All the Scottish islands are coloured like they were in Northern Ireland.
2) Anonymous User
22/07/2016
Please can you clarify which region Milton Keynes will climb in? Thanks.
3) Anonymous
23/07/2016
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4) Anonymous User
23/07/2016
so which climbing walls will be utilised for the competition with the new changes to the regions?
5) Anonymous User
23/07/2016
How peculiar - the Scottish Islands appear to be part of Ireland these days...
6) Rob Adie (author comment)
25/07/2016
Hi Guys,

Please ignore the colour coding of the map, this was just representative image I used from the internet. The most important bit is the red lines marking the new boundaries of the regions. Walls in each region will be appointed in the near future, and venues will be published on the BMC website in the Autumn.

Cheers

Rob
7) Anonymous User
25/08/2016
When will the comp be open for entry
8) Anonymous User
17/09/2016
Is there any further information regarding the speed climbing element and what format it will take, presumably it will be included only in the final
9) Anonymous User
11/10/2016
Is there a schedule (dates & venues) yet for the first three rounds?
10) Anonymous User
14/11/2016
When will the venues be published please? Thanks!
11) Anonymous
09/12/2016
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12) Anonymous User
10/12/2016
What happens when awful route setting prevents a small person from reaching the start holds? Will they be disqualified like last year? And will there be any more coaching from judges?
13) Anonymous User
14/12/2016
Dear Sirs,

With regards to the new regional areas, talking with various parents I am somewhat confused as to which area to enter my child, should I wish to do so this year.
Do you have to enter the region for which

a) You live in.
b) The Climbing centre in which you climb.
c) Region which you have previously competed in.
d) Or do you have a choice?
Many Thanks
14) Rob Adie (author comment)
14/12/2016
In answer to questions 13.

You must enter the region you live in, although if your climber climbs with a squad or team at a wall in another region we are happy to make the exception for the them to compete with their fellow squad members and friends.

Cheers

Rob
15) Rob Adie (author comment)
14/12/2016
In answer to questions 13.

You must enter the region you live in, although if your climber climbs with a squad or team at a wall in another region we are happy to make the exception for the them to compete with their fellow squad members and friends.

Cheers

Rob
16) Anonymous User
31/12/2016
Will the speed climbing element be compulsory, as in will i need to be good at speed climbing to qualify. Or will it not be an element of the competition, and just be a bit of fun?
17) Rob Adie (author comment)
09/01/2017
Answer to question 16.

No the speed element is not compulsory at all for 2017.

Cheers

Rob
18) Anonymous User
21/01/2017
Good show at Exeter today apart from overly zealous parents fighting and some oversights from judges which resulted in some competitors being allowed to cheat whilst others were disqualified - most unfair!

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