New GB Junior Bouldering Team to compete in Europe

Posted by Rob Adie on 25/09/2012
Competing in the 2012 Junior British Bouldering Championships. Photo: Alex Messenger.
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The BMC is setting up a new Junior Bouldering Team to compete internationally on the European Youth Bouldering Cup circuit. This means big changes to the British Bouldering Championships and some new junior competitions.

This is an exciting development, explained BMC Competitions Officer Rob Adie:

“The IFSC have run a European Youth Cup circuit in bouldering for the last two years, and next year the European Championships will have a bouldering discipline. It’s great news that the BMC are setting up a Junior Bouldering Team, allowing talented young boulderers to represent their country in Europe.”

To allow the selection of this new Junior Bouldering Team, 2013 will see some major changes to the way the British Bouldering Championships (BBCs) are run.

The junior event will now be split into a three-event series. This will start as the Scottish Youth Bouldering Championships, in May, run by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. The two other events will be run by the BMC, in conjunction with the very successful Open Youth events in the summer and winter. A Junior British Bouldering Champion will be crowned as the overall winner of the series.

For both the summer and winter Open Youth competitions, we plan to run the open-lead event on the Saturday and a new bouldering event on the Sunday in the same city. This will give the team management three events from which to use the results to select a team. This team will then meet and train with the team management and have the opportunity to represent their country.

The current British Bouldering Championships will be turned into senior-only, IFSC-style event. This will be a two-day event, run in the style of an IFSC Boulder World Cup. With the qualifiers on Saturday, and semis and finals on the Sunday, it will both provide practice in the international-style format, and be a great event for spectators.

2012 Open Youth competition
The new structure is conditional on having the finance to run the extra competitions. This is dependent on Sport England funding and we’ll get confirmation early in 2013.

However, in order to have enough time to select a GB Junior Bouldering Team for the 2013 IFSC European Youth Cup – which usually starts in May – we will be running a pilot bouldering competition in conjunction with our Open Youth Lead event in December 2012.

The Open Youth Lead event will at Awesome Walls Liverpool on the 8 December and the Open Youth Bouldering event will be at the Climbing Hangar, Liverpool on the 9 December.

Further details and online entry

Selection Criteria

If you have any questions, please contact BMC Competitions Officer Rob Adie

The Junior British Bouldering Team is supported by Sherpa Adventure Gear and NICAS.


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1) Anonymous User
30/09/2012
Hi does this mean if we want to get in the junior bouldering team we have to do the leading comp the day before?
2) Anonymous User
01/10/2012
No you dont have to do the lead comp, you can just do the bouldering comp if you want.

Cheers

Rob
3) Anonymous User
02/10/2012
What age is a boulderer selectable for the team?
4) Anonymous User
03/10/2012
What grade you have to climbing on average for the bouldering team??
5) Anonymous User
10/10/2012
how do we get into the junior team?
6) Anonymous User
11/10/2012
so the British team now has to follow the European rules for qualification?
7) Rob Adie (author comment)
11/10/2012
In response to question number 3 - we will be selecting from IFSC age categories Youth B, Youth A and Junior - which roughly equates to 14-19, althouth the competition will allow those in youth C to compete for the experience.

In response to question number 4 - the grades will be roughly equivalent to those set at the BBC's, around V3-V8.

In response to question number 5 - Selection will be based on the results from the open youth event in December and the management will also look at other results such as the BBCs etc. The selection criteria will be available for viewing in the near future.

In repsonse to question number 6 - We will try and follow IFSC rules where possible, but please bear in mind that we will be running these comps. over a single day, whereas the EYC bouldering events are run over two days, so there will be some deviations from the format.

Cheers

Rob Adie
8) Anonymous User
15/10/2012
What will the format be? How many problems? Will they be judged or done on trust? Will there be a running order or general bun fight? Will there then be a final?
9) Anonymous User
15/10/2012
If you are good enought can you be on both bouldering and lead teams?
10) Anonymous User
16/10/2012
The format is still being finalised and will be published in the near future, but we want it to mirror the EYC boulder events as much as possible, but with the restriction of having to run the event in one day rather than two. There will most likely be 8 qualifiers and 3 final problems. There will be a running order for the final, but the qualifiers will most likely be the scramble format, but with each category spread out over the centre.

In answer to question 8 - yes if you are good enough you could be on both teams, but this would be through thorough discussion and management through the team managers.

Cheers

Rob Adie
11) Anonymous User
16/10/2012
So, im 15 but i have done some v7's and got pretty far on some v8's, does that mean i have a good shot at getting on the team since i have 4 years left?? (if i train hard enough).
12) Anonymous User
17/10/2012
I would say you would be in with a chance, but it all depends how you handle the competition atmosphere. May sure you get entered to the comp and have fun trying to get on the team.

Cheers

Rob
13) Anonymous User
17/10/2012
I generally perform better in the competition atmosphere, so that just improves my odds doesn't it?
14) Anonymous User
07/11/2012
Can you advise when the full details, on-line entry forms and selection criteria will be available. If its information has already been published can you advise where to find it. Thanks.
15) Anonymous User
08/11/2012
All the information on the event including online entry can be found here - http://thebmc.co.uk/bmc-open-youth-winter-competition--lead-and-bouldering?s=1 and the selection criteria will be published on the website in the very near future.

Cheers

Rob Adie
16) Anonymous User
10/11/2012
how old do you have to be to compete in the juniors? I'm 12 years old. do you have to be part of a club or something or can you just sign up? (i do climb, btw)
17) Anonymous User
12/11/2012
If you were born in the year 2001 or before, you are eligible to compete in either of the open youth events. Full information can be found here - http://www.thebmc.co.uk/bmc-open-youth-winter-competition--lead-and-bouldering?s=1

Cheers

Rob Adie

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