At the weekend, the volunteers that run the BMC Youth Climbing Series, the Area Youth Coordinators, met and discussed the dates for 2014 and also decided on some very important changes. These are set out below.
Fixing the dates this early should hopefully give parents and young people plenty of time to arrange their diaries for next year. So if you're planning on taking part in the series in 2014 please record the dates below somewhere to help avoid eventual diary clashes.
So, in 2014, the regional rounds and Grand Final of the BMC Youth Climbing Series will be held on the following dates:
Round 1 - 25th January 2014
Round 2 - 1st March 2014
Round 3/Welsh Final - 29th March 2014
Grand Final - 28th June at EICA Ratho, Scotland.
The three rounds are run regionally, so all young climbers wanting to take part should not have to travel too far. To be eligible for the Grand Final it is necessary to take part in at least two regional rounds.
The 2013 series was very popular, with over 850 young people taking part, and a fantastic Grand Final at the enormous Edinburgh International Climbing Arena near Ratho. Report here
Important Changes for 2014
These are some very important changes for 2014. All these changes will therefore apply next year.
Youth C will lead their climbs, as Youth B and Youth A already do.
In line with IFSC competitions, there will no longer be scoring for merely touching a hold. This means that a hold will have to be held to count for a score. Moving off a hold will still count for a score, but touching a hold will add nothing more to that score.
A time limit of 6 minutes will be introduced for both routes and boulder problems.
Spotting of boulder problems will be stopped.
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