Inaugural Event for The American Climbing League
The Games

A Climbing Event for People Who Like Fun

 

New Formats – Less Waiting – More Climbing

For Newbies & Veterans Alike

Event Summary

  • Inaugural event for The American Climbing League
  • Featuring novel competition formats and the best setting in the country
  • Designed to be enjoyed by climbers of all ages, backgrounds, climbing styles, abilities, and experience levels.

Whether this is your first competition or one hundredth, join us for a one of a kind community event you don’t want to miss. . .

 

The Games – A Climbing Event for
People Who Like Fun!

 

For more details, read below and browse the FAQ section.

Event Agenda

Friday, Sept 27
Day 1:
Adults

Adult Pre-Lims
(Multiple waves available: Choose what time works best for you)

Saturday, Sept 28
Day 2:
Adults & Youth

Finals Rehearsal
Discipline Events
Amateur + Open Finals
Adult Awards Ceremony

Sunday, Sept 29
Day 3:
Youth

Youth Competition
Youth Awards Ceremony

How It Works

On Friday, all Adult participants will compete in the Adult preliminary round, at the time of their choosing:

  • Each category (Novice, Adult Age Groups, Open; Male, Female) will be assigned 10 boulder problems.
  • Your goal is to climb as high as possible on each of the 10 problems assigned to you, during the duration of your respective time slot.
  • You will have two hours to establish a highpoint on each problem; you can attempt the problems any number of times in any order/combination you would like.
  • For each gender, the top 10 participants of the Open category and the top 10 of all of the Adult Age Groups combined will advance to compete in Finals on Saturday.

 

Saturday is the BIG PARTY!

  • Throughout the day, Adult and Youth participants will be able to compete in discipline events of many styles (Dynos, Speed Bouldering, Campusing, No-hands).
  • When you’re not competing, you can sit back and cheer your friends on, check out sponsor tables, and grab some food from the food truck.
  • At night, the Amateur and Open Finals round will take place; watch the best competitors in the region battle it out in the first event to showcase the NEW “Rehearsal Format!” Learn more about the Rehearsal Format!
  • Immediately after the one of a kind high-energy finals, the top participants of each Adult category, for Friday and Saturday events, will be recognized during the Adult Awards Ceremony. There will be trophies, medals, and prizes as well as a $1200 cash purse for the top finalists of the Open category.

 

After participating in discipline events on Saturday, the Youth participants will compete in their own event on Sunday.

  • The Youth competition will feature the NEW Rehearsal Format that was used for Adult Finals the night before. Learn more about the Rehearsal Format!
  • The twist is that all participants get to try out the new format, rather than just the finalists! Don’t miss out on the chance to be among the first Youth competitors in the nation to experience this exciting new way to compete!
  • The day will come to an end with the Youth Awards Ceremony, where the top participants of each Youth category, for the Saturday and Sunday events, will be recognized.

 

For more details, check out the FAQ section!

Presented By

The American Climbing League

Sponsors

Philadelphia Rock Gyms

The Games FAQ

Why Should I Try out Competition Climbing?

If you’ve never competed before, there is only one reason why you must give competition climbing a shot: Give Yourself Something to Work Towards!  Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran, competitions are:

  • Something fun to look forward to as you train and develop your climbing skills
  • A great way to set tangible goals for yourself
  • One of the most fulfilling ways to measure your growth as a climber and reward yourself for all of your hard work
  • FUN!!!

**Check out the reasons why The Games 2019 is the perfect event for those who are new to competing (labeled with “**” below)!

 

10 Reasons to Go to The Games 2019:

  1. **First of Its Kind / An Event for All : The Games 2019 is the inaugural event for The American Climbing League, an organization dedicated to growing the culture of competition climbing to truly include every type of climber. That means. . . Not only is this event great for all experience levels, but it is the perfect first event for those who have never competed before! Learn more about The American Climbing League!
  2. **Simplified Formats: The American Climbing League has designed modifications to traditional competition formats in order to minimize complexity and frustration. No more worrying about choosing what problems to get on or navigating arbitrary scoring methods. Just show up for your time slot, get on the problems assigned to you, and see how high you can get on each problem! Learn more about our novel competition formats!
  3. **No Pressure: The Games is designed for all types of climbers to come together and have a blast climbing on high quality problems. This is a competition designed to be enjoyed by the recreational, the elite, and everyone in between. It will not be crowded, and competitors will not be rushed. The American Climbing League has created an environment where you can perform at your best ability and enjoy every second of it.
  4. No More Waiting in Long Lines: Our novel Rehearsal Format (Youth; Adult Finalists) and Highpoint Qualifiers Format (Adults), in combination with the multi-wave pre-lim schedule, ensures that lines are short and waiting times are kept to a minimum. At The Games, you’ll have more time on the wall than you’ll know what to do with!
  5. Convenience: Adults, choose what time works best for you to compete on Friday. On Saturday, all participants choose any combination of events to participate in the day of. And as for Sunday, the youth competition will run on an efficient schedule and end early enough to allow all participants enough time to travel back home that night. View the event schedule!
  6. Amateur Finals: Along with watching the best Open competitors in the region battle it out, The Games will also feature an Amateur Finals where the best competitors of all of the Adult Age Groups combined will give it their all and possibly even steal the show from the Open competitors!
  7. First Finals to Run on a Rehearsal Format: Our novel rehearsal format gives finalists a chance to practice the problems ahead of time, ensuring that we get to see them truly give it everything they’ve got during finals. This format allows for us to provide Finalists with harder problems and more of them as well as allow them less time on the wall and less time to rest between problems. . .  The nerves will be real, the pace will be quick, and the energy level will be at a max. DON’T BLINK or you might miss something!  (The Sunday Youth competition will also be the first youth event to ever run on the rehearsal format).
  8. Discipline Events: Show us what you’re best at! Dynos? Maybe Speed Bouldering? How about climbing with no hands? Test your skills at these disciplines and others on Day 2 to find out! Learn more about the discipline events’ formats!
  9. **Adult Age Groups: Forget about the youngbloods! Select the “Adult Age Groups” category when registering and compete against climbers just in your age range (19-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, 55+; Male, Female). Learn more about the categories for The Games 2019!
  10. Cool Swag & Awards: Along with free goody bags, there will be sick event t-shirts available for purchase on the registration page and at the event. Check out what they look like! As for awards. . . at The Games 2019, the top placing group of competitors of each category will be awarded trophies and medals designed just for this event! Also, there will be a $1,200 cash purse for the top finalists of the Open category.

**The Games 2019 is the inaugural event for The American Climbing League.

 

The American Climbing League is a brand new organization dedicated to growing the world and culture of competition climbing to truly include every type of climber. Serving as a proof of concept, The Games 2019 is the first event to feature our innovative solutions that were created to achieve the goal of universal involvement in our sport. A few examples of these innovations:

  • We are separating amateur adults into age group categories to increase fairness.
  • In order to eliminate frustration and maximize enjoyment, we are showcasing our novel competition formats designed to simplify the process of competing while dramatically minimizing the amount of time competitors spend waiting in line.
  • Day 2 of The Games is a whole day of discipline events, ensuring that there is something fun for everybody and allowing participants the opportunity to try out something new as well.

More than anything, our goal is to make sure each and every climber has fun at our events and is excited to be a part of our community! The American Climbing League is not for those who hope to compete in the Olympics or who have been climbing since before they could crawl. . .   it is for both the youngblood and the old-timer; the beginner, the expert and everyone in between; it is for the newbie and the veteran alike. Whether you climb in a gym or at a crag, whether you have never competed in your life or you have been competing for years, we invite you to be a part of The Games 2019 and join our community in celebrating a new future for the world of climbing!

Everyone can attend! The American Climbing League has designed The Games to be enjoyed by participants of all ages, backgrounds, climbing styles, abilities, and experience levels. 

All Climbers & Spectators are welcome at The Games!

 

 

Categories

*All grade ranges mentioned below are based on redpoint ability (grades at which one consistently sends in one session).

 

Adult Female:
  • Novice (up to V3-)
    • Must be 19+ years old
  • Adult Age Groups (V3 to V7-)
    • 19 – 24 years old
    • 25 – 34 years old
    • 35 – 44 years old
    • 45 – 54 years old
    • 55+ years old
  • Open (V7 & up)
    • Must be 16+ years old; exceptions may be made, at the discretion of the event organizers, on a case to case basis.
Adult Male:
  • Novice (up to V3+)
    • Must be 19+ years old
  • Adult Age Groups (V4- to V8-)
    • 19 – 24 years old
    • 25 – 34 years old
    • 35 – 44 years old
    • 45 – 54 years old
    • 55+ years old
  • Open (V8 & up)
    • Must be 16+ years old; exceptions may be made, at the discretion of the event organizers, on a case to case basis.
Youth Age Groups (Female & Male):
  • 11 years old and under
  • 12 – 14 years old
  • 15 – 18 years old

Day 1 – Friday

 

Preliminary round for all adult competitors

Highpoint Qualifier Format:

  • Each category is assigned 10 boulder problems.
  • Participants have the entire length of their corresponding wave to attempt the problems any number of times in any order/combination they wish.
  • After each attempt on a problem, participants are given a score for that attempt on that problem based on the highest hold they were able to show control on with their hands.
  • At the end of the event, each participant has a high score for each problem they were assigned. A participant’s final score is the total of their high scores. Falls/attempts are used to break ties.
  • Scoring Criteria (in order of relevance):
    • Total of highpoint scores
    • Total of the number of attempts made to achieve each highpoint on each problem
  • The top 10 competitors of each of these groups qualify to compete in finals:
    • Female Open Category
    • Male Open Category
    • All Female Adult Age Groups combined
    • All Male Adult Age Age Groups combined

 

Day 2 – Saturday

 

Rehearsal period for all 40 adult finalists

Rehearsal Format – Rehearsal Period

  • Each of the four categories of finalists are assigned four to five very difficult boulder problems.
  • Finalists have two hours and 30 minutes to practice climbing all four to five problems with their fellow finalists.
  • Once the allotted time period is finished, they are allowed to rest until Finals.
  • *Any progress made during the morning Rehearsal Period will not count towards their final score.
Amateur Finals & Open Finals

Rehearsal Format – Performance Period

  • Each competitor has a two minute and 30 second clock to get as high up as they can on each of the boulder problems assigned to their category
  • A “two minute and 30 second clock” means that each competitor is allowed 2.5 minutes of climbing on each problem with a 2.5  minute rest period between climbing on each problem.
  • For each problem, a participant receives a score based on the highest hold on which they show control with their hands.
  • A participant’s final score is the total of these four or five highpoint scores.
Discipline events for adult and youth participants

Dynos:

  • There are three styles of dynos:
    • Distance
    • Two-Hand Precision
    • Freestyle
  • Climbers are assigned to small groups. Each group has a set period of time to climb one cluster of dynos that are of the same style.
  • Once time is up, the group moves on to the next style of dynos.
  • Groups rotate through all three styles of dynos, with the goal of completing as many dynos as possible.
  • Each participant is scored on the total number of dynos he/she completes. Falls/attempts are used to break ties.

Speed Bouldering:

  • Participants are assigned a number of boulder problems based on their respective category.
  • The problems are to be climbed by participants as fast as possible.
  • After each attempt on a problem, participants are given a time-score based on how quickly the problem was completed. Participants do not receive scores for attempts where they do not complete the problem.
  • At the end of the event, each participant has a fastest time-score for each problem they were assigned. A participant’s final score is the total of their fastest time-scores. The lower the better! Falls/attempts are used to break ties.
  • A participant must complete each assigned problem at least once in order to receive a final score.

Campusing:

  • Participants are assigned a number of boulder problems based on their respective category.
  • The problems are to be climbed by participants without the use of their feet.
  • After each attempt on a problem, participants are given a score based on the highest hold on which they were able to show control with their hands.
  • At the end of the event, each participant will have a high score for each problem they were assigned. A participant’s final score is the total of their high scores. Falls/attempts are used to break ties.

No-Hands:

  • Participants are assigned a number of boulder problems based on their respective category.
  • The problems are to be climbed by participants without the use of their hands.
  • After each attempt on a problem, participants are given a score based on the highest hold on which they were able to show control with their feet.
  • At the end of the event, each participant has a high score for each problem they were assigned. A participant’s final score is the total of their high scores. Falls/attempts are used to break ties.
Adult Awards Ceremony: 
  • Awards are given to:
    • The top three places of each preliminary category for each gender
    • The top placing male and female of each category for each discipline event (all Adult Age Group participants will compete as one Amateur category for the discipline events)
    • The top three places of the male and female groups of Amateur Finalists
    • The top five places of the male and female groups of the Open Finalists
AFTER-PARTY!

 

Day 3 – Sunday

 

Rehearsal period for all youth competitors

Rehearsal Format – Rehearsal Period

  • The male and female groups of each of the three Youth Age Group categories are each assigned five very difficult boulder problems.
  • Participants have two hours to practice climbing all five problems with their fellow competitors.
  • Once the allotted time period is finished, they are allowed to rest until Finals.
  • *Any progress made during the morning Rehearsal Period will not count towards their final score.
Youth Competition

Rehearsal Format – Performance Period

  • Each competitor has a two minute and 30 second clock to get as high up as they can on each of the five boulder problems assigned to their category.
  • A “two minute and 30 second clock” means that each competitor is allowed 2.5 minutes of climbing on each problem with a 2.5 minute rest period between climbing on each problem.
  • For each problem, a participant receives a score based on the highest hold on which they showed control with their hands.
  • A participant’s final score is the total of these five scores.

*Formats & times are subject to change at any time, subject to the discretion of the event organizers. Please check back here for updates.

Dates: September 27 – 29, 2019

 

Times:

 

Day 1 – Friday

Preliminary round for all adult competitors:  4:30 – 10:30PM

  • Broken up into multiple waves, you can choose the time slot that works best for you!
    • Check-in Opens: 3:30PM | Climbing: 4:30 – 6:30PM
    • Check-in Opens: 5:30PM | Climbing: 6:30 – 8:30PM
    • Check-in Opens: 7:30PM | Climbing: 8:30 – 10:30PM
Day 2 – Saturday

Rehearsal period for all 40 adult finalists –  Check-in Opens: 7:00AM | Climbing: 8:00 – 10:00AM

Discipline events for all adult and youth participants –  Check-in Opens: 10:00AM | Climbing: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

Amateur Adult Finals: 6:30 – 7:45PM

Open Finals: 8:00 – 9:15PM

Adult Awards Ceremony: 9:30PM

AFTER-PARTY!

 

Day 3 – Sunday

Rehearsal period for all youth finalists – Check-in Opens: 7:00AM | Climbing: 8:00 – 10:00AM

Youth Competition: 11:00AM – 1:00PM

Youth Awards Ceremony: 1:15PM

*All times are subject to change at any time, subject to the discretion of the event organizers. Please check back here for updates.

$69.95 Pre-Registered*  /  $79.95 At-the-Door**

Adults: Registration includes access to Days 1 – 2

Youth: Registration includes access to Days 2 – 3

*Deadline for pre-registration is September 26, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

**If registration sells out during the pre-registration period, at-the-door registration will not be available on the days of the event.

Registrations for The Games 2019 are eligible for a refund up to September 18, 2019, with a $15 cancellation fee.

Please email comps@philarockgym.com for requests or questions.

Competitors may register for The Games online using the links above or by phone.

Give us a call at 877-822-7673 to register by phone!

*Deadline for pre-registration is September 26, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

**If registration sells out during the pre-registration period, at-the-door registration will not be available on the days of the event.

If a large group wishes to register and pay for their climbers as a group, rather than individually, please email comps@philarockgym.com.

 

COLLEGE STUDENT GROUP DISCOUNT: A group solely made up of seven or more active college students, that registers as a group, is eligible for a discount of $10 off per registrant; groups of seven or more will be charged $59.95 per climber. In order to register your group and redeem this discount, please email comps@philarockgym.com.

It takes a lot of dedicated individuals to put on an exceptional competition. We are looking for interested volunteers who can help make The Games the best event it can possibly be. No previous experience required.

If you would like to volunteer for The Games, please sign up here. Volunteers get the best seats in the house! Thanks in advance!

The event shirt for The Games 2019 is available for purchase on the registration page and at the event. Pretty cool looking, huh?!

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the event director at comps@philarockgym.com.

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