With the inclusion of sport climbing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it is a time of exponential growth for our sport. Trained coaches, officials, and athletes are critical to the long-term success of the sport of climbing in the United States. Education will play a pivotal role in ensuring sustainable growth and athlete success ranging from local grassroots programs to the Olympic Games.
USA Climbing’s goal is to provide a program that produces experienced coaches, athletes, and officials that are able to support, sustain, and grow sport climbing in the United States and around the world.
We all want our athletes to perform to the best of their ability. Whether you’re a coach, athlete, parent, or play another role, it is important to focus on athlete wellness. Proper nutrition, fueling, and recovery are vital to keeping our athletes healthy, strong, and ready to compete. Check out the resources provided to help setup the athletes around you for success!
Guide to Eating Disorders for Climbers
Fact sheets from Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association
Balancing exercise-induced inflammation
Building a performance plate
Caffeine and athletic performance
Dietary supplements fact sheet
Energy availability fact sheet
Healthy snacking fact sheet
Fad diet confusion
Healthy grocery shopping
Nutritional support for injury recovery and return-to-play
Orthorexia nervosa fact sheet
Periodization and timing of macronutrients
Power performance with protein
Probiotics and the gut
Transitioning to healthy eating
Fact sheets from USPOC
Nutrients that Fuel Performance
Nutrients for Bone/Joint Injury Recovery
Nutrients for Soft Tissue Injury Recovery
Travel Nutrition Factsheet
Vegan and Vegetarian Nutrition
Hydrate early and often
Sleep for success
The science of hydration
Wasted workouts (on alcohol)
Fact sheets from USPOC
Fueling Climbing: What to Eat to Crush Your Route
Fueling to win
Fueling with a purpose
Fueling during exercise
Fueling essentials for the lactose intolerant athlete
Fueling Strategies – Performance
Fueling Strategies – Snacks
Climber’s Mental Health Toolbox
Rock climbing doesn’t just create strong bodies, it can create strong minds too. Every new problem is a chance to use growth mindset. Each fall is an opportunity to develop resilience. Frustrating moments are great times to practice self-regulation — the list of ways to develop mental skills in climbing goes on and on.
Anxiety During the Pandemic
Meet Your Amygdala
TrueSport®, a movement powered by the experience and values of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, champions the positive values and life lessons learned through youth sport. TrueSport inspires athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators to change the culture of youth sport through active engagement and thoughtful curriculum based on cornerstone lessons of sportsmanship, character-building, and clean and healthy performance, while also creating leaders across communities through sport.
As USA Climbing continues to expand its educational offerings, we are excited to partner with TrueSport to bring the climbing community this great content. Check back monthly to see what is new!
In some team dynamics, there are going to be unavoidable rivalries: teammates will struggle for spots, personalities will clash over leadership responsibilities, and issues will arise with other teams. Conflict is normal and not always a problem on its own, but ongoing rivalries can slowly poison a team. Nadia Kyba, MSW, TrueSport Expert and President of Now What Facilitation, has seen teams go through rough patches navigating these types of situations.
When a young athlete has a conflict with their coach, it’s often hard for parents to know exactly how to handle it. It’s tempting to immediately interfere and email the coach on behalf of your child, but that’s not always the best solution for your growing athlete. Helping your athlete advocate for themselves and deal with conflict head-on, rather than relying on you to have the hard conversations, is going to be better for your child in the long-term.
As the USA Climbing community faces the reality of COVID-19 and gym closures across the country, we are sharing ways to stay active while also doing so in the confines of your own home. We hope this gives us an opportunity to work together while staying apart and doing what we can to flatten the curve.
From Our Team
WFH General Fitness Workout
WFH Power and Strength Workout
WFH Strength Workout
WFH Hangboard Workout
Keeping Kids Active and Healthy During Quarantine
From Our Community
Have workouts or training plans you want to share? Use #climbwithUS on social media or email Rebecca@USAClimbing.org
USOPC Quality Coaching Framework
The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, in partnership with its National Governing Bodies and Dr. Wade Gilbert of Human Kinetics, created the USOPC Quality Coaching Framework, which provides an overarching set of principles that is designed to inform how to coach most effectively. The USOPC QCF is a vetted, carefully crafted, evidence-based resource that establishes a common language and principles of quality coaching for all those working in Team USA coaching contexts.
Principles for Success
The USOPC Quality Coaching Framework consists of six chapters, each focused on a different, but related, component of quality coaching. The chapters highlight the coaching principles associated with each subject:
Chapter One: Quality Coaching
Chapter Two: Essential Coaching Knowledge
Chapter Three: Athlete-Centered Outcomes
Chapter Four: Contextual Fit
Chapter Five: Evaluation and Recognition
Chapter Six: Coach Well-being
Topic: WIC Summit – Marisa Michael
Topic: WIC Summit – Ziva Petrin
Topic: WIC Summit – Young Women Who Crush
Topic: WIC Summit – Zoe Sayetta
Topic: WIC Summit – Nikki Smith
Topic: WIC Summit – WeCOACH
Topic: WIC Summit – Chloe Mandell
Topic: WIC Summit – Kareemah Batts
Topic: WIC Summit – Dierdre Wolownick
The coach who created the team has a certification that has expired. Once the coach renews that, your team will go. back to a current status. No action is required on behalf of the member.
Click on where your membership says “current” you will see the option to renew your 2021/2022 membership at the bottom of the form.
You will need to cancel and re-set up the auto renewal with the updated card information. You can access your auto renewal by logging in to your USA climbing account. Click on the “Memberships” tab then click on where your membership shows “Current”. You will see the option to start or cancel your auto renewal at the bottom of the form.
You can access your auto renewal by logging in to your USA climbing account. Click on the “Memberships” tab then click on where your membership shows “Current”. You will see the option to start or cancel your auto renewal at the bottom of the form.
Send an email to email@example.com or a submit a support ticket with your name and the new email address you would like as the primary on your account.
Memberships have moved to a rolling structure and valid for a year from purchase date
Registration is open. Memberships have moved to a rolling structure and are valid for a year from the purchase date. If you selected auto renewal, your membership will renew on the date you purchased the previous year
Detailed descriptions can be found in the Member Handbook.
The system isn’t designed for a member to upload a Safe Sport Certificate. Everything is completed directly through your USA Climbing account. If you completed the training outside outside your USA Climbing account, please email your certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org .
SafeSport training is required annually.
Those who have taken the Core training only need to take the 15 minute annual refresher upon expiration.
Those who have taken the Refresher Course: Recognizing and Reporting Misconduct, only need to take Refresher 2 upon expiration.
Those who have taken Refresher 2 only need to complete Refresher 3
Only one training is required annually.
To access the refresher courses you do not need to renew your Core Training. Click on “Add Center for Safe Sport Training” to locate the refresher courses.
Each year, the deadline for the annual refresher is one year from the training completion date.
The USA Climbing Safe Sport access code is no longer in use. Please access the Safe Sport training from within your USA climbing account by clicking on the “Center for Safe Sport Training” tab.
Click on where the course says “Resume Course” and click the X at the bottom of the page. This is the finalizing step to a current status
The Safe Sport training is accessed within a members account profile and an access code is no longer necessary. Once in the account you will see “Center for Safe Sport Training” on the left side of the profile. Click on “Add Center for Safe Sport Training”
After the initial Core Training, which may take up to about 90 minutes to complete, annual refreshers are required which generally take about 20 minutes to complete.
Not at this time. The Center has created an optional online training course intended for youth athletes (subject to parent or guardian consent).
All Certified Officials must complete Safe Sport training. In addition, Isolation Coordinators, Event Organizers, and Volunteer Coordinators will be required to obtain the Volunteer-Covered membership and to complete Safe Sport training. All other volunteers are encouraged to take the free training by registering for the USA Climbing Volunteer Non-Covered Membership and accessing the “Center for Safe Sport Training” from within your USA Climbing account profile on the left side of your dashboard.
Parental consent is required if you are under 18. This is accessed through the training itself in your USA Climbing account. If your parents are concerned about the training or object to you completing the training it is not required until you turn 18. Once you are an adult member you must have the training complete to continue your membership with USA Climbing.
If the training requirement applies to you, then it is required for you to continue your membership with USA Climbing, to compete in USA Climbing sanctioned events, to participate in USA Climbing camps or other training activities, and to utilize USA Climbing facilities.
The training is also required in order to utilize USOPC facilities for training, competition or any other reason.
Under USA Climbing’s existing policies and practices, the following categories of individuals continue to be required to complete the Safe Sport training including annual refresher training:
This Policy applies to the following Covered Individuals:
i. USA Climbing Staff
ii. USA Climbing Introductory, Competitor, Paraclimbing, and Collegiate Members 18-years and older
iii. USA Climbing Interns iv. USA Climbing Board Members v. USA Climbing Designated Committee Members (NGC, Audit, Judicial, Hearing Panel Pool, and Team Selection)
vi. USA Climbing National, Divisonal, and Regional Coordinators
vii. USA Climbing Certified Coaches viii. USA Climbing Certified Officials ix. USA Climbing Certified Routesetters x. USA Climbing Covered Volunteers (i.e. volunteer coordinator, isolation coordinator, event organizers)
xi. USA Climbing National Team Contracted Medical Personnel (i.e. doctors, trainers, etc.)
xii. USA Climbing Contracted Massage Therapists
xiii. USA Climbing Contractors who have regular contact with minor athletes (i.e. official National Team Chaperones)
xiv. USA Climbing National Team Athletes in USADA’s Registered Testing Pool
xv. Any other individual that USA Climbing formally authorizes, approves or appoints (a) to a position of authority over, or (b) to have regular contact with any athlete
Regular Contact (from the U.S. Center for Safe Sport 2022 MAAPP Policies) or “Sustained Interaction” includes ongoing interactions during a 12-month period wherein an Adult Participant is in a role of direct and active engagement with any Minor Athlete.
We are all committed to athlete safety. The training is one piece in sustaining a safe environment for all athletes. Safe Sport Training helps all of us to be more aware of unsafe behavior and potential disruptions to athletes’ desire to train, compete and enjoy their sport.
The law, “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017” authorizes the U.S. Center for Safe Sport (the “Center”) to address the risk of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of amateur athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements. The Center provides education and requirements consistent with the law, and this training is part of those requirements. The training is required by the Center, the USOC and USA Climbing.
The USA Climbing Safe Sport access code is no longer in use. Please access the Safe Sport training from within your USA Climbing account by clicking on the “Center for Safe Sport Training” tab.
The system isn’t designed for a member to upload a Safe Sport Certificate. Everything is now completed through your USA Climbing account. If you completed your training outside your USA climbing account, please email your certificate to email@example.com
Please click on where the course says “Resume” and click the X at the bottom of the page. This is the finalizing step to a current status.
The Refresher courses can be found by clicking on “Add Center for Safe Sport Training” it will automatically reflect to a current status once complete.
No, only one 15 minute annual refresher is required.