• Community

    Climbing is a community. Climbers of all abilities are at the heart; but we could not pursue our passion without the tireless efforts of coaches, donors, judges, gym staffs, parents, routesetters, volunteers and others. Check out all the ways you can get involved with
    USA Climbing.

    USA climber standing on ground looking up

    Ty Hardaway

    Chair, Competition Belaying Working Group

    Member Highlight

    I first climbed in my 8th grade Field Studies class. That was 1978 and we fashioned harnesses from the end of our ropes and belayed by using rope friction around our waists. Climbing gyms did not yet exist.

    "Now I volunteer as belayer, speed starter, and judge. It’s great to work with dedicated, fun, and devoted people from all over. It’s especially rewarding to be able to do my part to keep athletes safe and competitions fair.

    Youth female competitors hugging

    2020 Community Awards

    “The Community Award winners are members of our local communities and range from youth competitors to seasoned volunteers,” said Bruce Mitchell, President of USA Climbing’s Board of Directors. “In a year where we faced immense challenges and our community had to come up with creative ways to keep climbing, we are grateful for the continued commitment of our members to push the sport forward.”

    Examples of Important Community Roles

    Coach

    Beginning this season, all coaches affiliated with a USA Climbing sanctioned team must be Safe Sport trained and have successfully completed a background screen. The Level 2 Coach Membership is the same as a Coach Membership was in previous seasons. The Level 1 Coach has been added as a way for teams to ensure all coach affiliates are Safe Sport trained and have a successfully completed background screen without incurring the higher cost associated with the Level 2 Membership. As described below, USA Climbing Teams will be required to attest that all coaches on their staff have either a Level 1 or 2 Coach Membership, except for a coach who is a minor. Each Team Membership must have at least one Active Level 2 Coach Member.

    Judges

    The Judges Committee was formed to support and advance the development of judging at all USA Climbing sanctioned competitions. The Committee’s activities specifically include the ongoing development and implementation of the Judges Certification Program, with the intention of increasing the number of trained and certified judges for all championship and local level competitions.

    Routsetting

    Mission

    USA Climbing (USAC) provides instruction, training, and certification to routesetters at various levels for competition routesetting. Since 2006, the USA Climbing Routesetting Committee (USAC RSC) has developed and managed the structure of the clinic instructional programs and certification system that USA Climbing now uses for sanctioned competition climbing.  The USA Climbing Routesetting Committee is constantly working to further professionalize and standardize competition routesetting with an overall goal of increasing the quality and consistency of competition events and support the work of routesetters.  The USA Climbing Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program (USAC RCCP) is managed by a Program Administrator in cooperation with the Chair of the Routesetting Committee and USA Climbing staff.

    USA Climbing Routesetting Committee

    Bret Johnston, Chair
    Cody Grodzki
    Nick Oklobjiza
    Sydney McNair
    John Oungst, Athlete
    Kasia Pietras, Athlete
    Ryan Sewell
    Flannery Shay-Nemirow
    Brad Weaver

    Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program

    Mike Bockino, Program Administrator, routesetting@usaclimbing.org

    Environmental Stewardship

    One of our core values is to encourage responsible use, and the protection and preservation of the natural environment – which is why a  portion of USA Climbing membership revenue goes to support The Access Fund. Today, 1 in 5 outdoor climbing areas in the United States are threatened—whether it’s private land lost to development, public land managers over-regulating climbing, or climber impacts degrading the environment, the list of threats is long and constantly evolving. The Access Fund is on a mission to keep climbing areas open and conserve the climbing environment.

     

     

    Competitor Membership - $105

    A competitor membership is for competitive youth and adult climbers that wish to compete at regional, divisional, and/or national level events. A competitor membership can also be used at qualifying (local) events and is required for results to count toward regional qualification. In order to obtain this membership, a competitor member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

    Introductory Membership - $30

    An introductory membership is for competitive climbers that wish to compete at qualifying (local) events and National Cup Series competitions. Introductory members qualifying event scores will not qualify for regional, divisional, and/or national level events.  In order for a climber’s score to count towards regional qualification, introductory members must upgrade their membership prior to the qualifying competition, in addition to other eligibility requirements, through their USA Climbing account to either a competitor membership (youth/adult) or a collegiate membership (collegiate). In order to obtain this membership, an introductory member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

    Collegiate Membership - $65

    A collegiate membership is for competitive collegiate climbers that wish to compete at divisional and/or national level collegiate events. A collegiate membership can also be used at collegiate qualifying (local) events.  In order to compete in non-collegiate events, a collegiate member must upgrade to a competitor membership through their USA Climbing account. In order to obtain this membership, a collegiate member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

    Collegiate Introductory Membership - $30

    A collegiate introductory membership is for competitive climbers that wish to compete at qualifying (local) events. In order for a collegiate climber to compete at divisional, and/or national level events, collegiate introductory members must upgrade their membership, in addition to other eligibility requirements, through their USA Climbing account to either a competitor membership (youth/adult) or a collegiate membership (collegiate). In order to obtain this membership, an introductory member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

    Paraclimbing Membership - $45

    A paraclimbing membership is for competitive para-athletes that wish to compete at local and national level paraclimbing events. In order to compete in non-paraclimbing events, a paraclimbing member must upgrade to a competitor membership through their USA Climbing account. In order to obtain this membership, a paraclimbing member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

    Team Membership - Free

    Details for the fall season coming in August 2021.

    Team Captain Membership - Free

    Details for the fall season coming in August 2021.

    Level 1 Coach Membership - $40

    A Level 1 Coach Membership is for coaches that wish to coach at a USA Climbing Sanctioned Event. Level 1 Coaches do not have competition isolation area (‘iso’) access. A Level 1 Coach does have the ability to file appeals. In order to obtain this membership, a coach must complete annual SafeSport Training, successfully pass a background screen, and provide documentation of their coaching role. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account. Coaching verification is to be completed independently by the member with documentation uploaded into their USA Climbing account.  Level 1 Coaches can upgrade their membership to a Level 2 Coach Membership at any time through their USA Climbing account.

    Level 2 Coach Membership - $90

    A Level 2 Coach Membership is for coaches that wish to coach at a USA Climbing Sanctioned Event. Level 2 Coaches have competition isolation area (‘iso’) access and the ability to file appeals. In order to obtain this membership, a coach must complete annual SafeSport Training, First Aid/CPR certification, successfully pass a background screen, and provide documentation of their coaching role. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account. First Aid/CPR Certification and coaching verification is to be completed independently by the member with documentation uploaded into their USA Climbing account.

    Supporter Membership - $35

    Supporter Members are individuals who support the strategic direction of USA Climbing, including but not limited to, purpose, programs, aims and objectives of USA Climbing.

    Certified Routesetter Membership - $70

    A Certified Routesetter Membership is for USA Climbing certified routesetters. In order to obtain this membership, a routesetter must complete annual SafeSport Training. Level 3, 4, and 5 Routesetters must also successfully pass a background screen. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account.

    Routesetter Membership - Free

    A Routesetter Membership is for individuals in process of becoming a Certified Routesetter by attending a Routesetting Clinic. Once a Routesetter Member successfully completes clinic requirements, they must upgrade to a Certified Routesetter Membership in order for certification to be complete. This membership is also for routesetters who are not certified but are members of a routesetting crew who are routesetting for a USA Climbing competition where a certification is not required. In order to obtain this membership, a routesetter member that is 18 years or older must complete annual SafeSport Training.

    Certified Judge Membership - Free

    A Certified Judge Membership is required for all Certified Chief Judges and Certified Route Judges who appear on the ‘Certified Judges List’. In order to obtain this membership, a judge must complete annual SafeSport Training and successfully pass a background screen. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account.

    Full Gym Membership - $250

    This membership is required for gyms who are hosting any USA Climbing sanctioned events. It allows inclusion in a searchable gym locator on the USA Climbing website and one free membership of their choice.

    Basic Gym Membership - $100

    This membership allows a gym to be included in a searchable gym locator on the USA Climbing website and access to USA Climbing benefits.

    Additional Facility Membership - $75

    This membership is available for facilities with multiple locations that have already purchased one classic gym membership and are hosting USA Climbing sanctioned events. For example, if a gym has three locations they should purchase one full gym membership and two additional facility memberships.

    Coordinator Membership - Free

    Details for the fall season coming in August 2021.

    Volunteer Membership - Free

    A Volunteer Membership is required by those seeking to volunteer at a sanctioned USA Climbing competition. Volunteer Memberships (Covered and Non-Covered Individuals) are split into two categories based on the type of volunteer position.

    Covered Individuals: Chief Belayers, Isolation Coordinators, Volunteer Coordinators, and Event Organizers. In order to obtain this membership, a member must complete annual SafeSport Training and successfully pass a background screen. SafeSport Training and Background Screens can be accessed through a member’s USA Climbing account.

    Non-Covered Individuals: Non-Certified Judges, Scorekeepers, Runners, and Belayers.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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