Youth climbing leagues hosted at The Ascent are run in the spring (sport climbing) and in the fall (bouldering). Leagues closely follow the USA Climbing format for competitions.  Each season is comprised of 4 competitions where climbers compete in both individual and team standings.  Teams are typically formed around schools, although your school does not have to have a climbing team for competitors to participate.

Competitive Climbing Leagues for middle and high school are included in our Program Pack that can be added to your membership.  Registration is simple and easy, just sign up for the league, your membership will be automatically adjusted.

Preview Night

August 23rd – 5:30pm-7:30pm

Preview Night is a free event for Middle & High School students and their parents to experience our Recreational Climbing Leagues in an informative, hands-on, and obligation-free setting.

The night begins with an overview of the leagues, safety orientation, and an explanation of the rules in competitive rock climbing. Climbers then meet their potential coaches and proceed to get a taste of what the leagues are all about! We’ll wrap everything up at the end of the night with a Q&A session.

Want to experience the leagues first-hand before committing?

Sign up for Preview Night.

Ready to compete this season?

Sign up for the league (includes Preview Night Competition.)

If you are competing in the league, your registration includes one structured practice time per week.
Sign up for your practice time now.

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Competitive climbing is focused on bouldering in the fall, and sport-climbing / Speed Climbing in the spring.  Each season has 4 competitions (1 per month) along with a pre-season competition.

While some schools have club teams that compete, our middle school and high school climbing league is available through the gym directly, independent of the school system, so you can compete regardless of whether your school has a team.

We provide weekly skills coaching after school to all competitors, and prepare climbers to succeed through physical training and mental discipline.

Find out more about the league competitions below:

This Fall we are kicking off the season with a pre-season comp and Preview Night on August 23rd from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. This competition is highly encouraged for all current competitors to assess your skills from the off-season and get a training plan before the opening competition. Preview Night is an opportunity  for anyone that would like to watch or try the sport to see if you are interested in competing.  All of our coaches will be present to give pointers, answer questions, and explain the structure of the league. 

The Preview Night is free of charge to prospective competitors, but registration is requested so we can plan to serve you well!

Fall practice sign-ups are now LIVE

Monday – 4:00-5:30 & 5:30-7:00

Friday – 4:00-5:30

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Pre-season Comp:         August 23rd 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Comp 1:                          Sep 8th,             8:00 am – 11:00 am

Comp 2:                          Oct 6th,              8:00 am – 11:00 am

Comp 3:                          Nov 3rd,             8:00 am – 11:00 am

Comp 4:                          Dec 1st,             8:00 am – 11:00 am


Climbing Leagues are included as part of the program pack with your membership to the gym. The league runs over the course of 4 months. (Sep – Dec) Memberships are billed monthly on the first of the month. Memberships or program pack may be cancelled after the leagues are finished.

Student Membership:
$47.20 / month.

  • Unlimited climbing
  • Monthly guest passes for friends / family
  • Pro-shop Discounts
  • Basic and advanced climbing classes
  • Specialty fitness classes / training
  • Yoga / Pilates classes

Program Pack:
$30 / month.

  • Competitive Leagues
    • Weekly Coaching
    • Competitions
    • Climbing Jerseys
  • Advanced Climbing Classes
    • Skills 1
    • Skills 2
    • Lead instruction / certification
  • Discounts on related programs:
    • Warriors Way mental training
    • Outdoor Guided trips

Unlimited Gear Rental (if needed):
$25 / month.

  • Shoes
  • Harness

If pricing is an issue, scholarships may be available. Please contact to talk about your situation.

Boulder Scoring:

  1. Climbers will compete for a 2-hour block of time with problems of varying difficulty. They will have an unlimited number of attempts to complete as many problems as possible.

  2. There will be a minimum of 35 problems. The problems will be ordered to gradually get more difficult. Each problem will receive a point value. As the difficulty increases, so does the problem score.  

  3. Points are awarded for the completion of problems, only.

  4. Each Competitor will have a scorecard of all the problems listed, and completion must be signed off by 2 fellow competitors, a parent, or 1 officiating judge.

  5. Final score is the total of the top 5 completed problems. Attempts will be recorded, but only reviewed in the event of a tie. Climbers with the same score will be ranked according to fewest attempts.

  6. In order to “start” a route, climber must have control of start hold(s), and have both feet on the wall. Problems requiring a sit start will be indicated.
  7. In order to receive full points for a route or problem, climber must match (control with both hands) on the finish hold or box.
  8. In order to give credit for a problem, a judge must see the entire problem Climbers must verify that the judge is observing before climbing the problem. If judge does not observe the start of the problem, it will count as a trial but not a completion, even if problem is completed.

SPORT: Individual Scoring:

  1. Individual scores for the season will be a total of the top 3 scores from the competitions. (Lowest comp will be dropped) Individual divisions will be:
    • Male High School
    • Female High School
    • Male Middle School
    • Female Middle School.
  2. Each Competition will consist of at least 8 routes
  3. Routes and problems increase in difficulty within each competition, and overall difficulty increases with each competition in the season.
  4. Points are awarded for the completion of routes, only.
  5. A climber is considered to have fallen if:
    • A climber falls or puts his/her weight on the rope.
    • A climber gains an advantage by using a hold that is not on that route or using a quickdraw to assist in upward momentum.
  6. In order to receive credit for a route, scorer(s) must be able to determine that climber had complete control of the final hold.
  7. In order to “start” a route, climber must have control of start hold(s), and have both feet on the wall.
  8. The competition staff has final say in all matters pertaining to the competition.


SPEED: Individual Scoring:

  1. Comps will be based on the IFSC 15m speed course.
    • ROUTE A: Comps 1&3 will be the first 10 meters of the speed course.
    • ROUTE B: Comps 2&4 will be the last 10 meters of the speed course.
  2. Individual scores for the season will be a total of the best A + best B from the competitions. Individual divisions will be:
    • Male
    • Female
  3. Climbers will be ordered by the lowest time to highest time.
  4. Each Competition will consist of two timed runs of the course. (45 sec max)
  5. Climbers have up to 45 seconds to complete each run of the speed route. There will be 3 minutes between each climber.
    • 1st minute: 1st attempt
    • 2nd minute: 2nd attempt
    • 3rd minute: transition
  6. If a climber falls it will be scored a DNF and 45 seconds will be recorded as the time for that attempt.
  7. In order to “start” a route, climber must have control of start hold(s), and have one foot on the ground. Climbers will begin climbing at the start sound. Official time will start at the sound.
  8. Climbers will finish the route when they slap the box at the top of the wall.
  9. There will be 2 official timers on each attempt. The official time will be the average of the judged times.
  10. The competition staff has final say in all matters pertaining to the competition.


Team Scoring:

  1. Teams will be separated into two divisions:
    • Middle School (Top-rope only)
    • High School. (Top-rope or Lead)
  2. Middle and high school team score is determined by the total score of the top five (5) climbers, male and female, for each of the 4 competitions. 

Current League Standings:

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