The Middle TN Youth climbing league, hosted at The Ascent runs in the spring (sport, speed and boulder) and in the fall (bouldering only). Leagues closely follow the USA Climbing Redpoint format for competitions, and are OPEN TO ALL CLIMBERS regardless of where you climb primarily.
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.
Thu, January 17 – 5:30pm-8:00pm
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 coaches and join in the pre-season competition! 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
Competitive climbing is focused on bouldering in the fall, and multi-discipline (boulder, 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:
Brodie is our head coach and the director of our middle and high school competitive league so he’s your go-to guy for information on the competitions. He has climbed for the better part of a decade, and has been coaching our traveling USA competitive team. He has seen and coached climbers at many different levels of competition.
Mark has a background instructing martial arts and has the eye for technique and discipline. He has been climbing for 5 years as part of our community here.
Monday – Friday: 4:00-5:30
Monday practices will focus on training for Speed Climbing. Participants planning to compete in speed climbing may register for this practice in addition to the regular sport climbing practice.
Pre-season Comp: January 17th 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Comp 1: Feb 16th, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Comp 2: Mar 16th, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Comp 3: Apr 13, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Comp 4: May 11th, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
We offer a pre-season competition as a way to try out competitive rock climbing to see if it is a good fit for your competitor.
5:30 – 6:00
6:00 – 8:00
Preview & Pre-season Competition
7:30 – 8:00
7:45 – 8:00
Q & A
Boulder Scoring (Fall):
- Climbers will compete for a 3-hour block of time with problems of varying difficulty. They will have an unlimited number of attempts to complete as many problems as possible.
- 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.
- Points are awarded for the completion of problems, only.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In order to receive full points for a route or problem, climber must match (control with both hands) on the finish hold or box.
- 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 / BOULDER: Individual Scoring (Spring):
- Each Competition will consist of at least (12) routes and (25) boulder problems.
- Routes and problems increase in difficulty within each competition, and overall difficulty may increase with each competition in the season as needed.
- Points are based on the difficulty of the route / problem and belay method (lead/top-rope). Points will be awarded on completion of the climb.
- Climbers may specialize or compete in all disciplines.
- In order to “start” a route, climber must have control of start hold(s), and have both feet on the wall.
- Unless otherwise specified, climbers must MATCH the finish hold or box.
- In order to receive credit for a completion, scorer must be able to determine that climber had complete control of the final hold.
- 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.
- A climber uses the top of the wall / boulder outside of the finish to aid in climbing.
- BOULDER PROBLEMS WILL BE PEER JUDGED AND REQUIRE 2 COMPETETORS TO SIGN OFF ON COMPLETION.
- SPORT ROUTES WILL BE JUDGED BY THE BELAYER AND ONE PEER.
- In the event of any discrepancy or disagreement, the head judge has final say in all matters pertaining to the competition.
- Individual scores for the competition will be the top 5 boulder scores and/or the top 3 sport climbing scores.
- Individual scores for the season will be a total of the top 3 scores from the competitions. (Lowest comp will be dropped)
- Individual divisions for each discipline will be:
- Male High School
- Female High School
- Male Middle School
- Female Middle School.
SPEED: Individual Scoring (Spring):
- Comps will be on the IFSC 10m speed course.
- Individual scores for the season will be a total of the three best times from the competitions. Individual divisions will be:
- Climbers will be ordered by the lowest time to highest time.
- Each Competition will consist of two timed runs of the course. (45 sec max)
- Climbers have up to 45 seconds to complete each run of the speed route. The climber’s time for the competition is the lower of the two attempts. There will be 3 minutes between each climber.
- 1st minute: 1st attempt
- 2nd minute: 2nd attempt
- 3rd minute: transition
- If a climber falls it will be scored a DNF and 45 seconds will be recorded as the time for that attempt.
- 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.
- Climbers will finish the route when they slap the box at the top of the wall.
- There will be 2 official timers on each attempt. The official time for each attempt will be the average of the judged times.
Team Scoring (Fall):
- Teams will be separated into two divisions:
- Middle School (Top-rope only)
- High School. (Top-rope or Lead)
- 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.
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. (Feb – May) Memberships are billed monthly on the first of the month. Memberships or program pack may be cancelled after the leagues are finished (4-month minimum, unless competitors join mid-season.) We will offer off-season practices – so we do not automatically cancel memberships/ program packs at the end of the season. If you would like to take the summer off, please let us know via email or through the membership management page on our website.
Student Membership: $47.20 / month.
- Unlimited climbing
- Monthly guest passes for friends / family
- Pro-shop Discounts
- Basic and advanced climbing classes
- Intro to climbing
- Skills 1
- Skills 2
- Lead climbing & belaying instruction/ certification
Unlimited Gear Rental (if needed): $25 / month.
Program Pack: $30 / month.
- Competitive Leagues
- Weekly Coaching
- League Shirt
Non-member / Prepaid options:
Season membership, Competitions & Coaching: $337
Season Gear Rental: $100
Competitions only (non-member): $120
Competitions only with comp day gear rental: $145
Need a little help? In cases of need, partial membership scholarships are available. All applications and awards are kept confidential. Just tell us a little about what’s going on at our scholarship page.
Current League Standings:
Current Standings will appear below as scores from the season are updated.