We are excited to welcome climbers to our youth climbing team program! We believe in cultivating a positive climbing experience for both recreational and competitive climbers. Our program is specially designed to create a unique climbing experience for all ages and all climbing abilities. Whether you are a beginner or you are a seasoned competitive climber, there is always more to explore, learn and improve on in the world of climbing. Rock climbing is an exciting sport for anyone willing to push their limits to new heights and we believe that climbing is a great opportunity to help foster new skills, sense of community, self-confidence and personal growth.
As team members, participants will work towards achieving their personal best, while climbing and training in a team environment.
Join our team to experience a supportive, confidence-building and inspirational group of peers working towards a common goal in an incredible indoor setting.
Through these programs, we believe we have the opportunity to positively influence youth by starting to build the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and create lifelong climbers.
(Find the FAQ at the bottom of the page!)
Practices: Monday & Wednesday 4:30pm-6:00pm
Optional 3rd day: Friday 4:30pm-6:00pm
Climbing team dues include membership*
* because climbing team includes VRG membership, current members do not get the 15% discount off the above pricing models. That being said, we can adjust your current monthly or annual family membership to reflect this new membership.
Enrollment Periods: Athletes interested in joining the climbing team must enroll during one of the enrollment periods below, attend an info session and submit an application.
Enrollment Period 1: Dec 10th, 2021 - Jan 10th
Practice starts Jan 10th
Info Sessions: Friday, Jan 17th at 6:15pm
Monday, Jan 3rd at 6:30pm
Wednesday, Jan 5th at 6:30pm
Enrollment Period 2: March 1 – March 31
Practice starts April 1st
Enrollment Period 3: July 10th-August 10th
Practice starts August 15th
General ages to join VRG climbing team is between 8 and 19 years old.
USAC separates climbing competitors into 5 age groups; Youth A, B, C, D and Junior divisions. Placement for these groupings will be determined by birth year for each gender. For September 2021 – August 2022, the birth year distinctions are as follows:
Youth D: Born 2011 or later
Youth C: Born 2009 – 2010
Youth B: Born 2007 – 2008
Youth A: Born 2005 – 2006
Junior: Born 2003 – 2004
While there is no lower age limit to join Youth D, we recommend participants to be 8 years old or older. We are open to having younger competitors on our team, but it is important to bear in mind that they will be competing and practicing alongside athletes up to 11 years old.
Athletes joining the climbing team at Valley Rock Gym must have a regular climbing practice of their own (of more than 6 months) or have participated in one of our general youth programs and have shown an interest in pursuing climbing as a long-term sport.
The Valley Rock Gym climbing team will first and foremost work to foster a love of climbing and a deeply supportive and positive athletic community.
Our main pursuit will be to prepare for, and compete in, qualifying, regional, divisional, and national competitions in the 4 recognized disciplines of indoor rock climbing. At each practice we will focus on; movement drills on the wall, training adaptations that to keep athletes strong and healthy while climbing, mental strategies to promote confidence and high self-esteem, and learning the rules and safety protocols associated with competition climbing.
Expert from USA Climbing 2020/2021 rule book, section 1.5.1;
“a) Lead/Top Rope, in which competitors are ranked based on their progression on one or more routes, where competitors may be secured by clipping into
protection points or by a ‘top rope’, subject to the specific competition rules;
b) Bouldering, in which competitors are ranked based on the number of boulders completed and their progression on boulders not completed;
c) Speed, in which competitors are ranked based on the time needed to climb a standard route, with the exception of Youth-C competitors who climb on a non-standard route;
d) Combined, in which competitors are ranked based on a combination of their performances in multiple Disciplines, for example:
1. i) All-around Combined using Lead/Top Rope, Speed, and Bouldering; and
2. ii) Lead+Boulder Combined, using Lead/Top Rope and Bouldering.”
Valley Rock Gym is best suited to practice for bouldering competitions, as most of our wall space is dedicated to bouldering. However, we plan to put equal emphasis on the lead/top rope discipline as well both at our facility, and with the possibility of practicing at other facilities. For each season we will switch our focus based on the most current competitions series and the interests of our youth competitors.
In our region, we do not have immediate, nor easy access to a competitive speed wall, but will do our best to find ways to engage interested competitors in this avenue of competition.
To compete in USAC events, and earn points towards regional, divisional, and national qualification, each competitor must have an active competitor with USA Climbing.
This is an annual fee paid to USAC for $105.
Yes! Thanks to donations received to our youth programs scholarship fund, we are able to offer a limited number of scholarships each year. On our website, follow the ‘More’ tab to our Youth Programs section. There you will find our scholarship application form, that can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off in person to our front desk.
Yes. Each enrollment period will allow new athletes to join the team at a time that will allow the whole group to be reintroduced to the concepts, procedures, and rules associated with that season's discipline. Below are the corresponding seasons and enrollment periods:
Enrollment period 1: Lead/Top Rope Season
Enrollment period 2: Speed Climbing Season
Enrollment period 3: Bouldering season
Dear VRG community,
With Omicron fueling a record-breaking surge of cases in Oregon and Benton county, we have decided to cancel all community events for the month of January.
While we are very sad to do so, since community is what drives and motivates us, it feels irresponsible to invite folks to intentionally gather in large numbers, especially given how popular some of our events are.
As always we will continue to monitor the virus' impact on our community and utilize CDC and local government recommendations in informing our decisions.
Thanks for your understanding and please stay safe out