Chattanooga Interscholastic high school climbing league
Interscholastic Climbing League
Interest and Coach’s
August 28, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
To introduce high school aged students
to a challenging sport and lifelong activity
in an environment that emphasizes
and helpful, social interaction
without the competitive pressure often
traditional team sports.
Interscholastic Climbing League (CAICL)
•Competitive climbing series for high school students
• Grades 9-12
•Chattanooga and the surrounding area
•Individuals or teams represent their public or private school, or
•No previous experience is necessary
Forming a High School Team
1. Obtain administration permission from your school.
2. Identify a team mentor, sponsor or teacher from the school to
act as the coach and to ignite the interest and enthusiasm of the
students. (a key to a sustainable team is to have this coach working
at or frequently at the school with the students)
3. Identify a minimum of 5 student members to form a team. If
less than 5, climbers may participate as individuals for the school.
If more than 10, a second team may be formed.
4. Report confirmation of team numbers by October 1 to Outdoor
5. Coach and team members set a practice schedule and goals,
complete waiver forms, belay training, transportation logistics and
Schedule of Climbing League Meets 2014-2015
November 1 High Point Climbing and Fitness
November 15 Urban Rocks Gym
December 6 TN Bouldering Authority
January 10 High Point Climbing and Fitness
January 24 Urban Rocks Gym
February 7 TN Bouldering Authority
Equipment Requirements = NONE
Harness and shoe rental are provided at each meet.
Harness and shoe rental is included in the monthly team membership at the gym.
Climbers are welcome and encouraged to use their own personal equipment at the gym
with an inspection approval.
Make for a fun addition but not required.
Chalk is used to dry sweaty hands providing a better grip on
climbing holds and gyms prefer climbers to use chalk responsibly.
$8 per climber per meet x 6 meets = $48 per
Competitors do not have to be a gym member
to compete in the league at the host gyms.
Options - Team Practices
NOTE: Climbing teams are not required to practice or belong to a gym; however, there are price breaks available for
teams in the league.
Contact the gym with times and dates the team will use the gym prior to arrival.
MONTH TO MONTH GYM MEMBERSHIPS
-Monthly fee $35 per climber at Urban Rocks Gym for groups of 5 of more. Coach is free.
-Monthly fee $35 per climber at Tennessee Bouldering Authority for groups of 5 of more.
Coach is free.
-Monthly fee $45 per climber at High Point Gym for groups of 5 of more.
September through February only. The coach is free.
- No FEE to use Outdoor Chattanooga indoor bouldering wall– reservation required
Walnut Wall in Coolidge Park is available for belay training with staff instructors- No FEE
Workout videos, yoga, core exercises, tree climbing and running can be very valuable and fun training
options with no FEES ! Contact OC if you need ideas or advice. The climbing gyms also offer a variety of
training and technique classes throughout the year for both coaches and climbers.
Points are dictated by the difficulty rating of the
route and awarded when completed in “red point”
Climbers report their best 5 top rope routes or
boulder problems each meet toward their score.
Team scores are a total of top 5 climbers /meet.
Individual scores are kept in Mens and Womens
Red Point is defined as:
Starting on the prescribed start holds, climbing within bounds of the
route, finishing “in control” (count of 3) on the final hold, never
weighting the rope.
Holding an extremely tight belay or falling is considered weighting
the rope and is not valid, thus the climber must start over.
If an “off route” hold is touched, but climber does not rest or gain
progress, the climber may continue, otherwise it is a start over.
Climbers must have a minimum of 2 judges,
at least one judge from another team, both
to witness and sign for a climber to receive points
and credit for a route. Coaches and gym staff may
also witness and sign for any climber.
Belaying and Spotting
Climbers will need to belay and
spot each other at the meets.
Belayers and spotters must be qualified by gym staff
according to each gym’s policy and procedures before
the first meet. Belay forms are required for each gym
and kept on file for each climber in the league.
Coaches can teach the components of belaying and then
schedule a belay test with each gym prior to the meet
season. Outdoor Chattanooga can provide free belay
training upon request at the Walnut Wall.
Coach’s Corner Links
Parent Information Scores
GYM WAIVER FORMS
Interested SCHOOLS 2014-2015
Brainerd High School
Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA)
Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences (CSAS)
Girls Preparatory School
Hixson High School
Howard High School
Red Bank High School
Ridgeland High School, GA
St. Andrews/ Sewanne
Signal Mountain High School
Home School Group
• Point System for Routes
5.5 = 1 pts
5.6 = 2 pts
5.7= 3 pts
5.8 = 4 pts
5.9= 6 pts
5.9 += 7 pts
5.10 a, 5.10 - = 8pts
5.10 , 5.10 b = 9 pts
5. 10 c= 10 pts
5.10+, 5.10 d= 11 pts
5.11- , 5.11a = 12 pts
5.11, 5.11 b = 13 pts
5.11c = 14 pts
5.11+, 5.11d = 15pts
5.12-, 5.12a= 16pts
5.12, 5.12b = 17pts
5.12c = 18pts
5.12+, 5.12d = 19pts
5.13-, 5.13a= 20pts
5.13, 5.13b == 21pts
SCORING BOULDER PROBLEMS
The problems will be labeled with
numbers 1 through 15, with problem
#1 being the least challenging (thus,
the least point-value: 1 point) and
problem #15 being the most
challenging. The "V-grade" will not be
on this labeling, since indoor problems
generally do not correspond well with
the V-grade scale and can be
Register your school team
October 1, 2014
With School Name
Team Name and Team Roster(s)
Coach’s Contact Information: phone and email
200 River Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Office: (423)643-6882 or 6888