stonetree YOUTH CLIMBING TEAM

THE FALL SESSION FOR OUR CLIMBING TEAM IS FULL.

Registration for the winter session (January 7-february 27) and the SprinG session (march 3-april 30) will be available november 1.

 

The Stonetree Climbing Team, a non profit entity 501c3, is a youth climbing team (ages 6-18) dedicated to helping children and young adults develop enthusiasm for climbing. We work hard to make sure our athletes have the self-confidence and strength to tackle challenges on the wall and in life.  Our fall session is September 5-December 5. The tuition for the fall team is $325 and includes the following:

  • a membership to the gym (and climbing team members can be dropped off FOR A MAXIMUM OF 2 HOURS {for ages 6 and up} if they understand and can follow the rules of the gym). Team memberships DO NOT include our usual monthly guest pass.

  • a Stonetree Team T Shirt.

  • 50% discount to register for our annual bouldering competition The Stonetree Showdown (10/19).

  • PARENTS/GUARDIANS CAN CLIMB FOR HALF PRICE ($6.50) ANYTIME WITH THEIR CHILD DURING THE FALL SESSION.

Our Monday After School Program is no longer included as part of tuition. If your climber is interested in an additional supervised afternoon at the gym (snack included), it is $60 (less than $5 per Monday and although team ends Thursday 12/5, Monday 12/9 and 12/16 are included) bringing the total to $385. The drop in rate for Monday afternoon is $10. (Sustaining and yearly members please contact the gym for member pricing.)

Registration and Team Descriptions

Stonetree Climbing Team offers several pathways for climbers of all levels and abilities. Please look over the descriptions below and contact one of our coaches with any questions. The final decisions of placement for athletes on their respective team will be determined by the coaches. We work hard to make sure our climbers are placed on the most appropriate team for their ability level and team cohesiveness.  

Team Mission

The Climbing Team at Stonetree Climbing Center is an opportunity for area youth to develop skills, passion, and enthusiasm for rock climbing. Our team is dedicated to building community while improving individual climbing ability, which includes physical, mental, and social/emotional skills.

Expectations

We expect climbers to respect themselves, each other, and the space. Climbers should arrive on time ready to participate, to give their best effort, and encourage their teammates. Climbers will follow the rules of the gym and practice safe falling and spotting. Climbers are expected to be engaging in productive activities while in the gym, regardless of time. Team athletes are also always expected to be courteous and positive members of the climbing community both inside and outside of practice.

Equipment

Climbing team members are encouraged to have their own climbing shoes or wear rental shoes during climbing team practices and competitions. Please contact the coaches with questions regarding shoes.

Climbers should come prepared for practice with comfortable clothing and water bottles.

Team Schedule

  • After School Program (drop in price is $10): Monday, 2:30-5

  • Team 1 (beginner)

    Tuesday/Thursday, 4-5

  • Team 2 (intermediate)

    Tuesday/Thursday, 5-6:30

  • Comp Team: TBD

Team Descriptions

After School Program: Monday, 2:30-5 pm

This is where most climbers start; it’s designed for kids who have never climbed or been on a climbing team. Skills and concepts learned: basics of climbing and safety in the gym; auto belay; how to follow a route and work to climb a V0; warm up routines; demonstrate comfort on the wall and an interest in learning more about climbing.  Drop in rate is $10 or purchase a student punch card for $99.  Punches may be shared and this card does not expire. 

Team 1: Tuesday/Thursday 4-5 pm

To be on Team 1, a climber should be familiar with climbing at Stonetree Climbing Center, either through one session of the After School Program, or because they’ve climbed on our beginner team. Climbers should demonstrate comfort with heights and bouldering; be able to follow routes and understand basic climbing concepts; practice safe climbing; follow basic warm up routines; and has an attitude that says they want to learn more about climbing and being part of a team.

Team 2: Tuesday/Thursday 5-6:30 pm

To be on Team 2, a climber should have climbed at least one season on the beginner team and demonstrate all Team 1 skills. A benchmark level for Team 2 is the ability to climb V3. Climbers should show an interest in climbing as a sport and improving their own skills; show problem solving skills and their application to climbing, i.e., can apply different climbing strategies and techniques to bouldering problems; climbers are expected to support and learn from their teammates; climbers’ attitudes show developing maturity towards climbing and being part of a team; be able to warm up independently and be ready when practice starts. Climbers on this team are strongly encouraged to participate in climbing competitions.

Competition Team and Competitions

While all climbers from both teams are encouraged to participate in competitions, climbers on Team 2 are welcome to join the Competition Team. This team’s primary focus is on improving specific and competition oriented skills. Please discuss possible placement on this team with our coaches. Meeting day and time for this team are still TBD. We encourage all climbers on both teams to compete in our annual USA Sanctioned Bouldering Comp the Stonetree Showdown on October 19. Registration for team members will be discounted 50% ($25). The following is a list of the other USA Sanctioned Bouldering Comps in the area: October 5 Billings (Steepworld) October 12 Great Falls (HiLine) October 19 Helena (Stonetree) October 26 Missoula (Freestone) November 2 Whitefish (Rockfish) November 9 Bozeman (Spire)

USA Climbing Membership

Your climber will need a USA Membership to be scored in a Comp. These memberships begin at $30 and must be purchased purchased prior to their first Comp of the season.

To learn more about the new USA Climbing memberships, visit the Membership Overview page! If you have questions or are unable to complete your registration, please email sharlee@usaclimbing.org.

For more information about USA Climbing or to purchase a membership, visit www.usaclimbing.org.

Travel and Transportation

Climbers and their families are responsible for travel and accommodations for competitions. Families are encouraged to coordinate and carpool.

Additional Fees

o    USA Climbing Competition Membership ($95) OR Introductory Membership ($30)

o    Local Comp Entry Fees (approximately $55/comp)

o    Travel expenses

o    Regional Championship entry Fee ($90-$100)

 

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