stonetree YOUTH CLIMBING TEAM

 

 

Stonetree Climbing Team

The Stonetree Climbing Team (a 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 bouldering season is September 5- December 6.  The tuition for the fall session is $325 and this is includes

  • 2-3 hours of instruction per week
  • a membership to the gym (and climbing team members can be dropped off FOR A MAXIMUM OF 2 HOURS if they understand and can follow the rules of the gym) 
  • attending our after school program on Monday
  • a Stonetree Team T Shirt
  • registration to our annual bouldering competition on October 20 ($50)                                                                                                                                                                                                           NEW FOR FALL 2018, PARENTS/GUARDIANS CAN CLIMB DURING THEIR CLIMBER'S TEAM TIME FOR    HALF PRICE ($6). 

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. 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. 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 welcome to use their own climbing shoes or wear rental shoes during climbing team practices and competitions.

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

Team Schedule

  • After School drop in: Monday, 2:30-5
  • Team 1 (beginner)
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 4-5
  • Team 2 (intermediate)
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 5-6:30

Comp Team: Saturday 8:30-10 am (bouldering (fall) season only)

Competitions & Competition Climbing Team

We encourage all of climbers to compete in at least one local climbing competition. The Stonetree Showdown is October 20 and it is a great way to find a personal challenge! We also offer a competition (Comp) climbing team for climbers on team 2 (intermediate) who wish to practice one additional day per week. These practices will focus on preparing for bouldering competitions. We encourage competition team members to compete in at least two local {(Great Falls (10/6), Helena (10/20), Missoula (10/27), Bozeman (11/3), Whitefish (11/10)} competitions so they are eligible for the regional competition December 8-9 in Salt Lake.  Comp Team tuition is $150 and we will be taking these registrations at the gym, not online.  Our coaches will host a trial session for the competition team on Saturday September 15 at 10:30 am.  Please speak with one of our coaches to learn more about Competition Climbing, or visit USAClimbing.org.

USA Climbing Membership

Climbers wishing to compete in USA Climbing Championship Level Competitions (Regional, Divisional, National) must have an active USAC membership prior to their first competition.  The cost is $95 for the entire season (September 1st – August 31st). This includes the bouldering and sport climbing seasons.

And new for the 2018-2019 season, USA Climbing will be moving away from the Day-Membership ($10) and incorporating the Introductory Membership ($20) in its place. 

The new Introductory Membership will be applicable for all local competitions (Youth and Collegiate) in addition to National Cup Series competitions. The Introductory Membership can be used at multiple local events. You do not need to purchase a new Introductory Membership for each local event as you did with Day-Memberships. The Introductory Membership is also good for both climbing seasons (Bouldering and Sport & Speed). Not to be confused with the Competitor Membership, the Introductory Membership is not applicable for championship level competitions (Regional, Divisional, and National). If your competitor is planning on competing at any USA Climbing championship level competition, our recommendation is to purchase the Competitor Membership ($95) at the beginning of the climbing season and prior to your competitors first competition.

If a competitor purchases an Introductory Membership ($20) and then later decides to upgrade their membership to the Competitor Membership ($95), the fees paid for the Introductory Membership may not be credited toward the Competitor Membership.  

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 ($20)

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

o    Travel expenses

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

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 for climbers who are not on the team is $10 or purchase a student punch card...10 visits for $90.  Punches may be shared and this card does not expire. 

Team 1

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 boulder; be able to follow a route 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

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.

Competition Team

Climbers on Team 2 are welcome to join the Competition Team. Expectations for Competition Team Climbers include attending 1 extra practice per week; attend 2 local competitions; parents and climbers learn together how competitions work.