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Washington Area Interscholastic Climbing League

General Info

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2014-15 WAICL Championship Results

Men’s Division | Women’s Division


2015 WAICL Championship Team Results

Women’s Division

National Cathedral School – 185

Episcopal High School – 175

Georgetown Day School – 156

Sandy Spring Friends School – 105

Men’s Division

Saint Albans School – 228

Georgetown Day School – 196

Episcopal High School – 195

Woodberry Forest School 2 – 194

Woodberry Forest School – 173

Sandy Spring Friends School – 159

Overview The objective of The Washington Area Interscholastic Climbing League (WAICL) is to provide an interscholastic, competitive indoor climbing program for the member schools and individual high school aged climbers.

Meets are held during the winter sports season, at public and independent climbing gyms including but not limited to:

  • Earth Treks Climbing Centers – Columbia, Timonium, and Rockville, MD .
  • SportRock II and III
  • Vertical Rock
  • member schools that have a climbing wall: National Cathedral School and St. Albans School

WAICL Current Member Schools:

  • EPISCOPAL HIGH SCHOOL
  • GEORGETOWN DAY SCHOOL
  • NATIONAL CATHEDRAL SCHOOL
  • SANDY SPRING FRIENDS SCHOOL
  • ST. ALBANS SCHOOL
  • WOODBERRY FOREST SCHOOL

Meet Format

Event format for standard meets is as follows:

  • A meet may be held at any public or private climbing facility
  • All climbers must follow all of the safety guidelines set by the Gym.
  • Each team may consist of no more than 11 climbers.
  • Standard meet time-frame is 90 minutes.  All climbs must be completed in the set time-frame for the meet.
  • All teams will begin climbing at the same time.
  •  Only top-rope climbs completed in “red-point” style will be scored.
    • Red-point is defined as:
      • starting on the prescribed start of the climb
      • climbing within the bounds of the route
      • finishing “in control” on the final hold of the route
      • climbing without weighting the rope.
      • “in control” means hold for a count of three, at least, then let go.
    • Holding a tight belay, as well as falling, is considered “weighting the rope”.
    • If an “off route” hold is touched during the course of a climb, the climber must return to the start of the climb and red-point the route to earn points.
  • In a top-rope competition, the cumulative point total for the best two (2) scored climbs for each climber will be that climber’s individual meet score.
  • In bouldering competitions the cumulative point total for the best three scored climbs for each individual climber will be that climber’s individual meet score.
  • Common climbs: a common climb refers to a route or problem that a large number of each team’s climbers red-point.  To avoid long line-ups and to add parity to the scoring, each team may only count a specific route or problem for three of its five Varsity climbers.  All eleven may red-point the route, but only three Varsity climbers from each team may use it as an official score.
    • Coaches – please make sure students report climb names in addition to ratings to keep track of common climbs.
  • The cumulative total of a team’s five Varsity climbers’ individual scores will be that team’s Varsity score.
  • The cumulative total of up to five of a team’s remaining members’ individual scores will be that team’s Junior Varsity score.
  • Holding ropes/routes is not permitted.  If a rope/route is occupied, a line may develop.  In such instances, the next team/climber actively in line will have access to the rope.  In the event that multiple teams/schools are waiting, the line shall alternate by school to allow for a reasonably equal opportunity to attempt routes.
  • Please encourage climbers from competing schools to work together.  This should not be a situation where coaches need to get involved.
  • Scores may be turned in to official scorers at any point during each meet.
  • Official scorers may not share individual or team results prior to the conclusion of the meet.
  • Final scores for each climber will be tallied and recorded at the conclusion of the formal meet period.

Scoring

Top Rope System

The following table will be used to convert the Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) to a point system for scoring purposes. This scoring method will be used for all WAICL top-rope meets and events.

5.5 = 1pts 5.10a, 5.10- = 8pts 5.11+, 5.11d = 15pts
5.6 = 2pts 5.10, 5.10b = 9pts 5.12-, 5.12a = 16pts
5.7 = 3pts 5.10c = 10pts 5.12, 5.12b = 17pts
5.8 = 4pts 5.10+, 5.10d = 11pts 5.12c = 18pts
5.8+ = 5pts 5.11-, 5.11a = 12pts 5.12+, 5.12d = 19pts
5.9 = 6pts 5.11, 5.11b = 13pts 5.13-, 5.13a = 20pts
5.9+ = 7pts 5.11c = 14pts 5.13, 5.13b = 21pts

NOTE:

  • Routes rated (a/b),(b/c), or (c/d) will be given the higher point total. Example: 5.11a/b = 5.11b = 13 points.
  • At the discretion of the coaches, gyms that have route areas of two distinct heights will have the shorter area scored using the table and the higher area will have (0.5) added to the point value. Example(s):

At Earth Treks (Columbia) – the shorter top-rope routes (upstairs on the mezzanine at Columbia, teaching areas at Timmoniun and Rockville) are scored .5 points (one half point) less than the table.

  • Also at the discretion of the coaches is the disqualification of certain routes that may be grossly overrated.  Such routes must be made known prior to the start of each meet.  The best way to be made aware of such routes is to check in with the gym staff, or to speak directly with a coach whose team regularly practices at each facility.

Bouldering Competitions

The following table will be used to convert the V-Scale to a point system for scoring purposes. This scoring method will be used for all WAICL bouldering meets and events.

E5,E6 = 1pt V4-, V4 = 8pts V7+ = 15pts
V0-,V0,VO+ = 2pts V4+ = 9pts V8-,V8 = 16pts
V1-,V1,V1+ = 3pts V5-, V5 = 10pts V8+ = 17pts
V2-,V2 = 4pts V5+ = 11pts V9-, V9 = 18pts
V2+ = 5pts V6-, V6 = 12pts V9+ = 19pts
V3-,V3 = 6pts V6+ = 13pts
V3+ = 7pts V7-, V7 = 14pts
  • Again, at the discretion of the coaches is the disqualification of certain problems that may be grossly overrated.  Such problems must be made known prior to the start of each meet.  The best way to be made aware of such examples is to check in with the gym staff, or to speak directly with a coach whose team regularly practices at each facility.