2017 National Boulder Series Championships

 

The 2017 National Boulder Series Championships

 

 

For the fourth time, the Western Cape is host to the biggest indoor bouldering competition in South Africa: the 2017 National Boulder Series Championships.

 

With the incredible buy-in and support of South Africa’s second largest Indoor Climbing Gym, namely CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym in Observatory, Cape Town, the stage was set to witness 73 competitors from across the country take part in this year’s National Boulder Event.

 

Each province was allowed up to 5 competitors per each of the 10 categories.  The format of the event included semi-final rounds on the Saturday 1st April 2017 and the final rounds on Sunday 2nd April 2017.

 

While in isolation on the Saturday and Sunday, climbers could be found lounging around in the cool breeze coming in through the open door into the isolation area, fondly known as Area 51 by the local CityROCK clients.

 

Hats off to the great routesetting that occurred before and during the event. Chief Routesetter, Kent Jennings, as well as SANCF National Setter, Paul Bruyere, and their team of routesetters spent the entire week leading up to the event setting routes and stripping the walls of the gym.  It was incredible to see how much work, deliberation and basic hard labour goes into the setting and stripping of routes.

 

Each boulder problem that was climbed was allocated one Judge and one Scorer wherever possible.  These two persons were responsible for accurately capturing which climber got the most top and bonus holds in the 5 and 4 minutes for semi-final and final boulder problems respectively.  The scoresheets were taken to the Scores Analyst and the Chief Scorer to be entered into a Scoring Spreadsheet which would calculate and ultimately rank the climbers after each climb.  The Jury President had the final say before the results were published.

 

The competition ran very smoothly and efficiently and any queries or issues that arose throughout the event were dealt with timeously and fairly, ensuring a successful, streamlined and entertaining competition for all involved.  The running of the event was largely and almost exclusively due to the officials, namely:

 

·         Chris Naudé (Jury President)

·         Kent Jennings (Chief Routesetter)

·         Paul Bruyere (SANCF National Setter)

·         George Stainton (SANCF National Judge)

·         Neil Cosser (Chief Scorer)

·         Colette Rodrigues (Scores Analyst)

·         Delaney Carpenter (Organiser)

·         CityROCK Staff (Venue Hosts)

·         Linith von Ahlefeldt (Judge)

·         Julian Lapin (Judge)

·         Nigel Dorward (Judge)

·         Harold Amaler (Judge)

·         Terri-Lyn Ashley Cooper (Judge)

·         Greg Ashley Cooper (Judge)

·         Hannah Ashley Cooper (Judge)

·         Rolfe Eberhard (Judge)

·         Matthew Johnstone (Scorer)

·         Rene Poland (Scorer)

·         Kathy Stubbs (Scorer)

·         Steve Burningham (Scorer)

·         Brandon Collier-Reed (Scorer)

·         Tim Coleman (Scorer)

·         Kent Jennings (Spotter)

·         David Gerber (Spotter)

·         Chevaan Patience (Spotter)

·         Paul Bruyere (Spotter)

·         Michael van der Ham (Spotter)

·         Kent Jennings (Technician)

·         David Gerber (Technician)

·         Chevaan Patience (Technician)

·         Paul Bruyere (Technician)

·         Michael van der Ham (Technician)

·         Delaney Carpenter (Isolation Steward)

·         Jesse Rodrigues (Isolation Steward)

·         Kent Jennings (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         David Gerber (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         Paul Bruyere (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         Chevaan Patience (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         Michael van der Ham (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         Geoff Meyer (Photographer)

·         Jenny Adams (Physiotherapy Services)

·         S Jacobs Paramedics (Medical Services)

·         Black Diamond brand from RAM Mountaineering and All Associated Brands from CityROCK Gear Shop for the prizes

·         Red Earth for the Floating Trophy for the National Boulder Series Championships!

·         And an enormous thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Paul Bruyere!

·         Special thanks to Illona and Cally from CityROCK for everything they did to assist us!

·         Special thanks to Minister Marais from Western Cape Sports.

 

The winners of the competition are as follows:

 

U13 Girls                                                              Gold:     Rauen Kröhn (WCC)       

                                                                                Silver:    Sarah Adams (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze: Rachael Kuhn (GC)

U13 Boys                                                             Gold:     Nicholas Cibulka (GC)

                                                                                Silver:    Jack Burningham (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze: Nicholas Giannone (GC)

U15 Girls                                                              Gold:     Alyssa Meyer (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Jacinth “Finchie” Lapin (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze: Georgiana “Georgi” Dorward (WCC)

U15 Boys                                                             Gold:     Alistair Stubbs (GC)

                                                                                Silver:    Thomas van Sittert (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze:                Jared Rodrigues (WCC)

U17 Girls                                                              Gold:     Camilla Cibulka (GC)

                                                                                Silver:    Angela Eckhardt (GC)

                                                                                Bronze: Shanay Meintjes (WCC)

U17 Boys                                                             Gold:     David Naudé (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Damien Blokker (GC)

                                                                                Bronze: Christopher Cosser (GC)

U19 Girls                                                              Gold:     Mikela Sinovich (WCC)

U19 Boys                                                             Gold:     Jake Amaler (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Katleho Pobe (GC)

                                                                                Bronze: Joseph Rosendorff (WCC)

Ladies Open                                                       Gold:     Saskia Thomas (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Naureen Bretherick (GC)

                                                                                Bronze: Margaux Rat (WCC)

Mens Open                                                        Gold:     David Naudé (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Rowan Toselli (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze: Dylan Vogt (GC)

 

Winning Province ***                                    Western Cape Climbing                

 

 

***The Winning Province was calculated this year by calculating the scores of the Top 3 podium competitors in each category as follows:

1st Place = 3 points

2nd Place = 2 points

3rd Place = 1 points

 

 

National Open Championship Competitors Top 5 Open Ladies:

 

1st Place                = Camilla Cibulka (GC)

2nd Place               = Angela Eckhardt (GC)

3rd Place               = Shanay Meintjes (WCC)

4th Place               = Saskia Thomas (WCC)

5th Place               = Hannah Sealy-Fisher (GC)

 

National Open Championship Competitors Top 5 Open Men:

 

1st Place                = David Naudé (WCC)

2nd Place               = Rowan Toselli (WCC)

3rd Place               = Dylan Vogt (GC)

4th Place               = James Barnes (GC)

5th Place               = Jake Amaler (WCC)

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

 

Parents and Climbers

All the Officials of the Competition

South African National Climbing Federation

Provincial Bodies: KZN Climbing, Gauteng Climbing, Mpumalanga Climbing and Western Cape Climbing

CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym

Red Earth

 

 

SPONSORS

CityROCK Gear Shop and associated brands Metolius, Mammut, Evolv and Five Ten

RAM Mountaineering and Black Diamond Brand

 

 

MEDIA SPONSORS

Climb ZA

SA Mountain Magazine

 

 

OTHER

Brandline Africa

The Badgeman

 

 

A huge thank you must be given to all our sponsors, particularly those who contributed the most. These events are very expensive for all concerned and without the sponsors, the calibre of these National Competitions will be low.  Western Cape Climbing has been very fortunate this year to have had such immeasurable support from our sponsors.  Much appreciation is given and we cannot thank you all enough for your contributions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2016 National Boulder Series Championships

 

For the third time, the Western Cape is host to the biggest indoor bouldering competition in South Africa: the 2016 National Boulder Series Championships.

 

With the incredible buy-in and support of South Africa’s second largest Indoor Climbing Gym, namely CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym in Observatory, Cape Town, the stage was set to witness 62 competitors from across the country take part in this year’s National Boulder Event.

 

Each province was allowed up to 5 competitors per each of the 12 categories.  The format of the event included semi-final rounds on the Saturday 16th April 2016 and the final rounds on Sunday 17th April 2016.

 

While in isolation on the Saturday and Sunday, climbers could be found lounging around in the cool breeze coming in through the open door into the isolation area, fondly known as Area 51 by the local CityROCK clients.

 

Hats off to the great routesetting that occurred before and during the event. Chief Routesetter, Kent Jennings, and his team of routesetters spent the entire week leading up to the event setting routes and stripping the walls of the gym.  It was incredible to see how much work, deliberation and basic hard labour goes into the setting and stripping of routes.

 

Each boulder problem that was climbed was allocated one Judge and one Scorer.  These two persons were responsible for accurately capturing which climber got the most top and bonus holds in the 5 and 4 minutes for semi-final and final boulder problems respectively.  The scoresheets were taken to the Scores Analyst and the Chief Scorer to be entered into a Scoring Spreadsheet which would calculate and ultimately rank the climbers after each climb.  The Jury President had the final say before the results were published.

 

The competition ran very smoothly and efficiently and any queries or issues that arose throughout the event were dealt with timeously and fairly, ensuring a successful, streamlined and entertaining competition for all involved.  The running of the event was largely and almost exclusively due to the officials, namely:

 

·         Patrick Black (Jury President)

·         Kent Jennings (Chief Routesetter)

·         Chris Naudé (Chief Scorer)

·         Delaney Carpenter (Organiser)

·         CityROCK Staff (Venue Hosts)

·         Tracy Bell (Scores Analyst)

·         Colette Rodrigues (Judge)

·         Linith von Ahlefeldt (Judge)

·         Julian Lapin (Judge)

·         Nigel Dorward (Judge)

·         Karen Rosser (Judge)

·         Clive Rosser (Judge)

·         Pierce Joubert (Judge)

·         Sandy Black (Judge)

·         Matthew van der Westhuizen (Scorer)

·         Dante Roumega (Scorer)

·         Nicholas Penny (Scorer)

·         Daniel Morison (Scorer)

·         Kayleigh Hart (Scorer)

·         Emily Wedepohl (Scorer)

·         Darryn Ashley (Scorer)

·         Sam Sserwanga (Scorer)

·         Kent Jennings (Spotter)

·         David Gerber (Spotter)

·         Kent Jennings (Runner and Technician)

·         David Gerber (Runner and Technician)

·         Gabby Leigh (Time Keeper)

·         Chai Brincat (Time Keeper)

·         Brett Nicholson (Time Keeper)

·         Delaney Carpenter (Isolation Steward)

·         Natalie Dorward (Isolation Steward)

·         Kent Jennings (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         David Gerber (Route Setter and Stripper)

·         Nick Telford (Route Setter)

·         Geoff Meyer (Photographer)

·         Jenny Adams (Physiotherapy Services)

·         S Jacobs Paramedics (Medical Services)

·         CityROCK Gear Shop for prizes to the value of R8,443.00

·         Eiger Equipment for their R2,000.00 Cash Donation

·         Red Bull for the energy drinks

·         Red Earth for the Floating Trophy for the National Boulder Series Championships!

·         And an enormous thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Greg Borman!

·         Special thanks to Tarryn, Illona, Dominic and Lee from CityROCK for everything they did to assist us – and they did a lot!

 

The winners of the competition are as follows:

 

Spot Prizes: (Sponsored by CityROCK Gear Shop at an overall value of R5,518.00)

·         Best Double Handed Dyno:         Oliver Marx (GC)             

·         Best Hair Flick:                            Damien Blokker (GC)                     

·         Best Newcomers:                        Nicholas Cibulka (GC), Luca Mihal Bazzea (WCC) and Joseph Rosendorff (WC)                             

 

Raffle Prize: (Metolius Boulder Pad Sponsored by CityROCK Gear Shop at a value of R2,925.00)

·         Damien Blokker (GC)

 

U13 Girls                                                              Gold:     Jacinth “Finchie” Lapin (WCC)    

                                                                            Silver:    Sarah Adams (WCC)

                                                                            Bronze: Amaya Lakmeeharan (GC)

U13 Boys                                                             Gold:     Nicholas Cibulka (GC)

                                                                            Silver:    Lucien “Nico” Setterberg (GC)

                                                                            Bronze: Ethan Coleman (WCC)

U15 Girls                                                              Gold:     Camilla Cibulka (GC)

                                                                            Silver:    Alyssa Meyer (WCC)

                                                                            Bronze: Abigail Strange (GC)

U15 Boys                                                             Gold:     David Naudé (WCC)

                                                                            Silver:    Alistair Stubbs (GC)

                                                                            Bronze:  Liam Foxcroft (WCC)

U17 Girls                                                              Gold:     Angela Eckhardt (GC)

                                                                            Silver:    Mikela Sinovich (WCC)

                                                                            Bronze: Anneke Eberhard (WCC)

U17 Boys                                                             Gold:     Damien Blokker (GC)

                                                                            Silver:    Nicholas Meinel (GC)

                                                                            Bronze: Jake Amaler (WCC)

U19 Boys                                                             Gold:     Oliver Marx (GC)

                                                                            Silver:    Joseph Rosendorff (WCC)

                                                                            Bronze: Katleho Pobe (GC)

Ladies Open                                                        Gold:     Samantha Stainton (GC)

                                                                            Silver:    Naureen Bretherick (GC)

                                                                            Bronze: Zoe Duby (WCC)

Mens Open                                                         Gold:     Adam Ludford (WCC)

                                                                            Silver:    Calrin Curtis (GC)

                                                                            Bronze: James Barnes (GC)

 

Winning Province ***                                        Gauteng Climbing                           

 

 

***The Winning Province was calculated this year by calculating the scores of the Top 5 competitors in each category as follows:

1st Place = 5 points

2nd Place = 4 points

3rd Place = 3 points

4th Place = 2 points

5th Place = 1 point

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

 

Parents and Climbers

All the Officials of the Competition

South African National Climbing Federation

Provincial Bodies: KZN Climbing, Gauteng Climbing and Western Cape Climbing

CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym

Red Earth

 

 

SPONSORS

CityROCK Gear Shop and associated brands Metolius, Mammut, Evolv and Five Ten

Eiger Equipment and associated brand Petzl

Red Bull

 

 

MEDIA SPONSORS

Climb ZA

SA Mountain Magazine

 

 

OTHER

Brandline Africa

Sporting Images

Golf Partners, Inc.

The Badgeman

 

 

A huge thank you must be given to all our sponsors, particularly those who contributed the most. These events are very expensive for all concerned and without the sponsors, the calibre of these National Competitions will be low.  Western Cape Climbing has been very fortunate this year to have had such immeasurable support from our sponsors.  Much appreciation is given and we cannot thank you all enough for your contributions.

 

 

 

2015 National Boulder Series Championships

 

The 2015 National Boulder Series Championships

 

 

For the second time, the Western Cape is host to the biggest indoor bouldering competition in South Africa: the 2015 National Boulder Series Championships.

 

With the incredible buy-in and support of South Africa’s largest Indoor Climbing Gym, namely CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym in Observatory, Cape Town, the stage was set to witness 73 competitors from across the country take part in this year’s National Boulder Event.

 

Each province was allowed up to 5 competitors per each of the 12 categories.  The format of the event included semi-final rounds on the Saturday 11th April 2015 and the final rounds on Sunday 12th April 2015.

 

While in isolation on the Saturday and Sunday, climbers could be found lounging around in the cool breeze coming in through into the isolation area, fondly known as Area 51 by the local CityROCK clients.

 

After the first day, Alex’s Catering delivered a scrumptious meal of canapes and finger-foods for the weary competitors and spectators as well as the hard-working routesetters.

 

Hats off to the phenomenal routesetting that occurred before and during the event. Chief Routesetter, Maciej Fijalkowski, and his team of 6 routesetters spent the entire week leading up to the event setting routes and stripping the walls of the gym.  It was incredible to see how much work, deliberation and basic hard labour goes into the setting and stripping of routes.

 

Each boulder problem that was climbed was allocated one Judge and one Scorer.  These two people were responsible for accurately capturing which climber got the most top and bonus holds in the 5 and 4 minutes for semi-final and final boulder problems respectively.  The scoresheets were taken to the two Scores Auditors and the Chief Scorer to be entered into a Scoring Spreadsheet which would calculate and ultimately rank the climbers after each climb.  The Jury President had the final say before the results were published.

 

The competition ran very smoothly and efficiently and any queries or issues that arose throughout the event were dealt with timeously and fairly, ensuring a successful, streamlined and entertaining competition for all involved.  The running of the event was largely and almost exclusively due to the officials, namely:

 

·         Patrick Black (Jury President)

·         Maciej Fijalkowski (Chief Routesetter)

·         Paul Bruyer (Assistant Jury President)

·         Chris Naudé (Chief Scorer)

·         Delaney Carpenter (Organiser)

·         CityROCK Staff (Venue Hosts)

·         Harold Amaler (Scores Analyst)

·         Tracy Bell (Scores Analyst)

·         Julian Lapin (WCC Judge)

·         Dante Roumega (Judge)

·         Candice Lloyd (Judge)

·         Sandy Black (Judge)

·         Linith von Ahlefeldt (Judge)

·         Katinga de Mey (Judge)

·         David Gerber (Judge)

·         Peter Costopoulos (Judge)

·         Chris Naudé (Scorer)

·         Nick Penny (Scorer)

·         Tracy Bell (Scorer)

·         Harold Amaler (Scorer)

·         Ross Suter (Scorer)

·         Kim Hochreiter (Scorer)

·         Rachelle de Charmoy (Scorer)

·         Matthew van der Westhuizen (Judge)

·         Jason Siebert (Scorer)

·         Warrick Black (Scorer Finals)

·         Anesh Magan (Spotter)

·         David Gerber (Routesetter and Stripper)

·         Nick Telford (Routesetter and Stripper)

·         Ricky Traviss (Routesetter and Stripper)

·         Jean-Luc Joubert (Routesetter and Stripper)

·         Robbie Fraser (Routesetter and Stripper)

·         Peter Costopoulos (Routesetter and Stripper)

·         Ricky Traviss (Time-Keeper)

·         Jean-Luc Joubert (Time-Keeper)

·         Geoff Meyer (Photographer)

·         Dr. Harold Amaler and Jenny Adams (Medical Services)

·         Red Earth for the First Floating Trophy for the National Boulder Series Championships!

·         And an enormous thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Greg Borman!

·         Special thanks to Tamryn, Tarryn, Candice, Dominic and Lee from CityROCK for everything they did to assist us – and they did a lot!

 

The winners of the competition are as follows:

 

Spot Prizes:

·         Most attempts on a single problem:        Jack Vermaak (WCC)

·         Longest lasting attempt:                               Jacinth “Finchie” Lapin (WCC)

·         Up a Problem Backwards:                            Monique Smit (WCC)

 

Raffle Prizes:

·         Alex Bergesen (GC)

·         Rachel Sealy-Fisher (GC)

 

U13 Girls                                                              Gold:     Alyssa Meyer (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Jacinth “Finchie” Lapin (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze: Kristeen Slabbert (GC)

U13 Boys                                                             Gold:     Alistair Stubbs (GC)

                                                                                Silver:    Tom van Sittert (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze: Christopher Wallace (KZN)

U15 Girls                                                              Gold:     Angela Eckhardt (GC)

                                                                                Silver:    Camilla Cibulka (GC)

                                                                                Bronze: India Kragolsen-Cryer (GC)

U15 Boys                                                             Gold:     David Naudé (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Joshua Greaves (GC)

                                                                                Bronze:                Alex Bergesen (GC)

U17 Girls                                                              Gold:     Mikela Sinovich (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Kerry-Anne Stackpoole (KZN)

                                                                                Bronze: Holly De Lange (KZN)

U17 Boys                                                             Gold:     Jake Amaler (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Katleho Pobe (GC)

                                                                                Bronze: Nicholas Meinel (GC)

U19 Girls                                                              Gold:     Nadene van Rensburg (KZN)

                                                                                Silver:    Annabelle Slabber (KZN)

                                                                                Bronze: Rachel Sealy-Fisher (GC)

U19 Boys                                                             Gold:     Sheldon Smith (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Thomas Slabbert (GC)

                                                                                Bronze: Oliver Strange (GC)

Ladies Open                                                       Gold:     Julia Chen (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Jeanne Bouyeat (GC/Foreigner)

                                                                                Bronze:                Kirsten Roberts (GC)

Mens Open                                                        Gold:     Adam Ludford (WCC)

                                                                                Silver:    Benj de Charmoy (WCC)

                                                                                Bronze: Rowan Toselli (WCC)

 

Winning Province ***                                    Western Cape Climbing                

 

***The Winning Province was calculated this year by calculating the scores of the Top 5 competitors in each category as follows:

1st Place = 5 points

2nd Place = 4 points

3rd Place = 3 points

4th Place = 2 points

5th Place = 1 point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

 

 

Parents and Climbers

All the Officials of the Competition

South African National Climbing Federation

Provincial Bodies: KZN Climbing, Gauteng Climbing, North West Climbing and Western Cape Climbing

CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym

Red Earth

 

 

SPONSORS

Adventure, Inc. and associated brand Buff

Mountain Mail Order and associated brands Mammut, Evolv and Five Ten

Eiger Equipment and associated brand Petzl

Red Bull

 

 

MEDIA SPONSORS

Climb ZA

 

 

OTHER

Alex’s Catering

TShirt and Garment

Brandline Africa

NetFlorist

The Badgeman

 

 

A huge thank you must be given to all our sponsors, particularly those who contributed the most. These events are very expensive for all concerned and without the sponsors, the calibre of these National Competitions will be low.  Western Cape Climbing has been very fortunate this year to have had such immeasurable support from our sponsors.  Much appreciation is given and we cannot thank you all enough for your contributions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information booklet

 

 

 

2015 South African National Boulder Series Championships

 

 

                                             

 

 

 

Official Host

 

 

 

 

Official Venue

 

 

 

Semi-Finals – Saturday 11th April 2015

 

Finals – Sunday 12th April 2015

 

 

 

Hosted by: Western Cape Climbing

 

 

 

Visit www.westerncapeclimbing.co.za and www.sancf.org

 

For information, rules, opportunities and results

 

Thank you to our sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contents

 

1. Introduction. 5

 

2. Acknowledgement of Sponsors. 6

 

3. Date of Nationals. 6

 

4. Venue. 6

 

5. Refreshments. 6

 

6. Prize Giving. 7

 

7. Pre-Competition Meetings. 7

 

8. Pre-Competition Registration. 7

 

9. No of Entrants and Age Groups. 7

 

10. Structure of Event. 8

 

11. Abridged Timetable. 9

 

12. Designated Officials. 11

 

13. Warm-Ups. 11

 

14. Personal Equipment. 12

 

15. Technical incidents. 12

 

16. Appeals process. 12

 

17. Videoing. 12

 

18. Anti-Doping. 12

 

19. Medical13

 

20. Accommodation. 13

 

21. Fee and Payment. 13

 

22. Contact details. 14

 

23. Attachments. 15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Introduction

 

On behalf of the SANCF, Western Cape Climbing welcomes all other provinces to the annual SANCF National Boulder Series Championships. This is the second National Bouldering Competition held in the Western Cape. We, along with the SANCF, hope to bring continual improvements to competition Sport climbing in South Africa and indeed to give climbing opportunities in the hope that our athletes can compete internationally.

 

 

 

This National Competition will be run in accordance with the IFSC Competition Rules (minor local rule amendments might apply) and adhere to SASCOC’s strict code of conduct.

 

 

 

Important Notes

 

A. Punctuality

 

Please bear in mind that the competition will run strictly according to a timetable, therefore kindly allow enough time for travel delays.

 

 

 

B. Access to CityROCK

 

No climbers competing in the National Bouldering Series Championships will be allowed access to CityROCK from 6th April until the start of the competition.

 

 

 

C. Rules

 

Please note that it is the responsibility of each climber to memorize and understand the international bouldering competition rules. Failure to abide by the rules could result in disqualification. An abridged copy of the bouldering competition rules is attached to this document and is also available at: www.westerncapeclimbing.co.za. Abridged copies of the rules will be posted at the competition venue at prominent points.

 

 

 

D. Volunteers

 

Anyone interested in assisting as an official at the competition, as either judges, stewards, etc., please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to help, giving your details, experience and area of assistance. If your child is competing kindly give name and age category.

 

 

 

E. Sponsorship

 

We already have a number of sponsors for the competition but we can always do with more so if anyone has any contact details or suggestions for sponsors, kindly forward this information on to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

 

 

F. Provincial Team Managers Responsibility

 

 

 

Item Due date:

 

·         Finalize final team list of who is competing and let us know the names and numbers by 3rd April 2015

 

·         Pay the registration fees prior to 3rd April 2015

 

 


2. Acknowledgement of Sponsors

 

 

 

We are incredibly grateful to CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym for hosting the 2015 National Boulder Series Championships.

 

 

 

Western Cape Climbing would also like to thank the following sponsors:

 

 

 

·         Adventure, Inc. and Buff

 

·         CityROCK Gear Shop and brands Five Ten, Mammut and Evolv

 

·         Eiger Equipment and Petzl Brands

 

·         Red Bull

 

 

 

Western Cape Climbing would like to thank the following Media Outlets for publicity of the Competition:

 

 

 

·      Expresso

 

·      SA Mountain Magazine

 

·      Climb ZA

 

 

 

3. Date of Nationals

 

 

 

The 2015 National Boulder Series Championships, Youth and Open Finals will be held over the following two days:

 

 

 

·      Youth and Open National Boulder Series Championships Semi-Final Rounds on Saturday 11th April 2015.

 

·  Youth and Open National Boulder Series Championships Finals  

 

   on            Sunday 12th April 2015.

 

 

 

4. Venue

 

 

 

Both Youth and Open National Boulder Series Championships Qualifying and Finals will be held at:

 

CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym

 

The address is: Corner of Collingwood and Anson Streets, Observatory, Cape Town. For more information, please visit their website www.cityrock.co.za. Refer to the map below or use the following link in Google Maps -  City Rock link in Google Maps.

 

 

 

5. Refreshments

 

 

 

No refreshments will be on sale but the Spar and a number of restaurants and takeaways are just up the road from the Venue.

 

 

 

6. Prize Giving

 

 

 

Prize Giving for the National Boulder Series Championships, Youth and Openwill take place on Sunday 11th April directly after the Open finals at approximately 05:00pm to 06:00pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.

 

 

 

7. Pre-Competition Meetings

 

 

 

Technical Meeting

 

Friday 10th April from 5:00pm until 6:00pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.

 

           

 

Judges Workshop

 

Friday 10th April from 6:00pm to 8.00pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.

 

 

 

8. Pre-Competition Registration

 

 

 

Registration: Opens Tuesday 17th February 2015 and Closes Friday 3rd April 2015

 

Any registrations received after the 3rd April 2015 will not be allowed to compete.

 

 

 

Provinces are requested to please send names and the category under which each will be participating to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 3rd April 2015.

 

9. No of Entrants and Age Groups

 

 

 

Maximum of 5 entries per age category (see below), from each province.

 

 

 

The categories are as follows:

 

·      Open Men & Ladies     -           Born in the year of or before the year 1999

 

·      U19 Boys & Girls           -           Born in the years 1996 or 1997

 

·      U17 Boys & Girls           -           Born in  the years1998 or 1999

 

·      U15 Boys & Girls           -           Born in the years 2000 or 2001

 

·      U13 Boys & Girls           -           Born in and after 2002

 

        Note 1: Opens

 

As per IFSC rules, U16’s and U19’s may compete in the Open category under the following circumstances:

 

·         That the competitor is at least turning 16 years of age in the year of the competition.

 

·         The competitor must climb in the age group in which they want to be eligible for international events selection e.g. he/she must also climb in U16’s if that is the age group they are attempting to qualify for selection in.

 

·         That an U16 (ie turning 16 or older in calendar year 2015) or U19 competitor wishing to compete in Opens shall specifically notify the event organizer prior to the competition. The event organizer shall acknowledge receipt of this.

 

·         That the competitor is required to enter and pay for both categories.

 

 

Note 2: Foreign participants

·         A foreign person who is living in South Africa and does not hold a South African passport, may compete in the nationals.

·         The foreign climber does not form part of a provincial team

·         The foreign climber should make separate application to compete in the nationals to the SANCF secretary at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with proof of the climbers competition climbing ability. If warranted the SANCF will then issue an invitation to the climber.

·         The foreign person wishing to compete in the nationals should pay the competition and SANCF membership fee

·         Regardless of whether the foreign born person hold a South African passport they are eligible for a podium position

·         Where a foreign born person has a South African passport (i.e. a person with dual citizenship) they will be eligible to represent South Africa and earn SANCF colours and Protea colours in accordance with SASCOC criteria. In this instance they will form part of a provincial team.

Note 3: International qualification

·         The top six (6) South African climbing athletes may be considered eligible to compete for South Africa as an SANCF member at the IFSC World Cup Competitions. The SANCF, through its Selection Committee, reserves the right to reduce this number in accordance with the international standard of the competing athletes and other extenuating circumstances.

·         Only International IFSC sanctioned World Championships or World Games etc. will qualify the athletes to become eligible to represent the SANCF and South Africa as a Protea athlete and this is subject to both the SANCF and the athlete meeting SASCOC standards and criteria.

 

10. Structure of Event

 

 

 

General

 

 

 

The competition will consist of a semi-final round of 4 problems and a final round of 4 problems.  All climbers compete in the Semi-Final and the top ranked eight from the Semi-Final will compete in the final round.

 

A 2 minute viewing per boulder for Semi-Finals will be held before the start of each round and a 5 minute viewing per boulder for the Final will be held before the start of each round. 

 

Climbers may not ask about beta.  Climbers may only touch the marked starting holds during this time.  No other holds may be touched and feet may not leave the ground.

 

Scores for rankings are calculated according to, and in order of:

 

·         the number of Tops awarded;,

 

·         the fewest attempts toat top;

 

·         the number of bonus points awarded; and,

 

·         the fewest attempts at reaching the bonus hold.

 

No score shall be awarded for a “touched” hold.

 

            If any competitors are tied, then the ranking of these competitors from the previous round will be used to break the tie (“countback”).

 

For the purpose of determining qualification for the Final round, if any competitors are tied following the ranking and countback process described above, the tied climbers will be put through, e.g. climbers ranked equally at 8th will be allowed to compete in the Semi-Final.

 

To complete a route the climber must comfortably hold the final hold of the route with both hands for 3 seconds or until the judge acknowledges.

 

A touch of the hold or a mat foot dab (however slight) constitutes a try. 

 

The starting, bonus and finishing holds shall be clearly marked.

 

The start and end times will be announced by the blow of a whistle by the Time Keeper.

 

The time remaining will be announced by the Time Keeper.

 

Isolation rules shall apply to all rounds of Boulder competitions.

 

 

 

Finals Round

 

 

 

·         The highest ranked 8 climbers from each category after the semi-final will compete in the Final Round.

 

·         Any climbers ranked equally at 8th will be allowed to compete in the semi-final following the above procedure of countbacks.

 

·         The starting order will be in the reverse order of the ranking achieved, i.e. the highest ranked competitor shall climb last.

 

·         The final will consist of 4 boulders with 4 minutes to complete each boulder.

 

·         If any 1st placed finals competitors remain tied following the above countback process (the ranking of the previous round shall be used to break the tie), then a “Tie Break” boulder will be held. If the tie relates to any other competitors, the relevant competitors will be given an equal ranking

 

 

 

 

 

11. Abridged Timetable

 

These times are subject to change and a revised timetable may be published after the registration cutoff when competitor numbers are known.

 

 

 

Action                                                                        Time

 

Saturday 11th April 2015

 

·      Registration                                                       07:30am to 08:30am   (1hr)

 

·      Introduction & briefing                                     08:30am to 08:55am   (25mins) 

 

·         Semi-Final (Group A):                                     09:00am to 11:00pm   (2hrs)

 

·         Semi-Final (Group B):                                     11:15am to 01:15pm   (2hrs)

 

·      Lunch                                                                 01:15pm to 01:55pm   (40mins)

 

·      Semi-Final (Group C):                                      02:00pm to 03:30pm   (1.5hrs)

 

·      Semi-Final (Group D):                                      03:45pm to 05:15pm   (1.5hrs)

 

·      Announcement of Semi-Finalists                 05:30pm

 

·      Evening Event (TBC)                                       05:30pm to 8:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 12th April 2015

 

·      Check-in and Number Allocation                  08:00am to 08:30am

 

·      Briefing                                                               08:30am to 08:45am   (15mins)

 

·      Final Round (Group A):                                   09:00am to 10:30am   (1.5hr)

 

·      Final Round (Group B):                                   10:45am to 12:15pm   (1.5hr)

 

·      Lunch                                                                 12:15pm to 12:55pm   (40mins)

 

·      Final Round (Group C):                                   01:00pm to 02:30pm   (1.5hr)

 

·      Final Round (Group D):                                   02:45pm to 04:15pm   (1.5hr)

 

·      Prize giving                                                        05:00pm to 06:30pm

 

The above times are approximate and competitors should always arrive early.

 

 

 

Group A: U13 Girls, U15 Girls and U17 Girls

 

Group B: U13 Boys and U15 Boys

 

Group C: U19 Girls and Open Ladies

 

Group D: U17 Boys, U19 Boys and Open Mens


12. Designated Officials

 

 

 

General

 

 

 

Where a designated official’s related party (e.g. son/daughter) is competing on a boulder and that official is judging, scoring or is in any way involved in officiating on that boulder or where there could be a conflict of interest between an official and their related party, it is the responsibility of that official to recuse or remove themselves. Failure of the official to do so could place the results of the related party competitor at risk.

 

 

 

 

 

The following officials have been appointed for this competition:

 

 

 

·      Jury President – Patrick Black

 

The Jury President has overall authority within the competition area and this authority extends to all aspects of the running of the competition. Although the Jury President does not normally have a judging role, he may at any time involve himself where necessary. He, in consultation with the Chief Routesetter, shall have final authority on safety. The Jury President will be assisted by a committee of independent persons familiar with competition climbing to assist on matters of discipline, technical incidents and appeals. This committee shall comprise the Jury President, the Chief Routesetter, the Chief Scorer and two Judges and will be formed at the Technical Meeting on Friday 10th April 2015. On all matters the Jury President has the final authority.

 

 

 

·      Chief Route-Setter – Paul Bruyere

 

The Chief Routesetter consults with the team of routesetters appointed by the organiser and is responsible for planning, organising, maintenance and the technical standard of the competition climbing boulders. This also includes installation of holds, protection points and other climbing or safety equipment and boulder sketches/photographs.  The Chief Routesetter advises the Jury President and is a member of the Jury President’s committee.

 

 

 

·      Chief Scorer – Chris Naudé

 

The Chief Scorer is responsible for correctly scoring the event according to IFSC rules including the use of appropriate software and the timely production of results. The Chief Scorer will be responsible for training and educating individual boulder scorers. The Chief Scorer is a member of the Jury President’s committee.

 

 

 

·      Organiser – Delaney Carpenter

 

The competition organizer is responsible for safety in the competition area and in relation to all activities connected to the general running of the competition.

 

 

 

13. Warm-Ups

 

 

 

Warm-up walls and equipment will be available in the Isolation Area at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.

 

14. Personal Equipment

 

 

 

Each competitor shall wear the appropriate shoes and chalk-bag for the event and make use of climbing chalk only. 

 

 

 

No cell phones or audio equipment are allowed during observation, isolation and climbing.

 

 

 

15. Technical incidents

 

 

 

It is the competitors’ responsibility to be familiar with the definitions of technical incidents should they be in a position to call for one.

 

 

 

16. Appeals process

 

 

 

An appeal concerning a competitor’s attempt must be made within 5 minutes of the publication of the official results, in writing, on an appeal form available from the event organiser, along with a fee of R100.

 

 

 

The Jury President shall resolve the appeal without delay with the assistance of his committee.

 

 

 

A decision by the Jury President shall be final.

 

 

 

17. Videoing

 

 

 

All Semi-Final and Finals boulders will be videoed if possible.

 

 

 

18. Anti-Doping

 

 

 

The SANCF is affiliated to both the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing),  SASCOC (South African Sports Council and Olympic Committee) and the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) in terms of which the SANCF has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

 

 

 

The code applies to all competitions held under the auspices of the SANCF and all competitors, coaches, trainers and officials have deemed to have agreed to comply with the code and are fully aware of the list of prohibited substances and medication and confirm they have not taken any of these substances. A list of banned substances may be downloaded from http://www.antidoping.cz/documents/WADA-Prohibited-List-2014-EN.pdf or kindly visit the WADA website at http://list.wada-ama.org/

 

 

 

Doping violations will be dealt in accordance with the IFSC Anti-Doping policy and Procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

19. Medical

 

 

 

Qualified Medical staff will be available on both days of the competition.

 

 

 

20. Accommodation

 

 

 

Accommodation may be arranged at your own convenience.

 

We’d like to recommend the following Accommodation Establishments:

 

·      Riverview Lodge: www.riverview.co.za

 

·      Big Blue Backpackers Lodge

 

·      Mountain Manor Backpackers

 

·      Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

 

·      Penthouse on Long Backpackers

 

·      Ashanti Lodge Green Point

 

·      The Backpack

 

·      Saint Georges Lodge

 

·      Altona Lodge

 

 

 

21. Fee and Payment

 

 

 

·      R300.00 competition fee per competitor. The competitor must be an SANCF Member

 

·      An SANCF membership number must be presented alongside the competitor’s name when sending your competitor lists through to Western Cape Climbing.

 

·      Proof of Payment of the SANCF membership fee (R150.00) paid into the SANCF Bank Account must be sent through with the registration forms.

 

·      An SANCF membership card must be presented at the registration on the day for identification purposes.

 

 

 

Non-SANCF Members will not be permitted to compete at the National Boulder Series Championships.

 

 

 

·      The above competition fee includes medals, trophies, medical staff, venue hire as well as the costs associated with the organization of the competition. A full expense report will be submitted to the SANCF after the competition.

 

·      All payments are to be made via EFT into the Western Cape Climbing Bank Account below before 3rd April 2015.

 

·      NO CASH PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE DAY!

 

 

 

Western Cape Climbing

 

First National Bank

 

Branch: Cavendish

 

Branch Number: 204209

 

Account Number: 62380592652

 

Account Type: Cheque Account

 

Please give your full name as a reference on the deposit slip or EFT

 

Kindly email the proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

A voluntary donation of R50 or more for CAC (Climbers Against Cancer) can be included in your registration fee into the above bank account.  This money will be allocated to the CAC fund and the total raised at the competition will be announced at the Prize Giving Event on Sunday 12th April 2015.

 

 

 

22. Contact details

 

 

 

Delaney Carpenter – WCC President

 

083 355 9933

 

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Chris Naudé – WCC Vice-President

 

083 675 1558

 

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Julia Chen – WCC Secretary

 

072 310 4889

 

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23. Attachments

 

A.  Abridged Competition Rules

 

 

 

11. Please refer to the attached Appendix of the 2015 National Boulder Series Championship Rules.

 

 

 

 

 

B.  Directions

 

Map to CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym

 


 

 

 

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: All climbing related activities are extremely dangerous and always completely at your own risk. The organizers, SANCF, the sponsors and venue owners accept no responsibility for any losses, injury or death. All participating climbers, helpers, organizers and spectators take full responsibility for themselves. There is no substitute for experience, training, common sense and a touch of caution. So you are on your own…take care!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.  Outdoor Climbing in the Western Cape

 

 

 

Should any of the competitors wish to enjoy some outdoor climbing in the Cape, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will organize it.

 

 

 

We have the following areas available for climbing:

 

 

 

·      Silvermine Nature Reserve (Sport)

 

·      The Hole (Sport)

 

·      The Mine (Sport)

 

·      Kalk Bay (Sport)

 

·      Echo Valley (Bouldering)

 

·      Topside (Bouldering)

 

·      Redhill (Bouldering)

 

·      CBD (Bouldering)

 

·      Montagu (2 hour drive for Sport)

 

·      Rocklands (3 hour drive for Bouldering)

 

·      Table Mountain (Trad)

 

·      Lion’s Head (Trad and Sport)

 

2016 National Boulder Series Championships

 

Official Information Booklet

 

2016 South African National Boulder Series Championships

 

                                              

 

Official Host

 

 

Official Venue

 

Semi-Finals – Saturday 16th April 2016

Finals – Sunday 17th April 2016

 

Hosted by: Western Cape Climbing

Visit www.westerncapeclimbing.co.za and www.sancf.org

For information, rules, opportunities and results

Thank you to our sponsors:

 

 

 

 

M­­­edia sponsors

 

Contents

1. Introduction. 4

2. Acknowledgement of Sponsors. 5

3. Date of Nationals. 5

4. Venue. 5

5. Refreshments. 5

6. Prize Giving. 6

7. Pre-Competition Meetings. 6

8. Pre-Competition Registration. 6

9. No of Entrants and Age Groups. 6

10. Structure of Event. 8

11. Abridged Timetable. 9

12. Designated Officials. 10

13. Warm-Ups. 11

14. Personal Equipment. 11

15. Technical incidents. 11

16. Appeals process. 11

17. Videoing. 12

18. Anti-Doping. 12

19. Medical12

20. Accommodation. 12

21. Fee and Payment. 13

22. Contact details. 13

23. Attachments. 14

 

 

1. Introduction

On behalf of the SANCF, Western Cape Climbing welcomes all other provinces to the annual SANCF National Boulder Series Championships (NBSC). This is the second National Bouldering Competition held in the Western Cape. WCC, together with the SANCF, strives to bring continual improvements to competition Sport Climbing in South Africa and indeed give climbing opportunities that our athletes can compete internationally.

 

The 2016 NBSC will be run in accordance with the IFSC Competition Rules (minor local rule amendments might apply) and all athletes, officials and parents are to adhere to SASCOC’s strict code of conduct.

.

Important Notes

A. Punctuality

Please bear in mind that the competition will run strictly according to a timetable, therefore kindly allow enough time for travel delays. Failure to register punctually or arrive in time for isolation might result in a red card for the competitor.

 

B. Access to CityROCK

No climbers competing in the National Bouldering Series Championships will be allowed access to CityROCK from 11th April until the start of the competition.

 

C. Rules

Please note that it is the responsibility of each climber to memorize and understand the international bouldering competition rules. Failure to abide by the rules could result in disqualification. An abridged copy of the bouldering competition rules is attached to this document and is also available at: www.westerncapeclimbing.co.za. Abridged copies of the rules will be posted at the competition venue at prominent points.

 

D. Volunteers

Anyone interested in assisting as an official at the competition, as either judges, stewards, etc., please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to help, giving your details, experience and area of assistance. If your child is competing kindly give name and age category.

 

E. Sponsorship

We are fortunate to have sponsors for the competition and if anyone has any contact details or suggestions for new sponsors, kindly forward this information on to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

F. Provincial Team Managers Responsibility

 

Item Due date:

·         Finalize final team list of who is competing and let us know the names and numbers by 1st April 2016

·         Pay the registration fees prior to 4th April 2016

2. Acknowledgement of Sponsors

 

We are incredibly grateful to CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym for hosting the 2016 National Boulder Series Championships.

 

Western Cape Climbing would also like to thank the following sponsors:

 

·         CityROCK Gear Shop and brands Five Ten, Mammut and Evolv

·         Eiger Equipment and Petzl Brands

·         Red Bull

·         Healing Hands

 

Western Cape Climbing would like to thank the following Media Outlets for publicity of the Competition:

 

·      SA Mountain Magazine

·      Climb ZA

 

3. Date of Nationals

 

The 2016 National Boulder Series Championships, Youth and Open Finals will be held over the following two days:

 

·      Youth and Open National Boulder Series Championships Semi-Final Rounds on Saturday 16th April 2016.

·  Youth and Open National Boulder Series Championships Finals on Sunday 17th    

  April 2016.

 

4. Venue

 

Both Youth and Open National Boulder Series Championships Qualifying and Finals will be held at:

CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym

The address is: Corner of Collingwood and Anson Streets, Observatory, Cape Town. For more information, please visit their website www.cityrock.co.za. Refer to the map below or use the following link in Google Maps -  City Rock link in Google Maps.

 

5. Refreshments

 

No refreshments will be on sale but the Spar and a number of restaurants and takeaways are just up the road from the Venue.

 

6. Prize Giving

 

Prize Giving for the National Boulder Series Championships, Youth and Openwill take place on Sunday 17th April directly after the Open finals at approximately 05:00pm to 06:00pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.

 

7. Pre-Competition Meetings

 

Technical Meeting

Friday 15th April from 5:00pm until 6:00pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.

           

Judges Workshop

Friday 15th April from 6:00pm to 8.00pm at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.

 

8. Pre-Competition Registration

 

Registration: Opens Tuesday 8th March 2016 and Closes Friday 1st April 2016

Any registrations received after the 4th April 2016 will not be allowed to compete.

 

Provinces are requested to please send names and the category under which each will be participating to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 1st April 2016.

9. No of Entrants and Age Groups

 

Maximum of 5 entries per age category (see below), from each province.

 

The categories are as follows:

·      Open Men & Ladies (Open) - Born in the year of or before the year 1996**

·      U19 Boys & Girls (Junior)    - Born in the years 1997 or 1998

·      U17 Boys & Girls (Youth A) - Born in  the years1999 or 2000

·      U15 Boys & Girls (Youth B) - Born in the years 2001 or 2002

·      U13 Boys & Girls (Youth C) - Born in and after 2003

        Note 1: Opens

As per IFSC rules, U17’s and U19’s may compete in the Open category under the following circumstances:

·         That the competitor is at least turning 16 years of age in the year of the competition.

·         The competitor must climb in the age group in which they want to be eligible for international events selection e.g. he/she must also climb in U17’s if that is the age group they are attempting to qualify for selection in.

·         That an U17 (i.e. turning 16 or older in calendar year 2016) or U19 competitor wishing to compete in Opens shall specifically notify the event organizer prior to the competition. The event organizer shall acknowledge receipt of this.

·         That the competitor is required to enter and pay for both categories.

 

Note 2: Foreign participants

 

A foreign person who is living in South Africa and does not hold a South African passport:

·         May compete in the nationals.

·         The foreign climber does not form part of a provincial team.

·         The foreign climber should make separate application to compete in the nationals to the SANCF secretary at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with proof of the climber’s competition climbing ability. If warranted the SANCF will then issue an invitation to the climber.

·         The foreign person wishing to compete in the nationals should pay the competition and SANCF membership fee.

·         Regardless of whether the foreign born person holds a South African passport they are eligible for a podium position.

·         Where a foreign born person has a South African passport (i.e. a person with dual citizenship) they will be eligible to represent South Africa and earn SANCF colours and Protea colours in accordance with SASCOC criteria. In this instance they will form part of a provincial team.

Note 3: International qualification

·         The top six (6) South African climbing athletes may be considered eligible to compete for South Africa as an SANCF member at the IFSC World Cup Competitions. The SANCF, through its Selection Committee, reserves the right to reduce this number.

·         Only International IFSC sanctioned World Championships or World Games etc. will qualify the athletes to become eligible to represent the SANCF and South Africa as a Protea athlete and this is subject to both the SANCF and the athlete meeting SASCOC standards and criteria.

10. Structure of Event

 

General

 

The competition will consist of a semi-final round of 4 problems and a final round of 4 problems.  All climbers compete in the Semi-Final and the top ranked eight from the Semi-Final will compete in the final round.

A 2 minute viewing per boulder for Semi-Finals will be held before the start of each round and a 5 minute viewing per boulder for the Final will be held before the start of each round. 

Climbers may not ask about beta.  Climbers may only touch the marked starting holds during this time.  No other holds may be touched and feet may not leave the ground.

Scores for rankings are calculated according to, and in order of:

·         the number of Tops awarded;,

·         the fewest attempts to top;

·         the number of bonus points awarded; and,

·         the fewest attempts at reaching the bonus hold.

No score shall be awarded for a “touched” hold.

            If any competitors are tied, then the ranking of these competitors from the previous round will be used to break the tie (“countback”).

For the purpose of determining qualification for the Final round, if any competitors are tied following the ranking and countback process described above, the tied climbers will be put through, e.g. climbers ranked equally at 8th will be allowed to compete in the Semi-Final.

To complete a route the climber must comfortably hold the final hold of the route with both hands for 3 seconds or until the judge acknowledges.

A touch of the hold or a mat foot dab (however slight) constitutes a try. 

The starting, bonus and finishing holds shall be clearly marked.

The start and end times will be announced by the blow of a whistle by the Time Keeper.

The time remaining will be announced by the Time Keeper.

Isolation rules shall apply to all rounds of Boulder competitions.

 

Finals Round

 

·         The highest ranked eight climbers from each category after the semi-final will compete in the Final Round.

·         Any climbers ranked equally at 8th will be allowed to compete in the semi-final following the above procedure of countbacks.

·         The starting order will be in the reverse order of the ranking achieved, i.e. the highest ranked competitor shall climb last.

·         The final will consist of 4 boulders with 4 minutes to complete each boulder.

·         If any 1st placed finals competitors remain tied following the above countback process (the ranking of the previous round shall be used to break the tie), then a “Tie Break” boulder will be held. If the tie relates to any other competitors, the relevant competitors will be given an equal ranking

 

 

11. Abridged Timetable

These times are subject to change and a revised timetable may be published after the registration cutoff when competitor numbers are known.

Action                                                                        Time

Saturday 16th April 2016

·      Registration                                                       07:30am to 08:30am   (1hr)

·      Introduction & briefing                                     08:30am to 08:55am   (25mins) 

·         Semi-Final (Group A):                                     09:00am to 11:00pm   (2hrs)

·         Semi-Final (Group B):                                     11:15am to 01:15pm   (2hrs)

·      Lunch                                                                 01:15pm to 01:55pm   (40mins)

·      Semi-Final (Group C):                                      02:00pm to 03:30pm   (1.5hrs)

·      Semi-Final (Group D):                                      03:45pm to 05:15pm   (1.5hrs)

·      Announcement of Semi-Finalists                 05:30pm

 

Sunday 17th April 2016

·      Check-in and Number Allocation                  08:00am to 08:30am

·      Briefing                                                               08:30am to 08:45am   (15mins)

·      Final Round (Group A):                                   09:00am to 10:30am   (1.5hr)

·      Final Round (Group B):                                   10:45am to 12:15pm   (1.5hr)

·      Lunch                                                                 12:15pm to 12:55pm   (40mins)

·      Final Round (Group C):                                   01:00pm to 02:30pm   (1.5hr)

·      Final Round (Group D):                                   02:45pm to 04:15pm   (1.5hr)

·      Prize giving                                                        05:00pm to 06:30pm

The above times are approximate and competitors should always arrive early.

 

Group A: U13 Girls, U15 Girls and U17 Girls

Group B: U13 Boys and U15 Boys

Group C: U19 Girls and Open Ladies

Group D: U17 Boys, U19 Boys and Open Mens

 

12. Designated Officials

 

General

 

Where a designated official’s related party (e.g. son/daughter/relative) is competing on a boulder and that official is judging, scoring or is in any way involved in officiating on that boulder or where there could be a conflict of interest between an official and their related party, it is the responsibility of that official to recuse or remove themselves. Failure of the official to do so could place the results of the related party competitor at risk.

 

 

The following officials have been appointed for this competition:

 

·      Jury President – Patrick Black

The Jury President has overall authority within the competition area and this authority extends to all aspects of the running of the competition. Although the Jury President does not normally have a judging role, he may at any time involve himself where necessary. He, in consultation with the Chief Routesetter, shall have final authority on safety. The Jury President will be assisted by a committee of independent persons familiar with competition climbing to assist on matters of discipline, technical incidents and appeals. This committee shall comprise the Jury President, the Chief Routesetter, the Chief Scorer and two Judges and will be formed at the Technical Meeting on Friday 15th April 2016. On all matters the Jury President has the final authority.

 

 

·      Chief RouteSetter (TBD)

The Chief Routesetter consults with the team of routesetters appointed by the organiser and is responsible for planning, organising, maintenance and the technical standard of the competition climbing boulders. This also includes installation of holds, protection points and other climbing or safety equipment and boulder sketches/photographs.  The Chief Routesetter advises the Jury President and is a member of the Jury President’s committee.

 

 

·      Chief Scorer – Chris Naudé

The Chief Scorer is responsible for correctly scoring the event according to IFSC rules including the use of appropriate software and the timely production of results. The Chief Scorer will be responsible for training and educating individual boulder scorers. The Chief Scorer is a member of the Jury President’s committee.

 

·      Organiser – Delaney Carpenter

The competition organizer is responsible for safety in the competition area and in relation to all activities connected to the general running of the competition.

 

13. Warm-Ups

 

Warm-up walls and equipment will be available in the Isolation Area at CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym.

 

14. Personal Equipment

 

Each competitor shall wear the appropriate shoes and chalk-bag for the event and make use of climbing chalk only. 

 

No cell phones or audio equipment are allowed during observation, isolation and climbing.

 

15. Technical incidents

 

It is the competitors’ responsibility to be familiar with the definitions of technical incidents should they be in a position to call for one.

 

16. Appeals process

 

An appeal concerning a competitor’s attempt must be made within 5 minutes of the publication of the official results, in writing, on an appeal form available from the event organiser, along with a fee of R100.

 

The Jury President shall resolve the appeal without delay with the assistance of his committee.

 

A decision by the Jury President shall be final.

 

17. Videoing

 

All Semi-Final and Finals boulders will be videoed if possible.

 

18. Anti-Doping

 

The SANCF is affiliated to both the IFSC (International Federation of Sport Climbing),  SASCOC (South African Sports Council and Olympic Committee) and the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS) in terms of which the SANCF has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

 

The code applies to all competitions held under the auspices of the SANCF and all competitors, coaches, trainers and officials have deemed to have agreed to comply with the code and are fully aware of the list of prohibited substances and medication and confirm they have not taken any of these substances. A list of banned substances may be downloaded from http://www.antidoping.cz/documents/WADA-Prohibited-List-2014-EN.pdf or kindly visit the WADA website at http://list.wada-ama.org/

 

Doping violations will be dealt in accordance with the IFSC Anti-Doping policy and Procedure.

 

19. Medical

 

Qualified Medical staff will be available on both days of the competition.

 

20. Accommodation

 

Accommodation may be arranged at your own convenience.

We’d like to recommend the following Accommodation Establishments:

·      Riverview Lodge: www.riverview.co.za

·      Big Blue Backpackers Lodge

·      Mountain Manor Backpackers

·      Bohemian Lofts Backpackers

·      Penthouse on Long Backpackers

·      Ashanti Lodge Green Point

·      The Backpack

·      Saint Georges Lodge

·      Altona Lodge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21. Fee and Payment

 

·      R450.00 competition fee per competitor. The competitor must be an SANCF Member

·      An SANCF membership number must be presented alongside the competitor’s name when sending your competitor lists through to Western Cape Climbing.

·      Proof of Payment of the SANCF membership fee (R150.00) paid into the SANCF Bank Account must be sent through with the registration forms.

·      An SANCF membership card must be presented at the registration on the day for identification purposes.

 

Non-SANCF Members will not be permitted to compete at the National Boulder Series Championships.

 

·      The above competition fee includes medals, trophies, medical staff, venue hire as well as the costs associated with the organization of the competition. A full expense report will be submitted to the SANCF after the competition.

·      All payments are to be made via EFT into the Western Cape Climbing Bank Account below before 1st April 2016.

·      NO CASH PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE DAY!

 

Western Cape Climbing

First National Bank

Branch: Cavendish

Branch Number: 204209

Account Number: 62380592652

Account Type: Cheque Account

Please give your full name as a reference on the deposit slip or EFT

Kindly email the proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

A voluntary donation of R50 or more for CAC (Climbers Against Cancer) can be included in your registration fee into the above bank account.  This money will be allocated to the CAC fund and the total raised at the competition will be announced at the Prize Giving Event on Sunday 17th April 2016.

 

22. Contact details

 

Delaney Carpenter – WCC Competitions Organiser and Secretary

083 355 9933

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Chris Naudé – WCC Vice-President

083 675 1558

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23. Attachments

A.  Abridged Competition Rules

 

11. Please refer to the attached Appendix of the 2016 National Boulder Series Championship Rules.

 

 

B.  Directions

Map to CityROCK Indoor Climbing Gym


 

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: All climbing related activities are extremely dangerous and always completely at your own risk. The organizers, SANCF, the sponsors and venue owners accept no responsibility for any losses, injury or death. All participating climbers, helpers, organizers and spectators take full responsibility for themselves. There is no substitute for experience, training, common sense and a touch of caution. So you are on your own…take care!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.  Outdoor Climbing in the Western Cape

 

Should any of the competitors wish to enjoy some outdoor climbing in the Cape, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will organize it.

 

We have the following areas available for climbing:

 

·      Silvermine Nature Reserve (Sport)

·      The Hole (Sport)

·      The Mine (Sport)

·      Kalk Bay (Sport)

·      Echo Valley (Bouldering)

·      Topside (Bouldering)

·      Redhill (Bouldering)

·      CBD (Bouldering)

·      Montagu (2 hour drive for Sport)

·      Rocklands (3 hour drive for Bouldering)

·      Table Mountain (Trad)

·      Lion’s Head (Trad and Sport)

 

 

BOULDERING RULES   (Adapted for SANCF from IFSC rules 2014)

                                       (IFSC numbering kept for cross ref)

Contents

7.1 GENERAL. 2

7.7 COMPETITION PROCEDURE. 2

7.2 CLIMBING STRUCTURE. 4

7.4         SCORING AND TIMING.. 5

7.9 CLIMBING PROCEDURE. 5

7.3 SAFETY. 6

7.5 QUOTA FOR EACH ROUND.. 6

7.6 STARTING ORDER. 6

7.8 OBSERVATION PROCEDURE. 7

7.10 RANKING AFTER EACH ROUND.. 7

7.11 TECHNICAL INCIDENTS. 8

7.12           USE OF VIDEO RECORDING.. 9

7.13 APPEALS. 9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.1 GENERAL

 

7.1.2    The Bouldering competition shall consist of:

a)   A Semi-Final round with a course of four (4) boulders for each Category; and

b)   A Final round with a course of four (4) boulders for each Category.

 

7.1.3    In exceptional circumstances, the Jury President may decide:

a)         to cancel at most one boulder within a round;

b)to cancel a round of the competition, in which case the results of the remaining rounds shall determine the ranking of competitors for the competition.

 

 

7.7 COMPETITION PROCEDURE

 

 

Isolation Rules

7.7.2    Articles 7.7.3 to 7.7.6 (the “Isolation Rules”) shall apply to all rounds of Boulder competitions.

 

7.7.3    Once the closing time for the Isolation Zone has passed, Competitors and/or Team Officials must remain within the Isolation Zone unless otherwise instructed.

 

7.7.4    Note: Competitors/Team Officials or other persons authorised by the Jury President to enter the Isolation Zone may choose to leave the Isolation Zone at any time, but having left the Isolation Zone they may not then return once the closing time has passed, and must leave the Competition Area, unless specifically authorised to remain by the Jury President.

 

7.7.5    The Isolation Zone closing time for any round of the competition shall not be earlier than 20 minutes before the competitor first on the starting list is scheduled to commence climbing or in the case of the final round, the time scheduled for the presentation of the finalists.

Note: Competitors may view boulders visible from outside the Competition Area at any time prior to the closing time for the Isolation Zone.

 

7.7.6    Competitors shall have no knowledge of the boulders other than that obtained during the official observation period or that communicated to them by the Jury President or the judges. It is the sole responsibility of each competitor to fully inform themselves with respect to all instructions regarding the boulders. For the avoidance of doubt:

     a)    Whilst in the Competition Area, competitors are not permitted to seek any information from persons outside the Competition Area, unless specifically authorised to do so by the Jury President;

     b)    Competitors who have completed their attempt(s) on a boulder and who for any reason remain in the Competition Area must not pass any information concerning that boulder to any competitor who has not yet attempted that route/boulder.

 

7.7.7    Failure to comply with the Isolation Rules when in force shall result in disciplinary action in accordance with 4 (Disciplinary Procedures).

 

Preparation prior to Climbing

7.7.8    After having received an official instruction to leave the Isolation Zone/Warm-Up Area and proceed to the Call Zone, competitors shall not be accompanied by any person other than authorised officials.

7.7.9    On arrival in the Call Zone, each competitor shall make all final preparations for their attempt, such as putting on their climbing shoes.

7.7.10  Each competitor shall be ready to leave the Call Zone and enter the Competition Zone when instructed to do so. Any undue delay in this regard may result in the issuing of a Yellow Card. Any further delay shall result in disqualification in accordance with Section 4 (Disciplinary Procedures).

 

Cleaning

7.7.11 The Boulder Judge, Scorer or Spotter shall clean all holds on a boulder before each competitor begins their first attempt. A competitor may also request that holds be cleaned before any attempt on the boulder.

 

Semi -Final

7.7.12       The Semi-Final round for each Category shall take place

on one (1) course of boulders with the competitors in one (1) Starting Group.

 

7.7.13 The Final round for each Category shall take place on one (1) course of boulders with the competitors in one (1) Starting Group.

 

7.7.14  In the Semi-Final rounds, each competitor participating in the round:

a) Shall attempt each boulder of the relevant course in the prescribed order, with a fixed time period (the “Rotation Period”) of five (5) minutes for each boulder; However, if a competitor begins an attempt prior to the end of the climbing period, they shall be allowed to finish that attempt.

b)  Shall have a resting period equal to the Rotation Period in between their attempts on each successive boulder. At the end of each Rotation Period, the competitors that are climbing shall stop climbing and enter a designated resting area. This area shall not allow observation of any boulder. The competitors who have finished their resting period shall move on to their next boulder.

 

Final

7.7.15 The Final round shall take place on one (1) course of boulders for each Category with the competitors in one (1) Starting Group.

7.7.16 The Final round shall be preceded by a presentation of the competitors eligible to participate in the round.

7.7.17       For each Category:

a)Each boulder in the Final round shall be attempted by all competitors in the order set out in Article 7.6.3.

b)         Once a competitor has finished their attempts, they shall return to a separate isolation area and the next competitor shall start their climbing period immediately;

c)Once all competitors have completed their attempts, the competitors shall move on to the next boulder as an individual in a Category;

7.7.18 The climbing period during the Final round shall be four (4) minutes for each competitor. However, if a competitor begins an attempt prior to the end of the climbing period, they shall be allowed to finish that attempt.

 

Tie-Break boulder

7.7.19 In the circumstances described in Article 7.10.4a), tied competitors shall make attempt a “Tie-Break” boulder:

a)    The starting order for attempts shall be the same as that for the Final round

b)The performance of each competitor shall be judged in accordance with Articles 6.4.2 to 6.4.5 and 6.10.1.

c)    If two or more competitors remain tied for first place after having attempted this “Tie-Break” boulder, then these competitors may make further attempts on the boulder (up to a maximum of six attempts in total).

d)    If a tie still exists after six (6) attempts, then the relevant competitors will be given an equal ranking.

 

7.2 CLIMBING STRUCTURE

 

7.2.5    Each boulder shall have a clearly marked start which shall consist of:

a)         Marked handhold(s) for both hands; and

b)         Marked foothold(s) for both feet (optional).

c)         The use of black tape for any demarcations or area of the wall that is not permitted.

d)In exceptional circumstances, the starting holds may be labelled left and right to denote a specific required starting position.

 

7.2.6    Each boulder shall have a clearly marked finish which shall be either:

a)          A designated finishing hold; or 

b)          A defined standing position on top of the boulder or end point.

 

7.2.7    Each boulder shall have a clearly marked “Bonus Hold”. The positioning of this hold should aid the separation of competitors with markedly different performance and will be at the Route-Setter’s discretion.

7.2.8    The markings used in relation to Articles 7.2.5, 7.2.6 and 7.2.7 shall be the same for the entire duration of a competition. The colours used to mark the starting position and the finishing holds shall be the same and white tape shall be used for the bonus holds. Both colours shall be different from the colour used for demarcations in accordance with Article 7.9.5b, i.e. black tape.

An example of these markings shall be installed within the Isolation Zone.

 

 

7.4      SCORING AND TIMING

7.4.1         The jury for each boulder shall be:

a) In respect of the Semi-Final rounds, a minimum of one (1)Boulder Judge

b)         In respect of the Final round, a Boulder Judge and either the SANCF Judge or the Jury President.

 

Scoring

7.4.2    On each boulder, a bonus point will be awarded if the competitor controls the Bonus Hold, marked as described in Article 7.2.8. The bonus point will be awarded also where a competitor successfully completes the boulder without having controlled the Bonus Hold. The Bonus Hold shall be considered as “controlled” where a competitor has made use of the hold to achieve a stable or controlled position.

7.4.3         For each competitor attempting a boulder, the Boulder Judge will record:

a) The number of attempts required by that competitor to gain a bonus point in accordance with Article 7.4.2; and

b) The number of attempts required by that competitor to successfully complete the boulder in accordance with Article 7.9.1.

 

7.4.4         For the purposes of scoring, an attempt will be counted each time a competitor:

a) Starts the boulder in accordance with Article 7.9.1;

b) Touches, with hands or feet, holds other than the starting holds;

c) Adds any “tick marks”.

 

Timing

7.4.5    No timing system shall be used in each round however, timekeepers will do manual timing on their devices and will notify climbing time remaining for each competitor’s attempts.

 

7.4.6    The beginning (and the end) of every Rotation Period in the Semi-Final and Final rounds shall be announced by a loud and clear signal. When one minute remains of the Rotation Period, this will be announced by a different signal or announced by the Master of Ceremonies.

 

7.9 CLIMBING PROCEDURE

The Start

7.9.1    An attempt shall be deemed to have started when every part of the competitor's body has left the ground.

7.9.2    Having left the ground, competitors must achieve the starting position marked in accordance with Article 7.2.5 before making any other climbing movement:

7.9.3    If a competitor cannot reach the starting holds from the ground, they shall be permitted to start the boulder by jumping for the starting holds.

 

Completion of Attempt

7.9.4    An attempt on a boulder shall be considered successful when the Boulder Judge has announced “OK”, having determined that the competitor has either:

a)    Controlled the marked finishing hold of the Boulder with both hands; or

b)    Where the top of the boulder is indicated as set out in Article 7.2.6b), in each case within any fixed time period defined for the competitor’s attempts.

7.9.5    An attempt on a boulder shall be considered unsuccessful if the competitor fails to control with both hands the marked finishing hold or, if relevant, achieve a standing position on top of the boulder; or the competitor:

     a)    Fails to start the boulder in accordance with Articles 7.9.1 to 7.9.3;

b)    Uses any part of the wall, holds or features demarcated using continuous and clearly identifiable black tape (or if another colour is required to be used, as specified by the Jury President in a technical briefing to competitors);

     c)    Uses with their hands any holes provided but not used for the placement of bolt-on holds;

     d)    Uses the side edges or the top edges of the wall for climbing;

     e)    Touches the ground with any part of the body; or

     f)     If a fixed climbing period has been defined, fails to complete their attempt                          before the end of that period;

7.9.6 In case of infractions related to 7.9.5a) to f), the Boulder Judge shall instruct the competitor to stop climbing.

7.3 SAFETY

 

Personal Equipment

7.3.3    Competitors are not permitted to carry or use any video recording equipment during observation, isolation or whilst climbing.

 

7.5 QUOTA FOR EACH ROUND

 

7.5.1    The quota of competitors qualifying for the Final round shall be six (6) competitors.

 

7.5.3    The quota for Final round shall be filled with the highest ranked competitors from the previous round. If the quota is exceeded as a result of tied competitors, all tied competitors shall qualify for the next round of the competition.