Youth Climbing Team
Yes, Climbing is a team sport! Our climbing teams are open for ages 8-18 and have both recreational and competitive options. Both teams include small group training with expert coaches and are designed to spark and maintain interest in climbing while developing climbing and life skills.
Kids and teens who climb on our Recreational Team build climbing, social, and interpersonal skills while developing their strength, endurance, flexibility and mental toughness. It’s a light-hearted and fun, yet structured, way to become involved in the sport of climbing and learn more about yourself in the process.
Our Competitive Team athletes looking to take their climbing to the next level will do all of the above, plus train specifically to compete at local area youth competitions sponsored by USA Climbing. Note, “next level” does not mean you need to be an expert or even intermediate level climber. Our competitive team is open to beginners too. We will help you, no matter what your climbing ability, learn to climb better and manage the physical, mental, and emotional stresses of healthy competition. Those who rank high enough at local competitions may progress to Regional, Divisional and National events and we have some of the best coaches in the Portland market on board to help develop your young one’s skills.
What do you need? Not much. That’s the great part about climbing. Showing up with a good attitude and willingness to receive coaching is a must. Other than that, some comfortable clothes to train in is a good idea (although we know many who do it in jeans for style points), a good pair of climbing shoes is needed, and chalk helps too but is not necessary. All of this gear can be rented at the gym or you can buy it at Rock Haven too. All Team Members get discounts on shoes and gear.
Additional Competition Team Fees: There is a fee to join USA Climbing as a competitor and fees for each competition. We will provide fundraising opportunities when necessary to help the kids raise money as well as provide them with a learning opportunity. More information available by talking to coaches or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Practice times: Tuesday and Thursday 4:30-6:00pm
The Climbing Team Season: Well, the climbing season runs the entire school year;, however, we understand that kids and teens may have other commitments. Your child or teen may join at any time throughout the year and can stay for as long as they like (we do ask that they commit to staying for a minimum of one quarter).
The quarters are as follows:
September 18 – December 16
January through March 31
April 1 – June 20
Cost: $89 per month with active membership
Non-member $119 per month
Sibling discount 50%
Do I or my child need a membership to be on a Team? Technically no. A membership is not required but is highly encouraged. All Team members will benefit most if they can come in and climb on non-practice days. Oftentimes, the coaches will provide homework or weekend climbing duties, in which case, it really helps to have a place to train full-time. While you’ll have unlimited climbing on Team practice days, having access to other days of the week for climbing workouts is a great way to further develop those skills. Plus, you’ll save some money on the Team registration fees!