Weekly Newsletter - 9/26/17

Great job to everyone who competed on Saturday at inSpire. Our climbers did an amazing job at the first comp of the year. Let's keep it up!

Austin Bouldering Project Schedule

If you are competing this Saturday do not practice on Friday- Rest!

The competition starts very early on Saturday. Here is the basic schedule:

  • 6:15 Registration begins
  • 7:10 Youth Round Rules Meeting
  • 7:30 Youth Round Starts
  • 10:30 Youth Round Ends
  • 11:30 Youth Awards Ceremony

We are meeting at 7:00 sharp for warm up and team meeting. Make sure you are on time. 

Reminder that coaching fees, uniform items, and other team related expenses can be paid for through your team subscription/card on file.

Your climber must have either a full USA Climbing membership or day pass to compete on Saturday. Once the event begins, you CANNOT purchase one and your climber will NOT be able to participate. You can purchase a full member ship or day pass here

All climbers must have a waiver on file with ABP. Please fill one out online before Saturday to speed up the check-in process. You can fill one out here.


If you will be competing with the team, you must wear a team shirt. There are green T-shirts or white tank tops—you can wear either. You can order both if you’d like. Other uniform items available are hoodies, track jackets, beanies, and ball caps. Coach John has the shirts at practice and will have them at the comp on Saturday. 

Team Pictures

We are taking our TeamATX picture on Saturday, October 14 at 9:30 at Crux Climbing Center. Please be sure to be there with your team shirt on.  

USA Climbing Membership

Climbers must either have a full USA Climbing Membership or a USA Climbing Day Membership for a competition to count towards Regionals. Day memberships can be purchased starting the Monday before the event. You can purchase a membership here.

PIF Option

If you know you are going to be around the team for a while, you can opt to PIF for a year and get 1 month free- total comes out to $1870. Let me know if you would like to take advantage of this special offer.

Team Google Doc/Sign Up Spreadsheets

This is how Coach John keeps track of who is going to attend practices at each gym and when so he can make sure to have enough coaches there. It's also how you tell Coach John that you will be attending competitions. (NOTE: You still need to register for comps with the host gyms.) You can also sign up for spaces on the team van if you want a lift to out-of-town events. View the doc.

Ordering/ buying Climbing Shoes and Gear

Each climber must have their own climbing gear. You can purchase shoes, harnesses, chalk-bags through the team's Pro-Deal from Mad Rock. The order form is attached to each week's newsletter. 

You can also shop for this gear locally at places like either of the two gyms or Whole Earth Provision Co. I recommend Whole Earth Provision Co. over REI because Whole Earth supports the team and the climbing community and has done so for decades, in a huge way! Plus Whole Earth is a native Austin company as opposed to a huge national chain.

Event Coaching Fees

Event coaching fees are automatically charged to your account after each event. For most locals the fee is $5 per athlete, some out of town competitions are $20, Regionals will be $35, Divisionals will be $65, and Nationals will be $125. These fees are also indicated the Event Details Tab of the Events Calendar Google Doc. If this is an issue please let me know and it might be possible for me to collect your fees another way.

USA Climbing Categories

Youth D: 2007 and later

Youth C: 2005-2006

Youth B: 2003-2004

Youth A: 2001-2002

Junior: 1999-2000