John Myrick

Regionals

A huge congratulations to all of the kids who competed at Regionals this weekend. Everyone climbed hard and FESed it up. Here are the results:

Sport:
Ella Gardner—5th Place Female Junior
Aidan Henry—4th Place Male Junior
Kate Oliver—7th Place Female Youth A
Nico Isunza—4th Place Male Youth B
Jonah Coleman-—7th Place Male Youth D

Speed:
Henry Mansson—1st Place Male Youth D
Jonah Coleman- 3rd Place Male Youth D
Aidan Henry- 2nd Place Male Junior

 The following climbers received an invite to Divisionals for Speed.

Elizabeth Gardner- Female Youth D
Nikki Ueber- Male Youth D
Tessa May- Female Youth C
Vishruti Venkat- Female Youth C
Nina Jovanovic- Female Youth C
Gavin McCann- Male Youth C
Grant McCann- Male Youth C

A huge thanks to Niki Ueber’s mom for sharing her photos of the kids. If you have some you’d like to post, send them to hokgardner (at) gmail.com.

Newsletter 5/14

Hey Team—
We have a lot of important stuff in this week’s newsletter, so please make sure to read it all. 

Monthly Payments
From Jeannie Lewis: Team ATX is moving to Quickbooks as our accounting software.  Unfortunately, this means that I will need to get your credit card information again.  For your security, please do not text or email me your info, but you can call me at 512-826-3410, Tuesday, 5/14, through Friday,  5/17, between 5:00-8:30pm. I will be available to take your call and info.  I will also be at team practices Wednesday, 5/15, at NARG, and Thursday, 5/16, at CRUX,  between 6:15 and 7:15 if you would like to give me your info in person. We need to have everyone's info by Friday, 5/24, so that we can have everything set up for the next billing cycle. 

Thanks in advance for helping with this.

From Coach John
It’s Regionals Week! Time for all of your hard training all season to pay off. 

  • Eat well, sleep well, hydrate

  • Stay safe, be smart, don't get hurt

  • Double check that you have all of your stuff before leaving for Houston: harness, shoes, chalk bag, water bottle, snacks, and stuff to do in isolation

  • Don't be late to isolation!

  • I will send an email out on Thursday with all the specific times that I would like for everyone to check into isolation

Regionals

We are still desperately short of volunteers for Regionals. These events are volunteer driven, and Team ATX needs to provide its share of people. If you have a kid climbing, please sign up for a shift. If you have any questions about what a job entails, contact Heather O'Keeffe Gardner. We'll do our best to make sure every parent gets to see their kid climb. You can sign up here

Communications
We have been hard at work revamping the team website, including the calendar page. Take a look at teamatxclimbing.org, and let us know if you see any mistakes or have ideas for things to add. One feature we want to start updating is the team blog. We’ll be looking for guest posts from teammates as well as pictures from events and competitions. Want to contribute something? Send it to Heather O’Keeffe Gardner.

Summer Programs
Team ATX has multiple summer camps and training trips scheduled throughout the summer. Everything is listed on the calendar page of the team website. These are great opportunities for your climbers to get in extra training time in preparation for the coming bouldering season. 

As always, thanks for your help and support. We couldn't do this without you. 
Belinda
Joe
Jeannie
Betsy
Heather

2018-2019 Bouldering Season Update

Our season is in full swing and our kids have been climbing hard and having a blast! Here are the events we have climbed in so far this season with many more to come! inSPIRE, Crux, ABP, New Orleans Bouldering Lounge, & The Granite Gripper. Next up, we have a competition this Saturday in San Antonio at Armadillo Boulders. After that we have one more local Regular Season Competition in Houston at Momentum Silver Street. After that we will be preparing Regionals, Divisionals, and Nationals! Check back her for more highlights and photos.

Here is a link to some pictures from the 27th Annual Granite Gripper at Enchanted Rock from October 27th:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/RGWQhf2gdShmWRGR7

Summer is almost over!

We are excited for the beginning of a new season.  The Fall/Winter Bouldering Season is fast approaching.  In preperation we will be having our Season Kick Off Meetings as follows:

8.22 6pm @Austin Rock Gym & 8.23 6pm @Crux Climbing Center these are Informational sessions that will tell you all about the team, the sport, and the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

Huge Shout to our team members that competed at Nationals this Summer, Maya Madere, Nico Isunza, James Roberts, and Uma Green!  Maya ended up taking the Bronze Medal and earning a spot on the US Team.  She will be competing at the Youth World Championships in Moscow- we'll all be wishing you luck Maya!!!  Nico Isunza took 4th place in Speed and earned a .spot on the US Team as well.

We just wrapped up our Team Summer Trip at the El Rito climbing areas in New Mexico.  The kids had a blast, did some amazing climbing, and enjoyed some excellent high mountain weather!

We welcome everyone back from their summer adventures and hope to see a lot of new faces on the team this fall as well!

2018 Sport and Speed Season/Summer Update

We are about to head to Nationals in Atlanta and we have four athletes going to compete!  Maya Madere, James Roberts, Nico Isunza, and Uma Green- Wish them all Luck!

So far the summer is going very well, the kids are crushing and having a great time with traveling to competitions such as Dividsional Championships in ABQ, NM, doing our week long training camps full of running, climbing and swimming, and most recently getting ready for Nationals at our training camp in Katy, TX at Momentum Climbing and fitness!

Check out some photos from the summer so far here:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/LBU4yg2BkrJeMTKK8

 

Youth Bouldering Divisionals

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Divisionals is approaching quickly!

Divisional Championships is on January 13th and 14th at The Bloc in Tucson, Arizona.

Congratulations to all of our climbers that competed in Regionals - and to Team ATX in general, who took 3rd place out of 11 teams. Even if if you didn’t go to Regionals, we all have a part in that! Here are our crushers who will be competing at Divisionals:

Maya Madere- 2nd place, Female Junior

Ella Gardner- 10th Place, Female Junior

Sage Kramer- 9th Place Female Youth B

Claire Sherman- 11th Place, Female Youth B

Gretchen Myrick- 3rd Place, Female Youth C

Olive Embry- 6th Place, Female Youth C

Uma Green- 9th Place, Female Youth C

Nico Isunza- 8th Place, Male Youth C

Katara Gurugopal- 10th Place, Female Youth D

If you will be competing, make sure you fill out the waiver for The Bloc gym in advance. You can view the 2-day schedule here.

 Good luck to everyone!

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.

Uniforms

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

 

Weekly Newsletter - 9/11/17

UNIFORMS

Please use the link below to the Team Uniform Order Form. 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. These items are not mandatory but pretty cool to have! I’ll Need to place this order by the end of the week so please fill out yours ASAP! We need at least 12 people to order track jackets for us to be able to order them (minimum order requirement) Once all the orders com in this week, I’ll let you know if we were able to get them or not. 

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.  

Upcoming Competitions

Registration is open for the InSpire and ABP competitions. These events fill up early, so register now! You MUST register with each gym. 

inSPIRE Rock 9/23 — Register Here

Austin Bouldering Project 9/30 — Register Here

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 are good for 24 hours only, so they must be purchased the day 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