MCofS Youth Climbing Series
Fun Climbing Competitions for Beginners to Experts
For Kids aged 8yrs - 17yrs
MCofS Scottish YCS
Want to Know what the competitions are like?
There are some changes to the Rules for 2014
The YCS indoor competition for young climbers in Scotland was formerly called the British Regional Youth Competition Series (BRYCS) and was set up by the BMC many years ago. It is now operated as four separate series in the different Nations (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) using the same general format and coming together for a British Final.
The BMC organises the event in England; the BMC in Wales; the MCofS in Scotland and the MI in Ireland. The BMC organise the British Final.
England & Wales:
The BMC Youth Competition Series in England has 7 Regions operating 3 rounds on the same dates across the country. Winners from each of the 7 regions form teams that compete at the British Final. Wales has a slightly different arrangement: Cymru/Wales holds 2 rounds in each of their North and South Regions and then holds an all Cymru/Wales Final to identify a single Team from Wales. The top 3 in each category from the Cymru /Wales Final then go through to the British Final.
Details of the series in England and Wales can be found on the BMC website: BMC YCS
In Ireland, the Mountaineering Council of Ireland (MI) run 1 Region and 3 rounds for their Youth Climbing Series. The top 3 in each category in Northern Ireland goes through as a single team to the British Final.
Details of the series in Ireland can be found on the MCI website: MCI YCS
In Scotland, we maintain two Scottish Regions (North and South), both of which compete at the British Final.
The three rounds of the competition are run regionally across Scotland (two regions: Scotland North and Scotland South) at local participating climbing walls allowing young climbers wishing to take part to do so without having to travel great distances (which also helps their parent taxi service!).
The competitions are open to any young climber and although competitive are also fun and a great way to meet other young climbers in the area. All age categories compete on boulder problems and routes – the lower age categories top-rope their routes, the upper age categories have to lead their routes.
The top three climbers in each age and gender category make up the MCofS Regional Teams for Scotland North and Scotland South. These teams then compete with the other regional teams from England, Wales and Ireland at a British Final. Combined, the 2 Scottish Teams make up the Scottish Junior Climbing Squad.
To be eligible for the regional team and to compete at the British Final it is necessary to take part in at least two regional rounds. However, if you simply wish to have a go, try the competition local to you.
How to Apply for the Scottish YCS Competitions:
[Please note that you must apply to MCofS if competing in Scotland]
The MCofS make all arrangements for the Scottish Series and application forms are available from participating walls and from the MCofS before the event. To compete in this event you will have to be a member of the MCofS. Current members (Youth or family or club) gain a discount on the entry fee. The entry fee to the series by non members will include temporary membership of the MCofS covering the period of the series only.
All children gaining a top 3 place will be selected to the Scottish Team (North and South) and invited to attend a Grand Final (there is no additional cost for the Final).
Application Forms are available from HERE.
The age category definitions for the MCofS Youth Climbing Series is based on their year of birth in 5 categories. This allows a smooth transition for those climbers making the step from the Youth Climbing Series to European Youth Competitions and other Internationals, where year of birth is used to determine categories.
Full details of age categories for the current years competition can be found HERE.
Please take the time to read the Information for Parents pdf from the link above. We would draw your attention to the appeals procedure and some additional safety issues. These updates are:
- to ensure the safety of the children when climbing
- to protect the volunteer category judges from undue pressure during scoring
- to remind parents of the Rules on scoring and appeals
- AYC’s will remind all parents and children of the appeals process at the start of the event
- Category judges will remind each child of the safety issues before climbing
- Parents and children are reminded that any infringement of the appeals process will be dealt with by the Chief Judge according to the disciplinary procedures (Clause 4) which could lead to disqualification of the climber!
- All the judges and belayer’s are volunteers so we hope that this will help them do their job effectively and without stress in what is an important role.