Competition Format – E and D Categories

Competition format for competitors in E and D categories for the 2017/2018 series

As many of our members are already aware, starting with the 2017/2018 series, the OCF is adopting policies that are in line with The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework that is being developed for sports climbing in Canada. The model identifies appropriate levels of training and competition for various age groups. As a result of these new guidelines, and in consultation with the individual who is leading the development of the LTAD program for sports climbing in Canada, effective for the 2017/2018 season, the OCF has made some changes to our competition policies and formats for our youngest athletes.


Competition Categories

The former D category which in the past included all children aged 11 and under has been restructured into two distinct categories: D category (children born in 2007 or 2008, i.e., aged 10 and 11) and E category (children born in 2009 or 2010, i.e., aged 8 and 9). Children born after 2010 will not be eligible to participate in OCF competitive events during the 2017/2018 series.


Competition Formats

For bouldering competitions, athletes in D and E categories will compete in a modified scramble format consisting of 8 problems, with a maximum of 8 attempts per problem over a 90 minute period.

For difficulty competitions, athletes in D and E categories will compete in a modified flash format consisting of 4 routes with a maximum of 2 attempts per route.


Scoring and Ranking

All athletes will have score cards to have their attempts tracked by judges during the competitions, however, only D category will have their results tracked and ranked. There will be no “winners” or podium named for E category. As well, only D athletes will have the opportunity to qualify for and compete in provincials (where they will follow the onsight format for bouldering and the flash format/onsight format for difficulty).


Please note – No exceptions to the age categories will be permitted.


We realize that for some of our athletes, these changes are significant. However, the OCF feels that such changes are important to implement as 1) They are in the best interest over the long term for athlete development both on an individual basis and for the sport as a whole; and, 2) In order for the OCF to be recognized as an official Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) we have to ensure that we align with guidelines and regulations established by the CEC and Sport Canada, among other organizations. Such alignment is particularly important as a result of the recognition of the CEC as an official National Sports Organization by the Canadian Olympic Committee.


For more information about the LTAD, please follow the links included below.


LTAD: Information for Parents – Sport for Life
A Sport Parents Guide to LTAD – Sport for Life


Thank you,


Gillian Wyett

Chair, OCF

Coyote Competition Registration

Registration for the first local bouldering competition on Oct 21/22 at Coyote Rock Gym in Ottawa is now open!

As previously announced, the OCF has a new Registration Site.

This site replaces myclimbontario and your information was not carried over to the new system.

All athletes and coaches will need to create a new login profile to access the new system if you have not done so already.

All accounts will be pending until approved by site administrator.  Expect to receive confirmation within 8 hours.

Once your account is approved, you can log back into the site and register for the comp.

Pre-requisites for registering to compete at a local comp or attend as coach:

  • Purchase OCF 2017/2018 Athlete or Coach Membership

(CEC licence not required for local or provincial comps)

  • Sign On-Line Waiver

Even if you have signed a paper waiver in the past, we want to have an online version stored so all athletes/coaches including returning members need to complete this step.  Waivers must be signed by a parent for those athletes under the age of 18. You will not have to do this again once they are stored in new system.


Link to the new site

Any questions/comments please contact


Competition Schedule 2017/2018

OCF Competition Schedule

2017/2018 Series




C,B,A,Jr,Open Bouldering Local 1

October 21,22

Coyote Rock – Ottawa

D,E Bouldering Local 1

November 4

Rock Oasis – Toronto

C,B,A,Jr,Open Bouldering Local 2

November 18,19

Boulderz Etobicoke

D,E Bouldering Local 2

December 2

True North – Toronto

OCF Bouldering Provincials

December 16-17

Altitude Kanata

CEC National Series Bouldering Event

January 27

Boulderz Etobicoke




D,E Difficulty Local 1

February 3

Boiler Room – Kingston

C,B,A,Jr.,Open Difficulty Local 1

March 24,25

Aspire – Milton

D,E Difficulty Local 2

March 31

Climber’s Rock – Burlington

C,B,A,Jr.,Open Difficulty Local 2

April 7,8

Gravity – Hamilton

OCF Diff. Prov./CEC Nat. Ser. Diff. Event

April 21-22

True North – Toronto

Note re locals:

  • A, Junior and Open athletes will compete on Saturdays and C and B athletes will compete on Sundays
  • D categories athletes are those athletes born in 2007 or 2008
  • E categories athletes are those athletes born in 2009 or 2010
  • Athletes born after 2010 will not be eligible to compete in the OCF 2017/2018 competitive series
  • The top 20 ranked eligible competitors in D, C, B, A, Junior categories will qualify to compete at each OCF Provincial competition
  • Open competitors not required to compete in a local event in order to qualify for Provincials
  • E competitors will not be eligible to compete at Provincial competitions

2018 & 2019 National Championships

The CEC is pleased to announce the dates for the 2018 & 2019 National Championships:

Youth Boulder Nationals February 17-19, 2018 February 16-18, 2019
Open Boulder Nationals March 3/4, 2018 March 2/3, 2019
Youth & Open Difficulty & Speed Nationals May 19-21, 2018 May 18-20, 2019

Call for Applications from Host Gyms
The CEC is now seeking applications from host gyms for these events.

The application deadline is September 14, 2017.

Selection announcements are expected to be made by October 1, 2017.
Please refer to the enclosed host gym attributes for further details.
For further information, please contact Tim Vince at

Host Gym Attributes

All Events:

  • Willing to work collaboratively with CEC officials during the organization/operation of the event
  • Willing to sign a written agreement with CEC that includes financial/administrative expectations
  • Must have strong working relationship with home PSO, and confirmed support from home PSO
  • Prior experience hosting large (100+ competitor) events
  • Sufficient amenities such as parking, washrooms, and volunteer areas for a large event


  • Sufficient bouldering terrain to accommodate 10 national level blocs running simultaneously
  • Continuous padding under wall, and sufficient holds/volumes for national level event
  • Large self-contained secondary bouldering/warm-up area


  • Sufficient route climbing terrain to accommodate 4 national level routes running simultaneously
  • Sufficient rope, draws, anchors for national level route competition
  • Large self-contained isolation/warm-up area


  • Proper IFSC style 10 m or 15 m speed wall with proper speed holds
  • Appropriate speed competition timer system
  • Prior experience running a high level (Provincial championship or above) speed event


Information Regarding Difficulty and Speed Nationals

1) The technical meeting for coaches and independents athletes will take place at 8 pm at Canyon Escalade on Friday May 19. Ontario coaches are asked to arrive at 7:30pm so that they can pick up their athlete bags (bibs, etc.)


2) Everyone must complete a gym waiver. Unfortunately it is not available to be completed electronically. The waiver may be handed in to the gym on Saturday morning when you register for the competition. A link to the waiver can be found here:


3) The running order for the competitions (difficulty and speed) can be found on the FQME website:


4) The full schedule for the competition can be found on the Canyon Escalade website:


5) All running orders and results will be posted on FQME website: