OCF 2016-2017 Climbing Series Rules


The Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC) is recognized by the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) as the National governing body for competition climbing in Canada in conjunction with the Provincial Sport Organizations (PSO).The Ontario Climbing Federation (OCF) is recognized as the Provincial PSO for competition climbing in Ontario.

  • Canada follows the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) rules with any National amendments documented.
  • Ontario follows the CEC rules with Provincial amendments where required.
  • This document is intended to be read in conjunction with the CEC and IFSC rules.
  • Each Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) is responsible for organizing local and provincial events and defines its own Provincial Team selection criteria.
  • It is expected that PSOs will conduct all competitions which provide points to the National Ranking in Open and Youth in accordance with these rules. This is desirable, so that climbers are not impacted as they move up from local competitions to the Provincial, National and International competitions.
  • It is expected that the amendments to the OCF series rules, where different from CEC and/or IFSC rules, will be related to administration (e.g. quotas, venues, legal requirements, etc.) and not the actual climbing rules.

The CEC rules can be found at:

The IFSC rules can be found at:

Open Climbers

The 2016 -17 season sees some changes for Open climbers in that they may compete at all OCF competitions (Bouldering and Difficulty with the exception of Youth Bouldering Provincials), and the OCF will track provincial points for Open climbers in order to enable us to award series awards for Open competitors. Note that the provincial points will be tracked separately from the National Series event points that are tracked by the CEC. See those points here. National CEC points are only tracked for athletes who have purchased a CEC National Adult License through the OCF which can be purchased here. See the page titled Competition Schedule, Results and Point Standings for comp dates. **Note: Open athletes do NOT have to attend one local to attend Provincials.*

1. The Series
The 2016-2017 Youth and Open Series will consist of two (2) local bouldering competitions, two (2) local difficulty competitions, and a separate Provincial Championship in each of those disciplines. (6 competitions in total.) Note: For Open athletes, the bouldering Provincial Championship will be the OCF National Series event.*

2. Membership
To compete in any OCF event, competitors must purchase an OCF competitive membership. As of the start of the 2016/2017 series, recreational day (individual event) passes are no longer being sold by the OCF.*

3. Proof of Birthdate/Citizenship
(a) All competitors will be required to provide proof of their birthdate once. Proof may include any appropriate government issued identification. Proof can be provided to any member of the OCF Board. Any competitor who has not provided appropriate proof will not be included in the results for that competition, will not be eligible to win any type of ribbon, medal, or award, and will not be eligible to earn any Series points for that competition.
(b) All competitors will be required to provide proof of their citizenship once. Proof may include any appropriate government issued citizenship document. Proof can be provided to any member of the OCF Board. Any competitor who has not provided appropriate proof will not be included in the results for any Provincial or National level competition, will not be eligible to win any type of ribbon, medal, or award at those level competitions, and will not be eligible to earn any Series points for that competition.

4. Residency
Athletes must be an Ontario resident to win any Ontario Cup.

5. Series Points
(a) Series points will be allocated only to OCF members, but that allocation will be based upon every competitor’s actual placement in their respective category, including the placement of non-members.
(b) In cases of unbreakable ties at a competition, series points shall be awarded equally to the tied competitors taking into account the placements held by the competitors involved (i.e. – if two athletes tie for third place, they will be awarded the point value equal to the sum of points awarded to third place and fourth place divided by two.).*

6. Series Rankings
Series members will be ranked in their age/gender category based on their top four(4) results from any Series competition, but their final rankings must include no more than two (2) results from each discipline of Bouldering & Difficulty.*

7. Difficulty Formats
Youth D (born 2006 or later) and Youth C (born 2004 and 2005) categories will only Top Rope and Youth B (2002 and 2003), Youth A (2000 and 2001), and Junior (born 1998 and 1999) and Open (2001 and before) categories will only Lead Climb at all Series events.

8. Tie-Breaker(s)
(a) At onsight bouldering and flash format/onsight difficulty competitions ties will be broken using CEC/IFSC rules. (i.e. Countback and Super Boulders for bouldering and countback and time for difficulty.)
(b) For the purposes of Series Awards, a competitor’s fifth, or further best final result at any Series competition will be used to break any tie in a particular category for all Series awards. In the event that a tie for first place in the Series cannot be broken using the count back method, then the tie will be broken by comparing the sum total of each tied competitor’s actual category ranking at all of their competitions that season.*

9. Age Categories
The OCF Series will use the CEC/IFSC age categories at all of its events. Series members collect Series points only when they compete in their own actual age/gender categories.

  • Youth D – born 2006 or later
  • Youth C – born 2004 and 2005
  • Youth B – born 2002 and 2003
  • Youth A – born 2000 and 2001
  • Junior – born 1998 and 1999
  • Open – born 2001 and before

10. Provincial Championships – Eligibility
(a) Open competitors are not required to have competed in a local series event prior to participating in a Provincial/National Series event.*
(b) For Youth competitors, the top 20 ranked eligible competitors in each category will qualify to compete at each OCF Provincial competition. Rankings for invitations to Provincials will be based on the results of the athletes’ single best result at a local in that discipline. See Note 4 for more details.*
(c) Athletes who do not reside in Ontario are exempt from the preceding rules regarding eligibility as long as they have a current competitive climbing membership from either their home province PSO, the CEC or a National Federation that belongs to the IFSC. (The purpose of this exemption is to allow athletes from provinces without a PSO or Foreign Nationals an opportunity to qualify for Youth Nationals via their placement in a PSO organized Provincial Championship, as well as to allow athletes from other PSOs to compete in OCF local competitions.)*
(d) Except as specified under section 10(c) regarding non-Ontario residents, no other exemptions will be granted in the event that an athlete is unable to meet the previous ‘one local’ rule, regardless of the circumstances.*

11. Series Point System
Series points will be allocated as follows:*

OCF Locals OCF Provincials
Rank Points Rank Points
1st 200 1st 400
2nd 175 2nd 350
3rd 155 3rd 310
4th 135 4th 270
5th 120 5th 240
6th 105 6th 210
7th 90 7th 180
8th 80 8th 160
9th 70 9th 140
10th 60 10th 120
11th 50 11th 100
12th 45 12th 90
13th 40 13th 80
14th 35 14th 70
15th 30 15th 60
16th 25 16th 50
17th 20 17th 40
18th 18 18th 36
19th 16 19th 32
20th 14 20th & Up 28
21st 12
22nd 10
23rd 9
24th 8
25th 7
26th 6
27th 5
28th 4
29th 3
30th 2
31st & Up 1

12. Rankings

Series rankings will be posted on our web site on a regular basis (approximately 7 days after each competition).

1. Items marked with a (*) indicate that a change has been made from last season.
2. The OCF Board retains the sole authority to apply/interpret any Series rules as required.
3. Athletes only have to attend one local competition in a discipline in order to receive a Provincial Ranking in that same discipline. If you finish in the Top 10 at any local competition during the 2016-2017 OCF Competitive Season you are guaranteed an invitation to Provincials in that same discipline. We will invite all athletes that are in the top 20 Provincial Ranking in each discipline to the Provincial Championships of the same discipline which will include any athletes tied for 20th position. We will not take any more athletes in any category than those that are ranked in the top 20 in that discipline regardless of whether any athlete in the top 20 declines their invitation or not. Any athlete ranked in 11th place or lower (e.g. 12th, 13th, 14th etc) at a local competition will have to wait to see what their Final Provincial Ranking is. If that athlete has a Provincial Ranking in the top 20 in their age category they will qualify for Provincials for that discipline. It is your best result at one local competition that determines your ranking in that discipline and not a combined total for both.