OCF 2017-2018 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: https://climbingescaladecanada.files.wordpress.com/2015/10/2015-2016-canadian-rules-and-regulations-2016-01-09.pdf
The IFSC rules can be found at: http://www.ifsc-climbing.org/index.php/world-competition/event-regulation
Open climbers should note that provincial points are tracked separately from the National Series event points that are tracked by the CEC. National CEC points are only tracked for athletes who have purchased a CEC National Adult Licence 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. Ontario open athletes are required to purchase an OCF membership in order to participate in any OCF sanctioned event, including the OCF National Series event.*
1. The Series
The 2017-2018 Youth (Categories D, C, B, A, Junior) 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.) For Youth athletes in category E the series will consist of two (2) local Bouldering competitions and two (2) local Difficulty competitions. (4 competitions in total).*
To compete in any OCF event, all competitors (youth and adult) must purchase an OCF competitive membership.*
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.
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
For the 2017/2018 series, speed will be a demonstration event only and rankings will not be awarded.*
For Youth categories D, C, B, A, and Junior and Open athletes, 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 and Difficulty.
Youth category E series members will not be ranked.*
7. Difficulty Formats
Youth E (born 2009 or 2010), Youth D (born 2007 or 2008) and Youth C (born 2005 and 2006) categories will only Top Rope and Youth B (2003 and 2004), Youth A (2001 and 2002), and Junior (born 1999 and 2000) and Open (1998 and before) categories will only Lead Climb at all Series events. Note: Youth A and Junior Categories may compete in the Open category if they choose to do so.*
(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) At Bouldering Redpoint competitions for Categories D results will be calculated from each competitor’s top eight (8) problems plus count backs. At all local Difficulty scramble competitions, results will be calculated from each competitor’s top four (4) routes.*
(c) 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 with a slight modification whereby one additional category has been added to further separate by age climbers under the age of 11. Youth born after 2009 will not be eligible to compete in the OCF series.* Note: Youth A and Junior Categories may compete in the Open category if they choose to do so.*
Youth E – born 2009 or 2010*
Youth D – born 2007 or 2008
Youth C – born 2005 and 2006
Youth B – born 2003 and 2004
Youth A – born 2001 and 2002
Junior – born 1999 and 2000
Open – born 1998 and before (athletes born between 1999 and 2002 may compete in the Open category if they choose to do so)*
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. (Note 4). Athletes in category Youth E will not be eligible to attend provincials.*
(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|
|20th||14||20th & Up||28|
|31st & Up||1|
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. All OCF Series competitions will follow the current IFSC/CEC rules whenever possible. These can be found at the CEC web site: http://www.climbingcanada.ca/ on the Rules page.
4. 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 2017-2018 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.