Octboulderfest 2021 Competitor Rules
The information given below represents the full set of rules and instructions for this climbing competition.
There are 3 categories of climbers with a Men’s Division and Women’s Division in each category:
Men’s: Recreational (VB–V1) Intermediate (V2–V5) Advanced (V6+)
Women’s: Recreational (VB–V1) Intermediate (V2–V5) Advanced (V6+)
Competitors may make as many attempts as necessary (within the allotted time) to complete the problem from
start to finish without falling.
Starting the problem:
1. The climber must start from below the start hold (marked by the taped box), unless directed otherwise.
2. The climber must start with the correct number of hands or feet on each starting hold as indicated by the number
of tape marking on each starting hold.
3. The climber must be controlled (no flying starts) for the attempt to qualify.
The climber is finished with the problem when:
1. The climber completes the route. Finish holds are marked by the taped box.
2. The climber falls. Mark each attempt on the scorecard.
3. The climber goes out of bounds, touches an illegal handhold, bouldering mat or the ground.
4. Two hands with clear control needs to be on the finish hold in order to finish the problem.
Climbers will be given a score sheet that they must have initialized by 2 competitors (citizen's comp) or an official judge (USAC) at the completion of each climb. Your highest scores will be totaled at the end of the climbing period. In the event of a tie, ties will be broken by number of attempts. At the end of the climbing period, all score sheets must be turned in at the front desk within 5 minutes.
Youth: Your final score is the sum of your 5 highest point problems.
Adults: Your final score is the sum of your 5 highest point problems.
Average Rule: If a competitor scores above the average of the next highest category, judges reserve the right to
place them in the next highest category. Their score will then be compared to those of the competitors in that
The following USAC Bouldering procedure will be used:
• Points are earned by completing a problem from start to finish (must start and finish in the taped box).
• Record each attempt made. All natural features are “off” unless marked otherwise.
• If a hold spins or breaks, step of immediately or the attempt will count (please contact a staff member).
• If you use a hold or feature that is “off route” no point can be earned and the attempt will count.
• A judge must sign your scorecard in order to receive credit.
Remember: The audience cannot give any verbal assistance (beta) to the climber. Any infraction could lead to
disqualification of the climber.