Climb Teams & Clubs

Climb Team and Club are youth programs offered to kids looking to get involved in climbing at Vertical Endeavors. Team and Club offer our youth an environment in which to succeed in different ways. Clubs offer a relaxed program where kids can enjoy the sport and climb with friends. Climb Team is available to youth interested in advancing their skill set and taking their climbing to the next level.

For Parents

If you have a new address, need to update your billing information, or wish to Freeze or Cancel your Team Membership or Club Registration, follow this link and use our Membership Change Request Form. You will get an email confirmation once your request has been processed. Please contact your Team Head Coach directly with other questions or concerns.

Please reference the Parent Handbook for more information on policies, annual calendar, events, and more.

VE Climb Team

Junior Team | Intermediate Team | Advanced Team | Twin Cities Elite Team

On our competitive Climb Teams for youth, we challenge and encourage each child to come into their own as an independent, responsible, and respectful climber. Our goal is to create better climbers socially, mentally, and physically. We believe that the most effective way to bring out the best in young athletes is to promote an environment of devoted mentorship as they learn, grow, and excel with other children who are dealing with similar challenges, both on the wall and in their daily lives

Climb Team Outdoor Experience

As an Intermediate, Advanced, and/or Elite Team member, you also have the option to participate in our Climb Team Outdoor Experience

 Looking for USA Climbing info? Visit their website!

JUNIOR TEAM

Junior Team is designed to build a solid foundation of rock climbing skills for youth climbers. It is suited for climbers that would like to take their climbing beyond a recreational level, and are interested in competitive climbing, outdoor climbing, and training basics. Coaches help develop top rope belaying skills and focus strongly on movement and technique essentials.

Price: $175/month (billed on the 5th of each month)- Price includes VE All Access Membership

Prerequisits: Skills Assesment | Youth Belay Skills: Top Rope

INTERMEDIATE TEAM

Intermediate Team is for those athletes who are ready to take their climbing skills to the next level. Two days of practice a week are required, and we encourage a third day of individual climbing outside of practice. Climbers must be ready to spend considerable time sport lead climbing (rather than top roping) and bouldering, along with climbing related core workouts and training exercises. These committed climbers will be expected to compete in USAC-sanctioned competitions, explore climbing outdoors, and look to a future with the Advanced Team.

Price: $225/month (billed on the 5th of each month)- Price includes VE All Access Membership

Prerequisites: Skills Assesment / Progress Tracking | Youth Belay Skills: Sport Lead

ADVANCED TEAM

Advanced Team is an important step in our Team tiers, as it prepares athletes for a more rigorous practice format and sets the stage for the heightened physical and mental demands of the Elite Team.  This Team is for athletes who have their sights set on competing up to the USAC Divisional Championships level and builds a solid foundation for increased intensity in strength and power training, added workload of on-wall workouts, and increased focus on skill and technique acquisition. These athletes have moved beyond the Intermediate level and will start to be groomed for the prestigious tier that is Elite Team by mirroring and getting used to the structure of Elite Team practices and periodization. Advanced Team members will have the opportunity to participate in tryouts for the Elite Team which will be held on a bi-annual basis.

Price: $275/month (billed on the 5th of each month)- Price includes VE All Access Membership

Prerequisites: Skills Assesment / Progress Tracking

TWIN CITIES ELITE TEAM

*New for Fall 2018*

Elite Team is for the top youth climbing athletes in the Twin Cities area, with practices at all Twin Cities VE locations. Elite Team has a more rigorous training format and heightened physical and mental demands. This Team is for athletes who are competing at the USAC Divisional Championship level with sights set on Nationals. Scheduled periodization that culminates at USAC Nationals each season builds increased intensity in strength and power training, focused on-wall workouts, and accelerated skill + technique acquisition through drills. Athletes will be expected to keep detailed progress journals and training logs and will be held to a higher standard of accountability. They will be leaders in the climbing community and stewards in & out of the Team program. Climbers are accepted to the Elite Team by either a bi-annual tryout or benchmark accomplishments such as competing at Nationals in Sport or Bouldering.

Price: $300/month (billed on the 5th of each month)- Price includes VE All Access Membership

Prerequisites: Skills Assesment / Progress Tracking / Tryout by invite only.

Meet the

COACHES

Follow the Twin Cities Team!

Alex Johnson

 Elite Team Head Coach

Gabe Olson

 Elite Team Assistant Coach

Emily Orr

St. Paul Team Head Coach

Tony Mansourian

Bloomington Team Head Coach

Sadie Waite

Minneapolis Team Head Coach

Krista Mathes

Duluth Team Head Coach

Jeff Acasio

Glendale Heights Team Head Coach

Private Coaching

For youth who want more one-on-one coaching to develop skills, conquer fears, breakthrough on climbing ability level, hone technique, or get extra strength or power training focus, Vertical Endeavors offers Individual Coaching Lessons. Team participants can schedule these with the coach of their choice and at the time that works best for their schedule and are given member pricing on these private or semi-private lessons. Lessons are priced on a per-hour basis for 1-2 customers. Additional participants, beyond two (2), can be added at half the hourly rate per person up to a total of 6 participants.

Rates: Level 1 Instructor: $50/hour | Level 2 Instructor: $70/hour | Level 3 Instructor: $90/hour

Customers must sign up at the facility with their chosen coach or their facility’s Team Head Coach to ensure proper scheduling. All Vertical Endeavors Instructors are certified by the Climbing Wall Association through their CWI Course. Levels are assigned based on climbing and instructional experience by facility management and the facility’s Team Head Coach.

 

Prerequisites

Courses & Assessments

All climb team members will be required to complete a Team Skills Assessment and then a Youth Top Rope Belay Skills course at the direction of our coaches. Youth joining the Team program should wait to register for Youth Top Rope Belay Skills until after they have completed their Skills Assessment.

Team Skills Assessment

Format: 2 hour session
Price: $20

Youth Belay Skills: Top Rope

Format: 2 hour session
Price: $25

Youth Belay Skills: Sport Lead

Format: 2 hour session
Price: $25

YOUTH CLIMBING Club

Our Youth Climbing Clubs offer kids a relaxed, age-appropriate program where they can enjoy the sport and climb with friends. It is more akin to an afterschool activity and is non-competitive in nature. There are no prerequisites to join. Clubs meet once per week and are supervised by Vertical Endeavors staff members who also run activities, games, and challenges during Club. The price of Club includes staffing at a ratio of 1:10 and any necessary rental equipment during the weekly program but does not include a VE Membership.

Base Club Ages 6-9

Base Club is for the youngest little climbers (ages 6-9) who want to learn the basics in a community setting and have fun! This program is focused on the fundamentals, to introduce your child to the fast-growing sport of rock climbing. During practices, instructors focus the energy of the group into exciting climbing activities, while building appreciation for teamwork and taking direction.

Peak Club Ages 10-13

Peak Club is our option for youth
(ages 10-13) that wish to partake in recreational climbing alongside their peers, without the emphasis on training and competition that exists on Team. The participants have the option of learning how to belay, should they choose, by taking the Youth Belay Skills lesson. Basic technique and movement concepts will be covered, along with participation in group games and team building activities.

Varsity Club Ages 14-18

Varsity Club is our option for youth (ages 14-18) that want to climb alongside their peers, with an emphasis on staying active and being connected to the climbing community without the competition-focus that exists on Team. The participants have the option of learning how to belay, should they choose, by taking the Youth Belay Skills lesson. Basic technique and movement concepts will be covered, along with participation in group games and team building activities.

Varsity Club is currently offered at VE–Bloomington: Fridays 5:30pm–7:00pm

Please call VE–Twin Cities Bouldering & VE–Minneapolis for more information on their Varsity Club.

All participants must sign our Liability Waiver and Rules Agreement.