2019 World Cup Youth Team Applications Now Open!

Athletes interested in the Ice Climbing Youth World Championship February 28 - March 2 in Oulu, Finland, must complete the google form application by 11:59PM MST on October 4, 2018.  

 The American Alpine Club will make their selections and athletes will be notified by October 18.

 The USA can send 6 men and 6 women in each of 3 age categories. Athletes must turn 12 (or older) in 2019 to participate.

AGE CATEGORIES

U22 - Must be under 22 years of age for the whole year of 2019 (born 1998, 1999, 2000)

U19 - Must be under 19 years of age for the whole year of 2019 (born 2001, 2002, 2003)

U16 - Must be under 16 years of age for the whole year of 2019 (born 2004, 2005, 2006)

GUIDELINES

As the future of Ice Climbing competition is headed toward combined difficulty and speed events, priority will be given to athletes who compete in both.

Since we are working to develop a team, priority will be given to athletes who are competing in local, regional, and national competitions, and who plan to compete in future years.

We encourage people who are experienced competitors in any form of climbing to apply.

 4 spots per gender per age category will be selected based on the following Performance Criteria:

  • 2018 Ice Climbing Youth World Championship results

  • National ranking from the 2018 season

  • Ranking in previous dry/mixed/ice competitions

  • 2019 season competitions you are planning to attend

  • Competition experience in any form of climbing

2 Development spots per gender per age category will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Historical competition participation

  • Number of competitions you are applying to compete in during the 2019 season

  • Current training plan

  • Competition experience in any form of climbing

  • 2018 Ice Climbing Youth World Championship results

  • National ranking from the 2018 season

In the event that participants are only competing in either Speed or Difficulty (and not both) the AAC will select enough athletes to be able to field a team consisting of 6 men and 6 women for the Speed portion and 6 men and 6 women for the Difficulty portion in each age category.

In the event that there are not 4 performance or 2 developmental applicants, in an age category, that are qualified to participate at the international level, the allocation numbers will be adjusted.


Photo by M. Garcia, USA Youth Ice Team.