US Routesetters Heading to Mexico for Pan Am!

29 Oct

The Pan American Youth Championships, held every two years and organized by the Pan-American Council of the IFSC, will this year be held in Mexico City, Mexico.

We’re excited to announce that US National Chief, Luke Bertelsen and US National Setter, Dave Wetmore have been selected to be Chief Routesetters for Lead and Bouldering, respectively, and will work with a team from the Mexican Federation to set the event.

Divisional Internships and Level 3 Certification Now Allowed

29 Oct

For the 2014 – 2015 season, the USAC Routesetting Committee has approved a change to the existing certification program. Whereas in past years, Level 3 Certification was only offered to Interns at National competitions, this season we have adjusted the certification program such that Routesetters who successfully complete a Divisional Internship, under specific circumstances, may receive Level 3 Certification.

USAC Divisional Level events represent a high scale of competition organization with the highest level of US competitors who will advance to Nationals. This environment can provide an equally strong learning experience for Interns as our National events and the Routesetting Committee is interested in offering more high quality opportunities for certification advancement.

With this in consideration, we also want Interns to have a similarly challenging experience working at a Divisionals as they might at a National competition, in order to best learn and develop their own skills. This includes having to work in a different environment than the norm and having to travel to work in a gym or with other routesetters they may not know. We also want Interns to have the chance to work with Level 4 or 5 Chief Routesetters who have the highest level of experience at National level events, a strong background working with Interns, and familiarity with the goals of the Routesetting Clinic and Certification Program.

Based on the above, we will offer official Divisional Internships at those Divisionals where there is a Level 5 Chief Routesetter or a Level 4 Chief Routesetter that has been approved by the Routesetting Committee, to oversee an official Divisional Intern. Additionally, routesetters will only be eligible for Level 3 Certification IF they are working at a Divisional outside of their home Division.

This January we will offer Divisional Internships at two ABS Youth Divisionals. Please read below if you are interested and apply directly to the respective Chief Routesetters. With any general questions, contact Chris Danielson, Chairman of the Routesetting Committee at info@usacsetting.net.

ABS Youth Divisional Internship Applications

29 Oct

ABS Youth Divisionals: January 10 – 11, 2015; Base Camp; Reno, NV
There is one Intern position available at ABS Youth Divisionals at Base Camp, where Level 5 Routesetter Bret Johnston will be Chief Routesetter. You must have L2 Certification to apply for this position and the position must be at a gym outside of your home Division (ie. you cannot apply to Intern at an event at your own facility or within your own Division). You may receive Level 3 Certification pending successful completion of the Internship. Send application to Chief Routesetter Bret Johnston at bret@planetgranite.com. Deadline for application is November 15th, 2014.

ABS Youth Divisionals: January 10 – 11, 2015; Inner Peaks; Charlotte, NC
There is one Intern position available at ABS Youth Divisionals at Inner Peaks, where Level 4 Routesetter Mark Mercer will be Chief Routesetter. You must have L2 Certification to apply for this position and the position must be at a gym outside of your home Division (ie. you cannot apply to Intern at an event at your own facility or within your own Division). You may receive Level 3 Certification pending successful completion of the Internship. Send application to Chief Routesetter Mark Mercer at markallenmercer@gmail.com. Deadline for application is November 15, 2014.