Competition Formats

For full details, please refer to our rules.  

D/E Boulder Locals

  • Judged scramble comp
  • Athletes may attempt problems in any order they want 
  • 8 problems to choose from, maximum 6 attempts per problem 
  • No beta permitted while any competitor is on the wall/making an attempt
  • 90 minutes climbing time 
  • Competitors will be ranked by # Tops/ # Zones/ # Tops attempts/ # Zones attempts
  • No video system (appeals only for scoring entry errors) 
  • E results not posted 
  • There is no isolation zone in effect for D/E local competitions

C/B/A/Jr/Open Boulder Locals & D/C/B/A/Jr/Open Boulder Provincials 

  • Judged IFSC isolation style comp 
  • Qualifier round for each category is 5 problems, 5 on / 5 off 
  • Final round for each category is 4 problems, 5 on / 5 off (IFSC semi-final format) 
  • All categories have finals, including at Locals 
  • Quota to finals is 6 in each category
  • A/Jr/Open climb same boulders 
  • Qualifier running orders: athletes with current year boulder ranking (if available) ranked highest to lowest, followed by athletes with a boulder ranking from last season ranked highest to lowest, followed by competitors without a relevant ranking in random order
  • Finals running orders: ranked lowest to highest
  • Competitors will be ranked by # Tops/ # Zones/ # Tops attempts/ # Zones attempts, with ties broken by countback to the previous round
  • An isolation zone (ISO) will be in effect for all rounds

D/E Difficulty Locals

  • Only top rope 
  • 4 routes, maximum 2 attempts per route
  • Competitors are scored points per hold, with first attempt worth more than second attempt 
  • Random running order 
  • E results not posted 
  • There is no isolation zone in effect for D/E local competitions

C/B/A/Jr/Open Difficulty Locals & D/C/B/A/Jr/Open Difficulty Provincials 

  • Top rope for D&C, Lead for B, A, Jr & Open 
  • Qualifiers: 2 routes per category, flash format (no ISO, competitors can watch each other climb, only one attempt per route), random running orders (staggered between the two routes)
  • No semi-final round (including at Provincials) 
  • Finals are one route per category, on-sight with preview (6-minute collective observation period), an isolation zone is in effect, running orders last to first 
  • Quota to finals is 8 in each category 
  • A/Jr/Open climb same routes 
  • Competitors are scored points per hold, with ties broken by countback and then, if necessary, climbing time
  • All categories have finals, including at Locals 

Note about A/Jr/Open athletes:

  • A/Jr/Open athletes will climb the same boulders/routes (no tweaking of boulders/routes between categories)
  • A and Jr athletes will have both an Open ranking and a youth (A or Jr) ranking for each competition, for each discipline, and for the OCF Series
  • Any A or Jr athlete who qualifies for finals in the Open category will take a spot in finals both in the Open category and in their youth category. For example, if two (2) Jr athletes qualify for Open finals at a bouldering comp, four (4) additional Jr athletes will advance to finals, for a total of 6 Jr athletes in finals (4 competing only as Jr and 2 competing as both Open and Jr)
  • Final round running orders: athletes competing in finals only as Youth A ranked lowest to highest, followed by athletes competing in finals only as Jr ranked lowest to highest, followed by the top Open athletes (including any athletes competing in finals as both Youth and Open) ranked lowest to highest

When an isolation zone (ISO) is in effect:

  • After check in, competitors will enter an isolation area and will not be permitted to leave until the competition starts. Only competitors, approved OCF coaches and officials are allowed into ISO; parents are not permitted. Competitors and coaches are not allowed to communicate with anyone outside of ISO. Electronic communication devices (including Bluetooth devices) are not permitted in ISO.
  • Once in the competition area, competitors may not communicate with anyone other than officials until they are finished competing.
  • Coaches and parents MAY NOT engage with a climber while they are competing (including during rest periods between their attempts). Only competition officials may speak to climbers between the time they enter the isolation area and when their climbing round is complete.  
  • Parents, coaches and other supporters are encouraged to cheer for their climbers, but they may NOT call out information or advice (referred to as BETA) to attempt to help the climber. Examples of forbidden beta would include “Use the hold by your left foot,” “Breathe,” “Rest now,” or “Use the hold around the corner”.