OCF Climbing Series Rules
Canada follows the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) rules with any national amendments documented. Ontario follows Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC) rules with provincial amendments where required. Provincial amendments will be related to administration (e.g. quotas, venues, legal requirements, etc.) and not the actual climbing rules.
This document is intended to be read in conjunction with the CEC and IFSC rules.
The CEC rules can be found at: http://www.climbingcanada.ca/rules-policies/.
The IFSC rules can be found at: http://www.ifsc-climbing.org/index.php/world-competition/event-regulation.
1. Open Climbers
Youth A and Junior Categories may compete in the Open category if they choose to do so, however they may not compete in two categories at the same event. Please note that if a Youth athlete competes in the Open category at a Local competition, those results cannot be used to qualify for Youth Provincials.
Open climbers should note that provincial points are tracked separately from the CEC’s National Series event points. National CEC points are only tracked for athletes who have purchased a CEC National Adult Licence.
Open athletes do NOT have to attend a local competition in order to attend Provincials.
2. The Series
The Youth (Categories D, C, B, A, Junior) and Open Series consists of two (2) local Bouldering competitions, two (2) local Difficulty competitions, and a separate Provincial Championship in each of those disciplines (6 competitions in total.)
For Youth athletes in category E, the series consists of two (2) local Bouldering competitions and two (2) local Difficulty competitions (4 competitions in total). Youth E athletes are not eligible to compete at Provincials Championships.
To compete in any OCF sanctioned event, all competitors (youth and adult) must purchase an OCF competitive membership.
4. Proof of Birthdate/Citizenship
a. All competitors are required to provide proof of their birthdate once. Proof may include any appropriate government issued identification. Proof can be provided to any member of the OCF Board. Any competitor who has not provided appropriate proof will not be included in the results for that competition, will not be eligible to win any type of ribbon, medal, or award, and will not be eligible to earn any Series points for that competition.
b. All competitors are required to provide proof of their citizenship once. Proof may include any appropriate government issued citizenship document. Proof can be provided to any member of the OCF Board. Any competitor who has not provided appropriate proof will not be included in the results for any Provincial or National level competition, will not be eligible to win any type of ribbon, medal, or award at those level competitions, and will not be eligible to earn any Series points for that competition.
Athletes must be an Ontario resident to win any Ontario Cup.
6. Difficulty Formats
Youth E, Youth D and Youth C categories will only Top Rope and Youth B, Youth A, and Junior and Open categories will only Lead Climb at all Series events.
a. At onsight bouldering and flash format/onsight difficulty competitions, ties are broken using CEC/IFSC rules (i.e. Countback and Super Boulders for bouldering, and countback and time for difficulty.)
b. At Bouldering scramble competitions for Youth D Category, results are calculated from each competitor’s top eight (8) problems plus count backs. At local Difficulty scramble competitions for Youth D Category, results are calculated from each competitor’s top four (4) routes.
c. For the purposes of Series Awards, a competitor’s fifth, or further best final result at any Series competition is used to break any tie in a particular category for all Series awards. In the event that a tie for first place in the Series cannot be broken using the count back method, then the tie is broken by comparing the sum total of each tied competitor’s actual category ranking at all of their competitions that season.
8. Age Categories
The OCF Series uses the CEC/IFSC age categories at all of its events with a slight modification whereby one additional category has been added to further separate by age climbers under the age of 11. Youth younger than the E Category age range will not be eligible to compete in the OCF series. Youth A and Junior Categories may compete in the Open category if they choose to do so.
9. Provincial Championships – Eligibility
Open competitors are not required to have competed in a local series event in order to participate in Provincial Championships.
Youth E athletes
Youth E athletes are not eligible to attend Provincial Championships.
Youth D, C, B, A and Junior athletes
a. The top 20 eligible athletes in each age category in a discipline qualify to compete at the OCF Provincial Championships for that discipline.
b. For Provincial Championships, an eligible athlete is defined as an athlete that is a resident of Ontario (regardless of citizenship).
c. The top 20 youth rankings for each discipline are based on each athlete’s single best result at a local competition in that discipline. It is your best result at one local competition that determines your ranking and not a combined total for both local competitions. Athletes only have to attend one local competition in a discipline in order to receive a provincial ranking in that discipline.
d. The top 20 ranked athletes include any athletes tied for 20th position.
e. No additional invitations are extended to athletes beyond those ranked in the top 20, even if an athlete in the top 20 declines their invitation.
f. The following athletes are exempt from the preceding rules and may also attend Provincial Championships along with eligible athletes:
- Canadian citizens whose home province does not have a PSO (and therefore do not have an alternate path, within their home province, to qualify for Nationals); and
- Foreign Nationals (in order to respect a reciprocal agreement that allows Canadian athletes to participate in U.S. competitions); provided that they have a current membership from either the CEC or a National Federation that belongs to the IFSC.
g. Except as specified under section (f) above regarding non-residents (athletes without a PSO and Foreign Nationals), no other exemptions will be granted in the event that an athlete is unable to meet the ‘one local’ rule, regardless of circumstances.
10. National Championships – Eligibility
The top 8 eligible competitors based on results at each Provincial Championships in each of the Youth C, B, A and Junior categories will qualify to compete at Nationals for that discipline.
Extra quotas: In addition to the top 8 eligible competitors, any foreign national finishing in the top 8 at Provincials will also qualify to compete at Nationals.
We await clarification from the CEC on the qualification process for Open athletes to National Championships and to the National team.
11. Series Points
a. Series points are allocated only to OCF members, but that allocation is based upon every competitor’s actual placement in their respective category, including the placement of non-members.
b. In cases of unbreakable ties at a competition, series points are awarded equally to the tied competitors taking into account the placements held by the competitors involved (i.e., if two athletes tie for third place, they are awarded the point value equal to the sum of points awarded to third place and fourth place divided by two).
12. Series Rankings
For the 2018/2019 series, Speed is a demonstration event only and rankings are not awarded.
For Youth categories D, C, B, A, and Junior and Open athletes, series members are ranked in their age/gender category based on their top four (4) results from any Series competition, but their final rankings must include no more than two (2) results from each discipline of Bouldering and Difficulty.
Youth category E series members are not ranked.
13. Series Point System
Series points are allocated as follows:
|OCF Locals||OCF Provincials|
|20th||14||20th & Up||28|
|31st & Up||1|
Note: The OCF Board retains the sole authority to apply/interpret any Series rules as required.
Updated Sept. 2018