The Interscholastic Climbing League (ICL) provides a competitive climbing program for middle and high school students (grades 6-12) in Chattanooga and the surrounding area.
Middle and high school students participate in organized meets to represent their public, private or home school. No previous experience is necessary. All students will participate on their school team. If their school has no team they may compete as individuals.
To introduce 6-12 grade students to a challenging sport and lifelong activity in an environment that emphasizes communication, teamwork and positive social interaction without the competitive pressure often associated with traditional team sports.
How to Form and Register a School Team/Club
Identify a teacher to become the club sponsor/coach.
Obtain the school Principal’s permission for the team to join ICL.
Club Sponsor/Coaches email Zach Bopp with roster and request to register the school for the league.
Climbers must fill out all 3 waiver forms in order to participate.
All students are expected to be belay trained and tested prior to meets.
Outdoor Chattanooga offers free belay training with pre-registration.
Belay tests must be taken prior to climbing meets. Both High Point locations can perform the test at no cost. Climbers only need to pass the test at one location to be certified at both locations.
Breakdown of the Meets:
Each student climber completes 5 or more routes to the top of an indoor climbing wall. Climbers are awarded points based on the difficulty of the routes they ascend/complete.
Climbers combine their five highest scores for their individual score. The top five climbers combined score equals the team’s score.
A school may have multiple teams, as long as there are a minimum of five climbers per team.
Participating climbers can see how they rank individually and as a team, over the course of six meets.
Climbing results will be posted here after each meet. (See below)
Equipment used at meets: a climbing harness, climbing shoes, belay device, locking climbing carabiner, chalk bag and ball.
Cost is $10 per climber per meet, paid to gym day of the meet.
Plus, High Point charges a $3 equipment rental fee if climbers don’t have their own.
The Climbing League Rules
Student Climber Constitution
2017-2018 Meet Schedule:
- November 4 – High Point Downtown
- December 2 – High Point Riverside
- December 9 – Tennessee Bouldering Authority (TBA)
- January 20 – High Point Downtown
- February 10 – TBA
- February 24 – High Point Riverside
* Due to the number of teams and climbers, meets are broken into sessions at each of the gyms.
High Point Meets:
Session 1: Check in begins at 10:00 a.m. Climbing starts at 10:30 a.m. End at 12:00 p.m.
Session 2: Check in begins at 11:45 a.m. Climbing starts at 12:00 p.m. End at 1:30 p.m.
Session 3: Check in begins at 1:15 p.m. Climbing starts at 1:30 p.m. End at 3:00 p.m.
Session 1: Check in begins at 12:00 p.m. Climbing starts at 12:30 p.m. Ends at 2:00 p.m.
Session 2: Check in begins at 1:45 p.m. Climbing starts at 2:00 p.m. Ends at 3:30 p.m.
Session 3: Check in begins at 3:15 p.m. Climbing starts at 3:30 p.m. Ends at 5:00 p.m.
Meet Results: will be posted here within 5 days of the meet.
Meet 1 Results
Outdoor Chattanooga Free Belay Training Schedule
October 25 is the final training date. Coaches need to call in advance to reserve a day and time for students to get belay training. (423) 643-6888.
Optional memberships to climbing gyms for student practice
T.B.A. and High Point are both offering discounted monthly membership rates to students affiliated with an ICL team.
Contact the individual gyms to inquire about the discounted rates.
The Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga have launched a scholarship fund for student climbers to cover the cost of the meets. If you want to become a sponsor, please email Mark Pryzbysz at the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga.
Students Climbers with financial need can apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of climbing meets. Deadline: November 1, 2017.
Thanks to our sponsors:
2017-2018 Meet Schedule & Team Climbing Sessions
Meet 1: Nov 4 – HP Downtown
Meet 2: Dec. 2 – HP Riverside
Meet 3: Dec. 9 – TBA
Meet 4: Jan 20 – HP Downtown
Meet 5: Feb. 10 – TBA
Meet 6: Feb. 24 – HP Riverside
High Point Meets:
Session 1: Checkin 10:00 am
Climb 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Session 2: Checkin 11:45 am
Climb 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Session 3: Checkin 1:15 pm
Climb 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Session 1: Checkin 12:00 pm
Climb 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Session 2: Check in 1:45 pm
Climb 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 3: Check in 3:15 pm
Climb 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm