AZR Ascenders Youth Climbing Team
About Our Team
If you are looking to get your child involved in a great sport, then climbing might be the perfect fit. Our climbing team offers many different team levels for boys and girls age 8 to 19. Our youth climbing team has many nationally ranked climbers and fosters a great environment for physical and mental development and team camaraderie . Climbing has recently become an Olympic Sport.
The AZR Ascenders have produced a World Champion, 5 National Champions and multiple US Team Members. As a team, we have ranked Nationally in the top 10 for several years. We have also been ABS Regional Champions in 2008 and 2009; as well as SCS Regional Champions 2008, 2009, and 2011. Additionally we have multiple USAC Regional Champion awards and produce National level athletes each Sport and Speed and Bouldering season.
The team is headed up by our team manager Amber Camerlin and our head coaches Caitlin Miller and Michael Proctor. We also have wonderful assistant coaches that each bring unique skills and coaching styles to the team. Our team can accommodate all ages from 8-19, as well as all ability levels. We have multiple levels of competitive team options that cater to all youth climbers from new young competitors, all the way to seasoned elites. We also have team options for those who just want to improve their skills and climb for fun with our recreation teams. We will be able to find the right fit no matter what your young climbers goals are.
WHO CAN JOIN THE TEAM?
Any boy or girl age 6 to 19 can join the youth climbing team.
DO YOU HAVE TO BE GOOD AT CLIMBING?
No. Any child age 6 to 19 can become a member of the climbing team. However, kids are required to climb a grade of 5.7 to be on the team. This is an entry level climbing grade.
If your child cannot climb this level then they can take some introductory Kids Klimb classes to improve their skill.
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?
Like any sport the level of commitment is dependent upon the expectations of the climber. Our climbing team offers multiple levels of training and competition. Your child will be placed on a team based on his or her ability level and commitment to the sport. Our team has many national level competitors as well as many recreational team members that do not compete.
IS TRAVEL INVOLVED?
Yes or No. It really depends on the skill of your child and your desire to travel. Each year there are multiple “local” competitions offered through-out the state of Arizona. You have the option to travel to some of these if you wish. If you child progresses and begins to compete at Regional or National level then travel will be required to attend those higher level competitions.
IS CLIMBING AN OLYMPIC SPORT?
Yes, climbing will be a Olympic sanctioned sport in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There is a great video in the video galley below that provides details on what to expect for climbing in the Olympics.