APPLICATION TO ORGANISE A ICC-APPROVED COMPETITION
member federation must make an application to the ICC, in writing, no
later than the 30 September (or nine clear calendar months - or whatever
is the greater period of time) before the proposed date of the proposed
provisional approval by the ICC, the official ICC application form must be
completed and returned, complete with the required financial guarantees,
no later than the 31 December (or six clear calendar months - or whatever
is the greater period of time) before the date of the proposed date of the
ICC approval is given, the proposed venue of the competition and its
associated facilities may be subject to inspection by an ICC-Delegate
and/or an International Forerunner. The
cost of travel, accommodation and approved inspection fee shall be paid by
the member federation applying to organise the competition.
2.1. The member
federation/organiser shall, at a minimum, provide the following facilities
in accordance with the regulations governing these facilities:
an official Competition Director and a Secretariat responsible for dealing
with all aspects of the organisation of the approved competition and
accommodation of ICC and member federation team members;
venue registration facilities for ICC officials, competitors, team
officials, organiser's officials, and other approved persons; e.g. VIP,
press, television, etc;
zone area and facilities as specified in accordance with the regulations;
Zone registration - including the security of the Isolation Zone and the
continuous scrutiny in respect to all persons entering or leaving the
Zone warm-up/practice wall and associate facilities in accordance with the
zone adjacent to the climbing wall;
g) A separate
isolation zone adjacent to the climbing wall to be used following a
technical incident. Provision
being made to ensure that strict isolation regulations are maintained
between competitors when two or more are in the separate isolation zone at
any one time;
h) A competition
area in front of the wall to which entry is restricted to the ICC
officials, the organisers officials, competitors taking part in the
official period of route observation or in process of making their attempt
upon a route, authorised television personnel and other persons
specifically authorised by the President of the Jury;
measurement and results service;
personnel and a medical room;
k) A private ICC
office complete with video play-back facilities;
3. ORGANISER'S PERSONNEL
3.1. The member
federation/organiser shall provide the following personnel:
of the competition organisation team;
to carry out the following activities:
pre-competition organisation/administration and supervision/liaison with
those for the provision and construction of the competition climbing wall
and associated facilities, and the arena facilities;
(ii) Welcome and
register ICC officials, competitors and team members, etc.;
(iii) Register and
control authorised persons entering and leaving the isolation zone;
security of the isolation zone and competition zone;
and generally assist competitors on leaving the isolation zone and walking
to the transit zone and the competition wall;
(vi) Organise the
opening and closing ceremonies;
c) Route Judges
(in accordance with ICC regulations) to assist each Category Judge
(including route time-keeping duties);
d) The belaying
and wall cleaning team;
and wall maintenance team;
recording and playback team.
measurement and recording service team.
and Press services and facilities;
services and facilities.
4. CLIMBING WALL AND
Wall: The climbing wall shall
be constructed in accordance with the ICC regulations governing climbing
4.2. The member
federation/organiser shall, subject to the approval of the ICC, appoint
the Chief Routesetter and the route-setting team.
The duties of the Chief Routesetter shall include:
of the routes for each round of the competition, installing the holds and
protection points and equipment for each route in accordance with ICC
regulations, checking that the routes are of the appropriate technical
standard and that they comply with the ICC's safety regulations;
of the work of the assistant routesetters and responsibility to ensure
that proper working and competition safety precautions are observed during
the construction and dismantling of the wall and throughout the
and cleaning of the routes as instructed by the Category Judges;
install and maintain the warm-up facilities;
the measurement team and/or the Route/Category Judges in compiling the 'topo'
for each route;
the Category Judge for each route on the positioning of the video cameras;
the President of the Jury and Category Judge for each route on the maximum
time that competitors should be permitted to attempt each route.
4.3. Where approved by
the ICC, the roles of the Chief Routesetter and the International
Forerunner may be combined.
5.1. The member
federation/organiser shall be solely responsible for maintaining all
safety precautions within the isolation/transit zones, competition area,
the competition hall and for all activities concerned with running the
5.2. The President of
the Jury, in consultation with the International Forerunner, shall have
the sole authority in respect to any question of safety within the
isolation and competition area - including declining to give permission to
start or continue any part of the competition.
Any officials or other persons deemed, by the President of
the Jury, to have infringed or, in his/her opinion, likely to
infringe safety procedures shall be subject to summary removal from their
duties and/or dismissal from the isolation and competition areas.
precaution shall be taken to ensure safety.
Each route shall be designed to avoid the possibility of a
or obstructing any other competitor.
President of the Jury, the Category Judge and the International Forerunner
shall inspect each route prior to the start of each round of a competition
in order to ensure the maintenance of safety standards. In particular, the Category Judge and the International
that all safety equipment and procedures comply with UIAA standards and
the competence of all belayers. The
Category Judge shall have the authority to demand the immediate
replacement of any belayer (if necessary stopping the competition and
declaring a technical incident) and any other person he/she feels
jeopardises safety standards;
c) In the interest
of safety, and in consultation with the International Forerunner and with
the approval of the President of the Jury, the Category Judge shall decide
whether or not to have the climbing rope pre-fixed to the first (and,
where deemed appropriate, other) protection points.
Wherever possible, the design of the route should be such as to
make such precautions unnecessary.
the start of each round of a competition, the Category Judge shall ensure
that appropriately qualified medical personnel are in attendance in order
to ensure a rapid response to any accident or injury to a competitor or
official working inside the competition/isolation zone area.
equipment used in a competition shall comply with UIAA standards unless
otherwise specified by the ICC or, under exceptional circumstances, by the
President of the Jury through the authority delegated to her/him by the
ICC. Within these general requirements:
Competitors shall use a UIAA approved single rope provided by the
organisers. The frequency
with which the rope is changed shall be decided by the Category Judge.
Under specific circumstances, the ICC Delegate may be instructed by
the ICC to carry with him some technical equipment, providing the
organiser with that gear (maillon rapide, ropes, etc.) which is not
available in their countries. The ICC will charge the cost of this gear to
the competition organiser.
of routes: The following safety precautions shall be observed:
Rapides and quickdraw slings: Each
protection point to be used during a round of a competition shall be
equipped with a 'quick-draw' sling and karabiner through which a
competitor shall connect the rope. The
connection link between the 'quickdraw' sling (with no intermediate
karabiner) and the protection point shall be made by means of a UIAA-ICC
approved 10 mm Maillon Rapide.
NOTE: the sleeve of the Maillon Rapide must be closed and
tightened in accordance with the manufacturer's approved specification.
an extension of a normal quickdraw sling is required, a continuous
(machine sewn) tape sling of the same strength (or greater) shall be used
in place of the normal, shorter quickdraw.
Adhesive tape may be used to hold the loops of the sling together;
under no circumstances shall such slings be shortened or adjusted by means
of knots. Under no
circumstances shall a chain of normal length quickdraws (connected to each
other by either Maillon Rapides, or locking or non-locking karabiners) be
used. Knotted rope or tape
slings shall not be permitted .
At the start of each attempt on a competition route:
a) Each competitor
shall be equipped in accordance with the ICC regulations governing
b) The climbing
rope shall be tied to each competitor's climbing harness using a '8' knot
which itself is secured with a safety knot;
the competitor begins their attempt on a route, the belayer shall check
(preferably in the transit zone) that the rope is secured to the
competitor's harness in accordance with 5.8(a) and 5.8(b) above, and that
the harness is properly fastened up;
accompanying the competitor to the start of the route, the belayer shall
ensure that the rope is coiled in such a manner that it is ready for
Competitions: Each Category Judge shall, in consultation with the
International Forerunner, decide whether a belayer should have an
assistant at the beginning of the route to provide additional security
(i.e. to 'spot') for a competitor during the lower part of their attempt
on a route;
Competitions: The Category
Judge shall, in consultation with the International Forerunner, decide
whether a belayer should have an assistant at the beginning of the route
to provide additional security in taking in a top-roped competitor.
belayer must at all times during a competitor's attempt on a route pay
careful attention to the progress of the competitor to ensure:
a) That the
competitor's movements are not hindered in any way by the rope being too
b) That when the
competitor attempts to connect the rope to any protection point he/she is
not hindered in doing so or, if failing to make the connection of the rope
to the protection point, any
excessive slack in the rope is immediately taken in;
c) That all falls
are stopped in a dynamic and safe manner;
d) That no
excessive fall shall be experienced by the competitor
That great care be taken to ensure that in stopping a fall a
competitor shall not be exposed to injury caused by the edge of an
overlapping section or any other feature of the climbing wall.
5.10.On connecting the rope to the final protection
point (quickdraw) or in having stopped a fall, the competitor shall be
lowered to the ground. Care
shall be taken to ensure that the competitor does not come into contact
with any ground-based equipment.
5.11.Whilst the competitor is untying the rope from
their harness, the belayer shall pull the rope down in as fast a manner as
is consistent with the quick-draws not being unduly disturbed.
It is the responsibility of the belayer to ensure that the
competitor vacate the climbing zone as quickly as possible.
5.12.The Category Judge shall be authorised to instruct
the federation/organiser to replace any belayer at any time during the
round of a competition. If
replaced, the belayer shall not be permitted to play any further part in
the belaying of any competitor at that competition.
HEIGHT MEASUREMENT AND TIME KEEPING
The member federation/organiser shall arrange for an experienced
team specifically responsible for providing a height measurement, time
keeping and results service for each round of the competition, when not
provided by the ICC itself.
The height measurement team shall provide, in consultation with and
the approval of the International Forerunner, a topographical outline ('Topo')
of each route of the competition showing the position and height (in the
case of traverse sections, distance along the axis of a route) of each
hold and protection point on the route.
These 'topos' shall only be made available to the President of the
Jury and the relevant Category Judge of each round of the competition.
The member federation/organiser shall ensure that a public
information display system updating the progress of each competitor and
the current ranking of the leading competitors is installed for the
duration of the competition.
At the entry of each competitor, the public information display
system shall provide information on the name of the competitor and her/his
the end of each round of the competition, the Category Judge shall be
immediately provided with a complete and fully ranked list of competitors.
Only after this information has been checked (and, where necessary,
amended) and officially approved in writing by the Category Judge and the
President of the Jury shall this information be made available for
Lists: Shall be produced by the height measurement and results service
team. All results lists should be in printed form; hand-written lists or
sections of lists shall not be permitted.
results list of each round of the competition shall be printed on an ICC-approved
results form and shall include the following information:
a) The approved
ICC heading and logo;
b) The title of
the competition (e.g. World
c) Place of the
competition (e.g. Rome)
d) The type of
competition (e.g. Difficulty Competition);
e) Date of the
f) The title
of the round of the competition (e.g.
g) When the round
of the competition takes place on one or more parallel routes, the results
for each route should be clearly identified (e.g. Route A).
h) The names,
official status and signatures of the presiding officials; i.e. President
of the Jury, Category Judge and Route Judge.
i) Time when the
ranking has been published
list of the competitors results shall include the following
a) Rank position
of each competitor in descending order;
name (upper case letters) of each competitor;
c) First name
(except for the first letter - lower case letters) of each competitor;
d) Nationality of each
competitor using the IOC-approved three-letter code for each nation;
final (end-of competition) results list shall include all the items listed
in 7.6 above and the following additional information:
a) Against each
competitor's name, the heights attained in each of the previous rounds of
the competition in which he/she competed;
results of each round of the competition.
other information other than that specified above shall be included on any
official results list except where specifically approved by the ICC.
the approval of the results for each round of the competition (including
the final or super-final round), a complete copy of the results shall be
immediately issued to:
of the Jury;
c) ICC Delegate;
d) Team Managers -or in
the case of a team not having a team manager, a nominated team competitor;
e) Press office;
COMPETITION STARTING LISTS
starting list of the opening round shall be compiled and announced during
the technical meeting on the day preceding the competition, in accordance
with the regulations governing such lists and:
to those listed in 7.9 above;
on the official notice board and on other notice boards (e.g.
the principal hotels at which the team managers and competitors are
The starting list for each following round of the competition shall
be compiled within 30 minutes of the
completion of the previous round of a competition, in accordance with the
same regulations as above.
starting list shall also contain information on the next round of the
Opening and closing time of the isolation zone for the next round
of the competition;
time of the next round of the competition;
c) Any other
information approved by the ICC and/or the President of the Jury.
of Compiling Starting Lists:
the opening round of a competition takes place on a single route, the
starting order for this round shall be determined by random selection;
the opening round of a competition takes place on two or more parallel
routes, the competitors shall be allocated to each route of this round in
Firstly, their respective positions in the current World Cup
Ranking (WCR); i.e. in sequence, the WCR ranked competitors shall be
allocated successively between the routes.
Not ranked competitors shall then be allocated to each route by
means of random selection such that an equal (or approximately equal)
number of competitors are allocated to each route.
Following this allocation procedure, the starting order shall then
be determined by the random selection of competitors allocated to a route.
order for the rounds following the opening round:
Except as specified below, the starting order shall be determined
by the reverse order of the ranking of the previous round (i.e. the first
shall start last). In the
case of tied competitors from a previous round, the starting order between
them shall be made through random selection.
In the specific case of a super-final, the same starting order as
the final shall be adopted.
VIDEO RECORDING OF COMPETITION ROUTES
competitor's attempt on a competition route shall be video-recorded by an
experienced camera operator. At
least one (and preferably two) video camera
per route shall be used. It is advisable that the camera operator
is assisted by a national judge.
position of the video camera(s) shall be determined by the President of
the Jury in consultation with the Category Judge and International
Forerunner. Particular care
will be taken to ensure that the camera operator(s) are not disturbed in
carrying our their duties and that no-one is allowed to obscure the camera
view of each route.
television monitor connected to a video recording system shall be provided
for play-back of any incident for judging purposes. No-one other than the President of the Jury and the Category
Judge appointed to a route shall have access to the play-back system. The
play-back monitor shall be placed such that the judges can observe
play-back material and discuss any incident without the video re-play
being seen by anyone other than the judges and without the judges being
overheard or interrupted during their discussions, but conveniently close
to the judges' table.
ICC office shall also be provided with a video playback machine and a
television monitor to enable the judges to replay video recordings of
incidents occurring during the competition.
No-one other than the ICC officials shall have access to the ICC
office and/or the video recording made during the competition.
other than the ICC officials shall have the right to observe any part of
any video recording of the competition.
the end of each round of the competition, the video tapes shall be given
to the ICC Delegate for return to the ICC Secretariat.
recording shall be made of these video tapes except on the specific
authorisation of the ICC.
competition video tapes are to be used solely for the purposes of judging
the competition and for ICC training courses.
Under no circumstances shall they be made available to any non-ICC
10. MEDICAL FACILITIES
10.1. The member federation/organiser shall arrange for a skilled and
experienced medical team to be available throughout the whole of the
competition (starting when the isolation zone opens, until the last
compeittor has completed his/her attempt on the route).
During every competitor's attempt on a route, at least two
qualified, experienced and equipped members of the medical team should
remain within, or in very close proximity to, the competition area in
order to provide a rapid response following any injury or need for medical
10.2. As a minimum, a private and
easily accessible medical room should be provided and equipped to deal
with non-major ailments and injuries.
should be made and tested in practice to ensure that any serious accident
to a competitor, official, member of the public and/or any other person
will be dealt with in an efficient and professional manner.
11. DRUG TESTING
11.1. The member federation/organiser
shall arrange for drug testing to be carried out in compliance with the
national regulations governing international sport in their country, the
IOC Medical Code, and the ICC's regulations concerning drug testing.
12. TELEVISION COVERAGE
12.1. The ICC reserves the right to
appoint an organisation to provide television coverage of the competition.
In which case:
a) The ICC shall
be entirely responsible for all costs incurred in providing such coverage;
b) The member
federation/organiser shall provide free access to the ICC's nominated
television organisation and shall provide all reasonable assistance in
enabling that organisation to provide professional coverage of all aspects
of the competition. The
conditions underlying this appointment shall be specified in the agreement
between the ICC and the federation/organiser.
12.2. Where the ICC elects not to
exercise its right to appoint an organisation to provide television
coverage, the member federation/organiser shall comply with the relevant
sections of the agreement between the ICC and federation/organiser. The federation/organiser shall be required to keep the ICC
fully informed of all arrangements in respect to television coverage.
Office: The member
federation/organiser shall provide a Press Officer, a separate press
office and appropriate staffing to service the needs of the press
personnel registered and having official status at the competition.
The press office shall be equipped to provide journalists, other
media personnel and the ICC Delegate with the following facilities:
b) At least two
c) At least one
d) At least one
e) Full and
relevant background information on the competition;
of the starting lists, interim and final results and, at the completion of
the competition, the updated World Cup and Continuously Updated World
Area: The member federation/organiser
shall provide a separate, reasonably quiet and comfortable area/room to
enable interviews to take place. This
facility should be in reasonably close proximity to the competition
climbing wall area.
NOTE: Interviews by
public address, press and/or television interviewers in front of the
climbing wall during the competition (or carried out in such a manner as
to delay the competition) shall not be permitted.
Dedicated space shall be provided on each side of the competition
area to accommodate photographers. Where
possible, elevated areas shall be provided to enable photographers to
obtain non-ground based pictures.
no circumstances shall photographers (professional or amateur) or any
other non-authorised personnel be permitted to enter the competition area
except with the specific approval of the President of the Jury.
Any flash or other photography that might be liable to distract or
interfere with a competitor during their attempt on a route shall not be
Camera Crews: With the
approval of the President of the Jury, television camera crews may be
permitted to operate in the competition wall area.
They shall be allowed to do so on the understanding that:
a) They do not
distract or interfere with a competitor during their preparation for, or
their attempt on, a route;
b) They do not
distract or interfere with the belayer and her/his assistant;
c) That any
mechanical equipment used to support camera crews and equipment does not
interfere with the competitors and/or belayers.
Special care shall be taken
to ensure that any fall does not result in a competitor coming into
any television personnel, television cameras or associated equipment.
d) That all camera
crew personnel obey immediately any instruction given to them by a
Category Judge and/or the President of the Jury;
camera crews may operate from the top of the wall subject to the approval
of the President of the Jury, no use of excessive or changing lighting
patterns, or any activities which might interfere with a competitor during
their attempt on a route, shall be permitted.
f) Interviews: Article
13.2 above shall be observed at all times.
to the Isolation Zone: Television
camera crews and photographers may only be allowed into the isolation zone
(but not the transit zone) with the specific permission of the President
of the Jury. Whilst in the isolation zone, each camera crew and
photographer must be accompanied and supervised by an official of the
member federation/organiser to ensure that the security of the isolation
zone is at all times maintained and that competitors do not suffer any
unwanted interference or distraction.
14.1. The member federation/organiser
shall ensure, and provide evidence, that the insurance cover for the
competition is in strict compliance with all international and national
regulations regarding sporting events.
15.1. The competitors award ceremony at the end of the competition shall
comply with the basic IOC protocol for such events.
15.2. Unless specifically authorised
by the President of the Jury, all competitors shall attend the opening,
award and closing ceremonies. Failure
to observe this regulation shall make a competitor liable to a 'Yellow
Card' sanction, or in the case of the three best ranked competitors of
each category, to a 'Red Card' sanction.
16. COMPETITION COST,
PRIZE MONEY AND AWARDS
16.1. The federation/organiser shall
be solely responsible for all costs associated with organising and running
the competition and the provision and award of prize money and trophies
(except the award of an official ICC trophy) as specified in the agreement
between the ICC and the federation/organiser.