Team Georgia Spiders: Athens Youth Climbing Team

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Kids Club and Recreational Team Tryouts – Wed August 27 from 4-5:30

Competitive Team “Georgia Spiders” Tryouts – Thursday, August 28 2014 from 4:30pm until 6pm.

Info:

Team Georgia Spiders mission is to encourage personal growth through the rich culture and community of rock climbing. We strive to nurture all of our athletes equally, independant of their ability, through education, communication, teamwork, and athleticism. We maintain an ethic that fosters community, stuardship, and mentorship and are continually challenging our athletes to realize their potential within climbing as well as in their everyday lives.
Team Georgia Spiders curriculum focuses on having fun while learning to overcome personal obstacles and fears. Coach Adrian is made up of outdoor educators who specialize in developmental climbing education through elite-level physical and technical training. They are committed to the individual improvement of each team member, as well as to the strength of the team as a whole. Through consistent coaching and experiential education, we teach the climbing skills necessary to explore the diversity and excitement of rock climbing in the safest and most knowledgeable way.
Climbers interested in Team Georgia Spiders should be highly motivated to advance their climbing skills. Each team member will gain a better sense of personal responsibility as well as teamwork.

We are looking for sponsors to help cover the costs of the travel expenses. Please send your donations by writing a check to Georgia Spiders and mail it to 665 Barber St., Athens, GA 30601. Thank you!
For more details please click on Georgia Spiders – sponsorship flyer

Kids Club and Recreational Team Tryouts – Wed August 27 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Competitive Team “Georgia Spiders” Tryouts – Thursday, August 28 2014 from 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

WHEN AND HOW LONG
Kids Club will meet once a week on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
The Recreational Team meets on Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 6:00pm.
The Competitive Team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30pm to 6:00 pm.

We started this great program a few years ago, designed for children ages 6 and up, children that want to take climbing to the next level; children that like to be ACTIVE CLIMBING. If your kids have been here before for a party, camp or on a field trip and liked it, well … have them try it again, this time more serious. But still fun!

Benefits for your Child

    1. The sport of rock climbing is going to help teach your child to focus.
    2. The kids will learn how to climb and trust others, to respect and understand how to plan ahead. We will be like a second family for them, a place where they can relax and have fun, while doing something productive and healthy.
    3. They will learn techniques that will help them climb more efficiently. It’s not just to get them to the top of the wall, it’s how graceful they do that.
      Climbing is like a dance on a wall. If you see a professional climber on the wall, everything looks so easy, so smooth … and even if your children don’t go all the way to the world cup, they will learn how to climb like a pro.

Georgia Spiders – representing Athens all around the country!

Climbing may sound like a joke, but if you get to see how far you can go with this sport, you’ll be amazed by the complexity and amount of training involved in this great activity. From local competitions (all around GA), regional championship (TN, FL, SC, NC), divisional championship, national championship to the ultimate World Cup. Read more on the official site for USA Climbing if you want to discover how many we are out there!

The children will learn how to belay (how to safely use the ropes) plus, get the basics on how to climb. We will provide the climbing shoes, the safety harnesses, and will watch the children to see if they have something towards climbing. After this trial, your child will give you feedback on what they think about this whole new activity, and we will do the same. We will give you our take on how your child did.

 Climbing Team options, info and logistics

1. Kids Club:

  • This will be a perfect fit for some of the little ones ages 6 to 8, just starting and loving to climb.
  • This team will train once a week, Wednesdays, 3:30PM to 4:30PM.
  • The cost of the team is $120 per month with rental included.

Note to parents: To better coach your child, you are invited to go upstairs and wait/watch your child from there. Please respect our coaches, keep a low voice and don’t interfere from up there. The moment you say ” good job” to your child they get distracted.
If you have any siblings/guests with you, please keep them upstairs quiet and entertained. Don’t let them slide and distract the other kids. You’ll get charged $20 if they start playing around and using the slide section or any other climbing walls, even if going sideways, no ropes and climbing the “giant”.
Thank you for your understanding.

2. Recreational Climbing Team

  • This will be a perfect fit for some of the little ones ages 7 to 12, just starting and loving to climb or not interested in competitions.
  • This team will train once a week, Wednesdays, 4:30PM to 5:30PM.
  • The cost of the team is $120 per month with rental included.

Here we’ll have the children that want to learn more about climbing, but not necessarily to compete.
If they get better we can always move them to the next level. The children will learn almost the same stuff like the other team. This team will train also once a week, Wednesday, 4:30PM to 5:30PM.

We encourage you to buy them a pair of climbing shoes, a harness and a chalk bag if they become serious about it, we’ll guide you on what you need to get as far as equipment when that time comes.
Help your child build confidence, strength and balance while having fun!

Note to parents: You may not drop your child earlier than 4:30pm. You will get charged $20 for that.  Same with the pick up, it will need to be 5:30pm, for every 5 min your child is here you’ll get charged $10. No exceptions.
Team dues are set no later than the 5th of the month, $20 charge for late/declined payments. No exceptions. We do have the option to set it up as EFT (electronic funds transfer).

To better coach your child, you are invited to go upstairs and wait/watch your child from there. Please respect our coaches, keep a low voice and don’t interfere. The moment you say ” good job” to your child they get distracted.
If you have any siblings/guests with you, please keep them upstairs quiet and entertained. Don’t let them slide and distract the other kids. You’ll get charged $20 if they start playing around and using the slide section or any other climbing walls, even if going sideways, no ropes and climbing the “giant”.

3 4.  Also you cannot drop them off then leave and forget about them. One hour an a half is the limit they can be here.

Please respect our regular members and customers as well, whom have a lot of patience with having the team around. Most members avoid coming here when the team is here, so let’s balance that, shall we?!
Thank you for your understanding.

3. Competitive Climbing Team

Here we’ll have the kids that feel like this is it! They want to get better in climbing, train more specifically for the higher level of climbing. The kids will compete all around the country, competing with kids the same age – division – In competitions they will place individually, so even if the rest of the team didn’t do so well, your kid still can be on top of the podium.
This team will train twice times a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 4:30 to 6:00PM. Team fees are $200, rental and membership included.

Note to parents: You may not drop your child earlier than 4:30. You will get charged $20 for that.  Same with the pick up, it will need to be 6:00pm not 6:05, for every 5 min your child is here you’ll get charged $10. No exceptions.
Team dues are set no later than the 5th of the month, $20 charge for late/declined payments. No exceptions. We do have the option to set it up as EFT (electronic funds transfer).
During the regular gym hours your child cannot be here after 6:30pm. Please respect our regular member as well, whom have a lot of patience with having the team around. Most members avoid coming here when the team is here, it gets crowded quite quick here. Plus they want to listen to music that is not appropriate for your child.

Join us and help your child build confidence, strength and balance while having fun!

Email coach Adrian  if you have any questions or to reserve a spot for your child today.
If you want to help the team, we are looking for sponsors right now! Thank you everybody for your support!

Other Costs and Things to Consider

There are two seasons involved in climbing: Climbing with ropes (Sport Climbing), and climbing without ropes (Bouldering).  The Sport Climbing season starts in late February with Nationals in July. Bouldering season starts in September and runs through the beginning of February.  There are five levels of competition: Local, Regional, Divisional, National and World Cup.  It’s broken up by age groups (same as other sports), starting with 11 and under (Youth D), 12/13 (Youth C), 13/14 (Youth B), 15/16 (Youth A), 17/18 (Juniors).

Outdoor climbing trips are $50/day (this fee includes transportation and coaching) . Depends on how far we go, it may be just a bit more.

If your child decides to compete, you need to be aware of additional costs that will come up during the season.   In Competitive Climbing, a climber must register with USA Climbing in order for any of the comps to count. This fee runs around $75 for the full season, which covers both Sport Climbing and Bouldering.  The climber must compete in at least two local competitions, between Atlanta and Athens, each having an entrance fee around $40.  The Regionals fee is around $75, Divisionals fee $100, Nationals $150.  World Cup = $$$.

Keep Climbing!