The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) hosts an annual Youth World Championships for athletes in categories Youth B, Youth A, and Junior.
The annual IFSC Youth World Championships is an important part of CEC’s High Performance Pathway. It serves multiple purposes for athletes along their journey:
- For many, YWC is a first opportunity to experience International competition and ALL that this encompasses both in and out of the competition venue:
- International travel, team dynamics, unfamiliar culture, and more…
- For those with experience, YWC is an opportunity to
- practice performance on demand: using tools and strategies under high pressure conditions
- learn/ practice being in an athlete leadership role within a team
- A stage for staff and parents/chaperones to learn, and practice tools and strategies to support these young athletes
- An opportunity to create lifelong friendships born out of respect and common experience: with teammates, coaches and parents/chaperones from Canada and other countries
Because purpose is dependent upon each individual’s experience and stage of their own HP journey, performance objectives are highly individualized. That being said, CEC has the following objectives that can be applied to ALL participants:
- To provide a team environment that focuses on the athlete:
- Psychological and physical safety
- Acceptance and open communication
- Structure and support to enhance personal performance within a team concept
- Room to be oneself and grow
- To balance short term results with long term development
- To prepare athletes for senior teams through gradual exposure to some of the systems, processes and conditions they will encounter at the Senior Team level
- To provide valuable feedback and observations that will contribute to future growth, both as an athlete and as a person
This page contains a summary of the selection process already published in the CEC Event Team Selection Policy found here plus additional event information as it becomes available.
CEC is eligible to register a maximum quota of three (3) athletes in each age and gender category per discipline (Boulder, Lead, Speed) at the Youth World Championships. Unlike Senior World Cup events, there are no extra quota provisions for the YWCh.
Below are summaries of CEC’s published selection criteria used to fill these quotas.
Boulder and Lead
- All 3 selections are made based on results from the most recent Youth National Championships
Youth A and Junior
- First Priority (maximum of 2 selections): Athletes ranked in the Top 6 of the Senior HPP of the associated discipline (i.e. Boulder or Lead) as of March 1:
- Second Priority: Remaining spots in Youth A and Junior not filled under first priority above will be selected based on rankings from the most recent Youth National Championships,
- If a selected athlete declines the invitation, the next highest ranked athlete will be invited to a maximum the 6th place position from Youth Nationals.
- All 3 selections are made based on results from the most recent Speed National Championships, plus the meeting of the associated minimum performance times in the Table below
- Athletes have until June 24, 2024 to meet the minimum performance time if they haven’t already done so in competition.
Youth A and Junior
- First Priority (maximum of 2 selections): Athletes ranked in the Top 6 of the Senior High Performance Program (HPP) as of March 1st of each year. This includes meeting the senior HPP minimum performance times in the Table below
- Second Priority: Remaining spots in Youth A and Junior not filled under first priority above will be selected based on rankings from the most recent Speed National Championships plus meeting the associated minimum performance times in the Table below
Minimum Performance Times and Alternate Selections
- Athletes who finish in a selection position (i.e. Youth B top 3 from Youth Speed Nationals) but have not yet met the minimum performance time requirement will have until June 24, 2024 to do so. Evidence of achieving the minimum performance time can be submitted via official results table showing the athletes name and time or via video submission to CEC at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Athletes in alternate selection positions (i.e. Youth B 4th to 6th from Youth Speed Nationals) who have met the minimum performance times will be selected in order of rank after June 24 IF athletes ranked higher decline the invitation OR fail to meet the minimum performance time requirement.
2024 Speed Minimum Performance Times
|HPP Minimum Performance Times
|Speed Nationals Recommended Minimum Performance Times
|Speed Nationals Automatic Performance Time
|Youth World Championships Qualifying Times
|Youth A Women
|Youth A Men
|Youth B Women
|Youth B Men