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How do Youth Categories Work?

For the 2022/2023 season the following applies for youth categories. 

Open -- Born 2003 or earlier
Junior -- Born 2004/2005
Youth A -- Born 2006/2007
Youth B -- Born 2008/2009
Youth C -- Born 2010/2011
Youth D -- Born 2012 or later

Note that CEC-sanctioned regional (western Canada) events do not accept youth D athletes and CEC-sanctioned national events no longer accept youth C or D athletes. 
The Alberta Climbing Association (ACA) is our provincial sports organization that runs all of our local and provincial competitions. It is necessary to purchase a membership with them to compete. Once purchased, athletes can...

Track their provincial standing

View live results of competitions at

View the complete ACA competition schedule, including CEC (national) events. 


Qualifying for Regionals/Nationals

The governing body for regional (western Canada) and national events is the CEC or, Climbing Escalade Canada. For youth climbing, the following rules are used to determine eligibility for regional and national events:

For each category and gender a PSO shall be able to send to regionals...


4 athletes if less than 10 are registered

8 athletes if less than 20 are registered

10 athletes if 20 or more are registered

Consequently, each region shall be able to send...

20 athletes from each category and gender. 

In some cases there is unused quota that may allow for more athletes to register for the competition but is never guaranteed. 

For full information and rules on this, please visit CEC's website at

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