New IFSC Flash Format – How will it work for the CEC Boulder National Championships?

Nov 10, 2021

How will it work?

  • There will be 12 problems in the Competition Area for the Qualifier Round
    • 6 problems for the Men’s division (M1 to M6)
    • 6 problems for the Women’s division (W1 to W6)
  • Through the Qualification Round, each athlete will need to complete all 6 problems of their gender division
  • Athletes will have 5 minutes to complete a problem, with as many attempts as necessary
  • Each problem will be judged

 

What is different from a regular 5 on / 5 off then?

  • Beta videos for each problem will be available on the CEC YouTube Channel by the Technical Meeting on Friday
  • Participants will be divided into two Qualification Heat – one in the morning, one in the afternoon
  • Your Heat will be assigned following the registration deadline of November 20
  • The Gym and Warm Up area will open at 7am, and remain opened until 6pm. There is NO Isolation area
  • For example, if there are 80 Men and 70 Women, the Qualification Rounds will be as follows

How will it work the day of?

  • Each Heat will be subdivided into two Groups – Group A and Group B
    • Group A will do problems 1, 2, 3 – Rest – 4, 5, 6
    • Group B will do problems 4, 5, 6 – Rest – 1, 2, 3
  • The Judges of Problems #1 and Problems #4 will call athletes by their name and/or bib numbers. The first athlete will then get their 5min ON, before moving to the rest chair for 5 min
  • Participants will have a longer break after their first 3 problems, before moving on to their next 3 problems
  • If you miss you turn on either problem 1 or 4, you will be unable to climb that set of problems. You may still climb and collect a score on the other set of three problems. So, pay attention to the flow!

Check out this video that describes the flow very well!

 

Can I talk with my coach? Can I share beta with fellow participants?

  • Yes and no. Participants can move around freely in the Competition area, until it is their time to start their first problem.
  • When you are in your 5on, no beta or coaching is allowed.
  • Any other time, you can talk to your coach and fellow competitors, including while on your rest chair.

 

Why will this format be used at this year’s Senior Boulder National Championships?

  • The IFSC has shared that this format, piloted at the 2021 YWC, will be used more in future IFSC events. CEC would like to give our athletes experience in this format.
  • A classic iso format 5 on / 5 off with the anticipated numbers we will have (80+) would mean some athletes having to be in isolation for more than 7 hours.
  • The flash format keeps the value of a time limit (5 min) unlike the scramble format.
  • CEC considers the 2021-2022 Return to Competition as a Celebration of our sport and our community – we wanted to use a format that would allow for a higher number of participants.

 

Any other questions?

  • Send your questions to competition@climbingcanada.ca
  • Qualification Heats, as well as Groups and Running Orders, will be published in the week of November 22, 2021

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Incredible work this weekend by the senior men’s boulderers!

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🥉Victor Baudrand, QC

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