Youth Competitive Teams

Crux’s competitive team is a youth program that unifies Austin climbers. We see this youth program as an extension of Crux’s culture where the youth in Austin will be able gather as a community to learn from and teach one another. We aim to provide a climbing program that fits a variety of youth ages, skill levels, and interests.

What is a Competitive Team?

Broken up into early practices for younger climbers and later practices for older climbers. This team is for youth who want to compete at USA Climbing competitions. In order to get them ready for competition, Team Crux practices 2-4 times a week at both South and Central locations.

Cost

$185/mo (includes a Team Crux shirt and a membership to come to Crux anytime outside of practice) 

+$160/mo for each add’tl sibling

Schedule

South – Sunday and Thursday 4:00P-6:00P and 6:00P-8:00P
Central – Monday and Wednesday 4:00P-6:00p and 6:00P-8:00P

Both – Saturdays 8:00A-10:00A switching between locations with the calendar posted below.

Optional additional practices outside of Crux for an additional charge to gain experience on new and taller walls.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: I’ve signed up my child, now what do I do?

A: You are all set! Just show up a few minutes early for the first session to make sure that your child’s paperwork/ payment and waiver is up to date. Our front desk staff can help your child get fitted into climbing shoes and a harness. From there, our youth coaches will meet with your child and introduce them into the program! 

Q: Do I need to purchase climbing gear for my child?

A: No! Crux provides all climbing gear for free as a part of their youth team membership. If your child wants to get their own gear, we do sell gear in our shop, but it is never mandatory for a child to have their own climbing gear.

Q: Can my child attend other sessions, or do I need to stick with the session I signed up for?

A: Your child will need to stick with the specific session that they signed up for.

Q: Can my child come climb outside of the scheduled practice times?

A: Yes! Any youth programs membership grants your child full access to either of our gyms (south or central location). Your child would be welcome to climb at the gym during our regular business hours if they are under adult supervision (or age 13+).

Q: Are practices mandatory?

A: Practices are always optional. We strongly encourage kids to come to as many sessions as possible, but we understand if they need to miss sessions on occasion.

Q: My child has never climbed before, is this a good program for a beginner climber?

A: This program is recommended for climbers with at least some climbing experience. We generally recommend the “Rec Team” or “Rec Team +” for inexperienced climbers.

Q: Does this team have an age requirement?

A: We generally require younger participants (ages 7-11) to join the 4-6pm sessions. The 6-8pm session is generally for older kids (ages 12-18). However, if your child is a highly experienced climber, exceptions to these rules can be made.

Q: Can my child do a tryout before committing to the Team?

A: Yes! We offer a $25 “team tryout” for anyone that wants to attend a session before signing up for a full month commitment. If you would like to do a team tryout, please contact Coach Damir at: damir.okanovic02@gmail.com to schedule a session.

Q: Can my child join the team in the middle of the month?

A: Yes! We offer prorated dues for any mid-month registration

Registration

Registration can be done all online! We will close registration when we reach 24 participants at south and central. We will then open up a waitlist. Pending the number of climbers on the waitlist and the current Covid climate, we will add them to normal practices or adjust the number of coaches or practices.

Coaches

Looking for a Private Lesson? Check out which coaches offer lessons below.

FAQs

Once we have a full roster, we will look at the ages to split the kids evenly. If a kid’s school or life schedule does not allow them to attend one of the practice times, you will be able to mark that on the registration sheet.

For all practices Sunday-Thurday, we ask that our team wears a shirt, so that they are easily identified and to communicate to our other members that this climber knows climbing etiquette. By wearing the team shirt, we build a mutual respect between our members and the team kids, instead of just another “kid in a playscape” mindset.

On Saturdays, kids can choose to wear whatever shirt they want. We do have a “shirt-on” policy, so a shirt must be worn during all practices and competitions.

We are working with La Sportive, Friction Labs, and more to get better access to gear for our ever-growing youth.

Pending Covid safety concerns, we tentatively plan to attend Granite Gripper in the fall. We will not feel comfortable with a week long trip until Covid numbers have decreased and we estimate that will take until Summer 2021.

We do hope to host a couple outdoor day trips (Reimers, Greenbelt, Enchanted Rock) to make up for the inability to have bigger trips.

We will have our first parents meeting on 7/21 and then put registrations online.

If you are unsure whether your kid wants to join, please reach out to teamcrux@cruxcc.com to schedule a practice. You’ll pay for a day pass, and if you would like to join at the end of practice, the day pass fees will be used towards your first team dues.

No, we will not auto-enroll TeamATX kids. If you would like to join our team, please fill out our registration.

For our first year and due to Covid, we are not hosting tryouts. Our goal is to find a place in our youth program for every kid who wants to climb.

This season we will do a first-come, first-serve to fill slots. We will be working with smaller practice capacity of 12 climbers on weekdays and 24 on Saturdays. Until the Central location is open, we will have 24 kids on the team. We do not foresee this being an issue with current capacities that Team ATX was running, but will adjust if we max out slots too quickly.

Yes, we are super excited to announce a team mascot, the sloth! This will be our 2020 logo, which the design may change year-over-year – but we will always be sloths.

The ideal practice schedule is 3x a week, but we understand that might not fit into every families schedule. We also want to be able to provide an additional practice for those that desire it. We will have youth pick a “home” gym for practices and practice there. They will get to experience the other gym every other Saturday. During rope season, we will do a 2-to-1 schedule for Saturday practices where two Saturdays will be South and then one at Central.

When reviewing with our coaches and other programs, we would like to start at two hours practices during Covid. The practices will have less climbers, so we feel we can accomplish our goals of warmups, drills, warm downs, etc in two hours.

As we are able to safely increase capacity, we will increase the practice times to 2.5hrs, first starting with older kids.

We have not heard confirmation either way. We are diligently watching the website and have reached out to USA Climbing. USA Climbing restructured the regions and we are now Region 51. If you have not joined the new Facebook group, you can do so here.

It’s highly encouraged to follow the USA Climbing forum for updates.

Contact

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to teamcrux@cruxclimbingcenter.com

Outdoor Climbing Trips

We offer outdoor day climbing trips exclusively to our Team Crux members with an additional charge to cover coaches. We try to keep the cost down as much as possible, but if this is a barrier for your kid participating, please let us know.

Gus Fruh on 10/30