2017-2018 ALBERTA CLIMBING ASSOCIATION OPEN SERIES RULES

1.       The Series

The Alberta Climbing Association (ACA) operates a separate Bouldering and Lead Series. At the conclusion of each Series, awards will be presented based on overall results, with the winner in each category receiving the Alberta Cup.

The ACA sanctioned competitions comprising the Alberta Open Series are listed on the ACA website.

2.       Membership

Competitors must purchase an ACA membership to become a Series member, to have their points tracked, and to be eligible for end-of-season awards, including the Alberta Cups.  Please note that only National members are eligible to compete at the National Championships.

3.       Series Eligibility

Series members must be annual members of the ACA.

4.       Participation in Series Events by Non-Members

Subject to space limitations, non-ACA members are welcome to participate in any Series event provided that they pay a $5 daily membership fee. However, daily members will not have their points tracked and are not eligible for end of season awards nor are they eligible to compete at National Championships.

Members of other Provincial Sport Organizations or National Federations recognized by Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC) are welcome to participate in all Series events without the requirement of paying a $5 daily membership fee. However, their points will not be tracked within the Series and they are not eligible for end of season awards.

Series points will be awarded only to Series members, after excluding the results of Non-Series members.

5.       Series Rankings

In the Bouldering Series, members will be ranked based on each member’s top two (2) Series local results, combined with the results from the Provincial Championships.

In the Lead Series, members will be ranked based on each member’s top two (2) Series local results, combined with the results from the Provincial Championships.

Series members must compete during the scheduled time for their category in order to be awarded series points.

In the event of ties between Series members following the Provincial Championships, the member who placed higher at the Provincial Championships shall place higher in the Series rankings.

6.       Out of Province Results

ACA members are welcome to compete in out of Province events. However, the results from those events will not count toward the ACA Series results.

7.       Provincial Championships Advancement Quotas

The following advancement quotas will be utilized for the ACA Provincial Championships in each discipline:

# of Competitors in Qualifier

# advancing to  Semi-Finals (if included)

# advancing to Finals

19+

16

8

14 to 18

12

8

9 to 13

8

6

Less than 9

6

5

8.       National Rankings

Please note that points obtained as part of either Series are distinct from points obtained at the National level to select Open National Team members. Details on National Rankings can be found on the CEC website at www.climbingcanada.ca

9.       Publishing of Results

Series results and rankings will be posted on the ACA website on a regular basis throughout the season. Appeals regarding scoring must be made during competitions within stated appeal guidelines. Appeals regarding clerical errors published on the website must be made in writing to the ACA Board at least three (3) days prior to the close of registration for the ACA Provincial Championships in the relevant discipline.

10.   Refund Policy

Where host gyms have collected registration fees from ACA members, the applicable refund policies of each host gym shall apply. In circumstances where the ACA has directly collected either competition registration fees or membership fees from ACA members, the ACA Board shall have the full discretion to consider each request on its merits.

11.   Interpretation of Series Rules

The Board of the ACA retains the sole authority to interpret Series Rules, as required.