CLIMBING TEAM

Team PRG develops high performing climbing athletes in a way that emphasizes fun, fosters a love of the sport, and supports each team member’s personal development. Our coaching team will challenge and encourage your child to come into their own as an independent, responsible, strong, and respectful climber. Our program is designed to help our climbers achieve their goals, and to support better climbers socially, mentally and physically.  Team PRG is led by Head Coach Ben McMullen and Team Administrator Adam Snyder, with Joshua Richards, Kevin Tam, Pavlo Kostenko as assistant coaches. Our coaches emphasize the importance of community by creating a fun and safe environment for friendships to develop. We believe that youth climbers excel when challenged within this team environment.

PRG’s Youth Teams:

Our program practices as two teams based on individual experience, personal goals, and ability.

  • PRG Development Team:
    • Our Development Team will focus on basic techniques that will develop a strong climbing foundation, while also having fun and getting stronger. The recreational team is geared towards the kids who have climbed and are ready for a structured environment. Drills covering foot and hand techniques, instruction in body position, and a basic approach to climbing will be what the team is focused on. This will be achieved through climbing related drills, projecting, on sight practice, and a small amount of strength based workouts. Participation in competitions will be encouraged, but they are not mandatory Climbers on the recreational team can expect a ratio of 80% climbing and 20% training.
      • If you would like more information about joining our Development Team, please contact Head Coach, Rachel Fuys for more information: Team@portlandrockgym.com
  • PRG Competitive Team: 
    • Our Competitive team trains athletes competing at National level USA Climbing competitions, and is for those who are committed to becoming some of the best young climbers in the country. Climbers must become USA Climbing Members.   Competitive Team members can expect a ratio of 50% climbing and 50% training. Team members are expected to attend all Team practices, unless otherwise arranged beforehand.  Attendance is imperative to the individual climber, and to the overall Team’s success as a unit. Coaches provide specific seasonal training programs that yield strongest results from consistency. Missing even one day of practice during the competition season can set a climber behind the pace of the Team’s training.
      • New membership is by invitation or try-out only. Please contact Head Coach, Rachel Fuys to schedule a try-out: Team@Portlandrockgym.com

Both PRG teams are USAC affiliated programs. This provides our climbers the opportunity to compete against each other in their age categories in the three climbing disciplines: bouldering, sport climbing, and speed climbing. The governing body of youth climbing to competitions in America is USA Climbing (USAC). Climbing competitions occur according to specific seasons:

  • ABS is the American Bouldering Series which takes place from September-January
  • SCS is the Sport/Speed Climbing Series which takes place from February-April.

ABS and SCS competition seasons include local competitions, as well as championship events.

Team Perks

  • Parents receive a FREE Intro Class! PRG would like the parents of team members to be able to belay for their kids on the team. This allows the parents to belay their kids outside of practice and be more involved in your child’s sport.
  • Team members will learn to belay and belay for each other.
  • Team members who are in age categories that lead climb will learn to lead, all other youth of appropriate ability level will start to lead climb as well.
  • Team members will receive a team gear including t-shirt, sweatshirt, bags, and more!
  • Team members will have access to go on outdoor trips throughout the year with our guide service at discounted rates.
  • Team members have access to gear pro-deals.

 

Practice Schedule

Mondays 4:30-7:00PM | Tuesdays4:30-7:00PM | Thursdays 4:30-7:00PM

The coaches strongly encourage team members to make all practices possible. While comps and outings are fun, practices and training sessions should be the real motivator for joining and participating in the climbing team. Practices consist of climbing drills, technique and skill building, endurance, core workouts and strength training drills. The kids will be carrying out age appropriate weight lifting to strengthen their prime moving muscles as well as their antagonistic (non-climbing) muscles to prevent injury.

Interested In Joining Team PRG?

Email Head Coach Ben McMullen at: Team@portlandrockgym.com