Gravical 2018

Rules and Regulations

These Rules shall be read in conjunction with the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Rules and Regulations. Any unforeseen cases not covered by the SMU Gravical 2017 Rules and Regulations shall be resolved as follows:

  • General Issues
    • Resolved by the SMU GRAVICAL 2017 Organizing Committee
  • Technical Issues
    • Resolved in accordance with the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Rules and Regulations
  • Appeal Issues: Resolved in accordance with the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) Rules and Regulations

 

General Rules

  • Competitors must wear the official event T-shirt during their climb.
  • Competitors must report at registration and report at respective call zones punctually for their respective categories. Latecomers will be disqualified.
    • If the participant is not present at the call zone when the detail has begun, the participant will be disqualified.
    • First detail is to report at the call zone FIVE minutes after the demonstration climb. Participants may find out about their detailing at the scoreboard
  • The organizers reserve the right to amend the rules and regulations without prior notice.
  • Competitors will be briefed on the rules of the competition on the actual day itself.
  • Schedule of categories may be subjected to changes. Participants are advised to check their email and the event website for the latest updates.
  • The organizers reserve the right to utilize pictures taken of participants for the purposes of publicity, promotion and post-event reports.
  • Different qualification formats of will be used throughout the competition. The Flash Format will be used during the U17, Novice and Intermediate Qualifying rounds, whereas the Rotation Format will be used during the Open Semifinals and ALL categories’ finals. Open qualifying round will be session format (further explained below).

 

Competition Category Qualifiers Semi-Finals Finals
U17 Flash Format – # Boulders On Sight, 3.5min rotation – # Boulders
Novice Flash Format – # Boulders On Sight, 3.5min rotation – # Boulders
Intermediate Flash Format – # Boulders On Sight, 3.5min rotation – # Boulders
Open Session Format – # Boulders On Sight, 4min rotation – # Boulders On Sight, 4min rotation – # Boulders
Team On Sight, 4.5min rotation – # Boulders

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS

ELIGIBILITY

U17 Category

  1. As of 31st December 2017, participants must be below the age of 17.
  2. Participants must not have been a finalist in the Novice or higher categories of previous competitions before.

 

Novice Category

  • Participants must not have been a finalist in the Novice or higher categories of previous competitions before.

 

Intermediate Format

  • Participants must not have been amongst the Top 3 positions for Intermediate or Open categories of previous competitions before.
  • Participants must not have been a finalist for Open categories of previous competitions before.

 

FLASH FORMAT (Qualifying Round for U17, Novice & Intermediate)

  1. Each detail will have a maximum of 20 climbers
  2. Each detail will have 19 minutes to attempt to top all the boulder problems.
  3. there will be a demonstration climb before the commencement of the competition.
  4. Top 8 participants will move on to finals on Sunday, 15th January 2017.
    1. In the event that there are more than 8 participants that can proceed to the finals, e.g. 6th to 9th place all have the same scores, all will proceed to the finals.
  5. Scoring system adopted is the bonus-top system.

 

Registration

  1. If the participant is not present for registration by the end of registration, the participant will be disqualified.
  2. If participants are not able to make it for registration in time, participants need to inform Ryan (9620 6348) only in case of emergencies.
    1. Participants will have to be able to prove that there is a valid reason for arriving late.

 

Call Zone

  1. An announcement will be made for the detail to report to the call zone located by the side of the wall.
  2. If the participant is not present at the call zone when the detail has begun, the participant will be disqualified.
  3. First detail is to report at the call zone FIVE minutes after the demonstration climb. Participants may find out about their detailing at the scoreboard.

 

Time-keeping

  1. Single whistle – one minute left to End of Climb
  2. Double whistle – End of Climb
    1. The next detail may move into the climbing area upon the double whistle. Participants can pass their score slip to the judge at the wall immediately.
  3. Triple whistle – Start of Climb (one minute from Double whistle)

 

Order of climb

  1. Participants may attempt the boulder problem in any order.
  2. If a participant does not respond or is not present when the route judge calls for him/her, the score slip will be moved to the back of the queue.

 

SESSION FORMAT (OPEN QUALIFYING)

Open Qualifying

  1. Top 20 open participants will move on to the semi-finals (For Open Women, Saturday, 14th Jan 2017 & for Open Men, Sunday, 15th Jan 2017)
    1. In the event that there are more than 20 participants that can proceed to the finals, e.g.21st to 24th place all have the same scores, all will proceed to the finals.
  2. Climbers will be grouped into details
  3. All details will be isolated in isolation prior to the start of the event.
  4. There will not be any demonstration climb
  5. For each detail, there will be observation time of 8 mins before the start of the session.
  6. Each session will be 30 mins for the climbers in the details to attempt to top all the boulders
  7. While each detail is climbing, subsequent details will be isolated and not allowed to view the detail climbing
    1. When Detail 1 is doing the session format, Detail 2 will be in isolation in order to prevent climbers from exchanging knowledge of the routes.
  8. Scoring will be adopted based on a bonus-top system

 

ROTATIONAL FORMAT (OPEN SEMIS, ALL CATEGORY FINALS

Open Semi-finals

  1. Top 6 participants will move on to the finals on the same day, Sunday, 24th January 2016.
    1. In the event that there are more than 6 participants that can proceed to the finals, e.g. 4th to 7th place all have the same scores, count back to qualifying results will be used as the tie-break. In an event where the competitors are still tied after the count back,
  2. the tied competitors will be given the same rank and proceed to the finals.
  3. Participants will attempt all the boulder problems, in the prescribed order, with 4 minutes to attempt to top each problem.
    1. Once 4 mins are up, no additional time will be given to the climber to finish the route.
  4. Participants will have a resting period equal to the Rotation Period in between their attempts on each successive boulder. At the end of each Rotation Period, the competitors that are climbing shall stop climbing and enter a designated resting area. This area shall not allow observation of any boulder. The competitors who have finished their resting period shall move on to their next boulder.

 

U17, Novice & Intermediate Finals

  1. U17, Novice & Intermediate finals will be conducted in a pair-rotation format. A designated pair of 1 male and 1 female competitor will climb simultaneously on their individual problems.
  2. Each pair will attempt all the boulder problems, in the prescribed order, with 3.5 minutes to attempt to top each problem.
  3. Once 3.5 mins are up, no additional time will be given to the climber to finish the route.

 

Open Finals

  1. Open finals will be conducted in a pair-rotation format. A designated pair of 1 male and 1 female competitor will climb simultaneously on their individual problems.
  2. Each boulder in the Final round shall be attempted by all competitors in the prescribed order.
  3. Once a competitor has finished their attempts, they shall return to a separate isolation area. The next pair will only move into the climbing zone only when both of the previous pair has completed their climb.
  4. Once all competitors have completed their attempt on the boulder, the competitors shall move on to the next boulder as a group
  5. The climbing period during the Final round shall be 4 minutes for each competitor. However, if a competitor begins an attempt prior to the end of the climbing period, they shall be allowed to finish that attempt.

 

Isolation Zone

The following rules are to be abided by once the announcement for closure of isolation is made:

  1. Only competitors who are eligible to compete in that round are allowed to enter the Isolation zone.
  2. If participants would like to leave the Isolation zone for any reason, they must inform the Isolation IC. Participants will be disqualified immediately if they leave the Isolation zone without informing the Isolation IC.
  3. Participants are only allowed to communicate with their fellow participants in the isolation zone and event officials when they are in the isolation zone.
    1. The use of mobile phones to communicate with outsiders will NOT be permitted in the isolation zone.
    2. Anyone who is caught with the intention to communicate will be disqualified immediately.
    3. In the event that there is a need for communication in emergency situations, participants are required to alert the event officials. Participants are required to turn on loudspeaker throughout the call to ensure fairness and transparency in this competition.
    4. In the event of disqualification, participant’s registration fee will not be reimbursed.

 

Time-keeping

  1. Double whistle – Start/End of Climb
  2. Single whistle – one minute left to End of Climb

 

ROTAIONAL FORMAT (Team Event)

  1. Each Team will have 4.5 mins to climb each route.
  2. There will be no rest in between boulders.
  3. Once 4.5 mins are up, no additional time will be given to the climber to finish the route.
  4. Scoring
    • Scoring will be based on a point system
    • There will be two different types of routes: Augmented Reality (AR) routes and normal routes
    • AR routes
      • Will be based on Randori’s Time Trial game, which includes a speed climbing element
      • Participants will touch the starting sensor and race up the route touching all the other sensors in order to complete the route.
      • The final score will be the time taken for the climber to finish the route
      • Different timings will indicate different scores from 1-10 points.
      • In the event that a climber is not able to complete the route by not touching all the sensors, hence not getting a finishing time, the climber will get a default score of 1.
      • SMU Gravical has the right to categorise the scorings and more details about the scoring for the routes will be explained on the actual day itself.
    • Normal routes
      • Based on bonus-top system
      • Bonus will be 5 points
      • Top will be 10 points
    • Girls will be given double points for any ranking
    • Podium finishes for the event will be the top 3 teams with the highest score.

 

Time-keeping

  1. Double whistle – Start/End of Climb
  2. Single whistle – one minute left to End of Climb

 

PROMOTION

  1. Top 8 finalists from Novice Category will be promoted to Intermediate Category.
  2. Top 3 positions of Intermediate Category will be promoted to Open Category

 

 

RANKING FOR ALL EVENTS

  1. The scoring system adopted for this competition is the bonus-top system.
  2. Participants will be ranked in the following order:
    1. # of Tops
    2. Attempts to Tops
    3. # of Bonuses
    4. Attempts to Bonuses.

 

DURING THE CLIMB

Starting the Boulder problem

  1. A ‘four-point’ starting position will be adopted for each boulder problem.
  2. There will be FOUR strips of the designated coloured tape indicating where the FOUR points (left & right hands, left and right feet) can be placed specifically in accordance to the discretion of the Chief Route Setter.

 

Bonus

  1. There will be a bonus for each boulder problem, indicated by one bonus hold.
    1. The hold(s) will be marked with strips of a different coloured tape.
    2. If there is one bonus hold, there will be one strip of tape.
    3. Two strips of tape will be used to indicate that two hands will be needed to be on the bonus hold to score the bonus.
    4. If there are two bonus holds, there will be one strip of tape on each of the holds. Participants will need to have both hands on these two holds simultaneously during their attempt to score the bonus.
  2. Participants should check with the route judge if they are unsure if they are awarded the bonus.

 

Ending the problem

  1. There will be either one end hold marked with strips of the designated coloured tape (similar to that of the starting handholds).
  2. If there is one end hold, there will be two strips of tape. Participants will need to end the problem with two hands securely on that hold.
    1. If there are two end holds, there will be one strip of tape on each hold. Participants
  3. need to have one hand on each hold simultaneously to end the problem.
  4. Route Judge will announce to the climber with gestures to confirm the top.
  5. For special ending positions other than the aforementioned positions, the Chief Route Judge will explain during the pre-event briefing.

 

Brushing and Chalking

  1. If participants would like the holds or wall to be brushed and chalked, please inform the route judge. The designated spotter will provide assistance. Participants may chalk and brush the tiles themselves if they deem it to unsatisfactory; but may only so with the materials provided by the organizers.
  2. Participants can only request for brushing and chalking before they start the problem.

 

Boundaries

  1. Boundaries are marked with black coloured tape.
    1. Participants cannot touch any hold, volume or part of the wall that is beyond the
  2. boundaries of the boulder problem they are attempting.
    1. Side panels of the wall can be used if there is no boundary tape.

 

Fouls, Penalties and Disqualification

  1. If participants do any of the following during their qualifier/semi/final, they will incur one PENALTY:
    1. Communicate with anyone other than the event officials
    2. Communication includes talking, gesturing, using communication devices
    3. Hit, kick or physically damage event property intentionally
    4. Event property includes climbing holds, volumes, walls, furniture etc.
    5. Use vulgarities in any language or gesture
    6. Display any unsportsmanlike behaviour
    7. g. throwing/kicking items forcefully in anger, booing, taunting
    8. Refuses to dismount the wall when told to do so by event officials

Upon incurring two penalties within the same round of qualification, the participant will be disqualified immediately and asked to leave the competition grounds. In the event of disqualification, their registration fee will not be reimbursed.

 

If participants are on the wall when the penalty is incurred, their attempt will be recorded. If they have scored the bonus before incurring the penalty, the bonus will be awarded.

 

  1. If participants abuse event officials, participants or spectators verbally/physically, they will be disqualified immediately. A police report will be made for serious incursions.
  2. The event organizers reserve the right to penalize or disqualify any participant who commits any offensive act other than the aforementioned actions.

 

Technical incident

  1. Flash & Session Format
    1. In the event of a technical incident, the round will be suspended until the technical incident is fixed/repaired.
    2. Competitors who have began their attempts shall be allowed to finish that attempt

 

  1. Based on the situation, the Chief Route Judge will determine whether the problem should be struck off the scores for all participants of the qualifier.

 

APPEAL

  1. All appeals shall be accepted if accompanied by the official appeal form and appeal fee of S$60.00 by the competitor concerned.

 

  1. All Qualifying Rounds:
    1. An appeal concerning the judgment of a competitor’s attempt shall be made before the start of the of the following competitor’s attempt.
    2. An appeal against the ranking of the competitor shall be made within 15 minutes of publication of the Official Results of that round.

 

  1. U17, Novice & Intermediate Finals, Open Semi-finals:
    1. An appeal concerning the judgement of a competitor’s attempt shall be made within the current or next following rotation period.
    2. An appeal against the ranking of the competitor shall be made within 15 minutes of publication of the Official Results of that round.

 

  1. Open Finals:
    1. An appeal concerning the judgment of a competitor’s attempt shall before the start of the next competitor’s attempt.
    2. An appeal against the ranking of the competitor shall be made immediately following the publication of a result immediately following the publication of the Official Results of that round.