Youth Climbing Team FAQs

What are the main differences between the recreational and competitive youth programs?

Recreational team programs are focused on the fundamentals, fitness, and fun of indoor rock climbing. Enrollment is open to all – no prior experience is required. Being on a recreational climbing team at inSPIRE Rock neither makes your youth a member of inSPIRE Rock gym, nor allows them the benefits of inSPIRE Rock gym members (such as unlimited climbing). Gym membership is an additional cost of up to $50 a month.

For more detailed information at the Spring location, click here: https://inspirerock.com/spring/climbing-teams/

For more detailed information at the Cypress location, click here: https://inspirerock.com/cypress/recreational-teams/

Competitive team programs are focused on advanced climbing technique and fitness, and participation in USA Climbing rock climbing competitions. A coach’s invite is required in order to join a competitive team. Gym membership (an additional cost of up to $50 a month) and a USA Climbing membership are required. Our competitive teams participate in the three USA Climbing formats (speed climbing, sport climbing, and bouldering) with youth their own age.

For more detailed information at the Spring location, click here: https://inspirerock.com/spring/competitive-teams/

For more detailed information at the Cypress location, click here: https://inspirerock.com/cypress/climbing-teams/

What equipment will my child need?

Participants in all youth programs (recreational and competitive) need to either rent or provide their own climbing gear. Basic climbing gear includes:

  • Harness
  • Climbing shoes
  • Chalk

If you wish to rent gear, we offer a monthly rental package deal that includes the harness and climbing shoes (a $35/month fee). If you wish to purchase gear, our coaches or pro shop staff will be happy to help you select the equipment best suited for your climber’s level and needs.

Competitive team programs: Team apparel must be purchased. Other equipment may be needed. For example, a Petzel GRIGRI (assisted braking device) is required once your youth begins top rope belaying.

What else should my child bring to practice?

  • Comfortable clothing suitable for climbing
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Mask (ages 10+)

Please note:  inSPIRE Rock and its staff are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

What is the practice schedule?

See the website information for practice days and times.

For recreational teams at Spring: https://inspirerock.com/spring/climbing-teams/

For competitive teams at Spring: https://inspirerock.com/spring/competitive-teams/

For recreational teams at Cypress: https://inspirerock.com/cypress/recreational-teams/

For competitive teams at Cypress: https://inspirerock.com/cypress/climbing-teams/

We follow local school district calendars for all major school holidays. In short, if there’s no school due to a holiday, there’s no practice. There are no practices on the following major holidays for the 2020-2021 school calendar year:

– Labor Day 9/7/2020

– Thanksgiving Week 11/23-27/2020

– Christmas Break 12/21/2020 – 1/3/2021

– MLK Jr. Day 1/18/2021

– Spring Break 3/15-19/2021

– Good Friday 4/2/2021

– Memorial Day 5/31/2021

Recreational team programs stop at the end of May.

Competitive team programs are year-round and have additional practices, events, and competitions. Coaches will provide that information.

What if my youth is going to miss a practice?

We staff, plan, and prepare for youth programs in advance, so please contact us if your youth will not be attending. There are no refunds or make up practices given for absences, “no shows,” or disenrollment from a program.

Recreational team programs: If you let us know 24 hours in advance of an absence, we will give your youth 1 climbing punch pass on their account. Please note that these punches expire at the end of the school year.

Are parents/guardians able to watch practice?

Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend practices as observers only. Please refrain from interacting with your youth or their coaches during practice time. To be in the gym, even as an observer, you must fill out a waiver:  www.inspirerock.com/waiver.

What is your behavior policy?

We desire our youth programs to be a safe and positive experience for everyone. Our behavior management approach is proactive – we will do our best to create a positive, engaging atmosphere for the youth. If a youth is misbehaving, we will redirect the youth to an appropriate activity. If inappropriate behavior continues and/or becomes a safety issue for your child or other children, we will call you to come retrieve your youth. For the safety and well-being of all children at the program, inappropriate behavior (such as aggressive behavior, inappropriate language, harm to self, harm to others or property, etc.) may result in a permanent disenrollment from the program. No refunds will be given for disenrollment from a program.

What is your health and wellness policy?

We take the safety and health of our climbers and staff very seriously. Your youth is welcome to attend practice if ALL of the following apply:

  • Has not had a fever of 100 degrees or more for 72 hours (3 days)
  • Has not taken any fever-reducing medicine for 72 hours
  • Has not thrown up in the past 72 hours
  • Has not had diarrhea in the past 72 hours
  • Has not been in contact with someone who has an infectious disease, such as coronavirus
  • Does not show signs of any type of infectious disease, such as coronavirus
  • Does not have an untreated transmittable condition, such as head lice

We reserve the right to turn away/send home any youth who is showing obvious signs of illness and/or who refuses to comply with our health and safety requirements.

What are your youth programs doing about COVID-19?

Thank you in advance for your patience, as we continually make adjustments. The following information is subject to change, in accordance with new developments.

In addition to the gym’s usual cleaning and sanitizing, further precautions have been implemented at the gym (see https://inspirerock.com/covid-home/). Our coaches will also be encouraging frequent handwashing and sanitizing.

Please do your part. Each day of practice, screen your child for any of these signs or symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19

Keep sick youth home. Please notify inSPIRE Rock if your youth tests positive for COVID-19.

Be aware of any current, gym-wide policies in place by visiting our website or speaking with a coach (e.g. mask requirements).

How does billing work?

Payment for team dues can only be set up as a monthly electronic funds transfer. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

Team dues are automatically charged the 1st of every month. Monthly dues remain the same amount month to month, as their cumulative total is based on the number of practices over the course of the team year.

If your account becomes past-due, your youth will be unable to climb at any inSPIRE Rock location until all past-due accounts are settled.

Recreational team programs stop at the end of May. May will be the last month billing is run for those team dues. You will not be billed team dues for June onwards (membership dues still apply unless you submit a change request). If you wish to enroll in a youth recreational program again the following school year, you must sign up again in August.

Competitive team programs are year-round. Additional special practices, events, clinics, and competitions may occur. The costs for these are separate from, and in addition to, the team and membership dues. Coaches will provide that information.

How do I make changes to our billing account?

To update your payment method, pause (freeze) your team dues, or leave the climbing team, follow the instructions on the Membership Change Request Form on our website (www.inspirerock.com/edit-my-account). Select “Other request” and use the “Comments” box to tell us your youth is part of a youth program, and to specify the changes you would like to make.

The Membership Change Request Form must be filled out by the 20th of the month for it to take effect the following month. Example: If you submit on March 20th, your change will start April 1st. If you submit on March 21st, your change will start May 1st.

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