The Central Rock Gym Watertown Competitive Team program is a select group of youth rock climbers that are motivated to compete and find success on the regional, divisional, national, and international level. Being a member of our competitive team is a privilege and represents a commitment to being an ambassador for our community and our sport. All of our competitive climbing teams are by invitation only and require a try out. Click here to learn more about trying out for our team.
Here at CRG Watertown, we pride ourselves on building life-long climbers by cultivating our team pillars of community, grit, and growth. Through community we find support in positivity, mentorship, and mutual respect. Through grit we learn discipline and perseverance, without which good athletes would never become great. Finally, we never stop seeking growth. We strive for mastery of our climbing skills, to build confidence in everything that we do, and to always learn from our failures. We’re in the business of developing talented athletes who will love and honor our sport. However, more importantly, we’re developing young adults who will make society better.
Our program is comprised of six competitive teams, each designed to promote constant growth in the sport and work towards progression throughout our program and the world of competition climbing. Currently, our competitive teams are operating at a reduced capacity to allow for adherence to our policies regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please contact our program Head Coach, Frankie Caiazzo (email@example.com) with any questions about the program.
Fall 2020 Seasonal Pricing
(Billed Monthly + Membership Dues)
|D Team: $700|
|C Team: $800|
|Bridge Team: $800|
|Junior Varsity Team: $850|
|Varsity Team: $1,100|
|Elite Team: $1,150|
As the first step in the competitive climbing team progression, the D Team is one of our two Junior Competitive Teams that introduces young climbers to the world of competitive rock climbing. This program is designed specifically to prepare young athletes for climbing excellence in a developmentally appropriate way. Our goals are to teach the fundamentals of climbing and competition, all while building confidence and friendship in a supportive team environment. Selection for this team is highly competitive and based on enthusiasm, natural intuition for climbing movement, and coachability. The D Team trains for 5 hours a week under the direction of Head Coach Sofia Maluf (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When climbers in our program age out of the Youth D category, they will transition onto the C Team. All Youth C category climbers will spend their first year of C training with the C Team before being considered for progression to the Senior Competitive Teams. The C Team builds on the foundations built on The D Team. Athletes on this team will learn to lead climb and continue to explore their relationship with competition climbing. This team focuses on climbing technique, body movement, and training for climbing in a competitive setting. We expect climbers on this team to approach competition climbing with positivity, sportsmanship, and a desire to improve. The C Team trains for 5 hours a week under the direction of Head Coach Max Hernandez.
The Bridge Team focuses on building climbing specific strength and skill while emphasizing community and the versatility of our sport. This team is the perfect place for motivated climbers who are actively exploring their relationship with climbing.
This team is designed to be an environment for continuous progression and confrontation of our largest areas for growth. We support these athletes in pursuing the aspects of climbing that matter most to them, be it competition, climbing outdoors, or simply trying to be the best climbers they can be.
Climbers on this team will continue development of their technical skills, while also learning and executing more structured training for climbing. We’ll focus not just on developing our climbing skills, but also on building strength and the mental fortitude. The Bridge Team aims to give each climber the tools that they need to reach their climbing goals.
Junior Varsity Team
The Junior Varsity Team is a select team of hard-working and motivated athletes ages 12 – 18 that are working towards competing at a higher level. Training on this team involves a more intense schedule and workout routines to focus climbers specifically toward competition. Climbers are expected to consistently display coachability, a positive attitude, and a desire for growth. Climbers on this team must be comfortable and confident lead climbing and lead belaying.
The Junior Varsity Team normally trains for 7.5 hours a week under the direction of Head Coach Vito Williams (email@example.com).The primary focus on this team is to build a base of climbing strength and endurance while continuing to develop fundamental climbing skills. Climbers will focus intentionally on competition strategy, goal-setting, and mental preparation.
The Varsity Team is a select team of hard-working and motivated athletes ages 12 – 18 that are working towards competing at a higher level. Climbers are expected to have mastered fundamental technical skills and movement, while displaying coachability, a positive attitude, and a desire for growth. Climbers on this team must be comfortable and confident lead climbing and lead belaying.
The Varsity Team trains for 7.5 hours a week under the direction of Head Coach Evan Keyes (firstname.lastname@example.org). Training on this team involves a more intense schedule and workout routines to focus climbers specifically toward competition. The focus on this team is learning the tools for disciplined and safe training, mastering competition strategy, and centering mental game.
The Elite Team is composed of nationally competitive athletes who strive to maximize their potential in competition rock climbing and beyond. Climbers on this team are selected based on their consistent demonstration of high-level motivation, positivity, and a desire to improve. Climbers on this team must be comfortable and confident lead climbing and lead belaying.
The Elite Team normally trains 12 hours a week under the direction of Head Coach Frankie Caiazzo (email@example.com). Training follows a carefully structured plan designed to prepare our athletes to compete at the highest level. Our training centers around building climbing-specific strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, and mobility. We focus not just on physical preparation, but on mental training and confronting our largest areas for growth.