RULES AND REGULATIONS

General Sportrock Rules

Facility Rules
  • All Sportrock guests, whether spectating or participating, must check in, pay at the front desk, fill out a Participant Agreement or have one on file. Members must check in at the front desk.
  • Refer to program descriptions for minimum age requirements.
  • Children under 14 years old must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. Infants and children under 5 years old not climbing must stay off the padding and be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Minimum age to belay is 14 years old unless participating in a Sportrock program.
  • Minimum age to boulder is 14 years old unless participating in a Sportrock program or supervised by an adult.
  • No one under 18 years old may use any Sportrock weight and exercise equipment, hang boards and campus boards, pull-up bars, or other fitness equipment unless supervised by a Sportrock instructor.
  • Only commercially manufactured climbing equipment approved by the CE or UIAA and in good condition is permitted.
  • Alpine-bod harnesses (an alpine harness that has no belay loop) are not allowed at Sportrock.
  • Loose chalk is not allowed—only chalk-balls and liquid chalk are permitted.
  • Cell phones, Bluetooth devices, headphones and MP3 players are not allowed when top-roping, leading or using the Auto Belays.
  • Do not climb directly below other climbers.
  • Do not hold or step on bolts, bolt hangers, or quickdraws.
  • Do not intentionally distract climbers or belayers.
  • Watch out for falling climbers and stand clear of fall zones and swing zones.
  • No climbing without shoes.
  • No free soloing.
  • No running in the gym.
  • No food or drink on the padding.
  • Always perform safety checks before climbing! Check and recheck yourself and your partner’s knots, harnesses, and equipment.
  • Always use clear climbing commands.
  • No one is permitted to belay, tie in, mock-lead, lead climb or use the Auto Belays until they pass the appropriate Sportrock belay tests and are wearing their belay cards. Belay cards must be worn while belaying and climbing.
  • Consumption of alcohol and/or controlled substances is not permitted at Sportrock. Anyone suspected of being under the influence will be asked to leave immediately.
  • Intimidating, harsh, or violent language and actions taken towards Sportrock members, guests and staff will not be tolerated and will result in immediate removal from Sportrock.
  • Sportrock staff have the right to revoke climbing privileges either temporarily or permanently for unsafe or inappropriate behavior.
  • Sportrock is private property—any willful refusal to follow Sportrock Rules, Policies, or Safety Standards will result in removal from Sportrock.
  • All persons licensed to carry a weapon are asked to keep their weapon locked up while at Sportrock.
  • Climbing shoes should not be worn in the restrooms.
  • Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times in the Fitness area and while using all cardio, fitness, or weight equipment.
  • Helmets may be required for participation during some classes and programs at the discretion of Sportrock staff.
  • No one other than Sportrock instructors may belay during any Sportrock Youth Program.
  • Sportrock instructors are the only people allowed to teach belaying, knot craft, lead climbing, and all other technical aspects of climbing—No instruction of any kind is allowed at Sportrock.
  • When participating in a Sportrock class or program climbers should remain with instructors at all times.
  • Videotaping of any classes or instruction is prohibited.
  • Sportrock guests and members assume all risk while bouldering, top-roping, lead climbing, using Auto Belays or Sportrock fitness equipment, and participating in any Sportrock class or program.

Bouldering, Auto Belay, Top-Rope and Lead Climbing Rules

Bouldering Rules
  • Do not climb on top of bouldering area! No one is allowed above the top of bouldering walls.
  • Do not lay down or sit below boulderers.  Keep the boulder mats clear at all times.
  • Minimum age to boulder alone is 14 years old except when participating in a Sportrock program or supervised by an adult.
  • No bouldering above the first bolt line in the route areas.
  • Sportrock guests and members assume all risk while bouldering.
Auto Belay Rules
  • Sportrock instructors are the only people allowed to teach how to use the Auto Belays-No instruction by customers or members of any kind is allowed at Sportrock.
  • All climbers wishing to use the Auto Belays must complete and pass Sportrock’s Auto Belay orientation and test prior to usage.
  • Auto Belay tags MUST be worn and remain visible at all times while using the Auto Belays.
  • Always double check that you have clipped into the appropriate point on your harness with both carabiners before climbing.  Please ask staff if you are unsure where to clip in on your harness.
  • Always detach one carabiner at a time when clipping into or out of the Auto Belays.
  • After use, return the Auto Belay to its designated anchor point.
  • Active adult supervision is required for any child under the age of 14.  Supervising adult must complete and pass Sportrock’s Auto Belay orientation and test prior to usage.
  • The minimum age to use the Auto Belays is 5.
  • The minimum weight to use the Auto Belays is 25 lbs.
  • The maximum weight to use the Auto Belays is 310 lbs.
  • Always stay on the walls the Auto Belays are fixed to and climb directly below the Auto Belays.
  • Do not grab or clip into quickdraws, bolts or anchors while on the Auto Belay.
  • Do not grab top-ropes while on the Auto Belay.
  • Cell phones, Bluetooth devices, headphones and MP3 players are not allowed when using the Auto Belays.
  • Sportrock guests and members assume all risk while using the Auto Belays.
Top-Rope Climbing Rules
  • Sportrock instructors are the only people allowed to teach top-rope belaying and knot craft—No instruction by customers or members of any kind is allowed at Sportrock.
  • Sportrock belaying and knot-craft standards must be adhered to at all times.
  • Anyone wanting to belay and/or tie themselves in must pass a Sportrock belay test. No exceptions.
  • Minimum age to belay is 14 years old unless participating in a Sportrock program.
  • Belay cards MUST be worn while belaying.
  • Do not top-rope directly below a lead climber.
  • Climbers MUST tie in with a retraced figure-8 backed up by a double-overhand knot ONLY!  No bowlines or Yosemite finishes of any kind are allowed.
  • Floor anchors are for backup only and must be attached with a separate carabiner to the bottom of your belay loop ONLY.  Do not belay directly off floor anchors!
  • Never take your designated brake hand off the rope no matter what belay device you are using—your designated brake hand MUST BE supported by the guide hand while “sliding.”
  • Hip belays, belaying off Muenter hitches, and belaying with figure-8 devices are not allowed.
  • Belayers must attach their belay device carabiner to their belay loop ONLY.
  • Belayers must stand while belaying.
  • Belayers must lower climbers with both hands below ATC type devices.
  • Belayers using a Gri Gri or Cinch or belay device of similar function must always support their brake hand while belaying just as with ATC type devices.
  • Belayers must stand within a reasonably close distance of the wall.  Do not stand far back or off the side of your top-rope anchor.
  • Cell phones, Bluetooth devices, headphones and MP3 players are not allowed when belaying or climbing on top-rope.
  • Sportrock guests and members assume all risk while top-roping.
Lead Climbing Rules
  • Sportrock lead instructors are the only people allowed to teach lead belaying, lead climbing, and knot craft—No instruction by customers or members of any kind is allowed at Sportrock.
  • Sportrock lead belaying, knot-craft, and leading standards must be adhered to at all times.
  • Anyone wanting to lead climb must first pass a Sportrock top-rope test and Sportrock lead test.
  • Lead cards MUST be worn while leading and lead-belaying. No exceptions.
  • Climbers MUST tie in with a retraced figure-8 backed up by a double-overhand knot ONLY!  No bowlines or Yosemite finishes of any kind are allowed.
  • If there is a significant weight difference between you and your climbing partner anchors may be used with caution and secured as in top-roping—do so with caution and ask Sportrock staff for assistance.
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Do not lead below another lead climber! Do not lead where there are a high number of top-ropers that can swing into you or vice-versa.
  • No back clipping, z-clipping, or backstepping. Do not skip clips!
  • Lead climbers must ask the staff at the front desk for a Sportrock lead rope—You may only climb with ropes provided by Sportrock.  You and your partner need to present your lead cards to get a lead rope.
  • Leaders must butterfly coil and return lead ropes when they are finished using them.
  • Mock leading is only allowed by those who have already passed the Sportrock lead test and by students who are in an active lead class.
  • Unclipping another leader’s line that intersects with yours and replacing it with your rope is strictly prohibited!
  • Belayers must attach their belay device carabiner to their belay loop ONLY.
  • Belayers must stand within a reasonably close distance of the wall.
  • Cell phones, Bluetooth devices, headphones and MP3 players are not allowed when belaying or climbing on lead.
  • Sportrock guests and members assume all risk while lead climbing.
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