JUNIOR CLIMBING & BOULDERING COACHING


JUNIOR COACHING PROGRAM – NICAS and NIBAS

Highball Climbing Centre is an awarding centre for NICAS (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) and NIBAS (National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme). Both schemes consist of 5 awards which provide structured coaching, development and achievement for aspirant young climbers.

We’ve incorporated both schemes into our Junior and Teenage Coaching Programs – see table below:

COURSEHIGHBALL COACHING PROGRAM
NIBASBlocStars & BlocAdemy
NICASRopeStars & RockAdemy

HOW DOES IT WORK?

NICAS focuses on Indoor Climbing and Bouldering whilst NIBAS focuses solely on Bouldering. Both schemes have 5 awarding levels which can take a young climber from a complete beginner to a highly skilled, independent climber/boulderer who can not only climb well, but understands the risks of the sport and how to keep themselves and others safe.

Each level requires a minimum number of hours instruction, personal commitment and consolidation, which increases at each stage i.e. the hours required at Level 2 are higher than Level 1 etc.. Candidates use logbooks to record their climbs and coaches assess progress using specific assessment criteria.

Register your interest today.

ROPESTARS, ROCKADEMY & NICAS

ROPED CLIMBING & BOULDERING

Rope Stars

LEVEL 
Level 1Foundation Climber
Level 2Top Rope Climber
Level 3Technical Climber
Level 4Lead Climber*
Level 5Advanced Climber*

RopeStars & RockAdemy deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS). NICAS develops the complete indoor climber – both roped climbing and bouldering.

The scheme consists of 5 levels which provide structured coaching, development and achievement for aspirant young climbers. Highball is an Awarding Centre for levels 1 to 3.

DATES, TIMES AND COSTS
NICAS and NIBAS run alongside our RopeStars, BlocStars climbing clubs, with older children and teens progressing into RockAdemy and BlocAdemy once they have achieved a certain level. Courses run in half term blocks, normally 6 weeks and in line with the Norfolk County Council School Year:

BLOCSTARS, BLOCADEMY & NIBAS

BOULDERING ONLY

Rope Stars

LEVEL 
Level 1New Boulderer
Level 2Foundation Boulderer
Level 3Level 3: Competent Boulderer
Level 4Level 4: Technical Boulderer
Level 5Level 5: Performance Boulderer*

The BlocStars and BlocAdemy coaching programs delivers the National Indoor Bouldering Award Scheme (NIBAS).

NIBAS focuses solely on indoor bouldering and Highball is an Awarding centre for levels 1-4.

The scheme consists of 5 levels which provide structured coaching, development and achievement for aspirant young boulderers.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
NIBAS focuses on Indoor Bouldering only. Progression through the 5 levels can take a young climber from complete beginner to a highly skilled boulderer who can not only climb well, but understands the risks of the sport and how to keep themselves and others safe.

The coaching program is suitable for young boulderers who want to learn how to climb safely in an indoor climbing environment, improve their climbing technique and achieve a high performance level.

For more information and to view the handbook click here.

*Highball is looking at ways to provide levels 4 and 5, however, our in house coaching program continues to coach and develop young climbers to the same standard.

COURSEAGE: 8-12yrsAGE: 12-17yrs
BlocAdemy - NIBAS
£63 per term
Saturdays & Sundays
Level 1, 2 and 3 - 9:00 - 10:15am
£69 per term
Fridays
Level 2 and 3 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Level 4 - 7:30 - 9:00 pm
RockAdemy - NICAS

£69 per term

Saturday and Sunday morning
level 1 - 10:30 - 12:00 am
level 2 and 3 - 12:15 - 13:45 pm
£69 per term

Saturday and Sunday morning
level 1 10:30 - 12:00 am
level 2 and 3 1215 - 1345 pm

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

During school holidays we also run drop in clubs for existing NICAS & NIBAS candidates to work on their skills and logbook, as well as condensed courses for new candidates who want to fast track onto the schemes.

NICAS & NIBAS FOR SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, CLUBS, SCOUTS ETC..

We’re also able to run these schemes for schools and clubs, so if you are a teacher or a group leader and would like to offer the schemes to your young people, contact hello@HighballNorwich.co.uk with basic details including phone numbers, preferred days/dates and times.


FAQ


TERM DATES

WHAT ARE THE TERMS DATES 2017?
Summer to Christmas 2017
2 x 6 week terms:
week commencing 30th October to week commencing 4th December
Christmas to Easter 2018
2 x 6 week terms:
week commencing 1st January to week commencing 5th February
week commencing 12th February to week commencing 19th March
Easter to Summer 2018
2 x 6 week terms:
week commencing 16th April to week commencing 21st May
week commencing 4th June to week commencing 9th July

WHAT ARE THE 5 AWARDING LEVELS?

NICASNIBAS
Level 1: Foundation Climber
Level 2: Top Rope Climber
Level 3: Technical Climber
Level 4: Lead Climber*
Level 5: Advanced Climber*
Level 1: New Boulderer
Level 2: Foundation Boulderer
Level 3: Competent Boulderer
Level 4: Technical Boulderer
Level 5: Performance Boulderer*
*Awards not yet available at Highball

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO ACHIEVE EACH LEVEL?

Everyone learns in different ways, so the answer could be ‘how long is a piece of string’. Each level has a minimum number of hours for instructing/coaching, personal commitment and consolidation. These hours increase at every stage as the content and assessment criteria becomes more detailed. There is no maximum duration for each level, candidates will be continually assessed during sessions, working towards their individual goals.

For example most candidates will achieve NIBAS level 1 in twelve weeks, older children and teenagers may achieve level 1 in six weeks, some other candidates may take longer.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Young climbers will not only develop their climbing skills and safety awareness, they will also develop social skills, problem solving and motor skills including balance and coordination. Candidates are allowed to develop at their own pace, recording their achievements in a logbook, and, if they progress to the latter stages of the scheme, will be performing at GCSE standard.

BOOKINGS

  • Booking is essential as spaces are limited due to instructor/candidate ratios.
    Existing candidates are giving priority booking for the next term before being released to the public.
  • A Half Term (6 sessions) cost £69 for RopeStars and £63 for BlocStars and includes shoe hire and all equipment required.
  • Candidates receive a free RopeStars or BlocStars t-shirt. Extras are available for £5
    A 5% discount is available when booking 2 half term blocs (12 weeks).
  • The only additional cost is for the Logbooks (£5), which can be purchased on the first week from reception.
  • Interested? Register your interest today.

WHY CHOOSE HIGHBALL?

Highball Climbing Centre is East Anglia’s only dedicated climbing centre. We have more climbing surface than any other climbing wall in the region and have one of the worlds biggest competition bouldering walls. Our team of qualified instructors and coaches are focused on our mission; “to provide world class climbing facilities where climbers of all ages and abilities can come together to learn, improve and achieve.”

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