2017’s Little Flash was once again a great event, Building on the success of 2016 and the great suggestions we had been given and implemented from the year before.
The route setters from last year are back again for 2018, building on the knowledge from each year to help produce some great boulder problems to challenge each age category, but with plenty of fun thrown in.
At the end of the comp we were congratulated for hosting another great youth comp and were given a couple of things to think about for this year, of which we shall be incorporating 2 of them:
- Every category has their own specific blocs to climb
- Reduced waiting times in isolation.
So, this year our setting team will create 40 amazing blocs, with 10 individual problems for each age category and then 10 that will be shared. A number of the individual blocs for each age group will be set on our new Squad Zone these problems will be set in a Comp Final style.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The Little Flash is an ‘open event’ which means there’s no minimum requirement* and junior climbers can enter from across the country; it’s not limited to local, regular Highball climbers.
*This is a Youth Climbing COMPETITION and all entrants will be expected to have appropriate previous climbing experience i.e. entrants should be climbing regularly at Highball or other Climbing Centres (e.g. part of clubs, teams, NICAS, NIBAS etc..).
All entrants will need to complete the standard centre registration process and may also need to be supervised when climbing by an appropriate adult. If your child is not a regular climber at Highball or any other climbing centre, please give us a call to discuss whether the competition is suitable.
FORMAT FOR THIS YEAR
|Event||Youth A||Youth B||Youth C+|
|2018||Born in 2001 / 2002||Born in 2003 / 2004||Born 2005 or after|
|Age Category||Qualifier (20 Blocs)||Isolation Opens/Closes||Grand Final (4 Blocs)|
|Youth C (and younger)||10:00 - 12:00||13:00/13:30||14:00|
|Youth B||10:00 - 12:00||14:30/15:00||15:30|
|Youth A||10:00 - 12:00|
This year the competition will have three age groups as we did last year Youth A,B,C. As per last year, the qualifiers will be a scramble format, with each age category attempting 20 Blocs. Each age category will have their own qualifier and we have staggered the start times across the morning to help us cater for as many climbers as possible. When registering, please ensure you select the correct qualifier!
The qualifiers are the informal part of the competition where climbers self-mark their own score card (or parents lend a hand) as they attempt the 20 flash problems. The problems will be a range of difficulty starting around Font 3 and becoming progressively harder. We welcome entries from both individuals and teams*. If you are part of a team, your individual score will still be eligible for the individual competition.
The highest scoring 6 males and 6 females from each age category will go through to the Grand Final later in the day.
The Grand Final will take place on the huge DMM Comp Wall and finalists will be held in isolation before walking out in front of the crowd to attempt their problems. Each age category will have it’s own set of problems (4 male and 4 female) and each finalist will attempt the 4 problems in turn, ‘on sight’, with each problem judged independently.
It’s going to be a very exciting couple of hours and every competitor will feel the support of an excited Highball crowd who will cheer on the finalists as they crank, crimp and crush their way up the blocs!
Who will be crowned Flash Junior Champion 2018?
FOOD AND DRINK
We’ve a fantastic cafe serving great coffee and tasty, nutritious homemade food, snacks and treats. For larger events we fire up the Wood Fired Pizza Oven and maybe the BBQ too.
A full menu will be released nearer the time … #WatchThisSpace
- For information on how to get here, see the Big Flash ‘Getting Here’ Page
- If you’re coming to Norwich from afar, make a family weekend of it! Whilst there is zero natural rock to get climbing on, we do have The Norfolk Broads and The North Norfolk Coastline with it’s great beaches. Both have great walks and pubs with great food! If you want any recommendations, drop us a line.
- Normal Centre rules and conditions of use apply e.g children must be closely supervised by a suitably registered adult when climbing. Any children in the centre but not climbing also need supervision.
My child was born after 2006, can they still enter?
Yes! Younger entrants (with appropriate climbing/competition experience) are able to enter, however, they will be competing in the Youth C Category.
Why are you not providing categories for younger children, like the BMC do?
The Little Flash is an independent Youth Bouldering Competition. The concept is to offer a senior/world cup style event which features a qualification round, followed by a grand final with isolation and timed attempts. Our first event in 2016 was split over two days and, whilst it was hugely successful, feedback was a one day event would be better for parents and it was also suggested we should use the IFSC Youth categories, as opposed to the U16 and U12’s we offered last year..
We have incorporated this feedback for 2017 and we did consider adding further age categories, however, we felt the logistics involved in running a ‘full format’ competition for more than 3 categories in one day would be too great a challenge and risk diluting the quality we achieved. For example, in 2016, the comp wall had 8 blocs per category (4 male / 4 female) = total 16 blocs. In 2017 it will need to have 24 blocs, and if we expanded it to Youth D & E, we would need to have 40 Blocs. This would without doubt lead to a reduction in quality and, as we received such good feedback for the route setting last year, we didn’t want to try and bite off more than we could chew.