NM Mojo Competition Team

The New Mexico Mojo Competitive Team was founded in 2001and is intended for kids and teens interested in pursuing rock climbing as a sport. Practices consist of plenty of climbing workouts complemented by training exercises and skills classes.

ADMISSION

To earn a spot on the Competitive Team, we host open tryouts twice per year: once in August and once in February, and the young athletes train for and compete in the USA Climbing Bouldering Series (August-January Season) and in the USA Climbing Sport and Speed Climbing Series (February-July season). To be reminded when tryouts take place, you may contact the gym and fill out a client contact form. We can then give you a call and fill you in on details when we are preparing for the next tryout session. In the event that we have a spot open mid-season, we will refer to the client contact forms and fill the spot on a first come first serve basis.

Invitations to join the team are based on two criteria: (1) the athlete’s performance at the tryout event, and (2) for existing members, a performance review of the previous season.  The social dynamics of each team will also be taken into consideration. Existing members are not guaranteed an invitation to come back, regardless of whether or not they had strikes against them.

POLICIES, REQUIREMENTS, AND PRIVILEGES

First season team members must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend 90% of practices. Must make every effort to arrive on time
  • Have a C average in school
  • Comply with USA Climbing Competitor rules (see USAC Rule Book)
  • Sign and submit the Competitive Team Agreement
  • Attend 2 local (USA Climbing sanctioned) competitions per season
  • Familiarize themselves with the USA Climbing Rulebook
  • Climb regularly outside of practice
  • Not required but highly recommended:  secure personal training for accelerated progress.

Team member participating in the second season and onward must:

  • Meet all previous requirements
  • Maintain a current USAC competitor membership
  • Attend 2 local (USA Climbing sanctioned) competitions and the
  • Participate in Regional Championships each season
  • Accept any invitations to compete at Championship events.

Required equipment list participants must bring to every practice:

  • Well fitted pair of climbing shoes; please ask a coach for assistance when making the selection
  • Harness
  • Belay device (must use GriGri for lead climbing)
  • Chalk bag
  • Water bottle
  • Tennis shoes
  • A bag to contain all your equipment
  • Bring a snack if you get hungry

Team Rules

  • Absolutely no bullying
  • Must always be respectful of team members, coaches, Stone Age staff, and the public
  • Must follow all of Stone Age Climbing Gym’s rules
  • No candy or soda during practice
  • Sports drinks and energy bars are okay to eat in the front lobby; only water is allowed on the gym floor
  • Must wear athletic clothing to practice
  • Must wear team jersey or apparel at team events and all competitions
  • No booty shorts, skinny jeans, or climbing shirtless during practice or at events
  • No loitering in the front lobby
  • While on trips, team members are expected to leave no trace; leave an area the same or better than when we arrived and whatever is packed in must be packed out
  • During team trips, all team members must arrange to have an appropriate adult chaperone unless otherwise stated
  • If a team member is unable to attend practice, please give the appropriate coach a courtesy call or send a text message or email.

Team Benefits & Privileges

  • Abuse it, you lose it
  • Well behaved team members are exempt from Stone Age’s policy that you must be 14 years old to use the gym unattended
  • If under 14, must pass a belay test administered by the owner or managers of Stone Age to be allowed to belay outside of scheduled practice
  • Opportunities to buy equipment from our climbing team sponsors at or below wholesale; this is only available for the team member’s equipment
  • Parents of team members receive a complementary Top Rope Belay Class free of charge (normally $29.95 for non-members).

3 Strike Policy

Climbing is a dangerous sport, because of this the obedience and discipline of team members is not only a characteristic one should strive for but is also a safety concern. If a team member chooses not to listen to a coach, they may be putting their safety or the safety of others at risk. In rock climbing, this lack of safety could cost someone his or her life.  For this reason, we have a very strict 3 Strike Policy – on the third strike, the participant is out!

Strike One

If the coaches feel like a team member is not fulfilling the Competitive Team Agreement, they will have a sit-down conversation with that team member. The coaches will then tell that member what issues they are having and how to correct them. The parents will be contacted about the problem and will be told that the member has had their first strike.

Strike Two

If the Team member continues to not meet the Agreement, they will be asked to leave practice immediately. Team member’s participation may not resume until the parents attend a meeting with the participant and the coaches. The member will be asked to write an action plan on how they will correct their problem. This statement will be due at the following practice.

Strike Three

If the member has still not corrected they behavior, he/she will be suspended from the team. After a suspension period of one month the member may reapply to join the team.  This application must include a formal apology to the team as well as an action plan on how they will correct the issue for their suspension.  The application will be considered by the coaches and the participant may be accepted back on the team on “probation.” Any further infractions will result in a permanent suspension from the team with no opportunity to rejoin.

PRICING AND COMMITMENT

Practice Schedule

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the schedule is changing as needed.

Pricing

Every member on the team is required to have a membership for the entire duration of the season. The membership fees are billed monthly on the 15th of every month. Below is the applicable pricing structure:

  • 1st athlete: $254.95/mo
  • 2nd athlete or more: $224.95/mo
  • 1st parent or sibling, if 1 athlete is on the team: $54.95/mo
  • Additional parent or sibling(s) if 1 or more athletes are on the team: $14.95/mo