Frequently asked questions

Why are there "Suggested Age Ranges" for Recreational, Advanced and Competitive teams?

The age ranges for Recreational, Advanced and Competitive teams are “suggested age ranges” based on the American Development Model (ADM). Sportrock has established criteria to determine team placement, with age being heavily weighted, but not solely determining. Age exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.

When are tryouts?

There are no official tryout dates for the Sportrock Youth Teams. If your child would like to join one of our teams, please fill out this form. This will help us place them appropriately. We allow rolling admission based on availability. The teams are structured to encourage movement between teams so that athletes are practicing with the group that matches their own personal level of development. After the season gets started, If an athlete wants to try out for another team, please reach out to for the Alexandria location and for the Sterling location. If an athlete meets the criteria to move to another team, they will be paired with a team member already participating with that team and invited to attend practices for a two week trial period. After the two weeks, if it is decided that the placement is a good fit you will be sent a link to sign up and start paying the dues of the new team. If you have further questions please feel free to reach out to for the Alexandria location and for the Sterling location.

What is the American Developmental Model?

“The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, in partnership with the National Governing Bodies, created the American Development Model in 2014 to help Americans realize their full athletic potential and utilize sport as a path toward an active and healthy lifestyle. The model utilizes long-term athlete development and quality coaching concepts to promote sustained physical activity, athlete safety and age-appropriate development with the aim of creating a positive experience for American athletes across all levels of sport. Key Principles:

  • The (ADM) suggests that quality sport experiences should incorporate five key principles to help keep more Americans engaged in sport:
  • Universal access to create opportunity for all athletes
  • Developmentally appropriate activities that emphasize motor and foundational skills
  • Multi-sport participation
  • Fun, engaging and progressively challenging atmosphere
  • Quality coaching at all age levels
Key Outcomes:
  • By creating early positive experiences for all athletes, the ADM will help keep more children engaged in sport longer with four clear outcomes:
  • Grow both the general athlete population and the pool of elite athletes from which future U.S. Olympians and Paralympians are selected
  • Develop fundamental skills that transfer between sports
  • Provide an appropriate avenue to fulfill an individual’s athletic potential
  • Create a generation that loves sport and physical activity, and transfers that passion to the next generation” (

How does my child register for competitions?

Youth climbing competitions are organized by USA Climbing. In order to qualify for Regionals, Divisionals and Nationals your child must be a registered member with USA Climbing at a cost of $95 for the full year. There are two seasons of competitions – Bouldering Season, which runs from September to March and Sport & Speed Season, which runs from April to June. A list of upcoming competitions in our region can be found at USA Climbing. Note that the American Development Model (ADM) encourages athletes under the age of 13 to focus on skill development, and to wait until after an athlete reaches the age of 13 to start competing.

Can I freeze my membership?

You can request to freeze a membership by submitting a change request. Change requests must be made via email ( or online before the 1st of the month. Team dues for the Recreational, Advanced, and Competitive Teams will be tied to Sportrock membership contracts. If you freeze your membership during the season, your team due will also be frozen. Freezing a membership will reduce your monthly payments to $5 a month. While your membership is frozen you will not have membership access to the gym. To unfreeze you can submit another change request, or just unfreeze at the front desk. When you unfreeze you will be prorated the remainder of the month and your automated billing will reactive the following month. Further information regarding memberships and membership freezes can be found here.

I am new to Sportrock. Where should I start?

Take a few moments to complete our Participant Agreement. All minors must have an agreement signed by a parent or guardian on file with Sportrock in order to participate. Parents, if you plan to stick around for practices, spectators are required to sign an agreement too. For more information on our Youth Team programs, please email for the Alexandria location and for the Sterling location.