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Address Broken Rules in the Gym

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Address Broken Rules in the Gym

Shards of glass fly everywhere, tiny fragments are strewn across the floor, leaving me scrambling to pick up the pieces. “I told you not to pick up that glass!” I shout in my head, but what comes out of my mouth is more mature. Against my impulses, and despite my rule of not touching... Continue Reading

03/17/2022


Managing Middle Management

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Managing Middle Management

Photo: Becca Manners Anyone who has held the title General Manager or similar knows that the word "general" can be a blessing and a curse. Middle management is challenged with some of the hardest roles in the industry, catering to those above and supporting those below, balancing to the best of... Continue Reading

03/7/2022


CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Rethinking Event Sponsorship

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CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Rethinking Event Sponsorship

Photo credit: Rich Crowder In the more than a decade since the start of the CWA Summit, the event has never been projected to be this large. The event continues to grow over time, much like the indoor climbing industry itself. With that in mind, we highlight a rather topical session at the CWA... Continue Reading

03/4/2022


Coach Your Coaches With This Five Week Plan

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Coach Your Coaches With This Five Week Plan

You have grown your youth program, interviewed many coaching candidates, and finally hired new coaches. Instead of throwing them in the fire and hoping they don't get burned, put the same care and attention into your coaches as you do into preparing your climbers. I developed a five-week... Continue Reading

03/3/2022


CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Training Program Design

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CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Training Program Design

The 2022 CWA Summit starts on May 18, 2022 – which means it’s officially less than three months away. To help you prepare to join us in Salt Lake City, we’re excited to highlight another conference session. In both the Coaching & Training and Program Management tracks,... Continue Reading

02/18/2022


Give A Meaningful Performance Review To Your Routesetters

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Give A Meaningful Performance Review To Your Routesetters

Like with any job, performance evaluations are a valuable tool. Assessing how a routesetter is progressing and what they need to work on serves as an opportunity to provide feedback on how the overall routesetting program is running. There are several ways to conduct an evaluation depending on... Continue Reading

02/17/2022


Mentoring Your Staff Is Crucial and Here's Why: Part I

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Mentoring Your Staff Is Crucial and Here's Why: Part I

Mentorship has a well-established role in the history of climbing. Not surprisingly, it has a key role in the indoor climbing industry as well. Understanding mentorship, and how to utilize it as a training and performance tool, can take your team from ‘epic-ing’ with every challenge,... Continue Reading

02/4/2022


How To Make Your Gym A Community Partner

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How To Make Your Gym A Community Partner

We’ve all done it: spoken airily about things that we would like to see or that ought to be. But when it comes to action, we seem to lack the conviction or the earnest desire to implement all that we can imagine. Since the events of spring and summer of 2020—I’m referring to the... Continue Reading

02/3/2022


Member Spotlight: Ground Up Climbing Centre

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Member Spotlight: Ground Up Climbing Centre

Ground Up Climbing Centre, Squamish, B.C.Photo: Ian Coll A little over an hour north of Vancouver, the mountain community of Squamish is perched below gargantuan peaks of the Canadian Rockies. The town boasts a population of around 21,000 and is an adventure haven. But when Lauren Watson moved... Continue Reading

02/3/2022


CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Creating a Culture of Personal Responsibility

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CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Creating a Culture of Personal Responsibility

In anticipation of the 2022 CWA Summit, May 18-20 in Salt Lake City, we’re highlighting conference sessions we can’t wait to see. Stay tuned each month as we spotlight the speakers and topics driving the future of indoor climbing! The CWA Summit brings professionals from every... Continue Reading

01/21/2022


Lessons for Climbing Coaches from Olympian Kyra Condie

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Lessons for Climbing Coaches from Olympian Kyra Condie

USA Climbing Olympic athlete Kyra Condie competing at the IFSC World Cup semi-final bouldering event in Salt Lake City, Utah in May 2022. Photos: Jake Byk/CWA Only a handful of years ago, competing in the Olympics seemed like an unrealistic dream for young climbers. Yet, last year in Tokyo, U.S.... Continue Reading

01/21/2022


Control Risk in Your Gym The Right Way

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Control Risk in Your Gym The Right Way

Many climbing gyms inform customers that “climbing is inherently dangerous” or that “climbing gyms cannot eliminate risk.” Although true, there are ways to reduce risk and when reducing risk, some methods are better than others. “All wall owners, operators,... Continue Reading

01/6/2022