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Coach Taylor Reed on Training Adults With Intention
Coach Taylor Reed on Training Adults With Intention

What happens when young climbers “age out” from participation in youth teams? What recourse do individuals have if they’ve gotten into the climbing game “too late?” Adult avenues for professional training or guidance in climbing aren’t always as well... Continue Reading

04/14/2022


CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Differentiation: Case Study of the Seattle Market
CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Differentiation: Case Study of the Seattle Market

The Seattle area has been steeped in indoor climbing history. Indeed, being the birthplace of indoor climbing in America, and having numerous climbing gyms in the metro area of almost four million, it’s the perfect case study to discuss market differentiation. As the next CWA Summit... Continue Reading

04/14/2022


CWA Summit Session Spotlight: What Is DEI & How It Helps You Grow
CWA Summit Session Spotlight: What Is DEI & How It Helps You Grow

Getting started with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in your gym can be difficult. There is so much to learn, so much good you can do, and equally, so many things that can potentially not go in your favor. This cannot be a reason for the industry to not face it, however. We must... Continue Reading

04/4/2022


Mentoring Your Staff Is Critical and Here's Why: Part II
Mentoring Your Staff Is Critical and Here's Why: Part II

Calgary Climbing Centre Facility Manager Ali Obreiter keeping it real and passing on knowledge as the Head Belayer at Alberta Youth Provincials in March 2022. Photo: Brendan Ward This is Part II of an article series on mentorship. Don't miss the first one! If you’re thinking,... Continue Reading

03/31/2022


Why Weekly Meetings Help Your Team Succeed
Why Weekly Meetings Help Your Team Succeed

For most industries, weekly meetings communicate company-wide information, address problems and solutions, and serve as a general staff check-in. For many climbing gyms, since leadership positions are specific, it can be easy to overlook how those roles overlap and how the crossover of... Continue Reading

03/31/2022


CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Routesetting Industry Data
CWA Summit Session Spotlight: Routesetting Industry Data

Ever wondered what routesetters are paid, on average? What about workload expectations, or benefits? These data points are hard to qualify and only become more necessary as the indoor climbing industry marches into the future. Fortunately, the 2022 CWA Summit will feature the hard work of two... Continue Reading

03/18/2022


Address Broken Rules in the Gym
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
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
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
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
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
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