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CWA Announces New Executive Director

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CWA Announces New Executive Director

The Climbing Wall Association is thrilled to welcome our new Executive Director, Paula Horwitz, to our team. Paula joins the CWA team with an extensive background in executive leadership of non-profit and membership-driven organizations, particularly in niche, passion-driven industries. "I am... Continue Reading

04/12/2021


Projecting Anti-Racism: American Mountain Guides Association Affinity Programs

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Projecting Anti-Racism: American Mountain Guides Association Affinity Programs

Photo by Irene Yee This installation of Projecting Anti-Racism is a case study of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and its implementation of affinity programming. As more folks challenge the outdoor industry to be intentionally anti-oppressive, the work goes beyond inclusion to... Continue Reading

04/5/2021


Managing Youth Behavior Issues in the Gym, Part 2

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Managing Youth Behavior Issues in the Gym, Part 2

In part one of this series, we examined behavioral management and different types of disruptive behavior. We’re continuing to expand on this while providing tactics for effectively handling these issues and proactively using empathy as a coach. While addressing challenging behaviors, it is... Continue Reading

03/31/2021


Where is the stimulus for climbing gyms?

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Where is the stimulus for climbing gyms?

Congress added another $1.9 trillion to assist with recovery from the pandemic with the passing of the American Rescue Plan earlier this month. But many climbing gym owners are wondering where the support is for their businesses. It’s still possible that another stimulus bill could be... Continue Reading

by Garnet Moore
03/22/2021


You’ve Reopened. You’re Serious on Safety. Do Your Members Know It?

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You’ve Reopened. You’re Serious on Safety. Do Your Members Know It?

About a year ago, you were probably making some hard decisions. You were at least contemplating them, and the implications of what this new flu-like virus was going to do to your business, your family, and your community. Slowly, then painfully fast, the world changed, and we all came to realize... Continue Reading

by Jake Byk
03/22/2021


Managing Youth Behavior Issues in the Gym

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Managing Youth Behavior Issues in the Gym

Behavior management is a challenging skill to develop for coaches working with youth. It takes consistent practice and requires the coach to evolve along with their groups. Effective group management for youth teams includes a variety of tools that, when implemented appropriately, keeps the group... Continue Reading

03/16/2021


Promote Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace

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Promote Mental Wellbeing in the Workplace

It’s hard to believe we have been staying home, wearing masks, and social distancing for a year. As vaccines roll out, many of us may feel like we’re coming around the corner with the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, it is essential to remember that the pandemic’s effect on mental... Continue Reading

03/8/2021


Join the Industry Practices Committee

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Join the Industry Practices Committee

The CWA is excited to open recruitment for the Industry Practices Committee! This group of industry professionals will help rewrite the current “Industry Practices: A Sourcebook for the Operations of Manufactured Climbing Walls.” Despite the immediate troubles of the COVID-19... Continue Reading

by Garnet Moore
03/8/2021


Timing Is Everything: Age-appropriate Training For Kids

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Timing Is Everything: Age-appropriate Training For Kids

In our previous discussion about the long term athlete development model, we reviewed the history that led to the creation of the program. The goal of the LTAD model is to ensure the quality of sport and physical activity, and to keep athletes and/or participants engaged in sports and recreation... Continue Reading

by Heather Reynolds
03/4/2021


January Reopening Dashboard: The Latest Coronavirus News Among CWA Members

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January Reopening Dashboard: The Latest Coronavirus News Among CWA Members

As the pandemic rages on, climbing gyms continue to be among some of the hardest hit businesses in the country, despite the help offered by the December 2020 COVID Relief Package. The CWA is working hard to understand how our industry is coping with continued government-mandated closures and... Continue Reading

02/22/2021


The Art of Product Selection

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The Art of Product Selection

For retail, the beginning of the year is my favorite. Your inventory has cleared out from holiday sales, so you have extra space for new products that will breathe fresh life into your shop. Timing is perfect, with spring pre-season orders starting to arrive and fall pre-season order deadlines... Continue Reading

by Todd McCormick
02/18/2021


Pseudo-Romantic Things Overheard in the Climbing Gym

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Pseudo-Romantic Things Overheard in the Climbing Gym

Any relationship – belaytionship, friendship, or more – requires communication. Climbing is a wonderful metaphor for this, so we couldn’t miss the chance to tell you what’s on our mind. Whether it’s the first time tying in with a new partner or the 50th, everyone... Continue Reading

by Jake Byk
02/12/2021