Youth Climb Teams

Youth Climb Teams

Roca offers 3 distinct Youth Climb Teams throughout the year!  Whether your child has a passion or interest in becoming a better climber, is looking for a great place to hang out with other youth to experience the benefits of rock climbing, or wanting to start in climbing competitions…our climb teams may be a great place to join! 

Requirements: Youth Climbers must be between 8 and 18 years old to join our youth climb teams.  If your child is under 8, we recommend our Beginners or Intermediate Climbing classes or a Parent/Child Adventure class.  

Team benefits: All youth on Climb Team have a membership to Roca during their time on Team.  That means you can come climb all the time in addition to your team practice day!  Roca Members also get a free guest pass each month to bring a friend or family member and great discounts on climbing gear. 

Included in the cost: all youth will be eligible for free rental climbing gear while on team (if needed), discounts on Pro-shop gear to buy their own climbing gear, special climbing shoe discounts through our team sponsor, Scarpa, and a Climb Team specific t-shirt.  Read below for a description of each team.  Call us (507-218-1500) to reserve your child’s spot!


**DUE TO COVID-19 pandemic:

Youth Climb team practice dates and options are slightly limited this Fall as we figure out how to adjust our programs to fit our limited capacity at our facility.  We are mandated by the state of MN to currently operate at 25% of our capacity at any given time during our hours of business.  We hope to add additional team practice options mid-season if we have youth on wait lists

Please see our main page for COVID-19 related health and safety precautions that we are taking at Roca.  All climbers, visitors and guests must wear a face mask at all times in the facility, except when they are climbing on the wall, on exercise equipment or in the yoga studio.  Our coaches will help encourage social distancing for our climb team youth and proper hand washing and hand sanitizing.  Please keep sick kids at home and call us immediately if your child has COVID-19 or been around others with the virus. 


Recreational Youth Team 

Ages 8-12

2020/21 School Year Team  

         Practice Day: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm* 

                                   *practice time WILL change in Nov to 5:00pm-6:30pm

                        Cost: $99/month for Non-Members

                                  $42/month for Roca members

What is Rec Team?: Recreational climbing team is developed to introduce your child to the sport of rock climbing in a fun and relaxed, but structured environment!  Whether your child is looking to pursue climbing as a leisurely activity or as a competitive sport, this team will give them a solid foundation to build upon!

What do Rec Climbers Learn?: Our team focuses on learning a wide variety of skills required to become a proficient climber.  Each week, the team will focus on drills, workouts, and climbing-related activities and games.  


Advanced Youth Team

Ages 8-16

2020/21 School Year Climb Team 

         Practice Days: Tuesdays, 6:15-8:15pm and Saturdays, 8:00-10:00am

                                     OR

                                     Thursdays, 5:30-7:30pm and Saturdays, 8:00-10:00am

                        Cost:  $164/month for Non-Members

                                  $107/month for Roca Members

No practice on Sat, Sept. 5 (due to Labor Day weekend), Thurs, Nov. 26 and Sat, Nov. 28 (due to Thanksgiving weekend).  We will offer a make-up day for current November Team Members on Mon, Nov. 30 from 5:30-7:30pm.

Prerequisites: Climbers will be tested on their knot skills, climbing ability, climbing interest, and coach-ability by one of our team coaches. 

What is Advanced Team?: Advanced climbing team is made for youth who are serious about becoming better athletes and climbers!  Each week, team members participate in drills, workouts, and home exercises designed to help them reach their fullest potential.  Our goal is to make participants smarter, stronger, and more competent climbers.  This team is perfect for kids that climb at the 5.9 and 5.10 level.  

What do Advanced Climbers Learn?: Team climbers will learn more advanced climbing skills, like lead climbing.  As part of the Advanced Team, your child will have the opportunity to push their climbing skills to the next level!


Elite Youth Team

Ages 12-18 (Invitation Only)

2020/21 School Year Climb Team

             Practice Days: Wednesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm and Saturdays 8:00-10:00am

                      Cost: $164/month for Non-members*

                               $107/month for Roca Members

No practice on Sat, Sept. 5 (due to Labor Day weekend) and Sat, Nov. 28 (due to Thanksgiving weekend). 

What is Elite Team?  Elite Team is designed for committed climbers!  Our USA certified climbing coaches carefully craft individually tailored workouts in order to push team members to their limits, while helping the climbers meet their individual climbing goals.

Our Elite Team is a competitive climbing team, requiring team members to participate in local and regional competitions.  Our coaches are extremely committed to making you the best climber you can be!

Prerequisites: Invitation only and skills evaluation


More Information about Youth Climb Team

Team Benefits: Your child receives full membership to the gym with all member benefits and rental climbing gear while enrolled in Team as well as a free Team t-shirt.  Scarpa (climbing shoe company) sponsors our Climb Teams, so your child will be eligible to get a 40% discount (+$5 shipping charge) on any shoe purchases.  Your child will also be eligible for Member discounts (15% Off Pro-shop).  We will host up to 3 mini-competitions for our youth team climbers to participate in at our gym.  Youth Climb Team gear (hoodies) are available through Special Order Forms.  

Holiday Practice Policy: On certain Holidays and no school days; Roca may be closed and/or cancel practice throughout the year.  Holidays that Roca is closed include; Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

For MEA, Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break (check with your coach on the specific days, as they change from year to year).

Winter Weather Policy: When Rochester Public Schools cancel after school activities, Roca will also cancel our team practices.  Your child has a full membership to the facility, so while we  hate to miss a practice, coaches encourage all team members to come to the gym and practice on their own (with a parent chaperone) that week as often as possible.  We don’t have any make-ups available due to our teams being full on other days.  If there is a pattern where an entire team is losing multiple practice days within a given month due to winter weather, Roca will host a make-up practice for that team.  Thank you for understanding!

Missed Practice Policy: If your climber misses a practice we do not have any make-ups times available due to our other teams being full.  As coaches we do not like seeing kids missing practices, so we encourage the climber to come in on their own time to make up for their lost practice time.  To aid with this, the coaches have put together some practice material that can be found on the climb team information wall in the facility. 

Cancelling Team Membership/Enrollment:  You will be billed monthly while you’re on team, please let us know before the end of the month if your child will not be staying on team the following month.  Billing for team/membership is on the 1st of the month.  You can fill out the Member Change Request form or notify us of the cancellation on the iPad kiosks in the gym.