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GORE-TEX Be a Rockstar


1. General 

2. Equipment

3. Boulder Wall

4. Competition Jury

5. Competition

            5.1 Registration and Preparation

            5.2 Procedure

            5.3 Starting List and Results List

            5.4 Points System

            5.5 Video Recording

6. Technical Incidents

7. Safety

1. General

1.1 The boulder competition “GORE-TEX Be a Rockstar“ consists of

  • a qualification
  • and a final (“Build your Boulder” format).

1.2 The judge for each boulder problem is termed as

  • a Boulder Referee, who reports to the Head Referee.

1.3 Each boulder includes a clear and defined starting point from which all attempts must be started.          

  • This starting point consists of a clear defined position for both hands and for one foot or both feet.
  • The starting point is for all boulder problems identically marked.

1.4 Each boulder problem is equipped with a bonus hold, i.e. holding of a specific handle for extra points (even without completing the problem).

  • The exact position of this hold is determined by the Chief Route Setter.
  • The marking of this hold is clearly highlighted and differs from the marking of the starting position.
  • The marking of this hold is identical for all boulder problems.
  • The bonus is also awarded once a competitor has successfully climbed the boulder without reaching the bonus hold.

1.5 A boulder problem is counted as “top“ once the competitor has reached the designated top hold with both hands holding it for at least 3 seconds. This position needs to be confirmed by the respective Boulder Referee with a clear “OK“ and by raising the official green card.

1.6 The competition is open for women and men alike. The participant has to be 16 years old on competition day.

2. Equipment

Athletes are only allowed to compete in the following equipment:

  • climbing shoes
  • sports top (provided by the organizer)
  • sports pants
  • chalk bag (dry and liquid magnesia)

3. Boulder Wall

3.1 The boulder wall is only open for bouldering

  • once the Boulder Referee has explained the problem to the competitor in advance.
  • the competitor is allowed to use the designated holds for his/her attempt as long as not marked otherwise.
  • screw holes within the boulder wall are prohibited for holding but permitted for stepping.
  • as long as the side edges of the boulder wall are not used except it has been specifically allowed.

3.2 Artificial aids are prohibited.

3.3 Sections of the wall like holds or special features, that are not allowed to use, need to be marked with a continuous and clear black marking.

4. Competition Jury

4.1 The competition jury consists of the following members ranked according to their responsibility and authority in decision making:

  • Head Referee
  • Assistant Head Referee
  • Competition Coordinator
  • Video/Camera Referee(s)
  • Boulder Referees (for each boulder problem)

The majority of votes applies. During the decision making process the following can be heard

  • Chief Route Setter
  • Event Director

However, they have no voting right.

4.2 In case of objections against referee decisions the following steps apply:

  • Verbal objection to the Head Referee.

  • Verbal objection to the Head Referee.
  • If there is a disagreement, a written objection must be handed in to the Head Referee with an objection fee of 50 Euros. The competition jury is convoked.
    If the objection is granted the fee will be returned. In case the objection is rejected the fee will be retained and donated to charity. The objection has to be reported within 30 minutes after publication of the results. In the finals the objection has to be reported within 5 minutes after publication of the results.

5. Competition

5.1 Registration and Preparation

5.1.1 All competitors have to register at the registration desk of the competition area no later than the time specified by the Head Referee and published/announced by the organizer.

5.1.2 During the qualification all participants have to climb the boulder problems in the order as registered by the respective Boulder Referee.

5.2 Procedure

5.2.1 The qualification (130 men and women in total) is carried out as an “open mode”, a so-called boulder jam. The following rules apply:

  • 8 problems need to be climbed in any order. If an athlete does not top the problem, he/she must leave the boulder and can start another attempt at a later time. The number of attempts per boulder is not limited. The boulders can be climbed
  • The total boulder time is decided and announced by the Head Referee in consultation with his Boulder Referees.
  • After expiration of the total boulder time (signaled by an acoustic or visual sign) all participants who have started an attempt are allowed to finish the attempt and will be evaluated afterwards. Further attempts are not allowed.

5.2.2 After the qualification, two “Wildcards” for the semifinal of adidas ROCKSTARS are awarded to the first man and woman.

5.2.3 For the “Build your Boulder” final the following steps apply:

  • Permitted are the top 3 men and women of the qualification. They must decide immediately if they want to participate in the final. In case the winners of the qualification are not taking part, the next ranked person (e.g. 4th place) is allowed to take the place.
  • Within 60 minutes the finalists have to build their own boulder problem in a team with one of the top athletes, who will be decided by a lucky draw. Steps and hold can be selected from a central pool. The order of the walls is decided by lucky draw.
  • 5 min prior to end of the Build your Boulder session the finalists have to point out the starting position and the bonus holds to the Boulder Referee for official route marking.
  • Not reaching his/her own top means lost points (-1 top).
  • One more boulder problem built by the Chief Route Setter is added to the competition. In total 4 problems have to be climbed.
  • The boulder problems have to be climbed in a given order.
  • The rotation period is 5 minutes.
  • The winner is who reaches the most tops.

5.2.4 The start and finish of the qualification and final (also rotation period) is announced by

  • a clear and acoustic sound
  • the emcee
  • the starting of the stopwatch

5.2.5 Before a competitor starts his/her attempt all holds and steps have to be cleaned by the Boulder Referee or his assistant. The competitor is allowed to ask for a specific cleaning prior to his/her attempt. Only cleaning materials provided by the organizer may be used during the competition.

5.2.6 An attempt is regarded as started and counted

  • once both feet have left the ground from the starting position.
  • once hands and feet have touched any other than the starting holds.
  • by adding of markings and signs.

5.2.7 An attempt is regarded as completed once

  • the boulder problem has been successfully topped as stated in paragraph 1.5.
  • the competitor has touched the ground with one of his body parts.
  • the competitor has not completed his/her attempts within the qualification.
  • the competitor has not started as demonstrated by the Boulder Referee.
  • the competitor has used any part of the wall that is not open for bouldering.

5.2.8 In case of breaching the rules the competitor has to stop the competition and leave the competition area.

5.2.9 Smoking and the consumption of alcohol are prohibited in the competition area. Disregarding this rule might lead to disqualification.

5.2.10 While being in the competition area, competitors are not allowed to communicate with any person outside that area unless having received permission by the Head Referee to do so. Disregarding this rule might lead to disqualification.

5.2.11 Following breaches of rules might lead to a disqualification of the competitor:

  • Climbing the wall except during the own attempt.
  • Arriving at the competition area without complete competition gear.
  • Unfair behaviour towards other competitors or other serious disturbances during the event.

5.2.12 Competitors are only allowed to seek clarification from the Head Referee or Boulder Referee assigned to the boulder.

5.2.13 During competition all competitors have to stay within the designated competition area.

5.2.14 Prior to qualification (jam session) there will be a common observation of 120 seconds per boulder problem. For the final the respective finalist does the explanation of each problem. 

5.2.15 The following persons are allowed to enter the competition area by showing a specific accreditation at the entrance:

  • adidas Rockstars Officials
  • competitors of the current round
  • other persons specifically authorised by the Head Referee. Such a person must be escorted and supervised by an approved official.

5.2.16 The organizer reserves the right to make any changes for the good of the athletes and the event. In case of undertaking changes, they will be announced by the organizor in advance.

5.3 Starting Lists and Results List

5.3.1 After the qualification the official starting list of the final (Build your Boulder) is published.

5.3.2 Each official starting list and results list is published at the official infoboard. These lists are only valid when displaying

  • date
  • time
  • and signature of the Head Referee.

5.4 Points System

5.4.1 After each boulder round, the competitors are rated according to the following criteria in the exact given order:

  • number of tops reached.
  • number of attempts reaching that top.
  • number of bonus holds reached.
  • number of attempts reaching these bonus holds.

5.4.2 If more than one competitor is placed on rank 1 after the final round a tie is carried out according to the following rules:

  • Each competitor has only one attempt according to the same starting order as in the final round.
  • A specific boulder time is defined.
  • This boulder attempt has to start within 40 seconds.
  • If no finalist has reached the top and the results remain unchanged another attempt is conducted until the finalists are separated with maximum of 5 attempts.

5.5 Video Recording

5.5.1 Official video recordings will be taken of all boulder attempts and competitors, respectively.

5.5.2 In case of any official objections only official video recordings may be used by the Competion Jury. If the Head Referee is involved in the case, another non-involved referee takes his place.  The Head Referee decides whether private videos may be used for decision making.

5.5.3 A minimum of one video camera is placed, recording all boulder problems of the competition.

5.5.4 The exact positioning of the video camera(s) is decided by the Head Referee in agreement with the Chief Route Setter.

6. Technical Incidents

6.1 A technical incident is defined as

  • a dismantled hold/step
  • a broken hold/step
  • a loose hold/step
  • any other occurrence that results in a disadvantage or unfair position of a competitor
  • any other occurrence that is the result of an action not caused by a competitor

6.2 If during the qualification a technical incident occurs that can be repaired or fixed before the end of the total boulder time, the competitor involved is offered the opportunity to continue with his/her attempt.

If the competitor(s) choose(s) to continue, the technical incident is terminated and no further objections are possible.

6.3 If during the qualification the technical incident cannot be repaired before the end of the total boulder time, the round is stopped by the Boulder Referee for all those who have not attempted that problem yet.

After the repair, the competitors who were affected by the technical incident are allowed to use the remaining time from the moment the incident occurred for his/her boulder problem (minimum of 120 seconds).

6.4 If a technical incident occurs during qualification and therefore a boulder becomes unusable for a longer period of time, the Head Referee decides on an extension of the total boulder time.

6.5 If a technical incident occurs during the final (Build your Boulder), the competitor who is affected by the technical incident has to await the repair.

Once the repair is finished, the competitor can continue his/her attempt. The competitor gets the remaining time from the moment the technical incident occurred (minimum of 120 seconds).

7. Safety

7.1 Each boulder is designed to prevent a competitor from injuring him-/herself or injuring or obstructing any other competitor or third party.

7.2 Each boulder problem is protected by landing mats provided by the organizer.

7.3 Photographers and cameramen, that are positioned at, on and around the boulder walls, are only allowed to stay within designated media areas, so competitors are not hindered or put in danger while bouldering. These designated areas must to be approved by the Head Referee.

Regulations as PDF.