Watching and enjoying the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) live in Sheffield in March 2017 we wondered why there’s not yet such an opportunity for the Youth JAB to meet and compete just before the opening of the international competition season. Or even just to meet at an international competition not being an EYCB. All brilliant comps are for adults only, time for a change!
What if the youth JAB could test where they’re standing on an European level? What if those youngsters that just couldn’t make it to the National Youth Bouldering Team get a chance to prove they should be up there, competing next to members of National Youth Bouldering Teams? What if coaches have an opportunity to test the results of their winter training program just before their trainees need to peak in the first EYCB of the fresh year?
We proudly present the Delfts Bleau International Youth Open (DBIYO)!
An open competition for both the top and the sub top of the European Youth competition boulderers with a maximum of 250 competitors. The Delfts Bleau International Youth Open will be a platform for talented young boulderers who might experience their first European competition as no license is needed to participate.
The first edition of the DBIYO was organised in 2018, the second edition in 2019. The 2020 edition sadly had to be cancelled only 2 weeks beforehand due to the covid-19 lockdowns all over Europe. Because of the covid-19 restrictions there has been no DBIYO in 2021 either and the third edition in 2022 had to be rescheduled to the fall. This years edition is back at the final weekend of March!
In 2022 we added an extra category for all juniors who were unable to participate in competitions during the pandemic, the U22 category. We really thought it added something, so we decided to keep the U22 category in 2023 too!
Dates: Saturday 25 March (qualifications) and Sunday 26 March (finals) 2023
Format Qualifications: 30 flash boulders, scored by number of tops, number of zones, number of attempts for tops and number of attempts for zones.
Format Finals: 4 on sight boulders
Entry fee is €30 per competitor (by registration & payment in advance, official t-shirt included) or €40 per competitor (cash by registration upon arrival, no t-shirt).
The boulders will be set by a team of international setters led by Jacky Godoffe (IFSC), Michiel Nieuwenhuijsen and Christophe Cazin (IFSC).