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Team Natural

While climbing may be a solo activity…

Being a part of Texas Rock Gym’s Team Natural means no one climbs alone.

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Behind every member of Team Natural is a community of peers and coaches building them up, encouraging them, showing them the ropes, and supporting them.

In climbing gyms across the country, there’s a sense of camaraderie among each team’s members. Everyone is doing the same warm ups, all following the same exercises, and listening to the same coaches.

The kids cheer each other on, belay one another, offer support, advice, and friendship.

Even though each one of them tackles the wall on their own, they have a support network of friends and teammates to help them confront challenges and overcome obstacles.

Team Natural gives the climbers the camaraderie they would experience in traditional team sports, while still giving them the freedom to blaze their own trail- wherever their climbing goals take them.

Any youth may attend one practice at no charge to see if the Team is a good fit for them.

Climbing Team Frequently Asked Questions

How is the program set up?

The youth climbing team is perfect for kids between the ages 5-17.  We break them up into groups based on age, skill, and competitiveness so they can learn and grow together.

Recreational Teams: For kids wanting to be in a non-competitive environment  we offer two group options; the Pebble Wrestlers and the Strata Senders.

  • The Pebble Wrestlers are kids age 5 to 9 and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm. This is a great start for your little one that wants to get into climbing but in an easy-going and encouraging environment.
  • The Strata Senders if for kids age 7-17 and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5p to 7pm. The practices are structured with warm ups, climbing exercises, and workouts. We teach fundamentals of climbing and get into what it takes to start progressing in the sport. There is emphasis on focus, team encouragement, and individual discipline.

Competitive Team: Team Natural is only for hand-selected climbers who are dedicated and experienced.  They are prepared to train specifically on what it takes to seriously advance in climbing. Team Natural members are expected to climb on their own in addition to practice.  They are encouraged, but not required, to compete in local and regional competitions in order evaluate their progress. They are expected to show discipline, responsibility, leadership, and teamwork while practicing in the gym.

Team Natural meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm.

Moving from a Recreational team to the Competitive team is by coaches recommendation only. If your child feels that they are ready to move to the next level, you can make an appointment with the Head Coach to discuss the next move.

What do the kids do during practice?

A typical practice session for the Strata Senders and Team Natural  includes getting their gear on and immediately beginning a 20-30 minute stretching and warm up workout.

Then they move on to a 90-minute climbing session structured with specific workouts, drills, and movements to practiced.  They are constantly supervised and encouraged by our coaches who know what each kid needs to get better.

What about gear and equipment?

Team members are encouraged to purchase their own equipment but they are allowed to use TRG rental equipment (shoes, harness, chalk bag, belay device, ropes, etc.) during practice at no additional cost. Outside of practices they get free use of a harness and additional gear is available for rent.

Does my kid have to go to competitions?

Competitive climbing is encouraged but not required to be on the Team Natural. Each season provides several opportunities for team members to participate in local competitions.  These local competitions expose climbers to fun new challenges and are a great way for climbers to assess their skill against other climbers in their age group.

Team Natural is specifically geared toward training for competitions and therefore are expected to compete at least in the local competitions.  Our practice seasons follow the USA Climbing schedule with Bouldering season in the fall and Sport/Speed climbing season in the spring.

But what if my kid gets tired during practice?

We always recommend that Team members eat a light snack and hydrate well before attending practice. Water breaks are frequent and if a climber needs an extra moment to recuperate after a hard climb then they will bet able to rest while another climber is being coached.

 

Does the Team ever climb outdoors?

Yes! Climbing outdoors is a huge part of the climbing experience and allows climbers to expand their range of skills outside of the gym environment.

Several times a year we will provide opportunities to climb outside with our qualified instructors. These trips may have additional costs as well as certain climbing or behavior-related prerequisites associated with them.

How do I cancel or put my Team membership on hold?

Memberships auto-renew on the 10th of the month.  Membership change requests submitted after the 5th of the month may be charged for an additional month. Frozen memberships are billed $10 per month. Click HERE to fill out the “Membership Change” form found under the “How do I cancel or put my membership on hold?” toggle.

Questions or comments about joining the team? Contact us using the form below.