Job Description - Belayers

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 1. Before the Competition Day

·         The belayer may choose the belaying device he/she is most familiar with to belay as long as it is a manual breaking device (automatic or semi-automatic belaying devices are not allowed).

·         All belaying devices need the approval of the Jury President.

·         When using a tuber: always put climbing rope at the broadest side of the HMS-karabiner.

·         Train in stopping a competitor's fall dynamically.

·         Train in spotting the competitor.


 2. On the Competition Day

·         It is advised to work with belaying partners. The belayer does the actual belaying while the assistant feeds the rope.

·         For the position of the rope bag: your partner should know whether you are left-handed or right-handed.

·         Consult the International Chief Routesetter and get informed about the more difficult sections, obligatory holds for clipping (blue cross) and timing of route maintenance.

·         Get informed about pre-clips and take actions to do so (sometimes a small ladder is needed).


 3. In the Call Zone

·         Uncoil the rope and properly load it in the rope bag before getting the competitor.

·         Verify having the correct competitor attached to your rope.

·         Check the team top: club or provincial name, provincial colour, etc.

·         Check the bib number.

·         Check if competitor is ready for climbing: climbing harness correctly closed, figure of eight knot with an extra knot in the rope, climbing shoes on.

·         Never touch the competitor. If there is a problem, contact the WCC Judge.

·         Don't interrupt the competitor's concentration unless really necessary.

·         Attach belaying device to your harness in the call zone.

·         Second belayer takes the competitor's personal belongings.

4. During Belaying

·         Make sure that rope is correctly clipped in when pre-clip is used before competitor starts his/her attempt.

·         Make sure before the competitor starts, the rope is at the best side for clipping.

·         Keep the area in front of the wall vacant (no more persons than needed).

·         Place the rope bag sufficiently away and prepare some metres of uncoiled rope for easy rope handling.

·         Do not stand under the competitor (at start), but close enough to the wall to assure safety.

·         The second belayer may need to spot the competitor up to the first quickdraw.

·         After clipping the second quickdraw, the second belayer prepares the uncoiled rope.

·         Keep close to the wall for the first 2-3 quickdraws, later you can stand further back.

·         Be aware about rope aid but make sure to give sufficient rope.

·         Be aware of fast competitors who clip two quickdraws in one movement.

·         Never encourage a competitor during the attempt.

·         Watch indications of possible fall: raising elbows, shaking, skipping a quickdraw.

·         Absorb the fall dynamically which is not synonymous to a long fall.

·         Absorb the fall safely – sometimes a longer fall is needed in order to avoid hitting a roof edge, etc.

·         If there is a problem, contact the WCC Judge or the Route Judge immediately.


5. After the Attempt

·         Pull the rope down as soon as the competitor is lowered to the ground and check the quickdraws after pulling down the climbing rope.

·         In the mean time, the second belayer can help the competitor to untie the knot (if needed).

·         Give personal belongings to the competitor or tell the competitor where to find his/her personal belongings.

·         Show competitor where he/she has to go: i.e. public arena.

·         Work as fast as possible.