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Grass Roots Orienteering

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 17 May 2017, 4:45 PM  
I'm still on a high after Oceania/WMOC! But back home, my club has no traditional orienteering events planned for the next 6 months.

I think I know what's happening. Our event standard (at the top) is getting soooo high, that the perceived barrier to putting on events stops newish orienteers from contemplating it. It's summed up by the reported comment from a kid at a college-focussed event: "Where's the TV screen?"

I think we HAVE to intertwine participation and planning events. Maybe not for white and yellow orienteers, but for everyone else. Including college kids. And that means low-key events with minimal facilities. The aim is "as easy as kicking a ball around." We can't just have test matches.

I've tried a few things out. This is a thread to report and discuss ideas, details, successes and bloopers.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 17 May 2017, 4:51 PM

Think I've got this formula sorted out now. But... hardly anyone comes. Think the max was about 8. Which is viable, but some had no-one. Have had a mixture of park/sprint terrain and reasonably close forest.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 17 May 2017, 4:56 PM

This has required a bit more preparation, but the idea of a multi-sprint is that several people could plan something REALLY simple, and together they add up to a reasonable amount of orienteering. Will know more after the weekend.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 21 May 2017, 9:52 PM  
Multi-sprint went well from my perspective. There are results on the Exp-O website. Would be good to get comments from participants.

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 23 May 2017, 10:28 AM  
Cut and paste from my AP log:
"General summary: cool format, would race again. And excellent value for money at just $3.50 (the bus fare from Petone back to my car at Avalon) for the whole day! Was worried (especially with the weather on the day) breaks between stages would be difficult to manage, but the only pause that was probably a bit too long was between the first map and starting the run to the second. Which I could have averted by starting the first stage later, but the plus side was it meant that I was sitting in MJW's car when the last nasty shower of the day came through rather than out orienteering or running in it. Was able to carry just enough extra clothing in (or tied onto) a running pack to get through the day."

In addition, it might have been even simpler to ask people to bring stopwatches and self-time the orienteering stages, but I guess using the SI means you didn't have to actively chase people up to get the full results. And while self-timing might have been practical with sunday's turn-out, more numbers would have added more pressure on the results collation. I also enjoyed being able to run straight through the 'no-punch' controls without pausing but still having them flagged so that there was no need to spend time confirming the location.

Show Profile  Gavin Posted: 24 May 2017, 9:07 PM  
Enjoyed doing the three multi-sprints and the link travel by MTB. Good being permitted to choose to temporarily leave bike to do the hard-of-access controls. The time windows of the multi-sprint format for the day worked well. Day was managed without apparent problems by one person!

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 30 May 2017, 3:41 PM  
Thanks for comments. If I was re-running the same event tomorrow, I would tighten up the schedule, there was excessive time for most participants between the stages. Make sure there were obvious short-cuts for the slower participants (think there were.) And as that would make it a bit tight for one person to supervise, enlist an assistant to oversee every second stage.




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