Posted: 21 June 2000, 1:15 PM
JWOC DISCUSSION PAPER
Comments and replies by 31 July please
JWOC (Junior World Orienteering Championships) has caused a number of problems over the years with controversy over funding, selection timing, selection criteria and Managerial posts.
At the NZOF Council meeting held on 20/21 May the Council discussed the issue and put forward the following ideas for discussion and comment so that a firm policy can be set in place for the future.
This is a suggested policy only and is a starting point for debate. Please do not regard it as a preferred position and we urge those interested to make comment as they see fit.
Existing criteria of gold badge standard in M/W20 or silver badge standard in M/W21E should remain.
These criteria should be slightly relaxed in the competitors last year of eligibility for JWOC as a motivating factor. The IOF also say that the social aspects of JWOC are as important as the competitive aspects.
Selection of an interim Squad should be made at the area Championships in September/October. The final Squad should be announced in February to allow competitors to organise funding/sponsorship etc
Selection should be made by the Selectors in conjunction with the appointed JWOC team coach and manager, or in the absence of such, WOC team Coach and manager.
NZOF will contribute a budgeted amount of money to JWOC each year, which will not increase if more competitors make the team.
There will be no NZOF funding for a JWOC manager and this position will be purely voluntary. JWOC coach and manager may be able to apply to the Katie Fettes Memorial Trust for financial assistance.
Posted on behalf of Rob Crawford.
Edited by - fraser on 21/06/00 21:17:53
Edited by - fraser on 21/06/00 21:19:00
Posted: 21 June 2000, 1:56 PM
The last two paragraphs are a bit unlear to me so maybe someone can help clarify them. As I understand it, the NZOF money that will be budgeted is for the competitors only and the managers position (and presumably coach??) is "purely voluntary".
This must change. The NZOF money must cover all the expenses that the manager incurs for organising the trip and then the remaining money, (I presume there will be money left over) should be split evenly amongst the whole team; competitors, coach and manager.
Teams go to JWOC as just that. Teams. In my eyes as a JWOC competitor a coach and manager is just as important as a competitor.
Without coaches and managers New Zealand JWOC teams will be forever doomed.
I was always lucky enough to have a coach and/or manager in my team when I went to JWOC and without them I am sure the teams performance would have been severely effected.
And know would probably be a good time to say a big thank you to all the coaches and/or managers who have helped out with JWOC over the last few years.
Posted: 23 June 2000, 7:56 AM
Thats good of them isn't it!
Regarding the paragraph:
"These criteria should be slightly relaxed in the competitors last year of eligibility for JWOC as a motivating factor. The IOF also say that the social aspects of JWOC are as important as the competitive aspects."
I seem to remember a certain (current) selector telling me, after missing out on the team, "Better luck with selection next year".
If should also be a requirement for the JWOC selectors to know whether or not it is a competitors last year of eligibility before they impliment that rule!