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Course Planner's Corner

We’ll be adding course planning tips & tricks to this page. Contact technical AT orienteering.ca if you have questions you would like answered or suggestions….


An Intro to Technical Difficulty 1

Written by Carol Walker, Technical Committee

Orienteering courses for kids under 10 should have technical difficulty 1. What does that mean? The most important idea is that technical difficulty 1 can never be too easy! We want these kids to be out in the woods finding controls and having fun, not getting frustrated. The course should be like a guided tour around the orienteering map. Every competitor should find all of the controls.

The course should follow distinct linear features like roads and paths. You could also use walls and fences if they are easy to see, perhaps in open areas. For this difficulty level, we don’t want any route choices so there should be a control at every decision point. Watch out for situations like a brief split in the trail; there should be a control at each end of the split. The controls should be placed just after the decision point, leading the competitor in the right direction. If there is any chance of confusion, use streamers between the controls. We want these kids to get lots of positive feedback so controls should be close together; you might even have controls between decision points.

Finding the right location for easiest course can be one of the hardest tasks for the course setter! Course 1 might determine your start and finish locations. It’s worth it, though, to make sure our kids get a fun and successful introduction to orienteering. Remember, you can’t make Course 1 too easy!

2020 Orienteering Canada Conference


The Orienteering Canada conference is held in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships. It’s an ideal opportunity for Canadian orienteers to share information and ideas and to learn from interesting, topical speakers. It’s also a great time to learn about and get involved with the priority projects of Orienteering Canada and to contribute your ideas and energy.

2020 Conference Details
Thursday, July 9th from 9:00 am to 4:30
Kimberley Elks Hall, 240 Howard St, Kimberley BC

TIME TBD
Orienteering Canada AGM
The AGM is the one time of year when representatives of the Provincial and Territorial Associations gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of Orienteering Canada (such as electing board members, making changes to the by-laws, reviewing the financial statements, etc). All are welcome to attend, though only the Associations’ confirmed representatives will be able to vote. All the details are here.

Conference sessions will be listed here as they are confirmed.



2020 Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp

Registration is now open.

For many years, the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee has organized an annual training camp for juniors from across Canada. Junior athletes of all abilities from 11 to 20 years of age are invited to participate in this camp, which always has amazing volunteer coaches coming from the ranks of the Senior National Team, High Performance Program athletes, ex-national team members, and parents wanting to help their kids.

Our 2020 National Junior Training Camp will be held at the Kimberley Nordic Centre in Kimberley, BC for Juniors ages 11 – 20.

All the details are here.

Job Opportunity: Orienteering Mappers

Job Opportunity: Orienteering Mapper  
Orienteering Canada is looking for mappers to work in Manitoba and Ontario in 2020.  

Job Title: Orienteering Mapper  

Job Duties: Field checking and mapping of several forested and prairie areas in Manitoba and North-Western Ontario, in particular: Spruce Woods, Neepawa, MB or Kenora, ON areas. Mapping has to be done to current ISOM standards using current orienteering mapping software, such as OCAD.  

Terms of Employment: Temporary contract position between 6 and 8 weeks depending on the precise locations of mapping areas that will be defined and the estimation of the time needed to complete the project.  

Language of Work: English  

Wage: $25 – $30 per hour depending on experience. 40 hours/week max  

Benefits: Assistance to find housing and a vehicle will be provided.  

Location of Work: Spruce Woods, MB, Neepawa, MB, or Kenora, ON.   Additional projects elsewhere in Ontario may become available.  

Contact Information:  mapping@orienteering.ca  

Skills Requirements: No particular formal education requirements, however applicants must be fully conversant with International Orienteering Federation standards for preparation of orienteering maps including ISOM_2017 and ISSprOM_2019. Applicants must be able to provide examples of orienteering maps previously completed and to be proficient with OCAD mapping software. Applicants must be able to work in Canada (Canadian residence or work permit).

Contract opportunity: High Performance Manager

Orienteering Canada is looking to hire a High Performance Manager. Job description and application information is here.

Update: This position has been filled.

Giving Tuesday - donations being matched!

It’s Giving Tuesday!

To the orienteers out there, please consider making a donation to Orienteering Canada’s 50th-anniversary endowment fund. We are over 40% of the way to raising $50k.

The purpose of the endowment fund is to provide long-term sustainable funding to further the development of orienteering in Canada.

>>A donor has provided $2000 to be used to match all donations starting on Giving Tuesday<<

You can donate a few ways. The easiest way is via our campaign at CHIMP or you can donate via etransfer, cheque or paypal (details here)

World Orienteering Day 2017

May 24, 2017 is the 2nd ever World Orienteering Day (WOD). WOD was a great success in 2016 with over 250,000 people orienteering around the world!

We have scheduled National Orienteering Week with World Orienteering Day and we are also working with ParticipACTION to celebrate orienteering on May 24th as part of ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List. So, in a nutshell, May 24 is THE DAY to put on a beginner friendly orienteering event!

How to connect your event with World Orienteering Day 2017?

Remember that World Orienteering Day 2017, Orienteering Canada’s 2017 National Orienteering Week and ParticipACTION’s 150 Play List celebration of orienteering are all happening together. An amazing opportunity to get more Canadians orienteering!

 

 

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2017 Orienteering Canada Conference

The Orienteering Canada conference is held in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships. It’s an ideal opportunity for Canadian orienteers to share information and ideas and to learn from interesting, topical speakers. It’s also a great time to learn about and get involved with the priority projects of Orienteering Canada and to contribute your ideas and energy.

2017 Conference Details
Friday Aug 4th
Perth, ON
Sessions are in conjunction with the Canada 150 Orienteering Festival.

It all takes place at the amazing Crystal Palace in downtown Perth, where the glass walls and glass roof leave you feeling like you are outside enjoying the sunshine and where you have a perfect view of the Tay Canal and its water fountains Here is the day’s schedule :

9:00 – 10:30 am
Orienteering Canada AGM
The AGM is the one time of year when representatives of the Provincial and Territorial Associations gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of Orienteering Canada (such as electing board members, making changes to the by-laws, reviewing the financial statements, etc). All are welcome to attend, though only the Associations’ confirmed representatives will be able to vote. All the details are here.

10:45 – 11:45 am

What is Orienteering Canada Up To? A series of short presentations on the exciting things that Orienteering Canada is doing, that you want to know about!

1. Introduction and Welcome and a Little Bit More – Tracy Bradley and Anne Teutsch
2. Where are we gong with Major Events in Canada? – Jeff Teutsch
3. Canada’s New Course and Category Combos. – Erik Blake
4. What’s Happening on the Coaching Scene? – Bill Anderson
5. Developing the Athlete Development Matrix – Jeff Teutsch

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Celebrating 50 Years of Orienteering in Canada – lunch (provided, financial donations gratefully accepted) and a panel discussion with orienteers from across the decades.
Panelists: Gord Hunter, Pam James, Ted de St. Croix.
Moderated by Charlotte MacNaughton.

1:45 – 2:30 pm
Session A: Junior Programming Across the Country – sharing notes about club junior programmes – what’s new, what works! – led by Kitty Jones and Jeff Teutsch
Session B: Mapping and the new ISOM – bringing us up to speed on the IOF’s new International Specifications for Orienteering Maps – led by Orienteering Canada’s Technical Committee

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Yoga in the Park – a local Perth Yoga Instructor will lead all those interested through a Yoga workout at nearby Stewart Park (donations appreciated)

5:00 pm Doors open for Silent Auction and Cash Bar. Registration / Race Kit Pick-up / Information Desk open

6:00 pm COC Banquet – catered by The Stone Cellar in Perth. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

At the Banquet:Sprint Awards (COCs)

  • Sprint Awards (COCs)
  • Hall of Fame Announcement (OC Board)
  • Silent Auction (HPC)
  • Talk by Emily Kemp

SPOTT 2015

SPOTT 2015

Here are links to various documents that SPOTT coordinator Adam Woods discussed with the 2015 SPOTT crew.

(note: Weeks 4 and 6 were Catching Features Session)

For those wishing to relive the 2014 World Orienteering Championships in Italy, here are videos of:

For those looking for an entertaining orienteering themed video, check out:

 

 

 

 

 

May newsletter - course planning

Orienteering Canada’s May newsletter “O-Canada” is now available here. This issue is all about courses planning. Great tips for course planners of all levels. Thanks to all the contributors.

Subscribe directly to the newsletter here.

You can view the Orienteering Canada newsletter archive here.

Happy reading!