|The Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee|
|Sass Peepre Junior Training Camps|
|SPOTT: Sass Peepre Orienteering Training for Teens|
|Junior Programs Across the Country|
The Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee
Sass Peepre was instrumental in establishing the sport of orienteering in Canada. After his death, a fund was created in his name, to support and encourage growth in the sport among juniors. The Sass Peepre Fund eventually morphed into the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee, a committee of Orienteering Canada. The goals of the committee are to support junior orienteering in Canada, foster leadership skills among junior orienteers, produce competent life-long orienteers, and benefit as many junior orienteers as possible while meeting these objectives.
Sass Peepre Junior Training Camps
For many years, the Sass Peepre Committee has organized an annual training camp for juniors from across the country. Junior athletes of all abilities from 11 to 19 years of age are invited to participate in the 3 day 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.
The 2016 Sass Peepre Camp was held July 26-28 near Cochrane, Alberta, in conjunction with the Canadian Championships. More details are at www.coc2016.ca/sass-peepre-junior-camp.html.
For anyone interested in putting on a junior training camp, here are the Guidelines for Organizing Sass Peepre Junior Camp, as well as a sample safety plan (link to be added shortly) for a junior camp
SPOTT: Sass Peepre Orienteering Training for Teens
SPOTT is an on-line program for orienteers aged 13 – 18. SPOTT builds smarter, more prepared orienteers through off-season, on-line discussions, activities, games and mentoring. SPOTT also seeks to expand the teen athlete’s orienteering community by extending the opportunity to interact with orienteers of like ages from just summer to year-round.
SPOTT aims to facilitate the goals of teen orienteers in whatever role you seek, be it athlete (HPP or other), coach, event organizer, or mapper, as you continue to grow in orienteering. SPOTT will provide coaching, training and mentoring. SPOTT will include some exposure to mapping, coaching, course setting and event organization.
It is anticipated that most participants will be at the “Train to Train” stage, with some being at the “Learn to Compete” stage (see Orienteering Canada’s LTAD Guide).
Questions? Contact any of the members of the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee.
Junior Programs Across the Country
Skills Progression and Lesson Plan Bank
Orienteering Canada is building on the work of its original LTAD committee to create an Athlete Development Matrix (a document which describes what skills athletes should be learning at each stage of development) and a series of tools to help instructors, coaches, and program administrators implement this matrix throughout their programs. Check out LTAD page for the lastest info on this project.
2012 Research Regarding Training Junior Orienteers
In 2012, the Sass Peepre Committee commissioned a research project that focused on two primary criteria: (a) the training of junior athletes in other sports, and (b) the training of junior orienteers in countries outside North America. The complete document can be found here.
Orienteering Training Exercises for Juniors
In 2012, the Sass Peepre Committee commissioned the creation of a series of orienteering training exercises appropriate for juniors. There are 3 groups of these exercises.
ORIENTEERING GROUP GAMES
Each of the links describes clearly and concisely how to set up and run a game; it includes the goal, the duration of the game, the materials required to set up the game, and the range of ages that are appropriate for the game.
ARMCHAIR ORIENTEERING ACTIVITIES
Each of the links provides material to use for armchair activities.
- Match Game Control Descriptions
- Match Game Symbols
- Match Game Urban
- Bingo Game Part 1
- Bingo Game Part 2
22 of the 24 links have the same format as those for the orienteering group games: the goal, the duration of the activity, the materials required and the range of appropriate ages. The remaining 2 links (Bing-O Cards and Poker hand rankings for Poker O) provide materials to be used in the activity (i.e. for BingO and Poker-O respectively).
- Bing-O Cards
- Blank Map-O
- Contours O-nly
- Corridor O
- Follow Me 1
- Follow Me 2
- Forest Runs
- Line O
- Orient Dash
- Placing Controls
- Poker hand rankings for Poker o
- Route Blast
- Star O
- Star Relay
- Xs and Os
- You Complete Me
How to orienteer graphic from Yes Magazine
Yes Mag was a Canadian children’s science magazine. In 2006 they did a theme issue on cartography and included a two page, comic-style story about orienteering. The story won an award from the Association of Educational Publishers in the US. Check it out here – it’s really good! Orienteering clubs are welcome to use to the pdf.
Do you have a junior development idea that works well for your club? Contact Orienteering Canada and we’ll include it here.