Junior Development

 

Junior Development
The Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee
Sass Peepre Junior Training Camps
Junior Programs Across the Country
Resources

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About 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.

You can read more about Sass Peepre here.

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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 camp (usually 3 days), 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 2017 Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp was held in Morin Heights, Quebec, July 30 – August 1. The 2018 Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp was held in Whitehorse, Yukon, August 15-16.

In 2019, instead of a regular Sass Peepre Camp, there will be a 6-day “Azimut Laurentides Junior Training Camp” organized by the Azimut Laurentides Orienteering Club and coordinated by Anna Fichman. It will be held July 21 – 26 at the same facility as the successful 2017 Sass Peepre Camp, in Morin Heights, Quebec. The Ottawa O-Fest competitions will be right before camp (July 20-21) and the Canadian Orienteering Championships will be right after camp (July 26-28).

Camp information is here.

Camp registration is now open here.

Fees: Early Bird fee is up to Feb 28. Regular Fee is March 1 – May 31. Late Fee is June 1 – July 1

For anyone interested in putting on a junior training camp, here are the Guidelines for Organizing Sass Peepre Junior Camp (updated as of January 2019).

 

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Junior Programs Across the Country

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Resources

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.

TRAINING ACTIVITIES
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).

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.

Idea Exchange

Do you have a junior development idea that works well for your club? Contact Orienteering Canada and we’ll include it here.

 

 

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