2019 Wilson Award Winners

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Aidan Minto and Itzel Barbiere earn $1,000 Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Awards Philadelphia, PA — The Wilson Awards committee, in partnership with Orienteering USA, is pleased to announce the winners of the sixth annual Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award. This award honors the memory of Iain Wilson by recognizing young athletes whose efforts […]

Youth Coaching Working Group

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Erin Schirm has convened a new Sport Development Group for OUSA. The team has held three meetings, and will continue meeting weekly in order to set the framework for the tasks we plan to take on. Other group members include Tori Campbell, Andrea Schneider, Ethan Childs, Bob Turbyfill, Mike Schuh, Greg Ahlswede and Barb Bryant.  […]

Development of a Third Grade Orienteering PE Curriculum

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by Barbara Bryant and Ethan Childs (Navigation Games) Graphical abstract of Lesson 1: Boundary, Gathering, and Direction-Giving This spring (2019), we will be piloting a four-lesson third-grade curriculum in seven Cambridge, MA, public schools.  Because many children struggle with map interpretation, the lessons build up slowly to map reading. We also bring in many aspects […]

2019 Texas Junior Orienteering Camp

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Looking to take your junior orienteering skills to the next level? TJOC is your summer break destination. This intensive 6-day skills-based orienteering training camp is specifically designed for 13–19-year-old orienteers with orange-level course skills and above. NTOA again hosts this year’s training camp from June 2–7, 2019, and all training, lodging, and meals take place […]

Vote for 2018 Orienteer of the Year Awards!

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Voting is now open for 2018 OUSA Competitive Awards. The Competitive Award Program’s goals are to recognize and reward outstanding competitive accomplishments by U.S. orienteers at the end of every year. The awards: Orienteer of the Year is awarded to the best USA orienteer in 2018, based on results at national and international events. Junior Orienteer […]

World Orienteering Day 2019

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World Orienteering Day 2019 is May 15-21.  Will your club “Be Part of Something Bigger”? Has your club scheduled its events yet?  School calendars are quickly filling up with activities for May, so you will want to contact your local schools to set a date for an event.  While WOD emphasizes events for school children, […]

2019 U.S. National Orienteering Team Announced

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We are excited to announce the U.S. National Orienteering Team members for 2019: Elite: Greg Ahlswede, Giacomo Barbone, Eric Bone, Tori Borish, Alison Crocker, Morten Jørgensen, Jordan Laughlin, Anton Salmenkyla Performance: Alison Campbell, Will Enger, Sydney Fisher Development: Brigitte Bordelon, Siri Christopherson, Tyra Christopherson, Martin Heir, Michael Laraia, Asne Tromborg According to OUSA Rules of […]

Youth Development and Coaching in Orienteering

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The Future is Fun by Erin Schirm, Junior Team Coach I recently attended the 2018 U.S. Olympic Committee American Development Model (ADM) and Youth Sports Symposium in Colorado Springs withBarb Bryant [current VP-Youth Initiatives]. The conference brought together a mix of people ranging from youth sports initiative leaders, to people heading up national sports governing organizations. […]

Volunteers Needed for Youth Inititiaves and Coaching

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In this message: 1 – Call for volunteers for SafeSport administration2 – Call for volunteers to serve on a new youth coaching working group3 – Invitation to a presentation on the American Development Model and youth coaching Call for SafeSport volunteers OUSA is seeking Compliance Officers and Administrators for its Safe Sport program. We would like to have more than […]