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Junior National Team

The Junior National Team (JNT) is for US citizens and is focused on helping juniors become internationally competitive. JNT members build on their orienteering skills focusing on increasing their training and technical skills.

Adrian Vartia
OK Löftan (SWE)
Anthony (AJ) Riley
Delaware Valley Orienteering Club
Aidan Minto
Indiana Crossroads Orienteering
Bridget Hall
New England Orienteering Club
Caroline Sandbo
Cascade Orienteering Club
Christiane Fletcher
Georgia Area Orienteering Club
David Runde
Minnesota Orienteering Club / Kristiansand OK (NOR)
Diana Aleksieva
Quantico Orienteering Club
Jessica Colleran
Cascade Orienteering Club
Julia Dobson
Bay Area Orienteering Club
Kai Mihata
Cascade Orienteering Club
Keegan Harkavy
New England Orienteering Club
Piotr Zakrevski
Hudson Valley Orienteering
Siri Christopherson
Cascade Orienteering Club
Thomas Laraia
Minnesota Orienteering Club

Junior Development Team

The US Junior Development Team (JDT) is a group made up of juniors, of all ability levels, who enjoy orienteering. It is designed to help young orienteers who are capable of orienteering on orange-level courses (M/F-16) to transition to the advanced level and become nationally competitive. It is also helps athletes connect with other juniors around the country so they become part of a larger U.S. junior orienteering community.

Itzel Barbiere
Suncoast Orienteering
Jolie Barga
Cascade Orienteering Club
Anna Campbell
Cascade Orienteering Club / New England Orienteering Club
Nathan Collinsworth
Rochester Orienteering Club
Corey Cutshall
Quantico Orienteering Club
Amalie Ertmann
Bay Area Orienteering Club
Isaac Freierman
Cambridge Ridge Latin School
Victor Frolenko
Deleware Valley Orienteering Club
Jacob Hook
Los Angeles Orienteeirng Club
Wyatt Issac
Orienteering Cincinatti
Maxwell Janke
Quantico Orienteering Club
Zachary Kuder
Quantico Orienteering Club
Nathan Linardi
Georgia Area Orienteering Club
Sam Loustaunau
Kirsten Mayland
Deleware Valley Orienteering Club
Alexis Merka
Quantico Orienteering Club
Annika Mihata
Quantico Orrienteering Club
Salinda Miller
Orienteering Cincinnati
John Phillips
Los Angeles Orienteering Club
Ethan Powers
Orienteering Cincinnati
Oriana Riley
Delaware Valley Orienteering Club
Alex Suarez
Quantico Orienteering Club
Robert Weller
Suncoast Orienteering

Coaches

Erin Schirm
Junior National Team Coach
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Greg Ahlswede
Junior Development Team Coach
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Background and Selection

The National Junior Program (NJP) consists of the Junior Development and Junior National Teams. The program is overseen by the Junior Team Executive Steering Committee along with the Junior National and Development Coaches.

The National Junior Program uses a whole-athlete approach. Athletes are trained in three areas: navigational skills, physical running fitness, and strength and agility. In addition to developing physical skills, the program emphasizes self-awareness and individual potential. Our goal is to have athletes train so that they keep their bodies healthy, learn to be self aware, and develop skills that will help them become strong orienteers and to be successful in life.

The Junior teams have four guiding principles:

  • To focus on the process needed to accomplish a goal rather than the result,
  • To ensure that all training is backed by principles that transfer to other areas of life,
  • To find creative ways through tough situations, and
  • That athletes always strive for the best of themselves.

Each athlete is encouraged to develop self awareness by reflecting on assigned activities, identifying the best course of action in a given situation, learning to take care of themselves, developing good biomechanical form, and developing a structure for their training and daily life. Each athlete is expected to set goals that better the team and the team is expected to be supportive of each individual. Dialogue and clear communication are essential to accomplish these goals.

Athletes interested in the Junior National Team (JNT) should apply to the National Junior Program. Applicants who are interested but have not yet met the standards for the JNT will be placed on the Development Team. There is no limit to the number of athletes named to the JNT.

The fee for membership in the National Junior Program is $100 payable upon application. JNT membership incurs an additional $100 fee. Fee reduction is available for cases of financial hardship.

Orienteering USA (OUSA) is committed to supporting juniors in reaching their goals. In return we ask that NJP members also be OUSA members. If you are not already a member, join as a Student (not “Junior”) member.

JDT Selection

The US Junior Development Team (JDT) is a group made up of juniors, of all ability levels, who enjoy orienteering. It is designed to help young orienteers who are capable of orienteering on orange-level courses (M/F-16) to transition to the advanced level and become nationally competitive. It is also helps athletes connect with other juniors around the country so they become part of a larger U.S. junior orienteering community. Anyone under the age of 21 is welcome to join.

Timing: Applications to the NJP for JDT membership are accepted year-round. However, we encourage juniors to apply soon after application forms are available so that they benefit from a full year of participation. (Note: applications from JNT candidates are due on December 15, 2018). Regular communication between the JDT coach and the team runs from January through June and from September to the beginning of November.

Applying: Please complete and submit the application forms. Juniors must reapply for the NJP every year.

Eligibility: Juniors between 13 and 20 years of age are encouraged to apply.

View the commitments and guidelines to determine if a junior is ready for the JDT.

Please note: Juniors who have citizenship in another country and are currently living in the U.S. are welcome to apply for and participate in the Junior Development Team. We encourage you to reach out with any questions.

JNT Selection

Timing: Junior National Team applications are to be submitted by December 15, 2018. The JNT team season runs from January through the middle of November with a break in the summer due to travel and overseas racing.

Applying: To apply to the Junior National Team, please submit all application forms including the JNT Supplement by December 15, 2018. Initially, JNT applicants are placed on the JDT and those who qualify are then named to the Junior National Team. JNT applicants who are placed on the JDT and who improve over the year may be moved up as they reach the targets for JNT membership.

Eligibility: Check out the Commitments and Performance Targets

Selection for the Junior World Orienteering Championships is conducted annually at a national event in the spring using unique criteria.

NJP Commitments
Application forms (Application, Medical & Travel, Waiver, Athlete Profile, JNT Supplement)
Resources for Junior Athletes Interested in the National Junior Program

Application forms will be relinked when 2020 forms are finalized.


If you have questions please contact the National Junior Program.

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