National Junior Program
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.