I happen to think that Route Gadget is one of the best out-of-the-woods training and analysis tools there is for orienteering.
Now that orienteering in Florida has come ont of the 20th Century and adopted e-punch for all its events one of the members, Blaik Mathews, has made Route Gadget and Splitsbrowser available for all the events including for the some 1000 JROTC cadets who participate (well 100-200 per event).
There is a saying modified from the original "You can tell the horse about the water but you can't make him drink.' We have told the cadets about the Route Gadget but so far the last I looked only four had entered their routes - including two brothers who had quite a race between each other .
I have been charged with writing something that will encourage teams to use Route Gadget and show them how to use it. The show them how will be fairly easy BUT is there anything written anywhere that does a good selling job on why Route Gadget is a must for training. It obviously isn't in Canada as so few of us bother to use it. I'd rather copy than create where this is concerned.
So the question is: Where can I find a good sell job that links Route Gadet to improved performance and course review.
One option, which requires a few hundred bucks of investment... is to loan out GPS trackers (50$ each?) to ten (say) participants... collect them in, do the upload... then others may wish to add their routes and compare.
That is a good udea. I know that a num ber of our clients next Saturday will be wearing GPS loggers of some type or other, particulalry on the long 'orienteering challenge' course (one hour score and then 15 km pt to pt. If we can we'll get them to upload their tracks to Route Gadget soon after finishing. I agree that should get the ball rolling. Thanks.
Make a Club Champions list, and put it online. Base the ranking number on points. Add points for one or more of the following: (a) the percentage behind the winner at each event (this is standard), (b) the number of meets attended, (c) volunteering for things like putting out water stops and collecting controls, and (this is the key) entering your route in RouteGadget. Give the points winner a publicized award each year. Credit for this idea goes to Sidney Sachs, longtime points coordinator for QOC.
Actually, I think Ór has a gps (Garmin only?) feature, where you can download at the finish and get your map&route&splits printed on the one page. Then the organiser can do the (one-click?) upload to RG. I'm not saying it's easy, or advisable, but could be fun.
Probably a bit of an aside here but from my personal experience I would say getting the Routegadget online as soon as possible after the event is really important. If it is available when I check my results or the same evening when i am still reliving the race in my head, I will always upload my route. A few days later, I probably will. later in the week it is unlikely that I will go back and upload it unless someone reminds/asks me....