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Discussion: Interesting idea

in: iansmith; iansmith > 2017-12-27

Jan 2, 2018 6:17 AM # 
I like your fall idea. I wonder if it would be possible to do something a little farther-reaching? A single national event on the maps you mention will likely draw participants from east coast, and maybe a few fly-ins. But we've got national team members from clubs across the country. There are a bunch out west, and I bet their club members would be interested in supporting the teams this way, as well. Perhaps we could pick a month and ask clubs to consider donating the proceeds of one of their events to the teams?

(Thanks for the funding update, btw)
Jan 2, 2018 11:41 AM # 
25th anniversary of WOC USA is this fall. That should be celebrated.
Jan 2, 2018 6:53 PM # 
@cmpbllv - I definitely think that team members/alumni/supporters can and should organize local events. Almost everyone in that group probably directs or course sets for their clubs on a regular basis, but it's a relatively easy sell to offer to direct a local event for a club conditioned on proceeds going to support the teams.

@Hammer - Interesting, I shall ponder. I would love for a national meet at Harriman to happen, but my understanding is that obtaining permission is challenging.
Jan 3, 2018 4:10 PM # 
I think I'm remembering the isolation of living on the West Coast. Thriving local clubs, but really hard to get anywhere else!
Jan 3, 2018 8:07 PM # 
Yeah, agreed. In terms of our strategy of developing youth, juniors, and elites, I am again reminded of Neil Dobbs' position that everything is local. The reality is that we can't engineer strong orienteering scenes everywhere in the US, and we should focus on getting a few geographically diverse centers up. These would probably be centered around our regional coaches (e.g. Boris, Becks). Cities like Boston, Seattle, DC, Philadelphia, and San Francisco are obvious contenders. Getting a robust, self-sustaining training group of 5+ athletes in each of these locations would be a big step forward.

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