Yes. Yes it is. 15-year categories might make even more sense. I've been saying this for literally decades. Sometimes people have listened, but at best everyone has come up with their own clever idea of a better structure, it has degenerated into squabbling, and nothing has changed.
You may notice that I have done what I can to take the matter into my own hands. You can, too. Don't think F40 should exist? Just register for F35. If everyone did that, we wouldn't need a rules change.
Dynamically bin by age into groups of at least 5... (tons of reasons this won't actually work, but would be nice.)
Rules say age groups can be combined by organizers if few competitors, but I've yet to see a club do that. The year I won F65 at Nationals by default, I would have been fine if they combined it with F60.
i should dig out JJ’s article in ONA about age groups from the 90’s?
essentially it said that orienteering nirvana is when all go home with a medal. the people that want that make the decisions on categories so we get what we have
U10, U13,U16,U20, Open, 40+, 50+, 60+, 70+
That seems like a fine breakdown, though it would be nice if there were enough people in the 20 year bracket to justify having an elite and an open class for some events.
10 years group in this age category is just not fair.
Typically 40 y.o. woman is still full of energy and enthusiasm, but by the time she turns 50, she lacks them.
The real question is why so few 40 y.o. U.S. females want to compete in orienteering.
This sport was born in Nordic countries, and requires Nordic character. It is not for everyone.
Chickenification's too good for some people...!
It should be possible to ban someone from commenting on your log...
Ken does it the other way around - letting you limit your log to named friends - because it’s so easy for someone to create a different identity if they’re banned.
Cristina's log is just too interesting for her own good ;)
Is there enough enthusiasm for this category structure reform idea for it to go beyond a discussion on Cristina's log?