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Discussion: Draft OUSA Orienteering Development Model

in: Orienteering; General

Dec 31, 2019 3:34 AM # 
The Youth Development Working Group has completed its initial draft of the Orienteering Development Model (ODM), a long-term athlete development model based on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s American Development Model.

The framework document is available for community review and comment through Jan 31, 2020.

Link to the announcement and documents:

Many thanks to fellow committee members Greg Ahlswede, Barb Bryant, Ethan Childs, Erin Schirm, Chuck Ferguson, Andrea Schneider, Mike Schuh and Bob Turbyfill for all their hard work thus far. We look forward to incorporating your input.
Jan 4, 2020 9:18 PM # 
Thanks for posting the development model proposal, Tori; this is interesting and a worthwhile discussion. Broadly, the orienteering community in the US has not given enough focus to building the base of the pyramid - of the Stage 1 and 2 exposure to orienteering, social engagement, and fun experience for a wide range of participants.

It is a little unclear to me whether this document is intended as an Athlete Development Model or a Community Member development model. I generally agree with stages 1-3, but it's not clear to me where someone at the apex of elite competition - your top WOC athletes, etc - fits into this pyramid. Orienteering engages competitors throughout their lives well compared to other sports, but the proposed development pipeline oversimplifies how hard it is to really master the sport. Perhaps introducing an additional stage or a stage 4b for elite competitors would better reflect that.

And of course the elephant in the room is how to execute these pipelines. But I suppose a model or strategy is a prerequisite before you can execute.
Jan 4, 2020 9:24 PM # 
Update: I just read the Team USA American Development Model, and it seems they partition Stage 4 into "Excel for High Performance" and "Participate and Succeed." I think this is a worthwhile partition to put in ours, as we both need to support our elite athletes and recognize that not everyone will go down the road of elite athletics.
Jan 4, 2020 9:29 PM # 
Hey Ian if you look at the details of stage 4 we did the split. It’s not in the initial model because our basic design skills did not allow us to split the 4th ring into 2.
Jan 4, 2020 9:36 PM # 
Ah my mistake. Reading comprehension fail.

On execution: what's the best way to throw money and manpower at each of these objectives? How do we make progress on these goals? That's probably a bit beyond the scope of this document, but seems like one of the better things for our community to discuss.
Jan 5, 2020 2:41 AM # 
Generally as you alluded to above I would throw money at level 1 and maybe 2. Level 2 and 3 should pay for themselves if the programs are set up correctly. I would focus there then as things grow maybe work on developing recreational side on level 4. Elite already is developed but will get much strong with a bigger base.

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