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Discussion: Shadowing

in: BorisGr; BorisGr > 2023-06-25

Jun 27, 2023 7:42 AM # 
In the UK you wouldn't be allowed to shadow someone before your own run, and then still have a competitive result. You'd either have to shadow after, or declare yourself non-comp.

I guess US rules are more relaxed / non existent? Or is this a low key enough race that no one cares?
Jun 27, 2023 10:45 AM # 
Non-NRE event, so no real rules in effect. Nothing at stake.
Jun 27, 2023 12:03 PM # 
They’d still be tut-tutting over here…
Jun 27, 2023 12:48 PM # 
Yeah, if it was an NRE, i wouldn't have done it in that order. But the boys needed to leave early, and we wanted to set them up for success.
It felt like the options were to shadow them on the intermediate course or send them out alone on beginner, which is too easy. There was no advanced beginner option at this event.
Jun 27, 2023 8:41 PM # 
Almost no club here in the USA has the numbers of families with young kids attending for them to worry about much tut-tutting. I will on any day defend the adult who prioritizes shadowing and helps growing our numbers of young orienteers against any tut-tuts, and hope the kids will come back next time and their parents do not go and find a more family friendly activity....
Jun 29, 2023 1:32 AM # 
Me, too. We have to make this possible and fun for families. It really stinks when a club is overly strict on this for local events (which I have certainly experienced), especially if you have kids who need to be shadowed for longer before they become independent.

Glad you had such a great turnout, Boris!
Jun 29, 2023 2:30 AM # 
Pink Socks:
FWIW, at CascadeOC's Winter League events, which are the most competitive with the most participants and most rules, you are allowed to run a competitive course after shadowing a student-athlete.
Jun 29, 2023 11:00 AM # 
I suppose it would be poor form and generate some tut-tuts if one were run a course after having shadowed someone around the same course. ;-)
Jun 30, 2023 4:34 AM # 
Based on his results, Finn N looks like a blossoming O-star.

How does he compare to Isaac?

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