Dallas ISD Championships at Crawford Park

Spend your Leap Day orienteering! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Crawford Memorial Park for the Dallas ISD Orienteering Championships. Don’t let the name fool you, though; it’s open to everyone. This hidden gem of a park is only minutes from downtown Dallas, but you get to experience a blend of urban Blackland prairie, hardwood forest, open city park, and a complex trail network. Bring some friends and have fun navigating with a map and compass! Be sure to attend our free beginners clinic. Check the schedule for details.

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Photo: North Texas Wild -- Click the photo to learn about our local Blackland prairie.

General info

Courses:

We’ll be offering the following courses — note, no Red course:
White: Easiest
Yellow: Experienced beginners
Orange: Intermediate
Brown: Short advanced
Green: Medium-length advanced

See a detailed description of each class.

Event Officials

Meet Director: Scott Morris …… Meet Director notes 
Course Setter: Stan Darnell……. Course Setter notes
Assisting School: North Mesquite H.S. (Maj. Lynn Buckner)
E-Punch Coordinator: Gene Wernette

Classes:

Unless stated otherwise, we’ll offer the full slate of NTOA classes. Classes are determined by age bracket for competitive individuals and +/- age 19 for Recreational (two or more people) teams. Note: No Red classes.

See a listing of all the NTOA classes. (PDF)

Scoring: Manual punchcards will be used to score the White and Yellow courses. E-punch will be used to score the Orange, Brown and Green courses.

Schedule

Please be sure to check the NTOA Facebook Page or Group for last-minute schedule changes. We hold events rain or shine, but we have unfortunately had to cancel events due to high water in the recent past.

Time Activity
9:00 - 10:30 am
Registration opens
9:00 - 9:30 am
Boy Scout Merit Badge briefing
9:30 - 9:45 am
Beginner's Clinic: Open to all!
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Orienteers start out on each course in one-minute intervals
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
White and Yellow course punchcards are scored and results for all courses calculated as orienteers finish
~1:00 pm
Awards ceremony -- held as soon as final results can be determined (depends on # of competitors)
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Control pick-up: Volunteer and get a little extra practice

Event fees

Individuals (1 person navigating on their own):
Only individuals can officially compete (awards for top 3 in each class) at NTOA events. But even if you’re doing it on your own just for recreation, please sign up as a (competitive) individual. Members and youth (aka, Juniors, age 19 and under) pay reduced event fees. There’s a $3 surcharge for adult day-of-race entries. So join NTOA and pre-register! Fee covers 1 map.

Competitor type Cost
Juniors (age 19 and under)
$10
NTOA (and other O clubs) members
$15
Non-member
$20
E-punch rental (Orange, Brown, Green courses)
$3
Day-of-race surcharge
$3
Recreational Teams (2 or more people navigating together):
We love teams — orienteering is a great family activity! Teams aren’t eligible for awards, just the fun. Base fee covers the first 2 team members and 2 maps. Add people for $5 each. Kids under age 8 are free (after first 2 team members paid).
Team type Cost
All teams (first 2 people)
$17
Extra person (over age 8) - includes map
$5

Registration

Online pre-registration is highly encouraged! We use the pre-registration numbers to determine how many pre-printed maps to produce for each event. In particular, group leaders, please pre-register or drop the Registrar an email to talk about your  group’s size. We do print a modest number of extra maps, and day-of-race registration is permitted. But there’s no guarantee you’ll have a map. Pre-registration is FREE and opens about 10 days before each event. so please take a moment to do it. Thanks!

Questions about registration? Contact the NTOA Registrar. For questions on other event matters, contact the Meet Director (listed above). Instructions: Select one of the options below to register yourself, the students of your school group, or your fun recreational team. Clicking on one of the buttons will take you to our separate NTOA Registration website. See venue limits and current number of registrants.

Pre-registration is closed — please register at the event!

Competitive individual

Large group

Recreational teams

Enter 1 competitive individual at a time.

Enter 1-20 competitive individuals from the same group (e.g., school, club, Scout group, JROTC unit).

Enter 1 recreational team (min. 2 people; max 5 people).

 

Directions

From Dallas: Take I-45 S from downtown Dallas, and merge to the right to take US-175 East towards Kaufman. Take the exit toward Elam Road. Merge onto US-175 Frontage Road East. Turn left on Elam Road, and the park will be on the right.

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