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Tyler State Park
04/21/2018
Tyler State Park , Tyler, TX

Meet Director:   Meet Director Notes
Course Setter:   Course Setter Notes
Assisting Org:    
 

Courses

White

Card punch
Yellow

Card punch
Orange

E-punch
Brown

E-punch
Green

E-punch
Red

E-punch
  • For an explanation of the course colors, see the course descriptions.
  • Course time limits: All competitors must report to the finish line after 3 hours from their start or 2:00 pm, whichever comes first.

Classes

  • This event will be using standard NTOA classes.
  • For an explanation of how the NTOA classes are determined, see the class descriptions (PDF).
  • Class Adjustments: Classes may be combined or sub-divided based on the number of entrants per class.

The Schedule

09:00 - 10:30 : Registration. You must arrive and register by 10:30 AM. If pre-registered, you must check-in and pay your fees by 10:30 AM
 
09:00 - 09:30 : BSA Merit badge clinic  Find out more.
 
09:30 - 09:45 : Beginner's clinic. Additional clinics may be held if there is a need and an instructor is available.
 
10:00 - 12:00 : Competitor's start the course, 1 person every minute on each course. No starts will be allowed after 12:00 except where the number of participants on a course requires additional start times
 
10:00 - 02:00 : Competitor's on the course. Every person must return to finish and check in by 02:00 PM.
 
02:00 - 02:30 : Award Ceremony. Or as soon as results are tallied after 02:00 PM.
 
02:00 - 04:00 : Control Marker Pickup. Get extra experience. Volunteer to pick up a few control bags.

Other Event Information

Orienteering Survival Guide: If this is your first event, you might like to read this event description .

Equipment: Wear comfortable running shoes or hiking boots, long pants or long nylon running pants for protection against underbrush, eyewear to protect against branches, a watch as there is a time limit (3 hours unless noted otherwise), a whistle to call for help, and a compass. The compass should be protractor-style with a clear baseplate that can be purchased at many outdoor and sporting-goods stores for $10-$15.

Water:Water will be available at the start, finish and at locations on the course. However, all participants are highly encouraged to carry water to prevent dehydration.

Information

Questions regarding preregistration can be sent to the . Other questions regarding the meet should be sent to the meet director.

Fees for Competitive Individuals - Awards given to top finishers
(Competitors that are competing as individuals)
Competitor Online registration Cost "At the Meet" Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $8 per person $11 per person
Members $12 per person $15 per person
Non-members $17 per person $20 per person
Price includes 1 map
 
E-card Rental $3 per E-card $3 per E-card
Electronic punching normally used on advanced courses (Orange,Brown,Green,Red)
 
Fees for Recreational Teams - No Awards given
(2 to 5 participants that are navigating the course together)
Competitor Online registration Cost "At the Meet" Cost
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger) $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Members $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Non-members $17 (for 2 persons) $20 (for 2 persons)
Additional People
Maximum of 3 additional people
Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
$5 per person

Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
$5 per person

Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
 
E-card Rental $3 per E-card $3 per E-card
Electronic punching normally used on advanced courses (Brown,Green,Red)

Step 1: Registration

Online registration is highly encouraged. The number of maps with preprinted courses is based upon Online registration numbers. Day of race registrants may be required to hand draw their courses on a blank map.

The number of registatrations allowed for this venue is NOT limited by the landowner. NTOA has placed limits to keep event to a manageable size. Those limits are high enough that they have historically allowed everyone to participate. Use the following link to see the limits and the available slots for the event and for each course.

Limits and available slots

Online registration usually opens about 10 days before the event and closes at noon on the Thursday before the event.

Online registration has not opened yet.

Online registration will open about 10 days before the event and close at noon on the Thursday before the event.

Click on these expanding links for specific instructions.

[ "Team or Individual?" ]      [ "Help for Schools" ]      [ "Help for Scouts" ]      [ "Help for Families" ]



Team or Individual?

Individual Competitor:
Any participant that plans to complete the course on their own and without assistance. When completing the registration form, select Male or Female when asked for a competitor type.

Recreational Team:

Two to Five participants that will complete the course together. They will assist each other with map reading and with navigation. Examples include: families, groups of Scouts, adventure racing teams, and any novices who would like to work together.

To register as a team use the Recreational Team registration form.



Help for Schools

Entering Competitive Individuals

Use the Large Group registration form.

The contact person for the school should
  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the name of your school (if it is listed).
    If your school is NOT listed, Choose Other School.
  • Enter information for each student participating as a Competitive Individual, one person per line.

Entering Recreational Teams

Use the Recreational Team registration form.

The contact person for the school should

  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the name of your school (if it is listed).
    If your school is NOT listed, Choose Other School.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.

Once you have submitted all the entries for the school

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your group listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.




Help for Scouts

Because Scouts must orienteer in teams (buddy system) we recommend registering the team by a special name, along with your troop designation.

Good examples are: Troop 66 Eagles, Troop 945 Team 1, etc, ...

Entering Recreational Teams

Use the Recreational Team registration form.

The contact person for the school should

  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select "BSA -- All Troops" for Boy Scouts or "GSA -- All Troops" for Girl Scouts.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.

Once you have submitted all the entries for the troop

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your troop listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.




Families and other groups (e.g., friends, corporate teams, ...)

If you want to Enter as Competitive Individuals

Use the Competitive Indivudual registration form.

For each person running as an individual
  • Enter a first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the the group to which you belong (or Select Other Group).
    If your Group is NOT listed, Choose Other Group.
  • Enter the remaining information for the person.
  • Submit the form.
  • Use the form once for each person.

If you want to Enter as Recreational Teams



Use the Recreational Team registration form.
  • Enter the Contact's first name, last name and email address.
  • In the Group Name drop-down, select the the group to which you belong (or Select Other Group).
    If you are not a member of any of the groups, Choose Other Group.
  • Enter a team name.
  • Enter information for each of the team members.
  • A recreational team requires a minimum of 2 participants. As many as 5 participants are allowed.


After submiting your entries

  • Return to the main Registration page,
  • Scroll down and click on Entrants by Group.
  • If you don't see your group listed, or there is an error, please send an email to registrar@ntoa.com.


Competitive Individual

Enter
1
Competitive Individual
Recreational Team

Enter
1
Recreational Team
( min 2 people, max 5 people )
Large Group

Enter
1-20
Competitive Individuals
( from the same school, company or family )

Step 2: Download and complete a waiver

Save time on event day! Download and complete the waiver now. Complete the waiver in pen and bring with it you to the event.

NOTE: All youth under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.

Location and Directions

Interative Google Maps for Tyler State Park


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Static maps to Tyler State Park

  • From Dallas travel East on I20 to Hwy. 14 (Exit 562).
    [approximately 90 miles East from the intersection of I-635 and I-20]

    location map


  • Turn left on Hwy 14 and travel North about 3 mi to Park Road 16.

    location map


  • Turn left on Park Road 16 and enter Tyler State Park.

    location map

There is an entrance fee for the park: $3/adult, kids under 12 free. There are reduced rate fees for School and Youth Groups meeting certain criteria -- see the Web page linked above.

The official Texas Parks and Wildlife website contains more details for Tyler State Park

Meet Director Notes

Welcome

Welcome to NTOA's annual April meet at beautiful Tyler State Park. Mary Lynn Genovesi has worked hard on designing a set of challenging courses for this jewel of the State Park system. There are some slight operational changes from years past. So, please read carefully.

Park Entrance Fee

There is an entrance fee for each person as you enter the park. Please contact the park for the exact fee.

School groups may qualify for a discount. Please call the park at 1-800-792-1112 or 1-903-597-5338 to make arrangements.

Registration

We will be using the large group pavilion as we have in previous years. This area is just past the entrance to the boat ramp.

Parking

We will be using the group pavilion that we have used in the past. So, we can park there unless directed by park staff. Buses can park at the boat ramp parking lot. This lot is not very large but buses may be able to park there. Otherwise, students can be dropped off and the buses can park where directed by NTOA staff or Park staff Rangers.

Individual cars will need to park at the park store lot area. When you check in for the event, tell the Ranger that you are here for the event and they can tell you where you can park.

Restrooms

There are restrooms at the bath house area. There are also facilities located near the campgrounds throughout the Park.

Assisting School

The assisting school will be North Mesquite High School JROTC. They are led by Billy Tollison. Special thanks to this group for all that they do for this event.

Finally

Areas of the park are marked as "Out of Bounds". This includes camping grounds that are marked by red stripes on the map. Do not go into the camping areas. Otherwise, please be respectful of others and pick up after yourself if you bring in water, etc.

Scott Morris

Course Setter Notes

Start/Finish

The start is in the picnic area just west and around the bend from the registration pavilion. Finish is at the end of the trail in the registration pavilion area.

Roads

All courses will cross park roads. Please exercise caution when crossing or running along these roads.

Camping Areas

All camping areas are out-of-bounds. The courses have been designed such that you should not have to run through the camps. However, if you do find yourself in a camping area, please be courteous. Leave the area quickly and quietly without cutting through someone's campsite.

Water Treatment Plant

The water treatment plant site is out-of-bounds this year as it is undergoing construction and is a hard-hat area. Again, courses have been designed such that there should be no reason to run through this area.

Trails

Mountain biking is popular in the park. When running on trails, be alert for cyclists, be courteous and give them the right-of-way. It is a lot easier for you to stop and step aside than it is for them. If you need to stop to read your map, please step off the trail.

Terrain

Stan has updated the vegetation, trails, rootstocks and man-made features in many areas of the park. Also, the park has done many burns in the last couple of months that have cleaned up a lot of the bad vegetation areas from past years. However, this time of year, vegetation grows rapidly, so what looked fine a week ago when laying out the courses will probably have deteriorated some. But, most of the light green areas can be gotten through without too much fight. The dark green areas are best avoided.

As usual, many rootstocks have been mapped, but there are always new ones that crop up that have not been mapped. In addition, many of the mapped rootstocks have eroded since they were mapped. Stan, did clean a lot of these up, but hasn't visited every area of the park so there are still some that fall into this category.

There are pipelines mapped in various areas of the park. Note that sometimes the pipeline itself is buried and white sign markers have been placed to designate where the pipeline is.

Be forewarned that there are small scattered poison ivy patches throughout the park. Also, I found a tiny tick after setting out course ribbons this year. Therefore, I would strongly suggest that long pants be worn. And check yourself for ticks after finishing.

Water

There will be at least one water stop on all courses. Participants are encouraged to carry their own water, but if you do so, please properly dispose of any empty bottles and/or other trash. On the Orange/Brown/Green/Red courses, I attempted to pick likely crossing points. But you may have to slightly deviate from your optimally selected route to get to the water stop. Also, there are several restrooms along the park roads that can be used if you have an immediate need for water.

Safety Bearing

The safety bearing for the White courses is to navigate south to the road and follow it to the finish area. The safety bearing for the Yellow courses is north on the first half of the course and south on the second half. The Orange/Brown/Green/Red courses circle the lake and the safety bearing will be generally down toward the lake.

Courses

Note that there are some controls that are in close vicinity to each other. This is especially true in and around the start area. Be sure to compare the control number on the bag to the control number on the clue sheet before punching.

CourseControlsLengthClimb
White 92.0 30
Yellow A112.5 75
Yellow B122.7 75
Orange115.090
Brown104.0100
Green125.0150
Red166.9190

Mary Lynn Genovesi

NTOA Meet Schedule

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