This meet will offer both competitive and recreational orienteering events. The competitive event
will be a 2-day total time event following USOF B-meet guidelines. Recreational entrants will use the same courses as
the timed competitors.
This event is being hosted by the North Texas Orienteering Association (NTOA) and will occur on Saturday, February 9th
and Sunday, February 10th.
Online registration is required!
The deadline is
Thursday, February 07th at Noon.
Competitive registrations will NOT be accepted after the deadline.
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01/14/2019: Updates to fix spelling error and date/day mis-match.
Thursday, February 07th
Competition registration closes!
All registrations submitted after this
deadline will be accepted as RECREATIONAL ONLY!
Thursday, February 08th - Friday, February 09th
2 days of very intense activites as NTOA makes final preparations for this 2 day event.
No competition registrations accepted
No changes made that affect a competition person's Group or Class.
Caculate event data values for all competitor and all competition classes(6-8 hours)
Assign Bib Numbers
Determine which classes run which course based on class counts (there are multiple white and yellow courses)
Assign equitable, balanced starts times to approximately 400 people
Seperate runners from the same org on the same course by at least 6 minutes
Seperate runners from the same class by at least 6 minutes
Keep time between first and last runner for a group as small as possible
Don't assign times where runners from one group always follow runners from another group
Flip Day 2 start times to equitably distribute early, middle and late starts
Account for special start time requests and meet staff start time needs
Minimize overall length of start window to minimize staff effort
Don't overload start crew at any given minute during the start window
Assign data ID numbers
Verify class count totals match start totals
Verify course count totals match start totals
Send counts by course to the Course Setter for map printing
Send counts by class to Awards person for awards preparation
Prepare Competitor Materials: (must occur after start time assignements)(5-6 hours)
Print labels for competitor Bib, Day 1 punch cards and Day 2 punch cards
Place labels on punch cards and bibs
Place all punch cards for a single group into an envelope and label
Determine missing items for the group (Waivers, Fees, ...) and write them on the envelope
Sort envelopes by groups
Prepare meet staff Materials (must occur after start time assignements)(1-2 hours)
Prepare 1 start list for start call-up line (list has competitor name and class)
Prepare 1 start list for Start Manager (List has name, class and group)
Prepare 1 start list for Event headquarters (List has name, class, and group)
Prepare runner accountability lists
(competitors by name, competitors by start time, competitors by bib number)
Prepare epunch checkout list
Prepare Course maps (4-5 days)
Print shop usually needs 2 business days to do the printing for jobs of this size and complexity.
First print run be completed at least 2 days prior to the event (in case a reprint is needed)
Saturday, February 10th
08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
NTOA Event Check-in
Day 1, First Start
Sunday, February 11th
Day 2, First Start
The first start on Saturday will be 10 AM and the first start on Sunday at 9 AM.
Individual start times will be pre-assigned and posted on the NTOA
website by the Friday before the event. Walk times to the start are will be posted in the
course setter's notes.
The awards ceremony will take place at 2 PM on Sunday.
Interim results will be posted at the meet as time permits prior to the awards ceremony. Official
results will be posted on the NTOA website as soon as possible after the meet.
Choice of Competition Types
The fee shown is for the 2-day event.
The fee is reduced in half if you register for just one day
Fees for Competitive Individuals
(a participant that is navigating the course individually)
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger)
$22 per person
$32 per person
$42 per person
$6 per fingerstick
The fee shown is for the 2 day event.
The fee is reduced in half if you only register for just one day
Fees for Recreational Teams
(2 or more participants that are navigating the course together)
$42 per 2 person team
$42 per 2 person team
Juniors: (19 yrs and younger)
$42 per 2 person team
Maximum of 3 additional people
Age 8 and below are not charged
once 2 person minimum is met
NOTE: All youth under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian.
Step 3: Submit payment and waiver to meet officials
There are NO mail-in requirements for payments and waivers this year.
Please bring payments and waivers with you to the event.
Welcome to Cooper Lake State Park, NTOA's newest and largest mapped area.
The event features the classic format: 2-day combined time. The regular set
of competition courses will be offered, with e-punch for Orange, Brown, Green
and Red. Recreational courses are also offered.
In addition to meet fees, all participants must pay Cooper State Park entry fee.
There is a three-hour time limit on all courses. Even if you don't locate all of
the controls, please report to the Finish within three hours. Please use courtesy
around campsite areas and when walking along roads.
Day one registration and start are at the Heron Harbor day use area. Bus parking
is at the adjacent Gulls Bluff parking. Start is 200-350m from parking
Day 2 HQ and parking are at the Honey creek day use area. Start is at the Buggy
Whip campground, 700m walk from parking.
Cooper Lake State Park, South Sulphur Unit, (CLSP) is a relatively new map.
It was first used for the 2017 Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Championships
A broad discussion of the history, terrain, vegetation and mapping of Cooper
Lake State Park can be found in the "Terrain and Maps" page under the "Other"
tab. Some special symbols are used on this map and they are explained there.
Specific conditions for this meet are discussed here.
Current conditions related to terrain
As of this writing, less than two weeks before the event, the lake is at
"conservation pool", which is another way of saying "full". That is
somewhat higher than the lake level shown on the map. No courses include a
logical route choice that would involve running the shoreline, so that should
not be a concern. If there is a drastic rise in lake level, the Day 2 White
course could be affected. In that case, a flagged route will be added to
avoid any submerged section of trail.
Because Northeast Texas has had a wet winter, many of the watercourses,
ponds, depressions and intermittent marshes that are often dry, now hold
Orienteers may ignore any "trail closed" signs for this competition.
Vegetation: Green briar, honey locust (read: long thorns),
and poison ivy. Wear gaiters or some other form of leg protection. The
briars are especially prevalent on the Day 2 terrain.
Fauna: The park is home to some venomous snakes (rattlesnake,
copperhead, water moccasin, etc.), but they will still be dormant. Destructive
feral hogs are present, but you'll likely see only the mess they leave behind.
If you do see them, make loud noise and they will run away. Common non-hazardous
creatures include white-tailed deer and the nine-banded armadillo (NTOA's mascot).
Insects: Mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, etc., should not be
Man-made: Ruined fences with barbed wire lying on the ground
or just a foot or so off the ground.
Terrain: Deep gullies with tall earth banks.
If you become lost and cannot find your location on the map, use the safety
bearings. (Of course, if you see signs pointing to "camp" or "parking",
Day One White and Yellow: Go west until you find a major
trail, power line, paved road, or boundary fence then follow it north to the
Day One Advanced courses: Go West. If you find a deep
uncrossable gully or the lake, go south to the big trail and follow it west.
Day Two White, Yellow and Brown: Go uphill until you find a
major trail. Follow it east, then north to the finish area (or follow signs to
Day Two Orange, Green and Red: Same as the shorter courses
until you have crossed the ford at the butterfly control. West of the butterfly
control, go south to the boundary fence, follow it east to the ford then take
trails northeast and north to finish.
Scale varies by course: Red uses 1:10000; Orange, Brown and Green use 1:7500;
White and Yellow use 1:5000. Contour interval is 3 meters.
Number of controls
The White courses on both days have a high density of controls, many with
similar control descriptions. Please be careful in checking control codes
and make sure to punch all the controls in order!
On Day 1, one of the "ruined" barbwire fences has been flagged for the White
course to follow.
On Day 2, the Orange, Green and Red courses will to be "butterfly" courses
with a mandatory crossing control at the only current safe crossing of the
deep, steep Finley Creek gully. Be sure to punch going both ways.
The Day 2 Red course crosses a private business road in the west end of the
park. Due to recent mowing on the right of way, some vegetation details may
be inaccurate there. Obviously, watch out and give way to cars as necessary.
There are many controls visible in the forest. Be sure to check your control
codes! Also, there are a few extra, non-orienteering-related ribbons in the
Out-of-bounds areas (such as the camping areas, ranger homes, or the water
pumping station) are marked as out of bounds on the map.
There will be at least one water stop with drinking water on (or near) all
courses. They are indicated by the Cup symbol on the map, not in the control
descriptions. Please use the cups provided and dispose of them in the bag or
The Day 1 parking is in the Heron Harbor Day Use Area Parking lot. The Day 1
registration, starts and finishes are all in the Heron Harbor Day Use Area.
Day 2 competition start and finish will be in the Buggy Whip Equestrian Camping
Area. Limited parking is available in Buggy Whip so be prepared to use the
Honey Creek Day Use Area parking lot. The walk from Honey Creek parking to
Day 2 start is approximately 700 meters.
Course Setter: Stan Darnell Assistant Course Setter: Olivia Golden
Travel Related Information
Cooper Lake State Park, South Sulphur Unit and Doctors Creek Unit
Cooper Lake State Park has two units: The South Sulphur Unit on the south side of the lake and Doctors Creek Unit
on the north side of the lake. The orienteering event will take place at the South Sulphur unit. Lodging is available
in both units, although choices are limited at South Sulphur due to embargoed areas.
Follow I-30 W to Industrial Dr E in Sulphur Springs
Take exit 126 from I-30 W.
From the north (Tulsa):
From US-271 S, take TX-286 Loop/NW Loop 286 and TX-19 S into town.
Driving Directions from Sulphur Springs to Cooper Lake State Park
Travel north from I-30 at Exit 122 on the west side of Sulphur Springs for 10 miles on State Highway 19;
then go west on State Highway 71 for four miles and north for one mile on FM 3505 to the park entrance.
Time: Approximately 25 minutes.
New Orienteer Information
Orienteering Survival Guide: If this is your first event, you
might like to read this event
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.
Texas weather in February can be extremely variable. Cold jet stream winds from the
north can drop the temperature to the teens. Southern winds can raise the
temperatures back up to the seventies the very next day! One day can be a sunny
day, perfect for shorts. The next can be cold and rainy. We have a good snow a couple
times a winter, and sometimes it even sticks around for a day or two. Storms of
freezing rain and ice are not uncommon. But then it's sunny and warm again.
Be prepared for anything. Have gloves, hats and running gear of good wicking material
in case it is wet and cold.
Cooper Lake State Park, South Sulphur Unit, (CLSP) is a brand new map—actually, two maps, with Coyote Run on the east side of the park and Buggy Whip to the west.
With a model map stuck in the middle.
This map was made and used for the 2017 Interscholastic Championships.
Base map: Greg Lennon, Red Arrow maps
Field work: Nancy Bowers (2013-2015), Tom Strat (2016), Stan Darnell (2016-2017), Jim Stevens (2016-2017), Sheila Doyle (2017)
CLSP is located in the borderland of the Blackland Prairies and the Oak Forest and Prairies ecoregions of Texas. The land was settled by American
pioneers starting in the 1850s and farming activity began to alter the natural landscape. Over time, many of the fields were converted to pasture.
Small man-made ponds (or “tanks” in Texas farming lingo) were created to retain water. Berms (or “terraces” in Texas farming lingo – not to be
confused with the orienteering terrace feature) were created to stop erosion
The berms are evident today as low undulations (too small to map) that approximate parallel contours on many hillsides. Fence were installed to
keep cattle in or out of pastures and fields. As fields were plowed, the fence rows often became low linear ridges that remain today even after
the fences have fallen down and the fields have grown over and returned to forest. In many places, the berms and fence rows have influenced runoff
patterns and created erosion features in unexpected places.
Cooper Lake was created in the mid-1990s and CLSP opened in the late 1990s. The houses were removed and the fields were allowed to go back to nature.
Over time, the fences have deteriorated leaving wire on the ground as well as a few wires up where the trees grew around them or where the posts may
not have rotted yet. The ruined fences may often be just a wire or two that is a foot or so off the ground. They can be very hard to see in the woods
if you are traveling perpendicular to them, but may be followed if you find them. Some, but not all, of them have been flagged for safety
Walking trails were created in the east end and equestrian trails were created in the west end. As the trails are used, ruts are created,
which grow into gullies, and new trails are created to replace the old trails. This leads to an intricate gully and watercourse system, including many
watercourses that are not normally seen in nature – such as gullies that go down the crest of a spur where an old trail used to be.
Since the lake was created, the water level has varied. Most of the park lake shore is bordered by 1- to 6-foot earth banks associated with the
shoreline when the lake is full. When the lake level drops, the gradually sloping lake bottom is exposed. As the time of this writing, the lake
level is at a moderate level below the earth bank line and with 10 to 50 meters of exposed lake bottom.
The large creeks that feed northward into the lake have carved deeply incised, steep-sided gullies. When the lake is high, it extends up the major
feeding creeks into the gullies, deep into the park. In the most extreme case, Finley Creek, the gullies are up to two contour
lines deep, and the lake extends up a kilometer into the creek.
Although there are a variety of small stones and cobbles, there are no rocks large enough to be mapped as boulders.
There are no rock cliffs in the park. However, there are a large variety of erosional landforms, including high earth
banks, watercourses, ditches, and gullies. Thus, we used the following standard and non-standard mapping symbology:
Years of farming, ranching, and now horseback riding and hiking have formed an intricate system of watercourses. There
are so many small ditches (up to 1 meter deep), that using the standard brown dotted map symbol was confusing and impossible
to read in areas with dense ditches. Thus, we used the blue dashed small stream symbol to show a wide range of water courses
that can be crossed at speed (for the indicated vegetation). These include shallow reentrants, small ditches, and deeper swales.
Abandoned trails that are just ruts through the terrain are shown as brown dotted lines (non-standard symbol). A control clue
of “ruined trail” refers to such a brown dotted line abandoned trail.
One- to 3- meter gullies that are narrow are shown with the standard brown gully symbol. Depending upon vegetation, they are
crossable or else you only have to go upstream or downstream a short way to cross.
Some of the deep or wider gullies are shown with earth banks. Where they are most complex, they may be shown with contours
or form-lines without hachures. Since there are no rock cliffs, we use the black cliff symbol in a non-standard way to represent
an impassable earth bank and the regular brown earth bank for a passable earth bank. The brown earth bank indicates a 1- to 4-meter
tall earth bank that orienteers could traverse. Taller (2- to 8-meter) earth banks that are too steep to climb are shown using the
black cliff symbol. The earth banks symbolized as black cliffs should be crossed only at designated crossing points.
If it hasn’t rained recently, almost all of the watercourses and man-made ponds will be dry, with the exception of the larger
creek gullies that have lake water backed up into them. The dry ponds will look like an earth wall with either a depression form
line, depression symbol or intermittent marsh symbol. If it has rained recently, many of the watercourses, ponds, depressions,
intermittent marshes, and trails may have standing water.
The woods include a mix of evergreen eastern red cedar, deciduous post oak, winged elm, bois d’arc, and Texas honey locust, among
others. The eastern red bud blooming season starts in March. White, runnable woods are either open with native prairie grasses or
a mix of small brush/trees and vines – typically low green briar.
Occasionally, mature stands of evergreen cedar may be fast runnable and also shown as white forest. About half of the white runnable
forest is similar to what is often called the “Midwestern style” of white runnable forest. By that, we mean good visibility and running,
but significant low green briar in many places (not mapped). Gaiters are essential.
Lighter green woods are typically oak forest with patches of taller green briar or an excess of small sapling and vines, or large
cedar trees with enough low branches still intact to inhibit direct-line navigating. In low wet areas, light green often represents
canebrakes. A canebrake is a dense growth of canes that is 1- to 3-meters tall, about the diameter of a pencil and fairly easy to
push through, but with very low visibility. (See example below of trail through canebrake.)
Darker green woods can be thickets of small trees (including cedars and thorny honey locusts) and green briar that grow up as fields
first turn into woodlands or more established woods with a mix of cedar and other trees with extra tall green briar. Often the
vegetation is thicker at the edge of the woods where greater sunlight allows a mix of green briar, wild roses, poison ivy, and
honey locust to thrive.
Don’t depend on thickets for detailed navigation — consider them indications of variations in vegetation density (see example below).
Black Xs and Os indicate man-made features. The Black Xs could be green electric boxes (about 1 x 1 x 1 meters), picnic tables on
concrete (free standing picnic tables were not mapped since they get moved around), trail-side benches, gas wellhead equipment, guy
wire anchors for a tall radio tower, large animal traps, miscellaneous junk (including old rusty cars, old motorcycles, old culverts,
old metal farm equipment, etc.), and large signs. Only the very largest signs are mapped; smaller trail signs and road signs are not mapped.
Black Os could be street light poles, water supply components (ranging from 0.5- to 1-meter high water system access covers to large
overflow piping), birdhouses on poles, pilings or buoys (including those that got stranded in the woods by the record-setting
floods). Smaller junk less than 0.5-meter high was not mapped.
The black “small tunnel” symbol is used to indicate small road culverts (where quite visible or where significant water courses go
under the road)