Texas Stampede XIII

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Join us at Clements Scout Ranch in Athens for challenging orienteering in the oak and pine woods of East Texas – home to Boy Scouts, lots of deer, 30-50 feral hogs and the occasional (tiny) gator.  This year we will forgo the Ultra-long course and have an abbreviated course offering. 

We have implemented new procedures to help insure the safety of participants and staff.  There will be more social distancing and less inter-personal contact at the event.  Participants must follow all current government health guidelines.  In addition, we will follow guidance from OUSA, the US Orienteering Federation:  OUSA Recommendations for Preventing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission at Events.

Pre-registration is required. Pre-payment is also required. PayPal can be used when registering or you may contact ntoa.treasurer@gmail.com to make other payment arrangements if you are unable to pay via PayPal.

Waivers should be printed off and filled in before the meet.  At the registration area each participant (or team) will present their waiver(s) and have their payment checked.  Then they will be given a bag with their name on it that holds their clue-sheet (and e-stick if they rented one).  That labeled bag and clue-sheet is their ticket to receive the correct map at the Start area.  The first runners will be able to start earlier than usual and start times will be more spaced out.

All courses will use electronic punching. Be sure to download your e-stick at the computer e-punch download station after finishing your course! Results will be tabulated and posted online. No medals will be given out, but bragging rights will!  See the Course Setter’s and Meet Director’s notes for more details.

General info

Event Officials

Meet Director: Lisa Carr ……. Meet Director’s notes (not yet, check back later)
Course Setters: Olivia Golden……. Course Setter’s notes (not yet, check back later)
E-Punch Coordinators: Gene Wernette and Ray Janes

Courses:

We’ll be offering the following courses:
Yellow: Experienced beginners
Brown: Short-length advanced
Red: Long-length advanced
See a detailed description of each class.

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. 

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

There will be NO WHITE COURSE. Our reasons for this are:

  1. Beginners tend to run in groups. Groups aren’t socially distant.
  2. We don’t encourage groups to travel to our events on buses at this time. 
  3. We will not have the usual training session for beginners that we have at most meets.

Beginners can participate by running on the ‘yellow’ course with a more experienced runner (ideally household member) while following safety precautions.

Scoring E-punch will be used to score ALL courses.

If you own an e-stick, enter your e-stick number when you register and bring it to the meet.  NTOA has 130 e-sticks to rent, so we will not be able to accept any additional registrations that need a rental after those 130 have been assigned.

If you haven’t used e-punch before, there are several good videos on the internet. For example, this British beginner orienteering video shows how to use the e-punch, map, and compass. (Note that they call an e-punch a “dibbler” in the video.)

Scouts: An Orienteering Merit Badge clinic will not be offered, but running the Yellow course will qualify for the badge.  Please contact BSA Liaison Ralph Courtney for instructions on doing the report.

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 once in a great while due to high water or other extenuating circumstances.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020

Time Activity
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Registration is open.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Runners start on each course at minimum of one-minute intervals.
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Results tabulated as runners finish and download.
3:00 p.m. (or 3 hours after last start)
Courses close and results finalized. All competitors MUST be back by this time. (No Awards Ceremony)
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Control pick-up -- Volunteer and get a little extra practice.

Event Fees

Individuals (1 person navigating on their own):
If you’re doing the course on your own, please sign up as a (at a normal meet = competitive) individual. Members and youth (aka, Juniors, age 19 and under) pay reduced event fees. There will be NO day-of-race entries. So join NTOA and pre-register! Fee covers 1 map.

Competitor type Cost
Juniors (age 19 and under)
$10
Adults
$15
E-punch rental (ALL courses)
$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/person
E-punch rental (ALL courses)
$3

Registration

Online pre-registration is required! 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.  If you do not pre-register, you will not have a map. Pre-registration is FREE, 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). 

Pre-registration is now open.

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.

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

There are two options: Going southeast through Dallas, which is more direct, or heading directly south to I-20 and then heading east, which is longer in distance. At low traffic times, passing through Dallas will be quicker. However, if you will be passing through downtown Dallas during rush hour, particularly on Friday, taking the southern route may be faster.

Travel time from DFW Airport to Clements Scout Ranch in good traffic conditions: ~ 2 hrs

Option 1: Through Dallas
Take the South airport exit
Take Hwy 183 East towards Dallas
Hwy 183 merges into I-35E
Take I-35E into Dallas
After passing through downtown Dallas:
Take I-30 East towards Texarkana
Take I-45 South towards Houston
Follow directions below from “Dallas to Athens”

Option 2: Around Dallas to I-20
Take the South airport exit
Take Hwy 183 West towards Ft. Worth
Take Hwy 360 South
Take I-20 East towards Shreveport
Take Hwy 175 South towards Kaufman
Follow directions below from “Dallas to Athens”

Dallas to Athens Travel time from downtown Dallas to Clements Scout Ranch ~ 1 hr 25 min
From Dallas on I-45 heading South
Take Hwy 175 South toward Kaufman
Take Hwy 175 all the way to the outskirts of Athens
Take Hwy 7 South and East around Athens
Take Highway 19 South
Turn right onto FM 753
Turn left onto FM 2970 and follow signs to Clements Scout Ranch

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