National Orienteering Week/ Gateway Score-O

Gateway Park Score-O

Pre-registration is closed. 

Note: Pre-registration is required for events this season.

Deadline was: 12:00 pm/Noon on Fri., Sept. 24

Mass start: 10:00 a.m.
Sat., Sept. 25, 2021
Gateway Park, Fort Worth, TX

We’re happy to announce a return to in-person events, with our first being a Score-O at Gateway Park in Fort Worth to celebrate National Orienteering Week. Gateway Park straddles the West Fork of the Trinity River just three miles east of downtown Cowtown. The northwest side of the park has lots of shaded bike and hike trails, ball fields and open areas. The southeast side is mostly undeveloped and has some surprisingly wild and challenging terrain. 

The Score-O format lets you collect whichever control points you choose in any order you want. There’s no preset course to follow and therefore no penalty for missed points, just credit for those you find. But watch your time. Overtime penalties can pile up fast!

Volunteer opportunity

We’re still looking for an assisting organization to help us run the event–especially bag pick-up afterwards–in return for an NTOA donation to the assisting organization–please contact Stan Darnell if your group is interested! Thanks. 

COVID-19 protocols

NTOA is glad to be returning to in-person events for the 2021-22 season, although last year’s DIY events were pretty fun anyway. We’re carefully watching the continuing pandemic and want to keep both participants and volunteers safe. We’ve developed event protocols based on guidelines from our sport’s national organizing body, Orienteering USA. NTOA reserves the right to revise them based on changing conditions.

  1. Pre-registration is required. This will minimize the number of people and amount of time needed at Registration. (Note: We will be able to make changes to pre-registered entries.)
  2. Wearing a mask is required when doing business at Registration. Please have only one person from your group at Registration. Masks are otherwise encouraged before and after your course if you’re dealing closely with others.
  3. Social distancing is encouraged (except within your own group) at all times.

Fortunately, as an outdoor sport, orienteering typically finds us alone in the woods. We think it’s possible to have fun and mitigate risks. Please help us do that.  

Updated: Sept. 13, 2021

General Info

Event Officials

Meet Director: Lisa Carr.….. Meet Director notes (PDF)
Course Setter: Sheila Doyle…….Course Setter notes
Assisting School: TBD — Looking for help!
E-Punch Coordinator: N/A

Courses: Score-O format with two options

Short: 90-minute time limit

Long: 3-hour time limit

Classes: The following (female and male divisions) are eligible for awards:

Short: Age 13 and under, age 14-16, age 17+
Long: Age 18 and under, age 19-44, age 45+

 

Scoring: Manual punchcards will be used to score both courses. (E-punch will be not be used for this event.)

Schedule

Please be sure to check this website, the NTOA Facebook Page or Group for last-minute schedule changes. We hold events rain or shine.

Time Description
8:30 -9:45 am
Registration open
9:00 am
Boy Scout Merit Badge Clinic
9:20 am
Beginners Clinic
9:45 am
Pre-race briefing for everyone
10:00 am
MASS START! Woohoo!
11:30 am
Finish time for Short (90-minute) course runners
11:30 am- Noonish
Short course card scoring
Noonish
Short course awards
1:00 pm
Finish time for Long (3-hour) course runners
1:00-1:30 pm or so
Long course card scoring
1:30 pm
Long course awards
1:45-3:30? pm
Bag pick-up -- stick around and get some practice while helping us clean up!

Event fees

Note: Pre-payment with online pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.

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. (So join, and save some bucks!)

 

Competitor Type Fees
Adults: NTOA members (and other O clubs)
$12 ($3 National Orienteering Week Discount)
Adults: Non-members
$20
Juniors/Youth (Age 19 and under)
$8 ($2 National Orienteering Week Discount)

Recreational Teams (2 or more people navigating together):

Orienteering is a great family activity! Teams aren’t eligible for awards, but have just as much fun. Base fee of $17 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).

Recreational Teams Fees
First two team members
$17
Each additional team member (age 8+)
$5

Registration

This season, pre-registration is required unless noted otherwise! We use the pre-registration numbers to determine how many pre-printed maps to produce for each event. Pre-registration is FREE and opens about 2 weeks 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.

Note: If you don’t belong to a club/school or yours isn’t listed on the Registration site, please choose Other, Other O Club or Other School. Thanks!

Sorry, pre-registration is now closed.

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 the East (Dallas)

  • Head West on I-30 toward Fort Worth
  • Take exist 16C for Beach Street
  • Turn right on Beach Street
  • Turn right on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

From the North (Denton)

  • Head South on I-35W toward Fort Worth
  • Take exit 52B toward US-377N/TX-121
  • Merge onto TX-121 N
  • Take Beach Street exit
  • Turn right on Beach Street
  • Turn left on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

From the West (Weatherford)

  • Head East on I-20 toward Fort Worth
  • Take slight left at I-30 E
  • Take exit 16c for Beach Street
  • Turn left on Beach Street
  • Turn right on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park

From the South (Burleson)

  • Head North on I-35W toward Fort Worth
  • Take exit 51C to merge onto I-30 East
  • Take exit 16c for Beach Street
  • Turn left on Beach Street
  • Turn right on E 1st Street
  • Turn right at Gateway Park