Tyler State Park
|Individual Competitor Type||Cost|
|Juniors (age 19 and under)||$10|
|NTOA (and other O club) members||$15|
|E-punch rental (All courses)||$3|
Sat., April 15, 2023
Tyler State Park in the Piney Woods of East Texas offers some of the best of Texas orienteering. The popular park features lots of shaded hiking trails, some of which were built by the CCC back in the 1930’s. A small lake with a swimming beach is situated in the middle of the park and offers the chance to take a refreshing dip after the event. Most of the park is covered by open and runnable pine and oak forest (with help from recent controlled burns). However, the terrain is also complicated, with hills and reentrants carved by small spring-fed streams and erosion gullies, plus, complex mountain bike trails.
Bonus Activity: 2023 Night-O Championships of the Republic of Tylerstanovia!
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to navigate at night in some of Tylerstanovia’s most wonderful terrain. We have received special permission from the consulate to waive all visa and passport requirements for this one-night event. Enjoy navigating by medieval castles, towering mountain peaks and among herds of rare, majestic Tylerstanovia giant unicorn squirrels. Alas, it will be night, so these things will be hard to spot; rest assured, they are out there. Get all the details here.
Bonus Activity: Zig-Zag O!
Time and space permitting, you’ll have another chance to train your brain with Zig-Zag orienteering courses!
Assisting School: Skyline H.S., Dallas
E-Punch Coordinator: Mary Lynn Genovesi
We’ll be offering the following courses:
Yellow: Experienced beginners
Brown: Short advanced
Green: Medium-length advanced
Red: Long advanced
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.
We use e-punch electronic scoring for all courses. If you don’t have one, you can rent one from us for $3. To rent one, indicate that when you pre-register, and we’ll have it ready to pick up at the event.
Event Overview Map
Event HQ will NOT be at the usual Northwoods Pavillon this year, as we’re told the parking lot is full of construction equipment. Please read the Meet Director notes and take note of the updated event locations.
Be sure to check the NTOA Facebook Page or Group for last-minute schedule changes. We hold events rain or shine, but exceptions happen!
|9:00 – 10:30 am||Registration open|
|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 am||Orienteers start on each course at one-minute intervals|
|10:30 am – 2:00 pm||Results are calculated as runners finish and download|
|2:00 pm||Courses close – Awards Ceremony|
|2:00 – 4:00 pm||Control pick-up: Volunteer and get a little extra practice|
Online pre-registration is highly encouraged! We use these 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 is permited. But there’s no guarantee you’ll have a map on the course you want. Pre-registration is FREE and opens about 10 days before event, so please take a moment to do it. Thanks!
Questions bout registration? Contact the NTOA Registrar. For questions on other event matters, contact the Meet Director (listed above).
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.
Competitive Teams (2 people navigating together):
New for this season: Competitive teams of two people, working together. Fee includes 2 maps. There’s a $3 surcharge for day-of-race entries. One e-punch required — bring your own or rent from us. In the dropdown labeled Competitor, select “Competitive Team” instead of Male or Female.
|Comp Team Type||Cost|
|Junior Competitive Team (2 juniors)||$20|
Adult Member Competitive
Team (2 adults)
|Adult Non-Member Competitive Team (2 adults)||$40|
Recreational Teams (2 or more people navigating together):
We love teams — orienteering is a great activity for families and friends. Teams aren’t eligible for awards, just the fun. The 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).
|Rec Team Type||Cost|
|Each Rec team (first 2 people)||$17|
|Extra person (over age 8) — includes map||$5|
|E-punch rental (All courses)||$3|
Instructions: Select one of the options below to register yourself, the students/members of your group (e.g., school, church), or your competitive or rec team. Clicking on one of the buttons will take you to the NTOA Registration website. Registration deadline: Thurs., April 13, 2023 at 6 pm CT.
Registration is closed.
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).
From Dallas to Tyler State Park:
- From Dallas take US-80 east approximately 20 miles until it connects with I-20.
- Continue east on I-20 for 62 miles.
- Take exit 562 for FM 14.
- Turn left (north) on FM 14.
- Go 2 miles to the flashing traffic light and turn left on Park Road 14.
- Stop at the park entrance station and pay the state park entrance fee, then proceed into the park.
- Continue straight past the construction project on the right where the park loop road intersects from the left and proceed to the large parking area (on the left) near the boathouse and store.
- From here o-signs will direct you from the parking area to NTOA headquarters in the Northwoods pavilion.