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January 2016
Happy New Year!  With this weekend’s Georgia Navigator Cup national meet approaching 500 orienteers it will be a great start to 2016. Here’s the news and there is a lot of it.
  • New membership dues structure started January 1st
  • OUSA provides new financial development programs for clubs
  • Club marketing opportunity – clubs wanted
  • Rocky Mountain O Fest added to national event calendar
  • Welcome new club: Suncoast Orienteering and Adventure Racing
  • Welcome OUSA sponsors
  • Olympic Day opportunities for clubs
  • World Orienteering Day – May 11, 2016
  • Open championship bids for 2016
  • ... and much more

New Membership Dues Structure Started January 1st

With the approval of the 2016 budget, the OUSA Board of directors has approved an increase in membership dues. Effective January 1, 2016 the following dues took effect: Juniors: $10.00, Students: $20.00, Individuals: $35.00, Families: $45.00.  Individual Life and Family Life remain at the current levels. The increased fees cover increased cost of membership as well as funds programs to grow our sport.

OUSA Provides New Financial Development Programs for Clubs

Orienteering USA continues to expand its programs for clubs. There is funding available for any purpose - not just maps.

To learn more contact VP-Clubs Greg Lennon or Glen.

Club Marketing Opportunity – Clubs Wanted

OUSA is looking to conduct a club marketing test focusing on social media and public relations test. Led by a contractor hired by OUSA, the initial club criteria is that (1) you have a volunteer that can provide local support and (2) run a full calendar of events.  If your club is interested in being part of this test contact Glen by February 1st.

In addition, while we have a list of potential contractors, we are still interested in potential candidates. If you know of someone have them contact Glen by February 1st at the above email address.

Rocky Mountain O Fest Added to National Event Calendar

We are heading to Laramie, WY for the 4th of July weekend. Be sure to attend the Rocky Mountain O-Fest!

Welcome New Club: Suncoast Orienteering and Adventure Racing

OUSA wants to welcome our newest club, Suncoast Orienteering and Adventure Racing (SOAR). Headquartered in Bradenton, FL, long time orienteer Gord Hunter and club members will be hosting events on Florida’s gulf coast. Be sure to check out their Facebook page and website. Welcome SOAR!

Olympic Day Opportunities for Clubs

Clubs having a June meet and are interested in tying into the United States Olympic Committee’s Olympic Day should contact Glen.

World Orienteering Day - May 11, 2016

The International Orienteering Federation has announced Wednesday, May 11, 2016 as World Orienteering Day and is encouraging clubs across the globe to celebrate with a local event. Looking for an idea for an evening sprint and social afterward? Now you have a reason!

Welcome  OUSA Sponsors

OUSA would like to welcome the Tri-Valley (CA) Convention and Visitors Bureau (new sponsor) and the Butler County OH) Visitors Bureau, SciMeasure, Tec Labs and Berman Orienteering (all returning sponsors) to our organization. Tri-Valley is sponsoring the US Champs, Butler County the US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Champs, SciMeasure the Senior Team, Tec Labs all of OUSA and Berman Orienteering the Ski Orienteering Team.  We thank you for your partnership.

If you club is interested in hosting a national meet (formerly A-meet) and are interested in sponsorship, contact Glen.

Open Championship Bids for 2016

The following national championships are still available for 2016: US Ultralong Orienteering Championships, US Relay Orienteering Championships, and US Night Orienteering Championships. If interested contact Vice President/ Competition Tom Strat.

Upcoming Orienteering USA 2016 National Event Calendar

  • January 16 – 17: Georgia Navigator Cub (GAOC – Gainesville, GA; event website)*
  • March 11 -13: United States and North American Ski Orienteering Championships (GMOC – Presque Isle, ME; info here)
  • March 18 – 20: United States Individual Orienteering Championships (BAOC – Pleasanton, CA; info here)*
  • April 1 – 3: US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Champs & Flying Pig XX (OCIN – Butler CO, OH)*
  • April 16 – 17: Troll Cup National meet (NEOC – Foxborough, MA; event website)
  • May 11: World Orienteering Day
  • June 29 - July 4: Rocky Mountain O'Fest (RMOC, LROC - Laramie, WY)
  • September 10 - 18: National Orienteering Week (multiple clubs - nationwide)
  • September 17 – 18: US Classic Champs (HVO & WCOC, Pound Ridge, NY)*
  • September 23 – 25, 2016: North American Orienteering Championships (UNO – Dartmouth College and Hanover, NH; event website)

Note: * = OUSA Board of Directors Meeting. All are welcome.


Peter Goodwin                                             Glen Schorr
President                                                       Executive Director

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