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2022 Summer Series

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We are happy to announce the return of the BAOC Summer Series. Similar to last time (in 2019), this series of moderate-length events will be held from June through August on some of our more-urban and less-steep maps. Thus allowing us to continue orienteering, even during the hotter days of summer.

There will be six events this year, as listed below. If you choose to “compete”, your best four of the six races will count toward your Summer Series Final Ranking.

Each Summer Series event will typically have a Beginner (White) course, a Short intermediate course, and a Long intermediate course. (The "intermediate" courses will usually be about Orange difficulty, or whatever format the map can support.)

As described below, each event will have two “ranking” courses, and there will be two Series competitions for those who choose to run those ranking courses. In addition, there will be at least one alternative courses for those folks not wanting to “compete” (and they can do a “ranking” course without competing). In particular, note that beginners are welcome at all the events. See the webpage for each event for the details for that event.

More details about event locations and specifics will be available over the next few weeks. See the individual event webpages linked below for current information.

We look forward to seeing you out there!

Your BAOC Event Coordination Team: , , , and
   (April 5, 2022)

The Schedule

The Summer Series will (hopefully) include the following events. Note, however, that the dates and locations are subject to change. (Click on the date to go to an event’s announcement page.)

  1. June 5: Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland (results page, Summer Series event points)
  2. June 26: Mills College, Oakland (results page, Summer Series: event points, standings)
  3. July 2: U.C. Berkeley Campus, Berkeley (results page, Summer Series: event points, standings)
  4. July 23: Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill (results page, Summer Series: event points, standings)
  5. August 14: Vasona Lake County Park, Los Gatos (results page, Summer Series: event points, standings)
  6. August 28: Bedwell Bayfront Park, Menlo Park (results page, Summer Series: event points, final standings)

Note to Beginners

BAOC welcomes beginners at events, with (free) “clinics” that introduce orienteering, and with “beginner” courses. We hope you will come to one or more of the Summer Series events (there is no requirement to attend all the events), and/or to our “regular” events listed in the Schedule.

Summer Series Discount Package

This year we are offering a fabulous package deal for BAOC members: all six events for the price of four. The details are here.

Important Note to All

Everyone must observe out-of-bounds areas indicated on the maps. Please note, in particular, that olive-green areas are out of bounds.

Failure to stay out of out-of-bounds areas could jeopardize our ability to get permission to hold events at the venue, as well as being unfair to those participants who go around the areas.

Some of the events will use maps with ISSprOM (International Standard for Sprint Orienteering Maps) symbols, which indicate impassible features like buildings, fences, vegetation, and walls. Note that the rules forbid crossing (including reaching over or through) any feature shown on the map as “impassible”, even if it’s physically possible to cross (or reach over or through).

A sheet showing all the symbols used on Sprint Orienteering maps is available as this file (1MB/PDF). (Note, however, that there might have been some minor changes to some of those symbols since that file was created.)
The latest edition of the International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps (ISSprOM 2019-2) is in this document (PDF/1.2MB) (the identical file on the IOF website is “huge”).
These related IOF documents are available: ISSprOM - Guidelines For Complex Urban Structures (PDF/2.6MB) and What Has Changed In ISSprOM 2019 (PDF/764KB).

The Series Competition

The BAOC Summer Series will be split into two competitions, a series of Short courses and a series Long courses, both of which will be “handicapped” by age and gender​—​that is, using the same system we used in 2017–2019. (If we do not have easy access to the information [see below], you will need to send us your birth year and gender, so we can give each athlete a fair representation in the points.)

The six planned Summer Series events (see above) will be set on some of our best “urban” maps​—​campuses, parks, etc.​—​which make for better events during the summer. There will, in fact, be effectively two Summer Series​—​a Short-distance version, and a Long-distance version. We have made this decision acknowledging the diversity of the athletes we have at BAOC events, and hopefully everyone will find a distance they are comfortable with. Both Short and Long will be basically “the most technically challenging courses the map will support”. The Short courses will not be “easier”, they are simply shorter.

Important Note: Points earned in one Summer Series (e.g., Short) are not valid in the other series (e.g., Long). And each competitor will ultimately be ranked based on the points from their best four of the six events. Thus the intention is that each athlete will choose to compete in either the Short or the Long competition, and (mostly) stick to that length throughout the summer. Of course, everyone is welcome to run any course they wish at each event, but to maximize your chance of a higher overall position, you should try to stick to one length or the other throughout the summer. Furthermore, while you are always welcome to run two (or three!) courses at any event, you will be eligible to earn points only on the first course you run at an event (which means no points if you run a ranking course after the Beginner course).

Note that, in addition to the Ranking-Short course and the Ranking-Long course, each event will have a non-ranking White course, and perhaps a second non-ranking course. Further details for each event will be released closer to the date (i.e., on the webpage for the event).

As in previous years, the Summer Series results are weighted by age and gender, to create something closer to a level playing field for all athletes. The age and gender information will first be taken from past BAOC events where this information was used. Then, the OSUA rankings website (https://rankings.orienteeringusa.org/find.php) will be referenced.

If you are a relative newcomer to BAOC events, and you know you are not listed on that OUSA website, you can help us out by sending your gender and year of birth (please do not send your complete date of birth​—​we have no interest in that). You can send the information to . Otherwise we will try to reach you to get the information. If we ultimately fail to determine an athlete’s age and gender, they will assumed to be a 21-year-old male. Hence, it is in each athlete’s best interest to get us accurate information.

The Series rankings will be released (to the BayONet (https://groups.io/g/BAOC) and on the BAOC website) as quickly as possible after each event, although please allow a few days for the various processing to take place.

As in previous years, credit will be given for Course Setting and Event Directing (so contact us now if you would like to earn some “free” points this way!).

If there are any questions or comments on any of the above, you can contact . However, questions about specific events, locations, etc. are best addressed to the Event Director for each event (i.e., as found on the event webpages that are linked above).

Very best of luck to all competitors, and we look forward to seeing you out there!

Graham Brew, BAOC Event Coordinator, and the entire BAOC Summer Series Team

Scoring and Awards

To make things a little more interesting, participants can accumulate points throughout the Series based on their results. Some of the best minds in the world’s greatest database companies, and in the nation’s finest research labs have deliberated carefully, and arrived at a scoring system for the Summer Series. (It’s the same system that was used in 2017, 2018, and 2019, crafted by François and Dennis.)

The scoring system for the Summer Series will combine all participants into two categories by making adjustments, based on age and gender, to each person’s performance. The person with the best adjusted performance in a given race will be awarded 1000 points. Everyone else will be awarded points in proportion to how their own adjusted performance compares to that of the person given 1000 points.

At each event in the Series there will be two identified ranking courses, which will be used for scoring. The other course(s) offered at the event will have no affect on the Series scoring.

Here are the details.

This means it is possible for someone who finishes with the slowest legal time in a race to still have the highest point score for the day. So, don’t give up!

Now that you’ve studied the methodology for scoring in minute detail, perhaps an example is in order.

Suppose there is an event with just three people: a 45-year-old male who we’ll call “F”; a 70-year-old male called “D”, and a 25-year-old female called “T”. (Amazingly, their ages haven't changed since the first Summer Series in 2017. 😉) Suppose their times on the course are as follows:
F   45:51
T   49:30
D   57:20
Given their ages and genders, their reference times are as follows. (The USATF tables that we are using for reference times [and related documentation] can be found here (http://runscore.com/Alan/AgeGrade.html). We’re using the files MaleRoadStd2020.xlsx (https://github.com/AlanLyttonJones/Age-Grade-Tables/raw/master/2020%20Files/MaleRoadStd2020.xlsx) and FemaleRoadStd2020.xlsx (https://github.com/AlanLyttonJones/Age-Grade-Tables/raw/master/2020%20Files/FemaleRoadStd2020.xlsx) in the “2020 Files (https://github.com/AlanLyttonJones/Age-Grade-Tables/tree/master/2020%20Files)” folder. In those files, we’re using the “10 km” column on the “AgeStdHMS” tab.)
F   28:30
T   29:43
D   35:45
Dividing the actual course times by the reference times gives these adjusted performance ratios for the course:
F   1.60877
T   1.66573
D   1.60373
So, D is the leader (despite having the slowest time) and gets 1000 points. To get the points for the others, divide their ratios into D’s and multiply by 1000, and you get F with 997 points and T with 963.

Conclusion: If you want to win in the Summer Series, either (a) get fast, or (b) get old fast.

By popular demand, final standings will be based on each person’s four best scores in the six-event Series.

We need to know everyone’s age in order to make these calculations. As usual, your orienteering age is your age at the end of the calendar year. So what we really want is your year of birth. There will be sign-up sheets at either registration or at the E-punch download at each event. Please put down your name and year of birth.

Some “fine print”:

  1. Everyone who has a valid finish for that day’s full ranking course will be awarded points (except group entries will not earn points). However, to be eligible for the cumulative awards, you must be a BAOC member in good standing as of the date of the final event of the Series.
  2. If you don’t tell us your year of birth, we will assume you are a 21-year-old male. If you like that idea better than you like getting more points, well, that’s up to you.
  3. If we find out your age after some of the point calculations have been made, we will try to go back and recalculate your point scores for the earlier events. In no case, though, will such retroactive point adjustments exceed 1000 points for a given race. (In other words, if you don’t tell us your year of birth in time, and you should have been the leader that day, you won’t quite get all the credit you might have gotten.)
  4. Course Setters for events in the Series will be given points for their own event equal to their best other point score in the Series. Event Directors (some of whom may be able to run in their own event) will be given the higher of (a) their actual score in the event or (b) their best other point score in the Series.

Final Series Results

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the events. We hope you had fun.

Thanks to everyone who helped at the events. The events would not have been successful without you.

The methodology of determining Summer Series points is explained above. In particular, note that group/team entries do not earn points, and 21-year-old male is assumed if we don’t have a person’s birth year (“M21” below).
As noted above, Event Directors and Course Setters receive credit for their service. Points earned by those credits are annotated with “cr” below.
Event abbreviations: 
JMP = Joaquin Miller Park; Mills = Mills College; UCB = U.C. Berkeley; DVC = Diablo Valley College; VLP = Vasona Lake County Park; BBP = Bedwell Bayfront Park
You can click on a column heading below to go to the results page for the event.
“Short Series” Standings After All Events   
   Pl  Name                      JMP   Mills   UCB    DVC    VLP    BBP   Total  Events  Best 4
    1  Chuck Spalding                  1000    913   1000    837    875    4625     5     3788  
    2  Tapio Karras             1000                  822    947    851    3620     4     3620
    3  Werner Haag                      733           774    923    797    3227     4     3227
    4  Jan Cisar                 543    865    685    877                  2970     4     2970
    5  Evan Custer                      706    544    589    742    611    3192     5     2648
    6  Logan Sternberg           591                  652    685    512    2440     4     2440
    7  Sarah Williams                   500    566    464    642           2172     4     2172
    8  Terry Gleason                    478           612    480    567    2137     4     2137
    9  Yana Konovalenko                        602           847    567    2016     3     2016
   10  Jeff Lanam                       437    418    493    562    520    2430     5     2012
   11  Anthony Riley                          1000   1000cr                2000     2     2000
   11  Dennis Wildfogel                                     1000   1000    2000     2     2000
   13  Jay Hann                         478           516    447    434    1875     4     1875
   14  Imogen Robinson                  370    431           507    366    1674     4     1674
   15  Nathan Curtis                    601    512    541                  1654     3     1654
   16  Katy Robinson                           425    448    426    351    1650     4     1650
   17  Rosemary Johnson                 592    431    537                  1560     3     1560
   18  Johanna Merriss           711                         818           1529     2     1529
   19  Anna Staats                      358    328           461    245    1392     4     1392
   20  Olga Kraght                                    523           611    1134     2     1134
   21  Brooke Staats                                         648    425    1073     2     1073
   22  Daniel Ingram             439                                488     927     2      927
   23  Eric Rosenzweig           811                                        811     1      811
   24  George Minarik                   810                                 810     1      810
   25  Rayner Malasaga                                441           351     792     2      792
   26  Lauren Knight                    777                                 777     1      777
   27  Derek Maclean             727                                        727     1      727
   28  Miriam Orrhede                          669                          669     1      669
   29  Sierra Meisel                                         660            660     1      660
   30  Enrico Rantala                                 658                   658     1      658
   31  Frank Markowitz                                       654            654     1      654
   32  Kian Gupta                                            648            648     1      648
   32  Nick Corsano                            648                          648     1      648
   34  Stephanie Maclean         641                                        641     1      641
   35  Josef Estrada                                  296           313     609     2      609
   36  Amy Winston                      596                                 596     1      596
   37  Nat Jeffries                     592                                 592     1      592
   38  Yingfei Wang                                          571            571     1      571
   39  Dan Greene                                            566            566     1      566
   40  Maria Jergus                                   537                   537     1      537
   41  Ronald Ward                                                  504     504     1      504
   42  James Qian                                            489            489     1      489
   43  Jussi Tahtinen            484                                        484     1      484
   44  Chahal Vikram                                                480     480     1      480
   45  Grant Kirschbaum                                             477     477     1      477
   46  Samuel Barker                                                470     470     1      470
   47  Nancy Lindeman                                        265    188     453     2      453
   48  Ian Millard      (M21)                                       446     446     1      446
   48  Lonnie Mead                                                  446     446     1      446
   50  Logan Kenison                                                440     440     1      440
   51  Melodie Desmarais                427                                 427     1      427
   52  Gabriel Bruhn                                                414     414     1      414
   53  Marsha Jacobs                                                411     411     1      411
   54  Zach Saltzman                                  409                   409     1      409
   55  Ludovic Chubby                   405                                 405     1      405
   56  Alex Wells                                                   403     403     1      403
   56  Enrique Espinoza-Ayala                                       403     403     1      403
   58  Connor Rogers                                                401     401     1      401
   59  Swaminathan Ramesh                             395                   395     1      395
   60  Nikolay Makhnenko                394                                 394     1      394
   61  Clara Staats                     392                                 392     1      392
   62  Jasmine Slater                                               370     370     1      370
   63  Charles Van Tassel               339                                 339     1      339
   64  Joey Wang                                             338            338     1      338
   64  Ruizi Tang                                            338            338     1      338
   66  Osiris Estrada-Ledesma                                       318     318     1      318
   67  Chuyan Zhu                              315                          315     1      315
   68  Travis Navarro                                               302     302     1      302
   69  Rio Segre        (M21)                                       300     300     1      300
   70  Zhiqi Ang                        292                                 292     1      292
   71  Mark Schneider            288                                        288     1      288
   72  Yael Baruch                                           281            281     1      281
   73  Jenny Zheng                             272                          272     1      272
   73  Ryah Newton                                    272                   272     1      272
   75  David Bartz      (M21)                                       243     243     1      243
   76  Daniel Baruch                                         240            240     1      240
   77  Henry Hardcastle-Ross                   237                          237     1      237

“Long Series” Standings After All Events   
   Pl  Name                      JMP   Mills   UCB    DVC    VLP    BBP   Total  Events  Best 4
    1  François Léonard          828          1000   1000cr 1000    969    4797     5     3969  
    2  Yurii Konovalenko        1000    970    985           955    989    4899     5     3944
    3  Erin Schirm                     1000    931   1000          1000    3931     4     3931
    4  Carl Hoel                        923    849    812    922    941    4447     5     3635
    5  Rex Winterbottom          670    889    914cr  881    914    800    5068     6     3598
    6  Wayne Staats                     873    784           849    857    3363     4     3363
    7  Graham Brew               581    822    803    834    877           3917     5     3336
    8  Jeff Goodwin                     850    775    754           761    3140     4     3140
    9  Steve Gregg               702    646           797    798    793    3736     5     3090
   10  Mikkel Conradi            822    729    681           748    786    3766     5     3085
   11  Ouri Karni                       757    784           758    744    3043     4     3043
   12  Liubov Pitko              650    763    741    711                  2865     4     2865
   13  Marie-Josée Parayre       589    866                  664    738    2857     4     2857
   14  Deron van Hoff            599    769    754                  695    2817     4     2817
   15  Vicki Woolworth           695cr  664    616           656    695    3326     5     2710
   16  Steve Haas                       668    602    649    677    677cr  3273     5     2671
   17  Taylor Pospisil           579           685    670    685cr         2619     4     2619
   18  James Roney                      627cr  619    605    597    627    3075     5     2478
   19  Drew Taplin               421    580           586    601    588    2776     5     2355
   20  Weichun Fong              325    563           570    694    524    2676     5     2351
   21  John Richardson           403    598    579    506    566    596    3248     6     2339
   22  Chun Wu                   387    544    589    555    543    489    3107     6     2231
   23  Andrej Masalkov                                773    694    738    2205     3     2205
   24  Michael Robinson                 557    527    540    537    497    2658     5     2161
   25  Jason Lee                        513    589    504    524           2130     4     2130
   26  Billy Bao                        505    557    479    511           2052     4     2052
   27  Tom de Vre                652cr                       652    571    1875     3     1875
   28  John Crowther                    651    605                  571    1827     3     1827
   29  Sean Robinson                           311    501    490    459    1761     4     1761
   30  Briana Steven                                         823    806    1629     2     1629
   31  Daniel Šebo                             775                  744    1519     2     1519
   32  Nicholas Goldowsky-Dill   592           630                         1222     2     1222
   33  Kyle Navarro              527                  608                  1135     2     1135
   34  Lance Kenison             478                  575                  1053     2     1053
   35  Chris Degen                      989                                 989     1      989
   36  Takashi Sugiyama                                             888     888     1      888
   37  Julia Doubson                                  863                   863     1      863
   38  Lubomir Šebo                            794                          794     1      794
   39  Stephen Harrison                 746                                 746     1      746
   40  Greg Khanlarov                                               738     738     1      738
   40  Roman Roshchin   (M21)                                       738     738     1      738
   42  Jonathan Owens            712                                        712     1      712
   43  Martin Jergus                                  688                   688     1      688
   44  Suzanne Kosina                                 656                   656     1      656
   45  Stephanie Maclean                                            596     596     1      596
   46  Nikolay Makhnenko                       592                          592     1      592
   47  Zach Lyons                                                   578     578     1      578
   48  Logan Kenison                                  572                   572     1      572
   49  Derek Maclean                                                568     568     1      568
   49  Michael Lyons                                                568     568     1      568
   51  Amy Winston                             553                          553     1      553
   52  Nick Corsano                                                 539     539     1      539
   53  Travis Navarro                                 531                   531     1      531
   54  Jason Reed                                            477            477     1      477
   55  Kristin Bremm                                  461                   461     1      461
   56  Scott Sampson                                         453            453     1      453
   57  Brad Jacobs                      444                                 444     1      444
   58  Lingshan Xu                                           443            443     1      443
   59  Samuel Barker             440                                        440     1      440
   60  Alan Glendinning                               437                   437     1      437
   61  Henrique Miranda          426                                        426     1      426
   62  Mattias Mattsson (M21)                                       412     412     1      412
   63  Daniel Vo                                             405            405     1      405
   64  Randy Robinson                                               396     396     1      396
   65  Steven Luibrand           394                                        394     1      394
   66  Jamie Maclean                                                385     385     1      385
   67  Ellen Holbrook                   370                                 370     1      370
   68  Julie van Hoff                                 343                   343     1      343
   69  Pascal Vin       (M21)                                       339     339     1      339
   70  Gabriella Jergus                               332                   332     1      332
   71  Shane White                             289                          289     1      289
   72  Hui Shi          (M21)                                       276     276     1      276
   73  Philip Zhu                                     246                   246     1      246
   74  Cliff Sorrell    (M21)                                       138     138     1      138