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News and Notes

Various tidbits will be posted here from time to time.

You might also be interested in reading the Orienteering USA (OUSA) news page (

2017 U.S. WTOC Selection Process Announced

[WTOC = World Trail Orienteering Championship ( ESC = Executive Steering Committee]

"The Trail-O ESC received a rules waiver from the Board to allow for a modified WTOC selection procedure this year. Because we will hold our first ever Temp-O Championships, we wanted to try incorporating those results into the selection process. The system to be used is detailed in [this document (]."

Posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA Rules Committee Chair
(March 8, 2017)

BAOC Athletes in the 2017 OUSA Junior Program

Julia Doubson and Katie Petersen have been selected for the Junior National Team, and Sarah Petersen has been selected for the Junior Development Team. Congratulations and good luck to them all.

"JTESC would like to encourage athletes who missed the deadline, but are still interested in being part of the program, to apply and become part of the team. Info can be found at ( Come join the National Junior Community! We are excited for a great year. Go USA!"

[JTESC = Junior Team Executive Steering Committee]

Notice posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA Junior Team Coach
(February 12, 2017)

"Berman" O/NA Issues Now Online

"Back issues of Orienteering North America (O/NA) from 1984–1999 are now available online. The collection consists of all 140 issues published by, and made available courtesy of, Larry and Sara Mae Berman. We hope to add additional O/NA issues in the future.

"There are several ways to access the collection. A 'bookcase' view is available at URL:

"Take a look at the 'Start Here' issue (the first one shown in the upper left of the bookcase) for details about the collection and tips on using it.

"Enjoy browsing a bit of our history!"

Notice posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA VP/Clubs
(December 31, 2016)

2016 BAOC Service Award Recipient

Congratulations to Tapio Karras for winning the 2016 BAOC Service Award. Information about Tapio's contributions to the club (and information about previous recipients) is available here.

BAOC President
(December 18, 2016)

BAOC at U.S. Classic & North American Championships

Late September provided a terrific opportunity for orienteering in the northeastern U.S. the U.S. 2-Day Classic Championships were held at Ward Pound Ridge, NY, followed the next weekend by the North American Championship in and around Hanover, NH. The latter, held every other year, has become the biggest event in North America, this year drawing over 500 competitors, many of whom competed the previous weekend at the Classic Champs as well. Thus the fields were talented and deep, even more so than at the U.S. Individual Championships we held in the Bay Area in March. In addition to the BAOC medalists listed below, many fine performances by BAOC'ers resulted in narrow misses from the medals. Complete results can be found by following the links below.

The next North American Championship will be held in the Yukon in 2018 ( Put it on your calendar now​—​it's sure to be a great event!

U.S. Classic Championships (full results) (

    M70+  Silver    Chuck Spalding
    M75+  Bronze    Rich Parker

North American Championships (full results) (

Sprint Event

    F−18  Silver    Sarah Petersen
    F−20  Silver    Julia Doubson
    F40+  Bronze    Marie-Josée Parayre
    F65+  Bronze    Leslie Minarik
    M65+  Gold      Dennis Wildfogel
    M70+  Silver    Chuck Spalding
    M75+  Gold      Rich Parker
    M75+  Bronze    Evan Custer

Middle Event

    F−18  Bronze    Sarah Petersen
    M75+  Bronze    Evan Custer

Long Event

    F−18  Gold      Sarah Petersen
    M75+  Bronze    Evan Custer
    M55+  Silver    Tapio Karras

Clearly, BAOC's best event is the Sprint!

(October 7, 2016)

Steve Beuerman and Jay Hann on 2016 U.S. Trail-O Team

Congratulations to BAOC members Steve Beuerman and Jay Hann for being selected to the 2016 U.S. Trail Orienteering Team per the following announcement.

The U.S. Trail Orienteering Team is a designated group of advanced competitors that exists to promote and encourage the highest competitive standards for Trail Orienteering, and to represent the United States at international events. It is comprised of the top 10 ranked applicants in each international competitive class.
Congratulations to those named to the team for 2016:
Paralympic Class
Glen Cafferty (CROC)
Daniel Heimgartner (QOC)
David Irving (SDO) (Added after original announcement)
* Paralympic applications will continue to be accepted as long as the team is not filled.
Open Class
Karl Ahlswede (DVOA)
Steve Beuerman (BAOC)
Joe Brautigam (WCOC)
Sharon Crawford (RMOC)
Clare Durand (LAOC)
Richard H. Ebright (DVOA)
Richard Yon Ebright (DVOA)
Jay Hann (BAOC)
Mike Latva-Kokko (NEOC)
Mike Poulsen (CROC)

Notice posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA
(April 1, 2016)

2016 OUSA Rules Update Published

"The updated rules document for 2016 is now available on the OUSA website ( ( This version incorporates rule changes made at Board meetings in October, November and this week.

"Numerous changes were made to Trail-O ranking and team rules, along with the addition of TempO format.
Ski-O Championship classes and winning times were changed.
A-meet was changed to National meet.
One IC Rule change.
Links updated as necessary."

Posted to the USOFclubnet ( mailing list by , Orienteering USA Rules Committee Chair
(February 19, 2016)

Julia Doubson Wins Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award

The Wilson Family, in partnership with Orienteering USA, announced the winners of the third annual Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award. This award honors the memory of Iain Wilson by recognizing young athletes whose efforts demonstrate character through their commitment to growth and improvement in the sport as well as their contribution to the orienteering community through service and teamwork. This year’s winners, Julia Doubson of the Bay Area Orienteering Club and Jan Erik Naess of the Chicago Area Orienteering Club (CAOC), will each receive a $1,000 travel grant. The complete announcement is here (

BAOC President
(February 9, 2016)

BAOC is a 501(c)(3) Organization

After a long, arduous process, BAOC has obtained IRS classification as a 501(c)(3) organization. That means, among other things, that contributions to BAOC are tax deductible by the donor on their personal income tax return (if they itemize deductions). The designation took effect on September 25, 2013, so contributions since then are deductible.

One of the "contributions" that can be deducted is car mileage for the benefit of BAOC (but note that the IRS requires written records for the miles claimed). For example, that would include mileage for visiting parks to plan events (e.g., course setting), to attend Board meetings, and to events that you only help at (i.e., not if you enjoy the benefit of running a course). The standard mileage rate ( is 14¢ per mile (per IRS guidelines; subject to change annually). (BAOC's address of record is 335 Beverly Ave, San Leandro, CA 94577; its EIN is 46-4309358.)

BAOC Treasurer
(February 1, 2015)

Staples Discount Program

I want to let you know about the Staples Business Discount program that BAOC belongs to.

When you place a Staples copy/print order referencing our Rewards Number (2867824258), you will receive a 10% discount and BAOC will earn 10% in Staples Rewards. You can use this for BAOC printing and for any other printing needs.

You can submit orders online or in any Staples store. I can send you the login and password if you wish to place orders online.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

BAOC President
(December 22, 2011)

BAOC Membership Now Available On-line

Note: Our on-line membership process is currently not working due to a problem with accessing Google Checkout.

I've now got on-line memberships up and running on our website at this page. Renewals can also be processed this way.

In order to save some money I've chosen to break it into two steps: 1) fill out a Wufoo form to capture the membership contact information, etc., then navigate back to the BAOC website to 2) pay through Google Checkout. Once you click "Submit" on the Wufoo form, it automatically sends the information to me. You'll need a Google Checkout account to pay on-line, which you can set up in a few minutes the first time you pay this way. Please remember that your membership is not complete until you do both steps. Once I get both parts and I record the membership information, you'll get a confirming e-mail from Google that your membership has "shipped" (don't expect anything at your front door!).

There is a small cost to using Google Checkout that we have added to the one-year Individual and Family/Group memberships, which are now $16 and $21, respectively, if you pay on-line (but it saves you at least a $0.44 stamp and a lot of time). But if you sign up for multiple years or Contributing, BAOC will absorb the cost (5 years is always a good choice ).

You can still sign up at events, or by printing a membership form and sending it with a check, but I am hoping everyone will get on board and find it easier to do it on-line. Note: Please do not split the difference, i.e., fill out the Wufoo form on-line and send in a check by mail. This can be done if absolutely necessary, but it will make my life more complicated, so please avoid it if possible. If you go the other way and pay on-line and send in the form by snail mail, the form will be conveniently "lost", and we will gladly accept the voluntary "anonymous" donation.

Try it!

Membership Guy
(June 10, 2011)

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