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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 (http://orienteeringusa.org/home/news/). (Orienteering USA publishes a monthly E-newsletter. You can subscribe and access the archive here (https://orienteeringusa.org/home/newsletter/).)
CalOFest is moved to 2023
Greetings to everyone registered for the California Orienteering Festival.
Festival to take place in 2023
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and international travel restrictions, and after extensive discussions with the International Orienteering Federation, International Rogaining Federation, Orienteering Canada and Orienteering USA, we have decided to move the entire Festival to 2023. This difficult decision was made in the interests of safety and fairness.
This change includes the North American Orienteering Championships and the World Rogaining Championships. The Festival will be held in San Francisco and Tahoe-area locations during summer 2023, with dates pending IOF and IRF approvals.
Bay Area Orienteering Club will host “Tahoe 2021”:
U.S. Champs, August 6–9; N.A. Rogaining Champs, August 14–15.
For those who can still travel to California this summer, we are pleased to announce our plans for two consecutive weekends of high-quality Orienteering and Rogaining in August of 2021.
Tahoe 2021 will include the United States Orienteering Championships, August 6–9, and the North American Rogaining Championships (24-hour and 4-hour), August 14–15.
Details and registration will be available soon at baoc.org.
Permits for the event are pending, and we continue to monitor COVID safety requirements. Courses for Tahoe 2021 will not overlap NAOC 2023 courses.
What happens to your registration?
As before, current CalOFest registrations are automatically transferred to 2023; you do not have to do anything, and your fees will not increase. We hope many of you will leave your registration in place.
If you are interested in alternatives, you may write to to:
- Use the dollar value of your registration toward entry fees for Tahoe 2021.
- Request a credit for any future BAOC event.
- Request a refund.
We look forward to seeing you in California and wish you good spirits, good health, and good fitness.
California Orienteering Festival Steering Committee
(April 22, 2021)
Update from BAOC President
Dear orienteering community,
Knowing how eager everyone is to restart regular events, I want to remind everyone of the opportunity to participate in the BAOC Corona Courses posted on our website. The most recent course added to the list is at Coyote Hills and was created by John Richardson. I would like to challenge all of you to do the course before the end of April, so we can have a course review via teleconference the last week of April.
Coyote Hills Corona Course link: http://baoc.org/wiki/Schedule/2021/Coyote_Hills
Please let us know if you need help with setting up MapRun on our phone or Garmin watch. If enough people are interested, I would be happy to schedule a Zoom session for assistance.
I also want to share the news that our Regional Event Coordinators have been hard at work planning how to restart events, and the good news is that some permit applications are currently in the works. Stay tuned for more information.
Enjoy this beautiful weather. 😊
(Posted to the BayONet (https://groups.io/g/BAOC) on March 31, 2021)
South Bay Regional Event Coordinator
I am retiring as the South Bay Regional Event Coordinator (REC), and am looking for my successor. Please consider volunteering for this important job.
Being a REC is a rewarding, but not very time consuming way to support BAOC. You will work with some of the best people you have ever met. As designed, a REC has three main duties:
- Work with the Event Coordinator and the four other Regional Coordinators to develop the club schedule. (Those people are listed here.)
- Recruit event directors and course setters for the South Bay Events.
- Generally oversee the process of event production in the South Bay Region.
Some knowledge of Bay Area Orienteering is important. Knowing some of the fellow club members and being familiar with our event venues is helpful. No matter what level of experience you have, I will be happy to mentor you. You will also have the four other RECs for support and guidance. There are quite a few experienced event directors and course setters in the South Bay who are always ready to step up when asked.
The hope is to resume our regular club schedule of events in the fall. So the schedule planning process will begin this spring. There are currently four active parks at which we hold events in the South Bay: Joseph Grant, Calero, Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch, and Vasona Park. There are also a number of mapped parks that are currently unavailable due to various reasons.
If you would like to talk about this, please or call me at 510-525-1574. This is your opportunity to carve the new future for orienteering.
(March 5, 2021)
Upcoming BAOC Events for 2021
On behalf of the BOAC Board and Event Coordinators, I hope you and your families are well. We are all looking forward to bringing some normality back to our lives in 2021, and our aim is for that to include some orienteering! However, pandemic restrictions still mean that regular BAOC events will not be possible through at least the spring. We are looking forward to a return of regular events in the fall (look for another announcement on that in the near future). But, in the meantime, we are seeking out ways to safely get out into the woods.
We were very encouraged by the success of the "Corona courses" that evolved last year, and we thank all the folks involved in setting and maintaining those courses (some of which are still available to run). We intend to continue a similar format for at least the next several months. This message is both an outline of our plan, and a request for potential course setters of these new Corona courses to step forward.
Our intention is to have up to maybe a dozen Corona courses set over the next couple of months. They will be set on our existing maps, and will be flagged with survey markers. At the least, each location will have a short and a long option—possibly more. Each location will remain flagged for at least a couple of months. For every location, participants will print the map themselves and self-report their finish time to compare to others. Wherever possible, we will also have the MapRun smartphone/watch app as an option to record splits and times. Full details on all of these procedural details will come with the individual course announcements.
We will use an online table to track finish times. Each month we will have a "featured course", and participants are encouraged to complete the featured course within the month to stimulate more competition between the runners. However, the courses will remain available outside their featured month.
There will be no cost to run these courses, although charitable donations to BAOC are always gratefully received (e.g., here). 🙂
However, for all this to happen we need course setters! If you are interested in setting a Corona course, please contact me, and I and the other RECs will coordinate maps and timing. Keep in mind that while you are welcome to design completely new courses, you can also check out old courses from the results for previous events (http://baoc.org/wiki/Results/Current?year=2019&club=BAOC&class=&submit=Reload) to make the job easier. We are very grateful to Dennis Wildfogel who is preparing our first 2021 courses at Bon Tempe. Look for email on that shortly. [Ed. note: Email will be posted to the BayONet (http://groups.io/g/BAOC) mailing list, which you can subscribe to.]
Thank you all for your continued patience as we look to offer orienteering in a safe and accessible way. We are all looking forward to the time when we can again safely gather around the download tent to compare times and route choices!
and the BAOC Regional Event Coordinators
(February 16, 2021)
BAOC Yahoo Groups Have Ended
As you might have heard, Yahoo ended their Groups service on December 15, 2020.
BAOC had several groups on that platform. The club’s largest groups, the main discussion group (aka the BayONet) and the monthly distribution of the schedule of local and significant distant events, have been migrated to the Groups.io (http://groups.io/) platform. The new BAOC (http://groups.io/g/BAOC) and BAOCevents (http://groups.io/g/BAOCevents) groups are active, and invitations to join were sent to all the members of the respective Yahoo groups.
Other BAOC Yahoo groups have been “retired”: BAOCT (236 members), baoc_juniors (50 members), BAOC_AMeets (156 members), and baocrelay. The membership lists for those Yahoo groups have been saved for possible future use.
(December 16, 2020)
Use AmazonSmile and support BAOC!
Vicky and Sharon had the fantastic idea to sign up Bay Area Orienteering Club as a non-profit that is eligible to receive funding from the Amazon Foundation. This means for every eligible purchase made on AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the worth of that purchase to BAOC. We are not asking you to change where you shop or what you buy, but if you happen to shop on Amazon, it would be great if you took 5 minutes to sign up for AmazonSmile. This does not have any impact on your Amazon Prime membership, the products are the same, and it costs you nothing.
We estimated that if we get 300 people to sign up for AmazonSmile, and they each spend $200/month on average, the club could get $3,600 over the course of next year. In a year when we have not been able to collect fees at events, every dollar counts!
Please take the time to sign up for AmazonSmile before the Holidays, and ask your friends and extended families to use it as well to support BAOC.
How do I sign up for AmazonSmile?
On your desktop, simply go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your Amazon credentials. You will be prompted to select the charity to which you want the donations applied. Make sure to select “Bay Area Orienteering Club”, not “BAOC”, because apparently there is such a thing as the Bay Area Organizing Committee.
If you use the Amazon App on your phone, you should be able to activate AmazonSmile in Settings. Alternatively, you can also download the AmazonSmile app.
For AmazonSmile sign-up instructions, you can also go here (http://www.aboutamazon.com/news/community/how-to-sign-up-for-amazonsmile).
Are all purchases eligible?
No, not all products are eligible. But as far as I can tell so far, many of the products I normally would buy on Amazon are eligible. You can tell if a product is eligible when a small “stamp” that says “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” appears in the product description.
For more information on AmazonSmile, you can go here (http://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-amazonsmile-works-and-should-you-use-it-4164531).
Please let me know if you have any questions or you need help with signing into AmazonSmile!
(December 11, 2020)
New Information for California Orienteering Festival Is Available
The website (http://cal-o-fest.com) for the California Orienteering Festival has been updated with news about the status and plans. See the news notice on the Cal-O-Fest website (http://cal-o-fest.com) (click on the square at the bottom of the NEWS panel to open it in full-screen mode). Also, Bulletin #3 is available here (https://cal-o-fest.com/#!bulletin).
Registration for the 2021 event is open. Registrations for the canceled 2020 event were automatically transferred to 2021. If you want to make changes to your registration, please contact the .
The Steering Committee of the California Orienteering Festival
(November 26, 2020)
Event Schedule Status Report
I hope everyone is doing well and holding up during this time of pandemic and multiple wildfires!
As you are undoubtedly aware, the COVID-19 virus has caused havoc with our 2020 event schedule, with no events held in months.
I’m writing to let you know that all of us Regional Event Coordinators are keeping close tabs on our venues, and regularly contacting the officials at each to see when we might hope to schedule an event.
Our primary challenges are:
- Waiting for venues to begin accepting applications for group events like ours.
- Once applications are allowed, finding out each location’s new rules on COVID safety.
- Along with the above, working out how to hold an event as safely as possible, while still making it worthwhile for the club to hold the event.
Needless to say, the challenges above are so far impossible to complete, as no venue has yet told us they are accepting event applications. Once permission is received, figuring out how best to hold the event, in a manner that is as safe as possible, has been a point of much discussion within our group.
While the above news is rather dreadful, I can give some hopeful news that at least two of our locations have told us that they “may” start accepting applications next month, for events to occur starting in October. This is all predicated on the state and local governments easing restrictions by then, something that is by no means certain.
The multiple “Corona” courses have been the bright spot for our club this year! Several inspired club members have set up courses in many of our parks, on a do-it-yourself, one-person-at-a-time basis. These courses are listed on our club’s website here—I encourage everyone to get out and try one when you have the chance. To complete these courses, download the course map from the respective webpage (or a linked webpage), and just go out by yourself and have fun! These courses have been drawn in both wilderness and urban terrain, so courses can be found to fit almost any challenge level you seek.
Hopefully the situation will improve soon for all of us, and with luck we can get back to doing what we love soon, maybe before the end of this year!
BAOC Event Coordinator
(August 25, 2020)
Julia Doubson Completed JWOC 2020 Simulation
Congratulations to Julia Doubson for completing her week-long JWOC (Junior World Orienteering Championships) simulation. Since JWOC 2020 has been postponed (http://www.jwoc2020.org/), the National Team decided to have a simulation week where each athlete completes all the courses that are part of the JWOC schedule. You can find information in the Junior National Team Blog (https://usajuniororienteering.wordpress.com/blog/).
In addition, I would like to thank all the BAOC course setters who took time to prepare courses for Julia. She was able to run a Sprint course at the Presidio, Middle courses at Annadel and Black Diamond Mines, a Long course at Big Basin, and finally a Relay at Morgan Territory. This is a good example of the support the club has been proving to athletes trying to reach new heights.
Thank you all, and well done Julia. 😊
(July 1, 2020)
New Dates for California Orienteering Festival Announced
The postponed California Orienteering Festival has been rescheduled to August 2–15, 2021, including the North American Championships (NAOC) on August 5–7 and World Rogaining Championships (WRC) on August 14–15. The complete schedule is available in the news notice on the Cal-O-Fest website (http://cal-o-fest.com) (click on the square at the bottom of the NEWS panel to open it in full-screen mode).
Registrations for the 2020 event are automatically transferred to 2021. If you want to make changes to your registration, please contact the .
The Steering Committee of the California Orienteering Festival
(May 5, 2020)
California Orienteering Festival Postponed One Year
The California Orienteering Festival organizers, after much deliberation, have decided to postpone the festival, including the North American Championships (NAOC) and World Rogaining Championships (WRC), until the summer of 2021. The global health emergency, with its travel and assembly restrictions, means that we cannot hold regional or international championships while protecting the health and safety of our competitors.
The 2021 festival program and event locations will remain the same. We are trying to schedule the event at a similar time frame; we expect the new dates to be confirmed within weeks. Once the dates are approved by the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) and the International Rogaining Federation (IRF), and after we have confirmed with landowners, sponsors, and other stakeholders, we will announce the new dates.
Current registrations are automatically transferred to 2021—you do not have to do anything, your fees will not increase, and you are guaranteed entry! We encourage you to leave your registration in place. However, for those interested in a refund, please visit our updated website registration page for details, or contact the registrar.
We wish you all the best in these difficult times. Stay healthy and fit, and we look forward to seeing you in beautiful California for an exciting summer in 2021!
The Steering Committee of the California Orienteering Festival
Notice posted to the BayONet (http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/baoc/info) mailing list by ; also posted on the event website (http://cal-o-fest.com/)
(April 2, 2020)
Orienteering USA Policy for COVID-19 Mitigation
At their emergency meeting tonight, the OUSA Board passed the following policy:
"OUSA official policy regarding COVID-19 mitigation:
"1. Clubs should promote the health, safety and wellness of orienteers and volunteers above all else. Clubs are expected to follow national and local governmental regulations and guidelines. Clubs are strongly discouraged from holding gatherings or traditional events for the immediate future to mitigate the spread of the virus.
"2. Sanctioning of OUSA events and championships scheduled through the end of April 2020 is suspended. Clubs are encouraged to postpone events to a later date and will be given priority and preference for open dates in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. The suspension of sanctioning for additional events will be considered as they approach, based on current conditions.
"3. Alternatives to traditional events that implement social isolation and avoid gatherings are encouraged. For example, course maps can be distributed or made available online. Individuals can print maps and run courses on their own without increasing their potential transmission interactions."
Notice posted to the USOFclubnet (https://groups.google.com/a/orienteeringusa.org/forum/#!forum/clubnet) mailing list by , President, Orienteering USA
(March 16, 2020)
Julia Doubson Selected U.S. Junior Orienteer of the Year
Congratulations to Julia Doubson who was named today the Junior Orienteer of the Year by OUSA. Way to go Julia. BAOC is proud of all your accomplishments and dedication to the sport. Keep up your hard work!
From the announcement (https://orienteeringusa.org/2020/02/2019-competitive-award-winners/) of the annual awards:
- "Awarded to the best U.S. orienteer in 2019 under the age of 21, based on results at national and international events.
- "Julia was the top U.S. female in the Sprint (62nd) and Middle (52nd in the A final) distances at JWOC and took a step up to F21 towards the end of the season, earning a gold and two silver medals at the U.S. Nationals. She is ranked third in F21."
(February 6, 2020)
2019 BAOC Service Award Recipient
Congratulations to Marie-Josée Parayre for being selected for the 2019 BAOC Service Award. Marie-Josée is a long-time member of BAOC, and is an active, enthusiastic volunteer. Her many contributions include directing numerous local and national events; chaperone for BAOC teams at Junior Nationals; spearheading the design, ordering, and distribution of new club uniforms; serving on the Event Coordination Team for two years; and member of the Steering Committee for the 2020 California Orienteering Festival (https://cal-o-fest.com/), for which she serves as Volunteer Coordinator.
(Nominations for the award were submitted by club members, and the recipient was selected by previous recipients.)
(December 27, 2019)
New Model For Club Event Coordination
BAOC is introducing a new Event Coordination Model for 2018. The goal is to schedule more events in a manner that is satisfying to club members, takes less time commitment, and puts less pressure on individual volunteers.
The new model has five Regional Event Coordinators working as a team. Together, the RECs will be responsible for the yearly schedule. Each of the team members will be recruiting Event Directors and Course Setters for 5–8 events per year. The team is already actively at work. It is currently composed of club members who are committed to the model and have substantial experience of producing BAOC events.
A second feature of the new model is to have the yearly schedule substantially completed by the Fall of the previous year, with most Event Directors and Course Setters recruited for the new year. Where possible, park permits will be obtained before October 1, or soon thereafter.
We will be asking each advanced orienteer to volunteer to take the role of ED or CS for at least one event per year. Of course, there will be some who will not be able to make this commitment, and that is OK, but expect to be asked.
Our National Event Coordinator, , is working closely with the new team. He has already scheduled another exciting COW (California Orienteering Week) National Event in conjunction with GCO for next March. A big thanks goes to Dennis, who took on the job of filling out the 2017 schedule when Steve Harrison, the EC for the past two years, had to resign because of increased work duties.
We hope that this is a model that can be sustained through the years, and that will have the support of club members. Ultimately, the vision is that the model will result in a strong future for BAOC.
Here are some advantages of the new model:
- The recruiting of volunteers will be a less-pressured process.
- Course Setters will have more time to design their courses.
- Club members can more easily plan their racing and training schedules.
- Early applications for park permits will save the club money. It will also make for smoother relations with the park managers.
- The club can better plan programs such as Summer Series and Club Rankings Series.
- There will be more time for advertising and promotion.
- When a Regional Event Coordinator retires, the lighter workload will make it easier to find a successor.
Let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
, South Bay REC (and team lead)
Coordinates events at Big Basin, Calero, Harvey Bear, Joe Grant, Pacheco, Vasona, and Willow Glen
, North Bay REC
Coordinates events at Bon Tempe, Indian Valley, Lake Hermann, Spring Lake, and Tamarancho
, East Bay REC
Coordinates events at Briones, Las Trampas, Morgan Territory, Shell Ridge, Sunol, and UC Berkeley
, San Francisco and Sierra Nevada REC
Coordinates events at Golden Gate Park, McLaren Park, and Presidio of S.F.; Burton Creek, Little Truckee Summit, NorthStar, and Spooner Lake
, Peninsula and East Bay REC
Coordinates events at Bayfront Park, Emerald Hills, Huddart Park, Montebello, and Stanford; Joaquin Miller, Oyster Point, Point Pinole, and Tilden Park
"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: http://fliphtml5.com/bookcase/aigx
"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 (https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/USOFclubnet/) mailing list by , Orienteering USA VP/Clubs
(December 31, 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 (http://www.irs.gov/Tax-Professionals/Standard-Mileage-Rates) 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.)
(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.
(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.
(June 10, 2011)
Items previously posted on this page are available here.