Train to Train Program

Our Train to Train program is our program for those in the Train to Train stages of Orienteering Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (the Train to Train stages loosely correspond to teenagers). This is a new program for Orienteering Ottawa in 2018. Our goal is to create a program that:

  • is fun and enjoyable (for someone who wants to pursue orienteering with a view to racing competitively);
  • is focused on building navigation, training, and overall sport skills;
  • teaches and supports athletes to approach competitive orienteering with dedication, commitment, and passion;
  • fosters a strong bond between participants so that they train together and push each other outside of the program setting;
  • builds athletes that can be role models for others in the club;
  • helps parents support their young athletes in their competitive orienteering goals.

Young athletes who have enjoyed the Learn to Train program and are interested in training multiple times a week and competing in orienteering should consider registering for the Train to Train program. We are also open to athletes with backgrounds from other sports in the Train to Train age range (~13-17). Please contact head coach Jeff Teutsch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss. 

Program Structure and Schedule

The Train to Train program is designed as a yearly program divided into 3 seasons - spring, summer, and fall. We encourage participants to sign up for the entire year but do offer the option to sign up for one season at a time. 

The 2018 spring season will be 11 weeks from the week of April 9th to the week of June 21st.
The 2018 summer season will be quite flexible (based on athletes' and coaches' summer plans) but will run from July 2nd to the week of August 27th.
The 2018 fall season will be 10 weeks from September 10th to the week of November 12th.

There will be a one week break between each season.

Each season will start with a program meeting for parents and athletes to discuss the season. The spring season meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 5th from 6:30 to 8:00. 

Spring and Fall

The spring and fall seasons include 3 training sessions per week:

Wednesday: Running training with coach Francis Kawam. 6:00 - 7:30 pm mostly at Frank Ryan park at Stuart Kettles St and Maplewood Ave but sometimes alternative nearby locations for some variety.

Thursday: Navigation training with head coach Jeff Teutsch with the Thursday Navigation Training program in April and May. These sessions are from 6:30 to 8:00 each week in a different location (in the West End stretching from downtown to north of Kanata). See the Thursday Navigation Training page for the schedule. After the last of these sessions we will either continue with our own sessions on Thursday evenings or switch to include the Summer Solstice Series on Tuesday evening. 

Sunday: Coaching from head coach Jeff Teutsch at and participation in our Spring and Fall Series Events (Series du printemps et d'automne) on Sunday mornings (10:00 am to 12:30 pm). On weekends when there isn't a series event we will schedule an alternative session. 

Additional coaching support: Our experienced coaches will also provide advice on what else athletes should be doing during the week, and injury, nutrition, and other support and advice.

Out of Town Events: We will try to arrange one coach supported trip to an out-of-town weekend orienteering event in 2018. See information below. 

Summer

The summer schedule will be flexible to accommodate athletes' and coaches' summer vacation plans. We will determine as much of a schedule as we can at the start of season meeting and then fill in the rest of the schedule as the season progresses. 

As much as possible, the same coaching support will be provided as in the spring and fall. 

Competitions

The Train to Train program includes participation in several age class competitions (as well as the club's Spring Training Weekend) throughout the year. Included in these competitions are Ottawa O-Fest (the Ontario Champs) and the Challenge the GATs Rogaine in October. We also want to provide some of level organized program trip or coaching support at at least one out-of-town event in 2018. The following table shows all the events athletes' can compete in. We will select which events are officially coach supported by the program at our seasonal meetings.

All of these events have additional registration fees not included in the base program fee. For out of town events there may be an additional fee for coaching or a group trip. 

Dates

Event (with link to event site)

Location

Driving Time from Ottawa

April 21-22

West Point National Meet

West Point, NY

6.5 hours

April 28-29

Troll Cup and Junior National Champs

Mount Tom, Holyoke, MA

6.5 hours

June 1-3

Orienteering Ottawa Spring Training Weekend

Westport/Perth

1-1.5 hours

August 17-24

COC + NAOC 2018

Whitehorse, the Yukon

Not within driving range

October 6-8

Ottawa O-Fest (is Ontario Champs)

Wakefield / Gatineau

--

October 20

Orienteering Ottawa Rogaine

Gatineau

--

TBD

Yet to be scheduled Montreal Ramblers Events

Montreal area

1.25 - 3 hours

Fees

Spring = $200

Includes:

  • 3 sessions per week (Wednesday running training, Thursday navigation training and Sunday events) for 11 weeks
  • Annual Orienteering Ottawa membership - $10

Additional fees for:

  • Optional - Out of town trip with coaching to either the West Point National Meet in NY or the Troll Cup and Junior National Champs in MA
  • Entry Fees for Orienteering Ottawa’s Spring Training Weekend
  • Season’s pass / Sunday events registration fee ($60 for a season pass or $6/event at around 8-10 events per spring and fall season)

 

Summer = $80

Includes:

  • Up to 3 sessions per week for up to 8 weeks depending on coach and athlete availability over the summer
  • Annual Orienteering Ottawa membership - $10

Additional fees for:

  • Optional - Out of town trip with coaching to the COCs and NAOCs in the Yukon in August
  • Optional - Season’s pass / SOAR events registration fee ($60 for a season pass or $6/event at around 4 events per summer)

 

Fall = $180

Includes:

  • 3 sessions per week (Wednesday running training, Thursday navigation training and Sunday events) for 10 weeks
  • Coaching and support at Ottawa O-Fest (the Ontario Champs)
  • Coaching and support at the Challenge the GATs Rogaine
  • Annual Orienteering Ottawa membership - $10

Additional fees for:

  • Event entry fees for Ottawa O-Fest
  • Event entry fees for the Challenge the GATs Rogaine
  • Season’s pass / Sunday events registration fee ($60 for a season pass or $6/event at around 8-10 events per spring and fall season)

 

Year = $420

Includes:

  • Everything included in the individual seasons above
  • Season’s pass = $60 value

Additional fees for:

  • Optional - Spring out of town trip with coaching to either the West Point National Meet in NY or the Troll Cup and Junior National Champs in MA
  • Optional - Out of town trip with coaching to the COCs and NAOCs in the Yukon in August
  • Entry Fees for Orienteering Ottawa’s Spring Training Weekend
  • Event entry fees for Ottawa O-Fest (Fall)
  • Event entry fees for the Challenge the GATs Rogaine (Fall)

Registration

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If you have any questions about registration or any other aspect of the program you can ask head coach Jeff Teutsch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..