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 (teenagers). This is a relatively new program for Orienteering Ottawa which held the first pilot season in 2018.

Our goal is to grow 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). 

Program Structure and Schedule

Following information was for the 2022 year.  Plans for 2023 will be posted early in 2023.

Spring: 9 weeks from April 11th to June 13th

Fall: 8 weeks from September 12th to Nov 7th

The program is designed as a yearly program divided into spring and fall seasons with summer travel and races if desired. We encourage participants to sign up for the entire year but do offer the option to sign up for one season at a time.   

Spring and fall training schedule

The standard weekly schedule for the fall season is as follows. There may be the odd exception to this because of championship races, etc. We will do our best to communicate this well in advance. 

Tuesday 6:00-7:45 pm: Running training with coach Sheldon Hancock. These sessions are mostly at Frank Ryan park at Stuart Kettles St and Maplewood Ave but sometimes alternative nearby locations for some variety.

Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm: Orienteering technique training with head coach Jeff Teutsch with the Thursday Orienteering Practices. These sessions are from 6:30 to 8:00 each week in a different location. See the Thursday Orienteering Pratices page for the schedule. 

Sunday 10:00-12:30 pm: Participation in local Fall Series events. These sessions include a group warm-up and coaching from head coach Jeff Teutsch race participation, and a chance to debrief with Jeff after the race. See the Fall Series page for more information and the schedule. Thursday Orienteering Pratices page for the schedule. *Regular Sunday events will not be taking place on Sept 19th and and Oct 17th due to the Québec Champs and Ottawa O-Fest. 

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: Normally we arrange one coach supported trip to an out-of-town weekend orienteering event per season. This will not be happening this spring but may in the fall depending on the COVID situation. 

Competitions

Participants are encouraged to attend the following age class competitions:

West Point National Event - April 23-24, West Point, NY

Canadian Orienteering Champs and festival - July 1-10, Calgary, AB and Cranbrook, BC

Ottawa O-Fest - fall (exact dates tbd), Gatineau, QC

Participants will be responsible for their own registration, transportation, and accommodation for events this year. Coaching will be provided at Ottawa O-Fest and on Sunday for the Québec Champs.    

Fees

Full Year = $380

Includes:

  • 3 sessions per week (Tuesday running training, Thursday navigation training, Sunday morning events) for 9 weeks
  • Annual Orienteering Ottawa membership - $10
  • Annual registration DOES include a season's pass for event registration fees - $70

Spring = $180

Includes:

  • 3 sessions per week (Tuesday running training, Thursday navigation training, Sunday morning events) for 9 weeks
  • Annual Orienteering Ottawa membership - $10
  • Spring Season registration does NOT include a season's pass for event registration fees

Fall = $200

Includes:

  • 3 sessions per week (Tuesday running training, Thursday navigation training, Sunday morning events) for 8 weeks
  • Annual Orienteering Ottawa membership - $10
  • Spring Season registration does NOT include a season's pass for event registration fees
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Registration

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