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Basic Orienteering

Basic OrienteeringThis orienteering curriculum is a companion to OUSA's Discover Orienteering (hardcopy and e-book). Each lesson includes resources to understand, practice, and reflect upon the skills, techniques, and processes involved in getting serious about improving navigation. 

Take the full course, or focus on the parts of interest to you.

Blended classes and weekend workshops are also available.

OUSA Members: Follow this link to access the enrollment key

Non-Members 

  1. Join OUSA ($10 Juniors, $35 Adults, $45 Household)
  2. Use the OUSA Members link, above

If you really don't want to be an OUSA member, you can pay more to Register as a non-member ($15 Juniors, $50 adults) to access the enrollment key. But it probably just makes sense to join OUSA, instead!


Level 1 Coaching Certification Course

Level 1 Coach

This course covers the knowledge required to coach beginners through recreational advanced orienteers (Stages 1-3 in the Orienteering Development Model).

The blended version begins with self-paced, online instruction in the Orienteering Development Model, Fundamentals of Physical Fitness, Fundamentals of Technical Training, and SafeSport. Once completed, students continue as part of a cohort that meets weekly online for 1 month to collaboratively apply coaching concepts. In the final portion of the course, students record a coaching session, self-assess, and receive feedback from a coaching instructor.

The course can be presented locally as an extended weekend workshop for a minimum of 5 students. 

The cost of the course is $100 for OUSA members and $150 for non-members. Non-members also pay the cost of SafeSport certification if applicable ($15).

Scholarships are available for OUSA members.


OUSA Members: Follow this link to access the enrollment key

Non-Members 

  1. Join OUSA ($10 Juniors, $35 Adults, $45 Household)
  2. Use the OUSA Members link, above

If you really don't want to be an OUSA member, you can pay more to Register as a non-member ($15 Juniors, $50 adults) to access the enrollment key. But it probably just makes sense to join OUSA, instead!



Orienteering Development Model

ODM

This unit from the Level 1 Coaching Certification Course is available to OUSA members and Basic Orienteering students to learn more about OUSA's long-term orienteering development model. It may be useful to club officers thinking about how to attract more beginners to try the sport or how to keep them coming back once they realize how much fun orienteering can be.

Each lesson includes resources to understand the ODM, drawing on comparing personal experience with mastering something besides orienteering, as well as theoretical application of how coaches might use the exercises in OUSA's Discover Orienteering (hardcopy and e-book) with developing orienteers.

Take the full course, or focus on the parts of interest to you.


OUSA Members: Follow this link to access the enrollment key

Non-Members 

  1. Join OUSA ($10 Juniors, $35 Adults, $45 Household)
  2. Use the OUSA Members link, above

If you really don't want to be an OUSA member, you can pay more to Register as a non-member ($15 Juniors, $50 adults) to access the enrollment key. But it probably just makes sense to join OUSA, instead!


    Available courses

    This unit from the Level 1 Coaching Certification Course is available to OUSA members and Basic Orienteering students to learn more about OUSA's long-term orienteering development model. It may be useful to club officers thinking about how to attract more beginners to try the sport or how to keep them coming back once they realize how much fun orienteering can be.

    Each lesson includes resources to understand the ODM, drawing on comparing personal experience with mastering something besides orienteering, as well as theoretical application of how coaches might use the exercises in OUSA's Discover Orienteering (hardcopy and e-book) with developing orienteers.

    Take the full course, or focus on the parts of interest to you.

    This course is designed to teach someone who is interested in getting serious about navigation to navigate effectively. Much like learning any discipline, we'll start out by defining our terms. That may not sound very exciting, but have you ever been in a conversation when multiple people are using the same word, but actually mean different things? Or when everyone else is using a term that is unfamiliar to one person, and that individual is confused or left out of the discussion? ‌

    Thus, not only do we want to support you in becoming a better orienteer, but we want to introduce technical orienteering in a way that is clear, consistent, and allows us to be as precise in our language as we want to be in our navigation! Specifically, we will define the tools, skills, techniques, and processes used in orienteering, the landforms we see in the terrain, and the different levels of competition. Then we'll practice in the terrain, and reflect on the experience with a coach or in our Navigator's Notebooks. 

    If you're working on your own, this is a self-paced course that you can take from start to finish, or focus on areas that interest you. You'll set up your own field exercises. You can take the quizzes and reflect on your experiences in your Navigator's Notebook. If you score at least 90% on the quizzes (no limit on number of attempts) and complete all the Navigator's Notebook assignments, you can apply to receive the Basic Orienteering Badge. You will need a copy of Discovering Orienteering. Look for directions for Basic Orienteering Online students to determine how to complete each lesson.

    Organizational note

    Note that Discovering Orienteering or your coach's class is the primary source of information for each lesson. The lesson pages below complement the textbook or coach's lesson with supplementary resources, directions for field exercises to practice, and questions to reflect upon your learning.

    Here are the links to purchase Discovering Orienteering on Amazon and Google Play. Note that you can order either a paperback copy or a digital version.


    Welcome to the Level 1 Orienteering Coach Certification Course!

    This short unit will help you understand the format of the course, the materials you need, and how to communicate with the coaching staff.

    The entire course includes the Orienteering Development Model, the Fundamentals of Technical Training, the Fundamentals pf Physical Training, four Zoom sessions applying this knowledge in theoretical exercises, and a practical coaching exercise in the field. 

    The Orienteering Development Model – provides a healthy, forward-thinking approach to the progression of orienteering development, both as individuals and as a living community. You can watch an overview of the ODM on OUSA's YouTube channel.

    Athlete stretching

    How do you plan a training plan to develop physical fitness, protect against injury, and maximize individual capabilities? Coach Erin Schirm leads us through everything from the principles of training, to the major systems of the body, to an exploration of how orienteers develop their senses to be more effective in balancing physical movement with monitoring navigation. We conclude with a look at holistic fitness and how to leverage nutrition, sleep, and stress management to maximize physical training opportunities and effects.

    Each lesson includes resources to explore further, as well as a reflective assignment to think about what you can learn from your own practice as an athlete.

    We'll apply these ideas further in Module 2, when we start designing training for various athletes and groups of athletes!


    The goal of this unit is to introduce the technical aspects of orienteering in a way that is clear, consistent, and allows us to be as precise in our language as we want to be in our navigation! Specifically, we will define the tools, skills, techniques, and processes used in orienteering, the landforms we see in the terrain, and the different levels of competition. In doing so, we will provide the basic knowledge you need to coach orienteers from Stage 1 to Stage 3 of the ODM, along with access to additional information to deepen your understanding.

    Overview

     If you're an experienced orienteer, we think you can apply your background knowledge and experience to pick up on our teaching model quickly.  Rather than teaching you the skills, techniques and processes you probably already know and use, we'll focus on helping you apply your experience to teaching orienteering using our model. 

    Here's how it works:

    1. Watch this video to get an overview of OUSA's model for teaching (Video Transcript).
    2. Simultaneously enroll in Fundamentals of Technical Training - Level 1 Coach (FTT)
    3. Skim Discovering Orienteering, look through the resources in FTT, and familiarize yourself with the terms in the Glossary. You'll need to refer to them during the quiz. 
    4. Earn an average of 90% overall for the course's three quizzes. You may attempt each quiz twice.
    5. Address any questions with incorrect answers with a Coach's Notebook entry.
    6. Submit your results from an intermediate (Orange) level or higher course within the course time limit to show that you have applied these principles in the field.

    FTT: Not just technical orienteering, but a model for teaching beginners

    Consider this course a guided tour to help you focus on OUSA's teaching model for beginners. When you're done, you will have the language and background knowledge to talk not just about your own technical orienteering, but how to systematically approach teaching beginners.

    Like any model, it has its strengths and weaknesses. You'll probably apply it differently with different athletes, too. Make a note of these thoughts as they occur to you, as they'll provide food for thought in Module 2, when we apply this model to profiles of actual athletes.

    Perspective

    If you've been doing this for a long time, or if you're an elite, think about this material from the perspective of teaching relative newcomers. There are probably some approaches you take in your own orienteering that would not be appropriate for beginners. This material is meant to focus on coaching orienteers at Levels 1-3 in the Orienteering Development Model; students who are likely to be taking the accelerated version of the FTT are probably at Levels 3-5.  Remember: The practices we have developed as advanced orienteers through years of experience help us share expert thinking, but may not be appropriate for introducing the sport to newcomers.

    Ready to Enroll?

    Email the coaching team at coachingadmin@orienteeringusa.org with a short note about your orienteering experience and why you think this is the right course for you.