Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

A quick note on event quality


Several discussions are going on at Attackpoint about event quality. Apparently there were a few problems with an A-meet last weekend, some of which are probably related to the event being organized by just a few people. I've got a couple of thoughts about organizing good events....

1. Events tend to have higher quality (however you define it) when the emphasis within the organizing club is on putting on a good event for everyone who is traveling. Events are more likely to have problems when many of the organizing club's member also compete - viewing the event as a chance to get in an A-meet without the travel.

2. The skills of organizing a good meet can be quite different from the skills many orienteers have. Of course, there are lots of technical issues with organizing an event (like mapping and course setting). But in many ways, organizing a good event is a management problem. It's like managing a work team. I don't think all that many orienteers have management experience. There are a lot of orienteers who do technical work (like programming or engineering) or who teach. There aren't a lot of orienteers (as far as I know) who manage people.

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posted by Michael | 8:55 PM


I don't know the problems or A meet referred to, but I think you hit some very important nails on the head with both general statements.

Point #1 (competing and working) has been a particular source of frustration for me, and that is coming from a large club in the geographic heart of US orienteering, with an abundance of opportunities.

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