Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, May 26, 2013

2013 US WOC Team Age


I took my nearly annual look at the average and median age of the US WOC team.

Here are the results:

Year     Avg      Median
2013     28.9     29.5
2012     30.2     29.5
2011     ??.?     ??.?
2010     33.4     31.0
2009     32.4     30.0
2008     31.4     30.5
2007     ??.?      ??.?
2006     ??.?      ??.?
2005     30.8     28.0
2004     32.4     31.5

2013 is the lowest average age among the US WOC teams where I've done the math.  Part of that is that one junior was named to the team (Ethan Childs).  Someone told me that while he was named to the team he might not be going.  If that happens, I guess I'll update the math.

2013 is the first time that I've calculated team ages and had the average below the median.

A few years ago I looked at the ages for as many of the entrants as I could at a WOC and a European Champs and came up with categories based on ages:

Very young = under 21 (3 percent of the field)
Young = 21-25 (37 percent of the field)
Prime = 26-30 (39 percent of the field)
Old = 31-36 (13 percent of the field)
Very old = 36 and up (8 percent of the field)

The US WOC Team for 2013 has one "very young" orienteer, two "young" orienteers, three "prime" orienteers, three "old" orienteers and one "very old" orienteer.

You could apply the categories to the team average age.  In 2013, the average age is 28.9, which puts the average age in the "prime" category.  In prior years (keeping in mind that I've only done the math for 7 WOCs) the average age has always been "old."

*Ages are based on the year of birth that I found on runners.worldofo.com or Attackpoint.

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posted by Michael | 5:56 PM


37 Year Old Orienteering Map


Orienteering first got started around here back in the mid 1970s.  A group called the Johnson County Outdoor Society put on a few events and some of their members eventually started PTOC in Kansas City.  One of their main areas was Shawnee Mission Park.

The map above is Shawnee Mission Park, but it isn't the map that PTOC used.  Back in the mid 1970s, PTOC used a black and white photocopy of the U.S.G.S. topo.

Since the USGS photocopies weren't so good to use, George M created his own map!  Instead of using the map the organizers provided, George (and others who had his map) could copy the course onto their map.  I think it was a distinct advantage. Above is the map that George made and the route is the course that Gene drew on it.  I think you can see that it is very easy to read and no less detailed than a USGS topo.

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posted by Michael | 5:18 PM


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