Orienteering USA’s Junior National Program announces the 2017 Control Challenge, a fundraiser to benefit (and challenge) the athletes of the Junior National Team by pledging money for each control point athletes navigate to in meets and training before JWOC, the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Tampere, Finland this July 9 – 16.
You are always welcome to donate to Orienteering USA via their web page:http://orienteeringusa.org/support
...but this makes it a little more fun.
If you remember the 2016 challenge, you’ll see we’ve relaxed the rules quite a bit. You can pledge more money per control, or less, and the athletes challenged are not required to reach a certain number of controls before earning any money for the Team. Read on.
1. You may challenge an individual member by pledging any whole dollar amount you choose per control, with a minimum of $1 each. You are encouraged to set a dollar limit at whatever amount you are comfortable with. This year’s JNT members are named here: http://orienteeringusa.org/news/2017/us-teams/2017...
2. Multiple challengers may challenge the same athlete. Each control will be worth the combined total of the pledges from challengers. As one challenger’s pledge limit is reached, the total value of subsequent controls will be the sum of the remaining challenger(s) pledges.
3. You may challenge the entire JNT, rather than an individual member. Again, the minimum pledge per control is $1, and you may set any limit. You may also challenge a certain group of athletes to reach a combined total. For instance, challenge all the JNT members who belong to your local O-club at a given amount per control, with all those members’ controls adding into the total, up to your chosen limit.
4. Creativity in setting challenges is welcomed, within the limits of the person keeping track of all this. For instance, if you wish to encourage larger numbers of controls found, you may set a higher value for higher numbers of controls. e.g. $2 each for the first 100, and $5 each for #101 and beyond, again with any total limit you choose. If setting a threshold value jump like this, the minimum for the lower-value controls is $2. The threshold control (100 in this example) may be any number you choose.
5. Challenges are made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your real name and preferred contact method - email (preferred), phone, attackpoint message - along with the athlete(s) you wish to challenge, the dollar amount per control, your total limit, and any other stipulations you think of.
6. You may challenge anonymously, if you wish. We’ll do our best to keep knowledge of your identity known only to those needed to administer the pledge. Just let us know in your email.
7. We’ll also accept challenges in the form of messages on the AttackPoint Control Challenge thread, with the same information needed.
8. If a challenge is deemed too complicated to keep track of, we’ll reply, asking you to revise it.
9. While orienteers compete as individuals, the JNT will be training and living as a team, striving not only to improve themselves, but each other. We will not accept any challenge that could injure the cohesion of the Team, such as playing one member against another.
10. The Challenge ends July 6th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. We expect to provide a tally of your pledges met by the end of July 8th.
11. Please fulfill your pledge via OrienteeringUSA’s website: http://orienteeringusa.org/support
Click the Donate button to use a credit card (preferred), or see the instructions below the button for mailing a check. On the credit card page, check the box for “Team USA: Junior Team” and in the text box below, type “Control Challenge.”