We have this great opportunity to form an orienteering team at the high school, but we are having trouble recruiting. It's a great opportunity because we have the support of the athletic director, and he is encouraging us to make it a real varsity sport - with serious training. I think it's pretty cool to have the opportunity to work with kids on orienteering 5 days a week. But students can only do one sport at a time, and some of our prospects choose other sports while others are not up for the time commitment. We need to find a way to recruit onto the team.
One idea we had was to form a less-intensive but really fun club during the winter to play orienteering games and prepare for the Junior Nationals. We can include the athletes who are doing other sports on a club. If they can bring their friends and others onto the club, maybe some of those new people would want to keep orienteering on a team. Not sure the athletic director is a fan of this idea. Also, forming a club is not easy. There is a process and a wait list, and our mid-year request is out of order. Another possibility is to have it be winter training for the sport, but I don't know if that would exclude the kids who are current athletes, and whether it would feel as open.
We can also talk to coaches of other sports that are over-subscribed.
The timing of Junior Nationals is awkward for us, coming at the beginning of the spring sports season. This means we can't train up an orienteering team and then go to Nationals. Instead we plan to focus the team on a series of local races, that would be built up in future years, if this whole thing keeps rolling, into a Boston-area interscholastic league.