Orienteering 50:00 
Today was the fall training day for the Mid-Atlantic Junior Regional Team.
With the help of guest coach Alex, I think the day was a success. We had six juniors, including Kirsten, who traveled all the way from PA to attend.
The first part of the AM training was a control pick, to get the juniors thinking about map reading, control exit angles, and get them used to the map. We met up at the end of the control pick and split up into two groups. In each group, people took turns leading a leg and talking out loud about what they were doing for that leg. I was impressed with how well my orienteered and thought about route selection and execution.
After a short break, the juniors went and ran their courses at the regular QOC meet. I asked them to run courses that would take them under an hour, and to try to run those courses at racing speed. As a result, our juniors had the top two results on yellow and the top two on orange. It is good for them to sometimes run their age classes and practice orienteering at speed, rather than always running up and just trying to complete their courses.
This was followed by lunch and a discussion about the courses.
After a short break, we explained the next exercise and sent the juniors back out into the woods. This was a handrail and attack point training. Each leg was meant to be run along a fairly solid handrail (or combination of handrails) to a distinct attack point, where a control was hanging. From there, the goal was to be very precise with the attack to the actual control, which only had a streamer.
Alex and I went out into the woods and spent some time watching the juniors before picking up some flags.
We finished up with a debrief of what went well and what didn't, as well as a discussion of takeaways from the training day.
It was so much fun to work with this great group of enthusiastic and talented juniors with great attitudes!! And a huge thank you to everyone who helped: coach Alex, lunch supervisor Alli, control collector Vido, control hangers Kevin and Hannah, and all the parents who lent me their kids for the day.