Phone call w/Erin, Guy. Regular weekly meeting. Plus prep time.
* Erin's Year One contract
: what is left to accomplish, and what do we want to have for Year 2 goals? To be discussed further.
* An action item from last week was to send out Erin's request to clubs to hold 6 training events this fall. That was sent to clubnet, and last night we talked about how to follow that up by communicating with our club liaisons and other people who could move this forward. I will continue the conversation with Guy and Erin by email.
* Erin has been communicating with Vladimir Gusiatnikov about the possibility of Vladimir putting on the selection races, possibly at his meet in March. Other possibilities include Erin creating a separate event himself, or the IS/IC champs. Vladimir's meet is attractive because it is an A meet; it's already being planned; we don't have to do extra work for it; having selection races in CA helps address complaints from west coast that we haven't put enough attention there.
* The junior fundraiser / club festival / major relay event in Harriman that Erin has been driving forward was discussed.
* At last week's Barb/Guy/Erin meeting we discussed the proposed rules change to put all 17-20 year olds on the same courses. We followed up with Clare Durand, chair of the Rules Committee, and that sparked further online discussion in the Committee. Our goal is to have that ready for Board vote at the October meeting. To recap the motivations behind the proposed rules change (originally requested by Erin): (1) Have more juniors running together and able to compare performances; this is especially important as many of our current elite juniors are in the 17/18 category, and others in the 19/20 category. The requirement for juniors to choose between competing for their schools at IS champs vs getting ranked at 20 for JWOC selection was an issue in the past as well. (2) shorten many of the course lengths to focus on developing the skill of orienteering fast, and to leave some energy for training exercises in conjunction with A meets. Occasional Long Days at Elite level helps prepare juniors for JWOC Long and the move to M/F-21+; if this is too long for some juniors they can move down to open on those few days.
Also, Erin and I met with Lisa Frost on Sunday and talked about activities for juniors at 8 upcoming meets this fall. We'd like to coordinate housing a bit, do the usual course reviews and possibly other training, and make it easy for the juniors to hang out together. We'd like to identify a (different) person to handle advance planning for each meet who could work with us.
Next week: Monday JTESC meeting. Tuesday Safety meeting.