Florida JROTC Orienteering Team Ranking Report  March 2018

 

“Good Things Come In Small Packages”

By Gord Hunter

 

“Good Things Come In Small Packages”: that saying is used in so many ways by so many people to explain that bigger is not always better. ‘Don’t judge a gift by the size of the package’. ‘Large stores don’t always provide better quality than the small ones’, etc etc.

In Florida JROTC orienteering circles that saying could easily be applied to the South Sumter HS Orienteering Team. South Sumter has a very small NJROTC program, so small that it operates without Navy funding. However that has not stopped them from establishing their orienteering team at the top of the Florida JROTC team rankings and finishing third overall at the recent Navy Nationals JROTC Orienteering Championships, probably the highest placing ever by a Florida team.

The newly-established Florida JROTC orienteering team rankings track each teams’ results over the past 12 months, assign a point value to each result and count up to a team’s best five results over that 12 month period. Each month that new results are added to the rankings, year old results are dropped. The ranking points of the top ten teams in each category are announced as are the names of a few schools ‘knocking on the door’, close to the top ten.

How has the small South Sumter program risen to the top? It seems to have started with the dedicated parent/volunteer coaching and leadership of Bob Thompson and continued with the leadership of team captain Robert Weller and his older brother, team graduate Bryan Weller. It continues with instructor Victor Martinez getting the team to a lot of events, probably close to 20 events over the last two years and with a large team feeding improving novices on to the intermediate and advanced courses.

South Sumter is not alone with the large team/ lots of events/ quality practice formula. Lakewood Ranch and JW Mitchell High Schools are right up there as well. Gaither and Titusville who joined South Sumter at the Navy Nationals, get to fewer events but are also noteworthy for their consistently strong results.

The Top Ten of some 40 schools in each category are:

 

The Rankings for March 2018:

Overall

School

School District

1

South Sumter

Sumter

92

2

Titusville

Brevard

71

3

Gaither

Hillsborough

68

4

LakewoodRanch

Manatee

63

5

JW Mitchell

Pasco

57

6

Boca Raton

Palm Beach

54

7

Robinson

Hillsborough

44

8

Dunedin

Pinellas

40

9

Central

Hernando

37

10

Umatilla

Lake

30

10

Venice

Sarasota

30

‘Knocking on the door’: West Nassau (Nassau)

 

Green

Advanced

School

School District

1

Titusville

Brevard

76

2

South Sumter

Sumter

71

3

LakewoodRanch

Manatee

57

4

Gaither

Hillsborough

50

5

JW Mitchell

Pasco

41

6

Venice

Sarasota

33

7

Boca Raton

Palm Beach

32

8

Francis Marion

Marion

27

9

Robinson

Hillsborough

26

10

Dunedin

Pinellas

24

Knocking on the door: Central (Hernando)

 

Orange

Intermediate

School

School District

1

South Sumter

Sumter

82

2

JW Mitchell

Pasco

67

3

LakewoodRanch

Manatee

60

4

Gaither

Hillsborough

52

5

Titusville

Brevard

50

6

Boca Raton

Palm Beach

48

7

Robinson

Hillsborough

38

8

Central

Hernando

36

9

Bayside

Brevard

28

10

Venice

Sarasota

27

10

West Nassau

Nassau

27

Knocking on the door: Dunedin (Pinellas)

 

Yellow

Novice

Points

School

School District

1

Gaither

Hillsborough

76

2

JW Mitchell

Pasco

70

3

LakewoodRanch

Manatee

69

4

South Sumter

Sumter

61

5

Titusville

Brevard

39

6

Robinson

Hillsborough

38

7

Venice

Sarasota

32

8

Central

Hernando

30

8

Winter Park

Orange

30

10

Umatilla

Lake

29

Knocking on the door: Bayside (Brevard), Vanguard (Marion) Crystal River (Citrus)

 

How are the Rankings calculated?

·         For each category in each event each team scores one point.

·         Teams score one extra point for each of the teams they best in the category standings.

·         The top three teams earn a 5-3-1 point bonus for placing first, second or third in the category.

·         A team’s five best results over the last 12 months count in the standings.

 

The next Orienteering Team Rankings will be released at the end of March 2018 in advance of the Suncoast and Florida state orienteering championships.