BURKE, VA — As MTBO America finishes the final draft on our Bylaws, we’ve come to a disagreement regarding our views regarding the official recognition of the United States Orienteering Federation (USOF). Now we want to know you you think!
One side believes that the USOF is the official organization within the United States regarding all things Orienteering since they are recognized by the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) as the authorized governing body of Orienteering in the United States of America and also the amateur sports organization that qualifies Orienteering athletes for attendance in the Olympics. With 55 Orienteering clubs nation wide, they have a large membership base that would benefit MTBO America when it comes to expanding the sport of Mountain Bike Orienteering, and the potential to invoke a grass roots movement among thousands of orienteers. USOF and MTBO America are kin and should behave as such.
The other side feels that the USOF should be ignored considering their complete lack of interest in supporting Mountain Bike Orienteering in the United States. They believe that organizations like the United States Adventure Racing Association have more in common with MTBO America than the USOF, and that MTBO America would be best served by establishing “itself” as the authorized governing body of “Mountain Bike” Orienteering in the United States of America with respects to the IOF. The USOF can keep Foot, Trail, and Ski Orienteering all they want, but does not have a monopoly on “everything” that includes a compass and a map. Adventure Racing manages just fine without USOF, why should MTBO America be any different?
So you can see our dilemma. Both sides offer excellent points making the case for officially recognizing the USOF in our bylaws even harder. I’m sure we will figure out what to do… eventually!
For now, what do you think? Commet here or follow our discussion on Facebook!