UMD College Park

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March 30

UMDPre-registration is required for this event and will open Monday, March 25 at 6pm and close at noon on *Friday* March 29. There will be no day-of registration.

This Saturday SCORE-O event will be on the beautiful campus of the University of Maryland. This is the alma mater of many QOC members, including your event directors. We encourage you to show your school spirit and wear something from your own alma mater or current school.

Ted Good is the course setter for the event and has also updated the map. Thanks to QOC members and professors at UMD, Rob Briber and Dan Lathrop, for help in arranging for this event, and many thanks to the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering for allowing our access to the Kim Building and Plaza.

Check in will open about 9:45am and courses will open at 10:00am. The time limit for the course is 1.5 hours. Please plan your Score-O run such that you finish by 3pm. For further details, please read both the general Score-O description and detailed course notes below.

Directions and Parking: Click here to view maps with entrances to UMD marked with blue dot, parking details, and meet registration location (Kim Building). Per the map, visitors may park at Xfinity Center Parking Lots XX1, RR2, 9b, 11b. Please do not park in the Smaller Lots (CC, T, DD, GG1, etc) unless you have valid faculty or staff permit. A large web-based interactive map of campus is here. Registration is 450m from the parking lots.

Keep in mind:

  • QOC will continue to use pre-registration as the ONLY method of signing up for our meets. There will be NO day-of, on-site registration. Refunds are paid only in the case of event cancellation.
  • Restrooms for QOC use will be in the Kim Engineering Building.
  • Metal spikes are not allowed inside any UMD building or on the course.
  • There is no water on the course. Participants are responsible for their own hydration. Water fountains are available inside the Kim Building. There are no snacks offered by QOC.
  • Pets are permitted on campus but must be leashed at all times.
  • Free Beginner Instruction will be available, but please reach out to the Event Director if you have a group, so we can plan accordingly. Score-O at the University of Maryland campus offers a fun, family-friendly orienteering experience in a unique location. See the general description below if you are not familiar with the Score-O format.
  • If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our volunteer signup page. You can also contact one of the event directors listed in the table below.
  • Some older e-punches (SI-8) only support 30 controls (more info). If you own an older style, newer punches that can hold 50 controls will be available to borrow.
Group Leaders: Please see our For Group Leaders page if you are leading a youth or large group – even though you will be pre-registering online. Please contact the Event Director with your plans and numbers for their awareness. The size of start teams (groups of individuals orienteering together with one e-punch) on a course must be no more than four (4) individuals (juniors and adults combined).

Score-O Orienteering Description: This College Park event will take place on the University of Maryland (UMD) campus, with an updated map by course setter Ted Good. This event will use a Score-O format. There will be numerous controls scattered around the campus, all marked on the map, but without the usual lines connecting the controls. Your goal is to visit as many of them as you can, in any order, within a predefined time limit. All controls have the same point value, one point for each control you visit. The time limit for the course is 1.5 hours (i.e. 90 minutes). You will lose one point for every minute, or fraction of a minute exceeding that time. For example, if you visit 25 controls but finish with a time of 92 minutes and 30 seconds your final score will be calculated as 25 control pts minus 3 penalty pts = 22 pts. Bring a watch or phone to keep track of your time. You may start at any time during your preregistered time slot but allow for time to plan out your course before starting.


U. Maryland, College Park, Kim Engineering Plaza (Score-O)

RegistrationAdvance registration will be required. Registration will open Monday, March 25 at 6pm and close at noon on *Friday* March 29.
Start TimesStart times will be by windows (to be defined for this event before registration opens).
ScheduleSaturday, March 30
10:00 am - 3:00 pmScore-O:
Event Director:David Rager
Event Director:Reiko Rager
Course Designer:Ted Good
Location Details

U. Maryland, College Park
Kim Engineering Plaza
Google Map

Check-in is at the Kim Engineering Building Plaza, an open area on the West side of Paint Branch Drive. We recommend entering UMD on Campus Dr. from the East, and then turning right very soon onto Paint Branch. Drive North on Paint Branch Dr., pass the QOC check-in site on your left, continue North across a small stream and then park in lots 9B, XX1, or 11B. These lots should be free on the weekend.

From the Beltway: Travel to exit 25 and get on Rt 1 heading south. Then travel about 2 miles south on Rt 1 and turn right on Campus Drive (entering the University of Maryland).

From Baltimore: Take I-95 S, and at the Capital Beltway (I-495) take the exit for Rt 1 south (to College Park). Travel about 2 miles south on Rt 1 and turn right on Campus Drive (entering the University of Maryland).

From Washington DC downtown: Take Rt 1 (Baltimore Avenue) north to College Park. Turn left on Campus Drive in College Park city.
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Entry FeesIndividual Entries

Note: juniors = under 21

Club Member, adult Club Member, junior Non-Member, adult Non-Member, junior
$10 $5 $20 $5

Group Entries

Participants are welcome to orienteer together as a group (up to the maximum for that event; usually 4). Each member of a group is charged their individual rate as shown above, up to a group total of $30 (maximum), and each receives a map. A group receives one epunch. Individuals or groups desiring to compete on a second course after completing their first can do so for a reduced fee of $2/map subject to approval at the event by the Event Director.

Important Notes
  • If you wish to become a QOC member you should join online in advance via this webpage (which also explains the member benefits). Membership is completely optional.
  • Most of our events use an 'epunch' timing chip for electronic timing. Individuals or groups without their own epunch will be loaned one for that event. Loaned epunches that are lost incur a $40 replacement fee. Epunches (also known as SI-cards or finger sticks) can be purchased from online vendors as described here.
  • Former QOC members who have let their membership lapse pay non-member fees.
  • Compasses are available at no charge, but if lost incur a $15 replacement fee.
  • Please provide collateral (such as car keys) when borrowing a compass or epunch.
  • There is no planned, on-site beginner instruction, but beginners are encouraged to watch relevant videos such as this one created by QOC's instructional guru David Onkst