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OFFICIAL MOGA MANUAL

All underlined phrases are explained in the Appendix at the end of the main document. All blue text links to other pages or external websites.

To participate and receive a prize, you must be in Good Standings with MOGA.

Table of Contents

ACTIVITIES

Classic Competition

Classic (Individual & Team) Competition will consist of gathering up-to 30 orienteering style punches in a timed 2-hour 30-minute competition. 

Individual Competition

Competitors will be ranked based on Age Brackets and Gender Grouping. The Standard Award Medal Process will be observed. Trophy Available: The Feldmeier Cup.

Team 2 Person Competition

Teams will be ranked based on Age Brackets. Age Bracket determination will be made based on: The average age of both team members will determine your age group.

The Standard Award Medal will be observed. Trophy Available: The Feldmeier Cup.

Team 4 Person Competition

Teams will be ranked based on Age Brackets. Age Bracket determination will be made based on: If three team members fall in one of the three age groups, that is the group you will compete in. If your team does not have three team members in the same age group, then the average ages of all team members will determine your age group.

The Standard Award Medal will be observed. Trophy Available: The Minnesota / MOGA Cup.

Event Mystery & Lab Caches

Behind MOGA there is always a mystery, a puzzle, something epic to discover! Started in 2010, this has historically been called the “Special Event Cache,” but will go forward known as the “Event Mystery.” MOGA will use available Lab Caches for this grand mystery. Participants may be individual or in a team of up to 4 people.

Give-Away

MOGA historically has held a raffle, with tickets available for sale. Moving forward these will be free Participation Give-Aways! For each official activity that attendees participate in, they will be awarded 1 “Chinese Auction Ticket.” This is a card with a number on it and 25 rip-off tickets that the participant may use to try and win free gifts.

Poker Run

Partnering with the local community, MOGA will deploy containers within the region that participants can gather a special card at and return that card to MOGA Central. For each card returned, the participant will be delt a normal playing card. The participant with the best hand wins!

Costume Contest

Following in the long tradition, MOGA will have an annual costume contest during the Welcome Event. A theme will be announced, and attendees are welcome to dress for the theme. At the event, you need to have your picture taken and posted for a chance to win.

Puzzle Competition

The CODEBREAKER’S CHALLENGE / Puzzle Competition is a for those participants that focus on mental puzzle abilities. This is a team challenge with 1 or 2 people per team with a max of 10 puzzles to solve.

The Standard Award Medal will be observed.

APPENDIX: Prizes

Award Medals

Standard Award Medals

MOGA provides award medals to participants in select activities. These medals are classic 1st place “Gold”, 2nd place “Silver”, 3rd place “Bronze.”

Copper Award Medals

When activities are outside of the Standard Award Medal process then they may be eligible for the Copper Medal. This signifies that the participant(s) obtained a significant ranking in the activity.

Trophies

MOGA has 2 trophies that are awarded to participants each year. These trophies are returned before MOGA the following year and upon request, for any or no reason. This is typically for several reasons: to update the details on the trophy, to show off at a special event, or to have ready and available to display at the next MOGA competition. MOGA must be kept aware of the location of the trophies at all times. More detailed information can be found about the trophies on the Legacy page.

  • The Minnesota / MOGA Cup: Awarded to the overall best 4-Person, Classic Competition Team.
  • The Feldmeier Cup: Awarded to the overall best Individual in Classic Competition.

Best is considered based on the lowest time, most correctly gathered punches, and finish in good standing.

APPENDIX: Rules

Code of Conduct

MOGA expects a friendly, respectful, and positive code of conduct at and during all activities, and related to MOGA activities in general. We expect participants to conduct themselves in a manner generally viewed as “Family Friendly”, in addition to participant’s gear, clothing, and any other personal branding items but be generally considered “Family Friendly.”

Classic Competition Rules

Correctly Gathered Punches

Orienteering style punches are used in Classic Competitions, these punches must be placed within the correct areas on the punch card. Any punches that are not correctly placed, including but not limited to, not punched within the correct space, not fully punched, or not in the space fully, may not be counted. This is at the discretion of the competition review team.

Fair Play

Participants are expected to compete equally and fair. This includes but not limited to:

  • The use of any vehicle, animal, or another mode of transportation other than on foot or a standard ADA acceptable transport option is prohibited.
  • The use of any illegal enhancement drugs is prohibited.
  • Handing your punch card off to someone else to gather punches.
  • Any person or team found altering a punch, punch container, or course in any way will be disqualified and asked to leave the event.
  • Attempting to sabotage any portion of the competition is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification from all MOGA activities.

Lost Punch Card

Losing your punch card will result in disqualification.

Must Return and Check-In

Participants are required to return and checkin with the Competition Director before leaving, even if you choose to quit and not continue. Anyone who does not return will #1 be searched for, we will call in search and rescue if needed. #2 Police will be dispatched to possible locations that the participant could be, ie: hotel room or home. We have had this happen before, and it is extremely unpleasant for everyone involved.

Returning Late

Anyone coming back after their deadline will be docked 1 punch for each 5 minutes late, up to 20 minutes. After 21 minutes, you will be disqualified.

Puzzle Competition Rules

Fair Play

Participants are unable to use electronic devices, even for emergency use. Participants will be provided with pencils, pens, and extra paper to work on. Additional tools may be supplied by the Competition Supervisor. No other supplies maybe within the access range of participants. Participants will be asked to not leave the room, and can not have visitors during the competition.

Late Submissions

At the puzzle competition, there will be a count down clock and a buzzer, any submitted work past the buzzer will lose 1 point. More than 1 minute past the buzzer is a full disqualification.

Event Mystery

Fair Play

Attempting to sabotage the puzzles, activities, or other people’s engagement is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate disqualification from all MOGA activities.

Late Submissions

There will be a count down timer at MOGA Central. When this timer activates buzzer, no further entries will be accepted.

Give-Away

Fair Play

Participants may only use tickets obtained from the current MOGA activities, tickets from any previous MOGA or anywhere else is prohibited. Any attempts to sabotage someone’s chance to win will result in immediate disqualification from all MOGA activities.

Late Submissions

There will be a clock at MOGA Central. When this timer activates buzzer, no further entries will be accepted.

Poker Run

Fair Play

Any attempts to sabotage someone’s chance to win will result in immediate disqualification from all MOGA activities.

Late Submissions

There will be a clock at MOGA Central. When this timer activates buzzer, no further entries will be accepted.

Costume Contest

Fair Play

Any attempts to sabotage someone’s chance to win will result in immediate disqualification from all MOGA activities.

Late Submissions

There will be a clock at MOGA Central. When this timer activates buzzer, no further entries will be accepted.

APPENDIX: Terminology

Age Brackets

For any competitions where age brackets are observed, we will use the following:

  • Under 30
  • 31-49
  • 50-64
  • 65 and over

Gender Grouping

For any competitions where gender grouping is observed, we will use the following:

  • Male
  • Female

Other: We greatly respect an individual’s personal rights and ask participants to select the most appropriate option.

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