This page covers competition rules.
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West Midlands & Midland Competitions

The West Midlands Orienteering Association is responsible for running several competitions within the Region.

It also shares responsibility for running the Midland Championships with the East Midlands Orienteering Association (EMOA) every alternate year and the Midland Night Championships with the EMOA, the East Anglian Orienteering Association (EAOA) and the Welsh Orienteering Association.(WOA)

The following are closed competitions within the West Midland or Midlands regions:

(click the link for a description of the competition and the rules)

Laurie Bradley Trophy Score Event

A 60-minute individual score event held on 1 January each year, organised by WMOA clubs in turn.

Scoring method:

  1. A maximum of 25 competitors count.
  2. At least 16 British Orienteering classes must be represented. If less than 16 classes are represented then zero is scored for each missing class.
  3. The remaining 9 scorers can be taken from any class subject to a maximum of 5 scores from any one class.
  4. Competitors may run up one or more classes, providing the class they intend to run has been previously declared on the team sheet. (Running up means 'towards' M/W21).
    Examples: W21 can run up as M21 only; W20 can run up as M20, M21, W21 only; M40 can run up as M35, M21 only; W60 can run up as M60 and any M/W class from 21 to 55 only.
  5. All scoring competitors must have been declared on the team form.
  6. The Laurie Bradley Trophy is awarded to the WMOA club with the highest total scores of their 25 best competitors, from a minimum of 16 different classes.
  7. There is a junior trophy, the TSB Trophy, which is awarded to the highest scoring M/W18 (or under) competitor, regardless of the class in which they were running. For example, an M18 Junior who was "running up" to M20 for the purposes of the Laurie Bradley Trophy would still be eligible for the TSB Trophy.
  8. In the spirit of the competition, adults should not accompany juniors. This is an individual competition, so people should compete as individuals (i.e. no shadowing or pairs).
Instructions for completion of Club declaration sheet:
  • The Club Captain should report to the Organiser before the planned start time with the Club team declaration form.
  • The Club Captain records, on the team declaration form, the names of all competitor s, under the class which they are running. To determine the award of the TSB Trophy, juniors must provide their actual age class as well as the class that they are competing in on the team declaration form.
Calculation of club scores and trophies:
  • This will be done by computer.
  • The club printout should be available to the club captains, before the presentation with time allowed for queries and corrections. Club captains should therefore make themselves available at download.
Planning:
  • Overprinted maps should be provided with control descriptions and revealed only at the time of the mass start.
  • Each control is worth 10 points. There is no bonus for punching all controls in less than 60 minutes. A penalty of 10 points, for each minute, or part minute, over 60 minutes is deducted from the runner's score.
Organising:
  • Toilets should be provided at the event. The organising club needs to take this requirement and the holiday period into account when selecting the venue for this event.

West Midlands Individual Championships

Normally held each year in November or December and organised by each West Midland club in turn. They may be either a Badge event or a Colour- Coded event in which case the courses used have age class allocations the same as for the West Midlands League in the year of the competition. The organising club shall display prominently a notice listing the age classes and courses eligible for the Championships. The Controller must be from a different club.

Open to all members of WM clubs, schools and universities within the region. Individual competitors must declare their eligibility and the age class in which they are competing at registration before competing. If not competing for a recognised WM club, they must declare the school or team name.

The organising club submits the results and proposed champions to the WMOA Chairman for confirmation of eligibility and is responsible for printing and distributing the certificates awarded to the first three members in each age class on A and L courses. A trophy is awarded to the winner of each junior class on an A course.


West Midlands League

Note: At present (Mar 2008) the Master copy of these rules resides at

gpnrules.html

Current League standings, club and individual scores can be found here

The competition takes place over ten nominated colour-coded events organised by WMOA clubs during the course of a calendar year (to avoid confusion over age class changes). It is an INDIVIDUAL competition for each of the 32 British Orienteering age classes and M/W 80 and M/W 85 as agreed by WMOA committee on 13/03/2007 and a CLUB competition based on the best 15 individual club members' scores in a prescribed range of classes.

QUALIFICATION: The competition is open to all members of WMOA open or closed clubs who do not compete for other clubs in major or national events. Each competitor must run in one of their designated classes.

Men:

Colour-coded course Technical Difficulty M Classes Long M Classes Short
White TD1   10
Yellow TD2 10 12
Orange TD3 12 14 70 75 80
Light Green TD4 14 16
Short Green TD5 70 75 80 60 65
Green TD5 16 60 65 18 45 50 55
Blue TD5 18 45 50 55 20 21 35 40
Brown TD5 20 21 35 40  

Women:

Colour-coded course: Technical Difficulty W Classes A/L W Classes B/S
White TD1   10
Yellow TD2 10 12
Orange TD3 12 14 60 65 70 75 80
Light Green TD4 14 16
Short Green TD5 60 65 70 75 80 40 45 50 55
Green TD5 16 40 45 50 55 18 20 21 35
Blue TD5 18 20 2l 35  

ENTRIES: There are no entry requirements - all eligible names in the official results of each of the events are automatically included in the League tables. Competitors should ensure that the same name format is used for results so that they are recognised as the same person in each event.

SCORING: In each class the leading eligible WMOA competitor scores 100 points on a colour coded event Long course or 80 points on a Short course, whether running in or above class and irrespective of their finish position in the event. The score of all other competitors in each class is calculated as:

[Leader's points (100 or 80)] x [Leader's time] / [Competitor's time]

Times are calculated in seconds and all points are rounded down so that no more than one competitor can score 100 points except in the case of a dead heat.

A competitor running above the two nominated class colours is deemed to be running in the next designated class unless otherwise stated, eg an M50 running Brown will be deemed to be running M40 unless M21 or M35 is stated on the control card. Women running Brown score points based on the equivalent men's class, eg a W35 is based on the leading M35. Scores obtained by competitors running above class are calculated in that class but count in the competitions for their true age class.

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION: The final score for each individual is the sum of their five best scores or their total score if competing in less than five events.

CLUB COMPETITION: The club score is the total of their 15 best competitors in the following groups:

A Junior two from M/W 10-18
B Senior two from M 20-45
C Senior two from M 50-55
D Senior two from W 20-55
E Veteran two from M/W 60+
F All any other five Any Class


West Midlands Night League

This is currently inactive - OD and HOC have night race series that take place on weekday evenings.


West Midlands Relay Championships - Updated 2014

Held annually, and organised by each West Midlands club in turn, the Relay Championships are both a competition and a social event and should be organised as such.

The Controller for the event must be from a different club.

Classes

Teams of 3 runners from the same West Midlands club compete in classes A to M.

Teams of 3 runners from the same or different West Midlands clubs may compete in class N.

There are West Midlands Relays Championship trophies for the winners of each class, and certificates for the first three teams in each of the Mini, Junior and Intermediate classes (A, B, C, H, I).

The organising club may invite clubs from other regions to take part, but they are not eligible for the trophies.

Pairs may run in the Mini-Relay.

Relay Class

Class Title

BOF Age Classes

Combined Ages

Technical Difficulty

Approximate Course Length

A

Mini-Relay

M/W12 -

 

1

1.0 to 1.5 km

B

Junior Women

 

W42-

3

2.0 to 2.5 km

C

Intermediate Women

 

W54-

5

3.0 to 3.5 km

D

Open Women

Any W

 

5

4.0 to 4.5 km

E

Senior Women

 

W130+

5

3.5 to 4.0 km

F

Veteran Women

 

W165+

5

3.0 to 3.5 km

G

Super Veteran Women

 

W200+

5

2.5 to 3.0 km

H

Junior Men

 

M42-

3

2.0 to 2.5 km

I

Intermediate Men

 

M54-

5

3.5 to 4.0 km

J

Open Men

Any

 

5

5.0 to 5.5 km

K

Senior Men

 

M130+

5

4.0 to 4.5 km

L

Veteran Men

 

M165+

5

3.5 to 4.0 km

M

Super Veteran Men

 

M200+

5

3.0 to 3.5 km

N

Mixed Ad Hoc

 

 

3, 5, 5

One lap from each of B, C, D

For relay classes where the total combined ages of the runners is used then it is the total of the British Orienteering age classes (not the actual ages) of the runners that counts. Added together these must be equal to or less than (classes B, C, H, I), or equal to or more than (classes E, F, G, K, L, M) the number stated for the class.

For Junior Relay classes B, C, H and I, all competitors must be M/W20 or below.
For the senior classes E, F, G, K, L and M, any junior will be counted as though they were ‘running up’ as an M/W21.

For class N, Mixed Ad Hoc, the lap lengths will be jumbled up. For this class, the running order will be shown on the Team Declaration Form so that team members will be able to select the lap appropriate to them.

Planning

Classes can use the same course when they are the same length and technical difficulty so only the following are needed:

Technical Difficulty

Approximate Course Length

Relay Classes

1

1.0 to 1.5 km

A

3

2.0 to 2.5 km

B, H, (N)

5

2.5 to 3.0 km

G

5

3.0 to 3.5 km

C, F, M, (N)

5

3.5 to 4.0 km

E, I, L

5

4.0 to 4.5 km

D, K, (N)

5

5.0 to 5.5 km

J

The course lengths are given as guidelines and will vary according to the physical and technical difficulty of the area. As a guide the fastest times on course J, Open Men, should be around 30 minutes.

The number of variants of a particular course, and how to use gaffling, is a decision to be made by the planner. However it must be remembered that whatever method of gaffling is employed, in order for the race to be fair it is essential that by the end of the race each team must have run precisely the same legs. It is not sufficient that they have just visited the same controls.

Organisation

In order to increase the number of people racing together all classes except the mini relay should start at the same time. The mini relay should start five minutes after that.


West Midlands Schools Championships

Normally held each year on the Saturday following the early May Bank Holiday and open to all schools in the region. There are 10 courses:

1. Year 5 Girls TD1 1.5 km (approx)
2.
Boys TD1 1.5 km
3. Year 6 Girls TD1 2.0 km
4.
Boys TD1 2.0 km
5. Years 7 & 8 Girls TD2 2.5 km
6.
Boys TD2 3.0 km
7. Years 9 & 10 Girls TD3 3.5 km
8.
Boys TD3 4.0 km
9. Years 11+ Girls TD3 4.0 km
10.
Boys TD3 4.7 km



Pairs are permitted on all courses and count for awards (mixed pairs run in the Boys classes) – they pay two entry fees, receive two maps and one control card or SI/EMIT unit. They must finish together.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS:

Will be presented to the first 3 individuals or pairs on each course. Certificates of participation will be awarded to every competitor.

TEAM AWARDS:

Scores are the sum of the finishing positions – the team with the lowest score wins. A trophy will be warded to the winning school in each category.

(a) Primary Schools Trophy: best 4 individuals or pairs from classes for years 5 and 6.
(b) Middle Schools Trophy: best 4 individuals or pairs from classes for years 5 to 8.
(c) Secondary Schools Trophy: best 6 individuals or pairs from at least 3 classes for year 7 upwards.

If there is a tie for a place, the winner will be the school which has the most 1st places (and then the most 2nd places etc if necessary). If all the counting places are the same, then the result will be considered tied.

Certificates are presented to the second and third schools in each competition.



Midland Championships


1. The arrangements for the competition will be determined by the EMOA and WMOA Fixtures Secretaries in joint consultation, in accordance with these guidelines.
2. The competition will be held in each calendar year, and its date and venue will be decided and published by the end of September in the preceding year.
3. It will be hosted alternately by WMOA and EMOA, unless both Associations agree otherwise.
4. When possible, it is preferable to hold the event in the springtime so that it takes place at fairly regular intervals.
5. Subject to 4, it should be held in conjunction with a National Event; failing this, at a Badge Event unless other specific arrangements are agreed.
6. Certificates will be awarded to the first 3 qualifying competitors in each British Orienteering age class, and class winners will also receive trophies, where available. Competitors on B or S courses will receive awards if there are insufficient qualifying competitors on the E, A or L courses.
7. Qualifying competitors are defined as those who enter as members of open or closed clubs which are affiliated to EAOA, EMOA or WMOA. In addition, competitors who enter as members of closed clubs (e.g. university clubs) outside the Midlands but are also members of EAOA, EMOA or WMOA affiliated clubs may, if they wish, be regarded as qualified provided they notify the organiser of the event before any presentation commences.
8. It should be noted that certain Services or similar clubs may be affiliated to all Associations, although their members may have no additional allegiance to other clubs specific to the Midlands nor indeed to the Midlands themselves. Whilst such competitors would be eligible for awards under the strict interpretation of 7, this would not be within the spirit of the competition and they should therefore not be regarded as qualified. However, members of such clubs who do have Midlands allegiance will properly be regarded as qualified provided they notify the organiser of the event of their status before any presentation commences. The organiser of the event may wish to clarify the position with any such competitors beforehand.
9. Any dispute arising from the interpretation of 7 and 8 above will be resolved jointly by the Chairmen of WMOA and EMOA within the spirit of the competition.
Trophies are awarded to the winners in all L and A classes from M/W 10 to M/W 75 and certificates to the first 3 in each of these classes.

Midland Night Championships


1. A Night Badge event run according to British Orienteering Rules and Guidelines (classes as per Event Guideline J: British Night Championships).
2. The competition will normally be held once in each calendar year.
3. The competition will be hosted alternately by WOA, EAOA, EMOA and WMOA, unless all 4 Associations agree otherwise.
4. Qualifying competitors are defined as those who are members of open clubs affiliated to WOA, EAOA, EMOA or WMOA. In addition, competitors who are members of closed affiliated clubs (e.g. university clubs) based solely in one of the regions.
5. It should be noted that certain Services or similar clubs may be affiliated to one or more Association, although their members may have no additional allegiance to other clubs specific to the Midlands nor indeed to the Midlands themselves. Whilst such competitors would be eligible for awards under the strict interpretation of 4, this would not be within the spirit of the competition and they should therefore not be regarded as qualified. However, members of such clubs who do have Midlands allegiance will properly be regarded as qualified provided they notify the organiser of the event of their status before any presentation commences. The organiser of the event may wish to clarify the position with any such competitors beforehand.
6. Any dispute arising from the interpretation of 4 and 5 above will be resolved jointly by the Chairmen of WOA, EAOA, EMOA and WMOA within the spirit of the competition.
7. Certificates to be produced by the event organiser and awarded to the winners of the Long and the Short courses. There are no trophies for this event so mementos may be awarded to the winners of the Long Courses at the sole discretion of the event organiser.