British Orienteering Rules of Orienteering 2014
The Rules and accompanying appendices are now available on the 'events' and 'documents' pages of the website.
The Rules are presented in one document but are divided into three separate sections:
The intention is that the Rules for competitors will eventually be made available as a 4 page document for clubs to refer new participants to download and read.
The Rules for event officials cover all the essential elements of staging orienteering events at all levels. Whilst this document seems to have expanded to be many more pages than before, it contains all the mandatory elements that must be complied with.
The exceptions are Mappers and those carrying out seeding and selection. These requirements are contained in the Appendices as to add them into the Rules would make the document very unwieldy.
The conventions have changed. The key words in the rules are 'MUST' and 'PERMITTED'. They have replaced 'shall' and 'allowed'.
'SHOULD' and 'MAY' are still used. 'Will' is used but not in the context of being a mandatory requirement.
There undoubtedly will be mistakes; any changes have already been advertised.
These are effective from the 1st January 2014.
Some people will disagree with the use (or not) of capital letters and other changes.
Please send full details of any mistakes to Helen Errington firstname.lastname@example.org
There are now 5 Appendices:
A: Event systems – is a consolidation of many of the old Appendices.
B: Course planning – is a consolidation of all the Event Guidelines, so all the planning advice and guidance is now in one place.
C: Event officials – is yet to be updated for content.
D: Mapping – will be added when the Chair of Map Advisory Group has had the chance to review the final version on his return from holiday.
E: Event safety – has been reviewed but has not changed much.
The Appendices give guidance on how to apply the rules and the use of should is there to indicate that wherever possible this is to be done.
Item written by Helen Errington, Events Manager
Item posted by Janine White
Posted on Monday 21st October 2013