Rules & Regulations

This section lists all the documents that contain the rules and regulations that relate to the staging of an orienteering event/competition.  


Rules of Orienteering

The Rules of Orienteering can be found at:


Guidance & advice

Events & Competition Committee have issued the following advice:

Event and Competitions Committee wish to advise organisers and competitors that they consider fair competition can only be provided by the use of either of, but not both touch-free or contact electronic punches in the same competition class. All those competing directly against one another should do so in a way that does not confer an unfair advantage on one group.

Touch-free punching may allow the user to punch several seconds quicker per control than someone using a contact punch. The accumulated benefit over a whole course becomes significant.

This advice is in no way intended to restrict the introduction of new technology. Touch-free punching has been successfully used at many events over several years. However, all competitors in those events have used the same type of punching equipment. New technologies and potential developments allow the possibility of using either touch-free or contact punching in an event and consequently an unfair competition may result.

Consequently, Events & Competitions Committee recommend that organisers should ensure that all those in a competition class use either contact or touch-free punches; they should not allow a mixture of punching types in the same competition class.