British Orienteering via the Rules Group is inviting feedback from members on the orienteering rules it has drafted for 2024.
Please note, as a result there has been a significant change in the order and in the numbering of individual clauses – too many to be able to sensibly mark up.
The key change is that the historical anomaly that Men's and Women's classes had different winning times is addressed. This is in line with the IOF (International Orienteering Federation) policy to equalise men’s and women’s winning times for all age classes and the results of this Summer's well supported consultation - a big thank you to all that contributed.
There are New Courses tables for Long Distance but not Middle and Sprint which were already "done"
The consultation is open until 12 December, 2023 and responses can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org."
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has published its 2024 Prohibited List. The
Prohibited List designates the substances and methods that are prohibited in sport.
Following an extensive consultation period by WADA, the 2024 Prohibited List was published on 27 September 2023. This gives athletes and support personnel sufficient time to make themselves aware of the changes, review any medications they use on Global DRO, and apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if required before the updated List comes into effect on 1 January 2024.
Included on the 2024 List is the substance tramadol which will be banned in-
competition from 1 January 2024. Tramadol is an opioid analgesic and is classified as
a prescription only medicine in the UK. Tramadol misuse is of concern because of the
risks of physical dependence, opiate addiction, and overdose. It has led to it being a
controlled drug in many countries. If you are concerned about tramadol misuse, please
reach out to British Orienteering or speak to your doctor prior to the change in status on the
2024 Prohibited List.
Please visit UK Anti-Doping's website here to read a full summary of the changes on
the 2024 List.
The following resources are also available to read on WADA’s website:
• The full 2024 Prohibited List
• The WADA 2024 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes
• The 2024 Monitoring Program which includes substances not currently on the
List but are being monitored by WADA for potential patterns of misuse in sport.
If you have any questions on the Prohibited List or a medication you may be using, please contact email@example.com.
You can also receive further information from our dedicated Anti-Doping Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Emma Monkham, Access and Environment Officer at British Orienteering.
In addition to my role as Access and Environment Officer for British Orienteering, I also run a charity for young people and sport. We offer the chance for young people to try new sports during the school holidays.
Enormous thanks to Sal and Dave Chaffey of Derwent Valley Orienteers (DVO) for running an orienteering activity during the October half term holiday at the River Gardens in Belper. The young people LOVED it and have asked when they can try orienteering again, so job done! Sal has run other orienteering activities for my charity and each time the young folk have had a super time. Thank you Sal and Dave from all at Belper Youth Sports.
Sal Chaffey from DVO said:
"After a quick introduction, we did a short map walk from the group's meeting place to Belper River Gardens, where the children and some of the leaders learnt how to set the map and use a dibber. The children had fun using their new skills on 3 simple linear courses, followed by a score course, where most found all 12 controls! They worked in pairs, swapping map and dibber between each activity, and it was great to see the group getting more confident during the session!"
Learn more about Derwent Valley Orienteering Club via their website.
By Craig Anthony
For 2018 British Orienteering will be implementing significant changes to the Performance Programme. These changes are intended to build a sustainable programme in which aims to maximise athlete potential to win medals. We value greatly the commitment that volunteers contribute to the programme however we recognise it is unrealistic to expect volunteers to replicate the roles of staff who used to be employed full time and part time in the programme. There is a need to develop a programme which can operate effectively with potentially changing personnel. In recognition of the financial burden placed on our international athletes, we wish to use most of the available funds to directly support athletes. The approach outlined below was developed with support from the Talent and Performance Steering Group and is intended to balance providing financial support to those selected for competition and those individuals with medal-winning potential.
British Orienteering will identify a senior squad for the coming season in the Autumn of the previous year. The squad will be selected by the Selection Panel using the following criteria.
Athletes selected to the squad will be a senior in the following season and fulfill at least one of the criterion identified below:
Selected to represent GB at World Orienteering Championships or World Cups the past season
Two individual top 20s or one individual top 10 or one relay top 3 at the Junior World Championships in the last 3 years
Projected selection based on the results of the named races in the selection policy
In addition to the senior squad, British Orienteering will invest funds directly into potential medal-winning athletes using a system of athlete awards. The Selection Panel will be responsible for selecting the recipients of these awards. These awards will recognise both individual and relay medal chances. Athletes considered to have individual medal chances will receive a higher award than those athletes considered to be critical to relay medal chances on a ratio of 2:1 based on available funds. No athlete will receive both awards. The criteria below will be used for selecting recipients. The criteria indicate a minimum level of achievement and the selection panel will make the final decision.
Athletes who have achieved a top 6 individual position at World Orienteering Championship or World Cup in the past 2 years. The panel believes these athletes represent the best opportunity for an individual British medal success in the next 2 years.
Athletes who have achieved a top 4 relay position at World Orienteering Championship or World Cup in the past 2 years. The selection panel believes these athletes are likely to be serious contenders for relay medal success in the next 2 years.
The following process will be implemented:
In 2018 this will be a one-year fund commencing on 1st January. The intention is that from 2019 athletes will be identified on a WOC cycle, i.e. every two years with funding paid in January each year. However, this will be reviewed during the first year of implementation and regularly following this to ensure the process and timescales are appropriate.
British Orienteering will continue to make selections for all competitions where Great Britain are represented. For all World Cups and World Orienteering Championships, British Orienteering will cover the following costs:
Athletes will be required to fund all remaining costs including travel and accommodation.
For all World Cups and World Orienteering Championships, British Orienteering will identify a volunteer Team Manager. This role will coordinate the GB team attendance at competitions aiming to provide, as far as possible, a stress-free competition experience for the team. This includes providing the following functions for all team members:
Athletes wishing not to utilise any or all this service will need to liaise directly with the Team Manager to clarify what support they would like and if this will be available within the team logistics. Where necessary British Orienteering will process payments for team logistics on behalf of athletes and claim funds back via invoice.
In addition, at World Cup 1 and World Orienteering Championships British Orienteering will recruit two additional support volunteers.
Technical – This role will provide coaching/mentoring for athletes that want it whilst at the competition as well as support training and logistics. They will have a knowledge and experience of international orienteering as either an athlete or coach.
Medical - this role will provide medical advice and support to the team whilst at the competition as well as support training and logistics. They will have a qualification in physiotherapy or medicine as well as a knowledge and experience of international orienteering as either an athlete, coach or support team.
British Orienteering will pay expenses for the volunteer support team identified for each competition. This will include travel, accommodation, and sustenance specifically related to the competition.
In addition to the support for competition listed above British Orienteering will identify a volunteer Squad Manager to support the athletes to prepare effectively for competitions, access appropriate training opportunities and identify support services that they may require. It is expected that this position is fulfilled using the phone and electronic communications with any face to face communication coordinated to fit with personal travel.
Role descriptions for all 4 voluntary positions are available below.