Planners are able to plan orienteering courses designed to meet the needs of the orienteers who will participate in an event. The planner’s responsibilities include:
- Planning courses in accordance with the guidelines
- Choosing control sites
- Determining the shape and length of the courses
- Ensuring the course will challenge the participants and differentiate between them
- Preparing draft control descriptions
- Placing controls
Please see the Mapping and Planning section of the Event Officials Handbook.
There are two levels of training available:
- Level D & C
- Level B - Currently under review
Level C Planner
If you wish to become a Level C Planner you will be required to attend a short course which will be organised by a club, group of clubs or associations.
As a Level C Planner you will:
- Be able to plan a Level D or C event
- Understand the techniques required to plan at this level and the potential pitfalls that should be guarded against.
Pre-Course knowledge you require includes:
- British Orienteering Rules:
- Event Guidelines
- IOF Control descriptions 2004
- ‘Course Planning’ by G Nilsen is recommended reading.
You will also be required to complete a short Questionnaire prior to attending the course.
On conclusion of the course you will be able to demonstrate:
- Knowledge and understanding of the role of the planner
- Knowledge of the roles of the controller and organiser
- The mechanisms involved in planning
- The ability to:
- Determine the technical difficulty of legs
- Determine the technical difficulty of courses
- Layout Start / finish
- Tape control sites
- Draft Control Description sheets
- Check maps and produce map corrections
- Hang controls
- Produce an event timetable