FAQ


COC2020 eligibility?

Orienteering Canada rules apply for all events.

Eligibility for championships is open to all residents of Canada.  A resident is defined as a person who has resided in Canada for at least 6 months prior to the event and is a current member of a Canadian orienteering club. Non- residents are very welcome to participate.


WCOC2020 eligibility?

  • Must be a member of an orienteering club, registered with Orienteering Canada.
  • Must live in one of the western provinces in Canada in the past 6 months (BC, AB, MT, SK, YT)
  • Register in the applicable age categories.

Overall winner will be calculated by this point system below. Each race will give a score which will be added up to identify the top 3 winners in each age class.


How to fix a mistake made at registration?

Competitor details (Name, club, provincial eligibility, SI/SIAC card number) can be changed without fee. A competition class change per event will be subject to availability and require a CA$5.00 fee.


Can I bring my dog?

Dogs (or any other pets) are prohibited from the arena and on-course. Only qualified service dogs are permitted in the arena and on course.


What do the abbreviations found in in the results mean?

When an orienteer does not complete a course, one of the following abbreviations will appear in the finish-time column of the results:

  • DNF: Did Not Finish
  • MSP: Mispunch
  • DSQ: Disqualified
  • OVT: Overtime
  • DNS: Did Not Start

What if I lost something at an event?

The Event Centre will have a Lost and Found. Please check with an official and contact us through this website.


What to do if I get lost on a course?

All maps/control descriptions have a “safety bearing” printed on them. In the event of becoming lost, head in that direction, ideally to a major trail, road or the arena site.

To avoid initiating unnecessary searches after the event, competitors MUST download at the download station even if they do not complete their course.


What if I loose a rental compass or a rental SI stick on a course?

If a competitor loose a rental compass, she/he will have to pay CA$40 for its replacement.

If a competitor loose a rental SI stick, she/he will have to pay CA$50 for its replacement.


HOW TO USE YOUR WHISTLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY?

The recognised distress signal is a series of three short blasts on a whistle. Use your whistle if you need urgent help because of an injury or distress. Pause and listen for reply and repeat to allow helpers to locate you. If you are injured, but still mobile, an alternative might be to make your way to the nearest control so that it is easier to locate you. Competitors are expected to render assistance to anyone who is injured, has blown their whistle, and requires physical assistance. Please give help as needed, and make event officials aware of the issue.


WHAT ARE THE HAZARDS IN THE AREA?

The forest events take place in a wilderness environment, with wild animals such as bears, cougars, wolves, moose, aggressive dear and stinging/biting insects. Participants are unlikely to encounter wildlife while orienteering, but it is possible. If a bear is encountered it will likely be a black bear though grizzlies can also be found. For those unfamiliar with wildlife encounters, consider reviewing the following web-pages:

We strongly recommend to all participants to carry bear spray while on a course. If you are allergic to wasps or bee stings, please bring your necessary medication (Epipen, etc.) and carry it with you on course. There are some plants with thorns. There are no poisonous plants in terms of skin contact, but there are plants or mushrooms that can be poisonous if ingested. There are no poisonous snakes in the area.


WHAT IF IT RAINS OR SNOWS?

All of the events will be held regardless of the weather! Dress for the weather. Check the Update page.


WHAT IF THERE IS A FOREST FIRE NEARBY?

If there are fire evacuation notices or unhealthy smokey conditions in the area, details will be posted on the http://www.crof2020.com website. Check the Update page. In extreme circumstances, the event may need to be postponed or cancelled.


WHAT COURSES AND COMPETITIVE CLASSES ARE OFFERED?

The WCOC2020 sprintmiddle and long as well as the COC2020 sprint, middle and long event description pages have each a table with all of the courses and competitive classes that are offered.


WHAT ARE THE COMPETITION RULES?

Orienteering Canada rules apply for all the Canadian Orienteering Championship and Western Canada Orienteering Championship events.


Punching time and time keeping

SI punching and time-keeping will be used for all events. Competitors provide their own SI or can rent an SI from the Event Centre. If for any reason you will be using a different SI-card from that shown on your entry, you must notify the organizers of the new number by completing a change form at the Event Centre (there is no charge for this change).

Each control is equipped with a control flag, one or more SportIdent (SI) electronic control units and possibly a radio unit on radio controls.The control code is located on top of the SI unit. Where a control has more than one SI unit, the competitor may punch either unit.

Time keeping will be recorded to the whole second for all competitions.

If the control unit fails to beep, the competitor must punch their map, with the manual punch
attached to the control stand.


Control description

Control descriptions are in accordance with the 2018 IOF International Specification for Control Descriptions. This includes the distance from the start line to the start control.

Control descriptions will be printed on the map. Loose control descriptions will be available in the start grid at the T-2 minute line for all events. Loose control descriptions will be on plain (non-waterproof) paper: competitors are encouraged to bring control description holders. There will NOT be clear tape available for those without a control description holder.

Competitors in Classes F10, M 10, and Open1 will have both English language control descriptions and IOF symbol control descriptions printed on the map.


Race start procedure

Every event has a silent start process. Competitors are requested to respect the quiet zone throughout the start grid, starting at the T-3 (start time minus 3 minutes) pre-call-up. It is the competitor’s responsibility to watch for their assigned start time and be on time. The start crew will not call out for late/missing starters.

Competitors are responsible for clearing and checking their SI-card. Clear and Check will be located just before the T-3 minute pre-call-up line.

The clock at the pre-call-up line will display T-3 minutes. An official will check off the competitor name, verify the SI number and confirm that each competitor has a whistle. Competitors without a SI stick, or whistle will not be permitted to start. A check unit will be punched by the competitor to ensure the SI has been cleared.

At T-2 minutes, competitors can pick-up the appropriate loose control description sheet. The sheets will be clearly labelled by Class. No clear tape is provided.

At T-1 minute competitors will be sectioned by course – those on courses 1, 2 or 3 will proceed in a separate chute to their labelled map boxes with maps facing down. They will write their name on the back of their map and be permitted to flip their map over and review their course. All other Classes will proceed to their appropriate map boxes, write their name on the back of their map, but leave their map face-down in the box (as usual).

The start clock will beep once at T-10 seconds. At this point the competitor may take their map from the bin, but may not yet look at it. The start-countdown will be indicated by a series of 6 beeps at -5 to 0 seconds. At the last (long) beep the competitor’s race time begins and the competitor may cross the start line and look at their map.

The competitor is responsible for ensuring that they have the correct map for their Class. All competitors must follow the marked route to the start point which is indicated by a triangle on the competition map, and by a control stand and flag in the terrain. There is no SI unit at the start flag.

Competitors in the Open categories do not have assigned start times, but must start within the start window listed in this bulletin. When an open category competitor wishes to start they should talk to a volunteer at the T-3 pre-start call-up line. The volunteer will slot the Open competitor into the next available start slot on the course. The open competitor then follows the start procedure as described above.


Late start procedure

Competitors arriving at the pre-call-up line more than 2 minutes late must report to a volunteer at the T-3 call-up line.

If upon arrival at the late start line the competitor is less than half the start interval after their assigned start time, they will be allowed to start immediately. If the competitor arrives more

than half the start interval after their assigned start time, they will have to wait until the half start interval after the next starter. This is to ensure that a late-starter does not interfere with, or start too close to, someone on the same course.

The results of competitors who start late will be based on their original, assigned start time (with no time compensation). Only if their lateness is the fault of the organizer will their actual race time be used. Any competitor who starts late, whether through their own fault or otherwise, should not discuss this with the start officials. Instead, if the competitor believes the organizer is responsible, they should make a complaint at the Event Centre/Download tent within 30 minutes of finishing the race.


Finish procedure

The competitor’s time ends when they punch a finish unit at the end of the finish chute. Upon finishing, competitors hand in their maps and proceed directly to the download station, receive a printout with splits, and confirmation that all of the controls have been visited in the correct order. If there are any missing punches, the competitor will be directed to the results area for resolution.

Refreshments (drinks and snacks) are available for finishers after the download.

All competitors, whether they finish their course or not, must download. This is a safety procedure so that we can be certain that all competitors are off the course. If a competitor misses one or more controls, does not visit the controls in the correct order, or exceeds the maximum time on course, they will be disqualified.

All rental sticks and rental compasses must be returned to the Event Centre after the last competition, or you must pay the fee for lost sticks. Punch the finish then proceed to download immediately. It is very important that we know you are safe

All races have a course closure time and an individual time limit.

All participants MUST report to the finish before course closure and download immediately.

All rental sticks must be returned to the Event Centre after the last competition, or you must pay the fee for lost sticks.


Map return

An announcement will be made when maps are available for pick-up in the Arena. Please take your own map. Maps not picked up will be available the following day at the event.