Moray & Nairn Schools Orienteering League 2018 - Information for schools and competitors



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Simple rules:

1. Run whatever course you like. The harder the course the more points you stand to score but ONLY IF you get a clear round.

2. You can run with a partner with both of you counting, but you must both register separately.

3. Don't run as a 3-some. Only 2 of you will count.

4. The highest-scoring 4 runners from each school will count. All schools in Moray and the Nairn Academy catchment area are eligible.

5. On the short course(s) ie White or Yellow, you're allowed to be "shadowed" by an adult so long as the adult does not go in front and only helps with navigation when asked. Schools League runners doing Orange or higher are not allowed to be shadowed.


Full rules:


The Moray & Nairn Schools Orienteering League is run by Moravian Orienteering Club in conjunction with Active Schools. The aim is to provide school pupils with the opportunity to learn and develop map-reading skills while improving their fitness and self confidence in a fun, competitive and challenging sport. The League provides progression opportunities for children in those schools that are teaching orienteering and complements the schools orienteering festivals that are held during Term 1 in the autumn as well as curricular PE sessions. The league runs from January 2018 to December 2018, including the summer holiday months. All schools in Moray and the Nairn (IV12) postcode area may take part. 


Events and Courses. The aim is to have one event in most calendar months. The date and details of each venue will be advertised to schools in advance and will also be available on our web site. Venues will be spread throughout Moray and Nairn and will use a variety of terrain ranging from urban parkland to forests. Each event will offer at least 2 courses, but sometimes as many as five. In orienteering, technical difficulty is graded from 1 (very easy) to 5 (very hard). The short course will be no harder than British Orienteering Technical Difficulty 2 (equates to yellow standard on the colour–coded system). Controls will be placed so they can be easily located. The long course will be between 3.5 and 4 Km at technical difficulty 3. The planner may, at his or her discretion, include a small number of legs at technical difficulty 4, or vary the length slightly depending on the terrain.  Sometimes there will be additional courses but details of length/difficulty will be on display at registration. Events are normally on Saturday mornings, but may be on Sundays, or even midweek evenings depending on events elsewhere in the North East. Occasionally we might use an event hosted by a neighbouring club. Weekend events have registration at 10.15 am to 11.15am, and start times from 10.30 to 12.00 am. Courses close at 13.00.

Due to the high number of juniors now performing at an advanced level of technical difficulty, we will occasionally provide a course at a difficult technical standard (TD5) when the nature of the terrain permits. Only the most experienced school pupils, with proven competence at this standard are recommended to attempt such a course. 

Cost. Schools are not required to pay any fees to enter the league. Costs will be covered by each individual paying £4 on the day. This will include the cost of event levies to the national governing body, trophies, map production, map printing and equipment costs. The map can be taken away afterwards. Anyone who is already a member of Moravian or Inverness Orienteering Club, or who commits to joining on the day, will get a £1 discount. There's an additional £1 discount for anyone with their own EMIT timing brikke (eg from their own school's kit).

Teams. Four pupils comprise a full school team. Pupils can enter independently, but it will be just the fastest 4 from each school whose results counts for the team's score from any event. There’s no upper or lower limit to the number who can enter. 

Entries. Pupils are welcome to run with a friend and still be fully competitive for the Schools League. However, both must register separately and the time for each runner will count, even if they stick together throughout the course. Schools competitors who are members of Moravian Orienteering Club will also score points in the club's Saturday League (see Sat League Rules for info). If there is a group of 3 or more competitors from any one school going round together, only two individual results may count. Competitors are therefore strongly encouraged to run as individuals or pairs. See important note in bold below regarding juniors who are escorted by adults on the harder/longer courses.


Primary Competition. The primary pupil with the fastest ‘clear round’ on the hardest course scores 100 points, with subsequent runners scoring 1 point fewer per place behind (eg 5th place scores 96). The pupil with the fastest time on the next hardest course will score one fewer point than the slowest one with a clear round on the hardest course and so on. Pupils who fail to complete the course (“DNF”) can still score points, and positions will depend on how many controls they find. Long course DNFs are scored above short course DNFs, but all will scorer fewer points than the slowest clear round on the short course. Boys and girls are not scored separately. To reiterate the rule covered in the "entries" paragraph, if there is a group of 3 or more competitors from any one school going round together, only two individual results may count. Competitors are strongly encouraged to run as individuals or pairs.  To be fair to individual runners, Schools competitors on orange courses or harder will not score schools league points if they are accompanied by an adult. Anyone escorted by a parent should declare themselves non-competitive at registration. Children are allowed to be escorted by a parent on the short course(s) ie Whote or Yellow and will score points as for an unaccompanied competitor, but parents are advised to let the child attempt all the navigation themselves.

Pupils assisting with course planning, and thus foreging the chance to compete, will score 97 points.


Secondary Competition. Secondary pupils score points in exactly the same way. Please note that primary pupils moving up to secondary school in June will normally represent their new school from the July event. But they may continue to represent their old school until December, or run for their new secondary school from July onwards.

See note as for primary schools competition.There are several local secondary pupils competent at high technical difficulty levels. All those successfully completing the hardest course will outscore those on the lower courses. DNFs will be treated as for Long/Short in the primary competition.


Parents Competition. Orienteering is renowned as a family participation sport. Other family members are welcome to take part, and those who are members of Moravian Orienteering Club will score points in the club's Saturday League (see Sat League Rules for info). The cost for adults is £5 (£4 for members of British Orienteering).


Assistance out on the Course. Parents, guardians etc are encouraged to accompany beginners on the short course(s) ie White or Yellow. In orienteering this is called “shadowing”. Anyone shadowing a child should avoid ‘doing it themselves’ with the child in tow in an attempt to get a fast time. This achieves nothing as the child gets no sense of achievement and learns very little. Instead, shadowers should allow the child to do all the navigation themselves, and only help out where a mistake has been made or the child asks for help.


Safety. Seriously lost children are a rarity in orienteering. However, anyone getting disorientated should not wander about aimlessly. Instead, get on to the nearest track or path and remain where you are and you will be found! If you see a control marker not on your course, remain with it and ask another passing competitor for help. Carrying a whistle is recommended.


Timing. Each participant is given an electronic timing chip at registration. This is used to record the time taken and to show that each control has been visited. The chip is downloaded to a computer back at registration after completion of the course.


League Table. The league table will be updated after each event. Schools will accumulate points from all events held during the year and a trophy will be presented to the primary and secondary schools that have accumulated the most points after the last event in December 2018.  The primary school scoring most points at each month's event will be recognized in publicity as the "Team of the Month".


Results. Results will be published on the Moravian Orienteers Web Site after each event, along with detailed ’split times’ for each runner showing the time taken for each control. This makes it possible to work out how much time you might have lost through either getting lost or making a bad route choice.


Enquiries. More information can be obtained from your Active Schools Co-ordinator or from the League Co-ordinator Lil Kenyon (


Please see our "events" page for details of forthcoming fixtures.