We expect the orienteering skill level of our participants to vary widely. We provide instruction regarding use of the map and compass and the whole process of orienteering at every meet.
Participation in one of our meets usually costs $6 per map. If a group of people want to go on a course together and one map is enough, the cost is $6 total. If each individual wants a map, it is $6 each. If the group is large and each wants a map, we can strike a deal. We allow maps to be reused the same day if a participant wants to go on a second course. If the same map is used twice at the same meet, we do not charge twice.
We try to provide pre-printed, 5-color maps for participants for all events. The pre-printing shows the day's course already on the map. If we run out of pre-printed, participants may have to copy the course onto their map (this is done off the clock).
Types of Courses:
WPOC uses two main types of orienteering courses: cross-country and score. Cross-country courses require the participant to go to a sequence of markers (controls) in a specific order. Participants are timed with the fastest person on each course the winner for that day. Score courses provide a collection of markers that may be visited in any order and have an imposed time limit. Participants try to visit as many markers as possible in the given time; a point system is used to determine the winner; penalties are assessed for participants who exceed the time limit. We also offer some variations of these main types on occasion, including Mini-rogaines which are endurance forms of score courses; Night-O usually used a score type format that takes place in the dark; Scrambles are a mixture of cross-country and score; Sprints are short cross-country courses; and Relays are a sequence of cross-country courses.
Cross-country courses are color coded to indicate their approximate difficulty. In the United States, the color coding follows this sequence from easiest to hardest: White - Yellow - Orange - Brown - Green - Red - Blue. This is to accommodate orienteers who are beginners (White and Yellow courses), intermediate level (Orange), or experts (Brown thru Blue). At WPOC meets, we normally use only White, Yellow, Orange, and Green or Red courses; this is because we do not get many participants who can do the most difficult courses. We do sometimes provide a Brown course. As the courses become more difficult, they get longer and the trails and other "linear features" become less useful.
Score courses generally have some easy-to-get-to controls and some that are more difficult. At WPOC meets having a score course, either 60 minutes or 90 minutes may be used as the time limit. Points may be fixed at 10 per control with penalties at 5 points per minute late; or points may be variable with some controls worth more than others and penalties may be progressive.
Mini-rogaines have durations of 2 hours to 6 hours and typically use maps covering very large areas
Night orienteering uses controls that have reflective tape to make them more visible in the dark.
Scrambles are essentially cross-country in nature but have two or more groups of controls with the participant is allowed to visit in any order.
Sprints are short duration cross-country courses typically held in parks or locations with a lot of open areas.
The course descriptions sheet (clue sheet) that we use normally contains English text descriptions of the control features. We also use international symbolic descriptions for the advanced courses (Orange, Brown, Green, Red and Score).
Orienteering is generally
an all-weather sport. Short of tornados, floods, and large snow storms,
the meet will go on as scheduled. In the rare case that a meet must be
cancelled, every attempt will be made to notify participants who are known
to be coming to the event.