Here is a brief description of the tasks to be done on the day of an event. Note that several of the tasks can be shared, such as one person doing registration for half of the meet and another person doing registration for the other half.
Start (Manual Punching)
Finish (Manual Punching)
Control and Water Put Out
There are always some controls which are
not placed in the forest until the day of the meet. Some of these
may also be water stops. Before the meet begins, a person must place
these controls (and water). Generally, the timing is such that these
last controls should be in place one hour before the first competitor can
start. This makes it possible for those helping with the meet to
go out on a course early, before the regular competitors. To do the
task of putting out controls, you have to be given the controls and a map
for their placement prior to the day of the meet. To do this task,
you must arrive about 2 hours before the beginning of the registration
time window - we will be using a window of 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Control and Water Pick Up
After all competitors are in, the
for all courses need to be picked up. This requires staying late,
after the close of the meet. It also requires orienteering skill;
a person should have completed at least a couple advanced courses
before trying to help with pick up. A map of the controls to be
is provided by the meet director. Controls are to be returned to
the meet director, either later that day or at some predetermined
Water containers must also be picked up from the water stops.
are to be returned to the meet director also. To do this task,
must stay about one hour past the last finish time.
Signs and Ribbons and Misc.
Most meets have some signs put up to direct competitors
to where they should park. Usually a banner is used to mark the Start
or Finish. Sometimes ribbons are used to direct competitors to the start
or to registration. All these need to be taken down after the meet is
over. The registration site must also be dismantled after the meet is
over. To do this task, you must stay about 30 minutes past the last finish