Cork Schools Orienteering Association

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About Orienteering

Orienteering is a sport where a person navigates around a set course with the aid of a map. Courses vary in length and difficulty and can be run in parks, woodland, open land and even streets. Each participant receives a map with a set course containing points which are to be visited in order. These points are found on orange and white "flags" and proof of visiting these is shown on the computer when finished. Each participant is given an individual SI card which is used to register the pupils at each control and gives an accurate time which can be viewed online after the event. . Example of the SI card system in action
The Cork Schools Association have used a more modern method of computerised marking which will be explained at each event. This system is now taking over from the old manual punch system. It is much more accurate and ensures points will be visited in the correct order. This is quite simple and easy for children to use. This sport is ideally suited to children of all ages and they certainly enjoy the whole experience. Taking part in these schools events couldn't be simpler. Contact one of the people mentioned in the Contact tab above and they will guide you through the whole process. Go on, and give it a try !!!

The Map

This is an example of a typical orienteering map used in the schools' events.. It shows the normal features of a maps used and over written on the map are the points, in red, which have to be visited.The colours, contours, paths, roads, water features, fences, open land, runnable forest, inpenetrable forest, man made features are all to be seen here. A full comprehensive explanation of map features will be explained clearly at the introductory events listed on the fixtures page. These are easy for chilren to learn and all throughh the enjoyment of physical exercise. In more advanced orienteering a system of symbols is used. These are symbols used in the description sheets given at events which describe where the points are located. In schools events these symbols have an accompaning description in words, so as not to confuse newcomers and even old heads as well !!!! To see these universal IOF symbols and their meanings just click on the button below.
The control descriptions which are printed on every map give extra information on the course. In the example below the numbers 1 to 14 correspond to the red circles on the map also numbered 1 to 14. This is the order the controls must be found in. The numbers in the columnn to the right show the code that is printed onto each control, as seen in the picture above (Code 220). Each particiapant is encouraged to check the code on the map with the code on the control to ensure they have found the correct control. The text in the right hand column tells the particiapnt what they are looking for, in the example below the 6th control has code 142 and is on the junction of a path and a road. The 10th control has code 124, it is located on the North West side of a boulder.
The Triangle on the map and descriptions indicates the Start. The finish is designated by two concentric circles on the map.