About Schools' Orienteering
Example of the new SI computerised system in action, which is now being used in events being run by the Cork Schools' Orienteering Association. This replaces the old punch card system and times are completely accurate.
Orienteering is a sport where a person navigates around a set course a 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 red and white "flags" and proof of visiting these is shown on cards that are marked by the participent with the clips at each control.
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 home page and they will guide you through the whole process. Go on, and give it a try !!!
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 any of 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.