Youth League Rules

BKO Youth League Rules 2016/2017

Eligibility

·         Any junior of school age attending events will automatically be ranked in the Youth League unless they request otherwise.

Events

·         The Youth League season will take place over the period September-May

·         Events which form part of the Youth League will be nominated a minimum of 1 week in advance by BKO, and publicised as such on the BKO web site.

·         Events will normally be Saturday local events, but may at the organiser’s discretion include other events organised by BKO.

·         There will be at least 6 events over the course of a season.

·         Youth League colour-coded events must provide a minimum of four courses, normally White, Yellow, Orange and Light Green.

Age Classes

·         If the normal colour coded courses are unavailable, eg at a park run type event, alternatives for each age class will be nominated in advance.

·         Only the age element of the age class will be taken into account for scoring, ie M12 and W12 will both be treated as 12.

Scoring

For each age class there is a ‘guideline’ course and target speed in minutes per kilometer, as shown in the table below. These target speeds are set from previous results and should be achievable by a good competitor having a good run on an average area. Some age class/course combinations are not scored; this is mainly to prevent younger runners, however confident they may be, from overstretching themselves running courses that are really too long for them. N.B. If you are new to orienteering, do not try to run a particular course simply because it is the ‘guideline’ for your age. The ‘guidelines’ are set for experienced orienteers, not beginners. There will always be some points for completing a course. Attempting to run a course that is too long and/or difficult for you will score nothing if you fail to complete it.

 

·         Highlighted fields are the ‘guideline’ course for each age class.

·         Age class/course combinations marked ‘N/A’ will not be scored.

·         Completing a course in the target time will score 100 points.

·         Slower runs score proportionally fewer points, and faster runs score more points. For each 3% faster than target speed, 1 point is added; for each 3% slower, a point is subtracted.

 

Courses

Age Class

White

Yellow

Orange

Light Green

Blue

Under 10

7:30

9:00

10:30

N/A

N/A

10/11

6:45

8:00

9:15

N/A

N/A

12/13

6:00

7:15

8:15

9:00

N/A

14/15

5:00

6:30

7:30

8:00

N/A

16+

N/A

6:00

6:45

7:30

      8:00

 

·         Completing the ‘guideline’ (or higher) course for Age Class will score a minimum of 20 points.

·         Completing a course below the ‘guideline’ level for Age Class will score a minimum of 10 points.

·         An individual’s score for the League will be the sum of their best 4 event scores.

·         Individuals running as pairs will be scored in the Age Class of the eldest of the pair

·         Individuals running in groups of more than 2 will not be scored.

·         Shadowing is permitted, but if the junior is materially assisted by their shadower, then they should declare themselves non-competitive for the Youth League.

·         If an individual runs more than one course at an event, only their best score will be added to their individual total.

Prizes

·         To qualify for any prize a competitor must have scored points in at least 4 events over the course of the season.

·         There will be a prize for the overall highest score, and a prize for the winner in each age class

·         There will be an award for every individual completing at least 4 events over the course of the season.

·         Age class awards will be determined by individuals age class at the end of the Youth League, ie if an individual is M10 for the first part of the season and goes up to M11 at the end of the year, then their award will be for the M11 age class.

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