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In entering an orienteering event, competitors recognise that the activity has certain inherent risks due to its conduct in the urban and natural environments. Included in these risks are injury due to rough terrain and obstacles and the effects of heat, cold and exhaustion. Competitors are also aware that there is no personal accident insurance on their participation in the sport and that they take part at their own risk.

The Full Policy is available here (pdf)


Events are usually enter-on-the-day (EOD) with entry open to all-comers unless specified


2013/2014 Summer Street Series

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2013/2014 Bike Orienteering Summer Series

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Newcastle Orienteering Club Bike Orienteering Summer Series Rules Series 9 (2017/2018)

NB Changes to the rules from 2016/2017.

1 Basic Rules

1.1 You must ride on mapped tracks or designated clear areas only. You are not allowed to make new tracks or take short cuts through the bush.

1.2 You and your bike must stay together at all times.

1.3 You must wear a helmet at all times before, during and after the event whilst on your bike.

1.4 You must carry water with you.

1.5 You must obey normal road rules and ensure your bike is in safe working order.

1.6 All competitors must report to the finish so that search parties are not sent out!

 

2 Event Description

2.1 There will be two maps, a LineScore75 map and AllScore75 with all the same controls on the maps.

2.2 The LineScore75 map will be an A4 double sided map; a line course on one side and a score course on the other side, the total time allowed is 75 minutes. 

2.3 On the LineScore75 the line course has to be completed before the score course. Line course controls are to be visited in order.

2.4 The line course will have between 7 and 9 controls, each valued at 2 points. On completion of the line course the remainder of the 75 minutes is to be used on the score course. Controls will be valued either 1, 2 or 3 points as indicated by the colour of the control on the map, Green 1 point, Orange 2 points and Pink 3 points. Score controls can be visited in any order.

2.5 Failure to complete Line course on the LineScore75 map.

2.5.1 If a competitor is unable to complete the line course within the 75 minute time limit then they should head to the finish. Their score will be the total of the line controls visited in the correct order. With no penalties for those missed. They cannot score points on the score course whilst returning to the finish. Late time penalties will still apply.

2.5.2 If a competitor is unable to find a line control (or realizes that they have accidently missed a control) then they may abort the line course and continue to the score course. No points will be awarded for any part of the line course but points will be awarded for the score course.

2.6 The AllScore75 map will be a 75 minute all score event (no line course) using exactly the same controls as the LineScore75 but the map will be one sided with all controls.

2.7 Each competitor has the choice to ride either course, the LineScore75 or the AllScore75. Please note clauses 2.12 and 2.13.

2.8 Controls will be valued either 1, 2 or 3 points as indicated by the colour of the control on the map, Green 1 point, Orange 2 points and Pink 3 points. Score controls can be visited in any order.

2.9 Two minutes prior to your start time, you will be given the map. You can use this time to attach the map to your board and plan both the line course and/or the score course.

2.10 Competitors will incur a 1 point penalty for each minute or part thereof they are late, down to a score of zero.

2.11 Competitors will receive a 1 point bonus for each full minute early if they punch all controls on the map.

2.12 The series will consist of six BOSS events. A competitor’s best four results from these events will be tallied to produce an overall series total. (Course setters will receive an average of their best three results for the event they set).

2.13 If you have been classified as an Elite rider (by the BOSS Coordinator) you will not be awarded a podium place if you ride the AllScore75.

2.14 Individual scores for each event will be calculated as a percentage of the winners score

2.15 Competition categories for each series will be for Women, Men, Rookie & eBike.

 

3 General MTBO Rules.

For further general rules relating to MTBO see Orienteering Australia Operational Manual 2.6 - Competition Rules for MTBO.

 

Entries

Start times must be between 8am and 9am unless arranged otherwise with the organizer.

The cost per event payable on the day is:

  • $8 for members of the Newcastle Orienteering Club (or any other orienteering club)
  • $10 for non-members
  • $2 SI Stick Hire

 

Copy and Paste the following headings into your favourite word processing program (eg WORD). Append as much information about the event as you can. Those headings with * next to them are required. Be as detailed as you can with directions and location to enable us to correctly show the event on the map. See here for an example of information required (you are not required to submit a map)

If you have other headings please add them where you would like them to appear

*Event Title: 

*Date:

*Directions:

*Location:

*Map:

*Setter:

*Vetter:

*Courses:

Facilities:

Start Times (if different to normal):

Course Closure (if different to normal):

Notes:

Safety:

Send the information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be uploaded to the web

Bush Series & BOSS Series Fees:

Members $10

Family $27 (= 2 adults + children)

Adult casuals $15

Junior Members $7

Non Member (casual) Juniors $10

1st timers $7

Note: In the event that an event has more than 20 controls PCard holders can swap their PCard for a club SI Hire Stick for free for the duration of the event

Street Series & Park Series Fees:

Members $7

Non Members: $10

General Fees:

$2 SI stick hire

$7 for second map on the day

Our club is non-profit with all takings going back towards equipment, access fees and mapping.

Summer Street Series Basic Rules

In entering an orienteering event, competitors recognise that the activity has certain inherent risks due to its conduct in the urban and natural environments. Included in these risks are injury due to rough terrain and obstacles and the effects of heat, cold and exhaustion. Competitors are also aware that there is no personal accident insurance on their participation in the sport and that they take part at their own risk. The Full Policy is available here (pdf)

The course is a 45 minute score course.

Competitors will receive their map 2 minutes before their start time.

Official Start Times are between 5pm and 6:30pm

Course Closure is 7:25pm. Any competitors not back before then will be disqualified.

Late Penalties:
- Minus 1 point for every minute or part thereof up to 5 minutes late
- Minus 1 point for every 30 seconds or part thereof from 5 mins late onward
- Score of 0 if more than 10 minutes late
 
Early Bonuses:
If all controls have been visited then plus 1 point for every full minute early

It is the competitor's responsibility to check results before leaving an event. Only in exceptional circumstances will results be changed after the competition day.

All private property and any other areas so marked on the map are out of bounds. Competitors found not observing this rule will be disqualified.

Guessing answers to control clues is considered poor etiquette (and is not in the spirit of the event).

All competitors must report to the finish (so that search parties are not sent out!)

A competitor's ten best results will be tallied to produce their overall series total (No points will be awarded for course setting).

A full write up of the scoring can be found here

2 Extra Categories: Walking and Prams
Walking - for walkers only
Prams - for parents with prams (jogging allowed - if you do intend to jog with a pram check out this article for safety tips)
 
Facilities
- Even though toilets may be listed on the calendar, we can't guarantee that they will be open on the day.
- Please bring your own drinking water

No dogs will be allowed to compete so please keep your dogs safe and away from other competitors.

Listening to an ipod (or similar) while on course can be a distraction that may cause you to not hear an emergency warning or similar and as such are not allowed during these events for your safety.

Please do not park in a manner that obstructs access to public or private driveways
 
Warm Up Events
- Do not count toward Summer Street Series
- 45 minute score course
- Mass starts at 5:15pm and 5:45pm
- 2 minutes planning time before the start
- Competitors do their own scoring
 
Cost:

Event results are no longer directly calculated from the winner and are now based on your position relative to the average of the field providing a more stable reference point.
event result = constant + multiplier * (your score - average score) / st deviation.
This being the case there is the possibility of negative scores and scores over 100 that were previously not possible. The constant and multiplier have been currently set as 60 and 20 to minimize this from happening while still providing a spread of results.

The handicap system has also been revised for this year with a much larger back catalogue of result taken into account (where available) with the middle 26 of the last 30 results used. The larger sample provides a more stable indicator of typical performance smoothing out impacts of injuries, xmas pudding, getting lost occasionally or the stellar run, along with rewarding continued improvement.
Handicap = (your points - average points) / st deviation
With the average of the middle 26 values of 30 events taken as the handicap. Where 26/30 events are not available the ratio is adjusted for the number of events available. Note only the last 3 seasons (51 events) have been transferred across and we will build from there going forward.
Handicap result for the event = constant + multiplier * [{(your points - average points) / st deviation} - handicap]
Constant and multiplier currently set as 75 and 15. Simply put if your handicap score is over 75 you have done better than normal, if less than 75 then not as good as normal.

Found

2016

  • Child's grey hooded fleecy top - left at Blue Gum Hills
  • Pink Hat
  • Ladies Bike glove - pink back
  • Control stand 190 with SI unit attached -  if you have find please see the gear coordinator at an event

2015 

  • Heart Rate Monitor - if you have lost yours please see the gear coordinator at an event
  • An orange aluminium drink bottle - Blackbutt

Lost

  • Have you found a lanyard with a card with our logo and website address on it? If so please contact Sam Howe at streeto@newcastleorienteeringThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0425 329 661 so we can arrange postage or a pick up.

Want to try Orienteering? Don't know what its really all about? Want to have a go for free?

Well Newcastle Orienteering Club has establised a permanent course at Blue Gum Hills Regional park at Minmi, in conjunction with NPWS. The course is available to use whenever the park is open.

Print a copy here, pick up a copy of the orienteering map from Tree Top Adventures or contact the local NPWS office (4946 4100) to have a copy emailed.

It is left up to you to complete in the order you like. Will you go numerically? odds then evens?

Already finished it? Got feedback or suggestions? let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

BGHRP Sign1 Apr16 IMG 2603

Note: We check on the course at regular intervals, but if you find there is a control marker missing (vandalism does unfortunately happen) please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Format and Rules

• The tour will consist of four (4) events. The first three events will be qualifying events. A competitor’s best two results from these events will be tallied to produce a qualifying score. On the basis of this score competitors will be put into grades. (See Calculating the Grades)

• In the final event competitors will run in their grade. Results from this event will determine the overall placing in each grade. Competitors that have not qualified are still welcome to run, they will be in the “Enter On Day” category

Scores for each qualifying event will be calculated as a percentage of the winner’s time.example

• The courses will be line courses (point to point) so competitors must visit the controls in the order specified by the course setter. (However you still have choice on how to approach and navigate between controls).

• There will be two different length courses offered at each event. The short course will be about 1.5 – 2 km in length while the long course will be about 4 - 5km in length (where possible).

Start times for the events are between 5pm and 6:30pm.

Course closure is 7:10pm. Please choose a start time to ensure you will finish by this time. (The organisers still need to pick up controls after this.)

SportIdent timing is used for all Park events, so remember to bring your SI stick. (SI stick hire available at all events.)

• All private property and any other areas so marked on the map are out of bounds. Competitors found not observing this rule will be disqualified.

• All competitors must report to the finish (so that search parties are not sent out!)

• Any queries should first go to the organiser for the day and then if necessary to the series organiser.

Enjoy it!

Calculating the Grades

The grades for the Newcastle Park Tour are determined as follows.

• The grades for each course (i.e the long course and the short course) are determined separately.

• At each qualifying event, competitors points are calculated via the formula

winner's time/competitor's time x 100

• After the conclusion of the qualifying rounds the competitors are ranked according to their best two results. From these rankings the competitors are then put into grades.
Note: Competitors must have completed at least two rounds on the same course to qualify.

• For each course the number of grades used depends on the number of qualifiers as follows:

Number of Qualifiers Number of Grades
0-19 1
20-35 2
36-51 3
52-64
4
65-80 5
81-96 6

• The numbers within each grade will be as even as possible with the excess going into the lower grades first.

For example if the long course has 43 qualifiers, then there will be 3 grades, A, B and C, with 14 in A grade, 14 in B grade and 15 in C grade. If the long course has 44 qualifiers then the numbers would be 14 in A grade, 15 in B grade and 15 in C grade. And so on.

The grades for the short course will be determined independently from the grades for the long course.

lambton park hrh2

KingEdwardParkThe Newcastle Park Tour began in 2007 in response to a number of factors. Firstly, with daylight savings having been extended to 6 months of the year it seemed a pity to waste those extra daylight hours on a Wednesday evening. Secondly, the Summer Street Series had already been extended to 17 events and it was felt that this was a plenty long enough season. Thirdly, and finally, numbers in the Street series had grown to around 100 per week but many of these participants did not come along to the traditional bush orienteering events over winter. It was thought that a Park series might be a gentle way of transitioning Street orienteers to bush orienteers.

The format for the tour has remained unchanged since its inception. The number of events was initially dictated by the number of weeks left of daylight saving after the street series concluded and by the small number of park maps that the club had available at the time. The decision to have only two courses (long and short) per event was made to try to make the demands on the course setter as small as practical (since the course setter has to put the controls out and bring them all in again on the Wednesday afternoon). Lastly, since most competitors were used to running for 45 minutes at the street events it was decided to make the long course in the park series around the 5km mark. For most maps this is as long as is practical, (even with a map change), but hopefully long enough that people felt it worthwhile travelling to the event. The short course, it was decided, should be about half the length of the long course.

KingParkRaymondTerraceThe first significant change that occurred in the running of the NPT over the years has been the introduction of the SportIdent (SI) timing system. Its first use at a NPT event was at the finals of the 2011 tour. Russell and Karen Blatchford used gear borrowed from the NSW Junior Squad at that event at Hunter River High. After much discussion, fact finding and debate the club decided to purchase its own set of SI equipment in 2012. The club’s own SI gear was used for all events in the NPT during the 2013 tour. While the benefits of the SI system to competitors is obvious it does bring with it some headaches for the organisers, notably the control units placed in public areas need to be locked and computer equipment now has to be brought to each event.

Another slight change in format occurred in 2015. A new map of the TAFE College at Islington had been produced but access to the grounds could only be obtained for a Sunday. Thus it was decided to use the map for the final of the series. Having the final on a Sunday has the advantage of allowing time after the event for a presentation and complete control collection.

HunterRiverHighFinally, the biggest logistical hurdle that the NPT faces has been (and will continue to be) finding suitable venues and mapping them. Of course this problem is common to all forms of orienteering. To this end Newcastle Orienteering Club is grateful for the efforts of long time mappers Denis Lyons, Russell Rigby and Ian Dempsey who have overseen the production of most of the maps we currently use.

Hopefully the tour will live on!!

Course Setters Guide

List of Maps

NPT #1 - 2007
Maps: Qualifiers - Jesmond Park, Speers Point Park, Walka Water Works
Final - Newcastle University
Winners: Long Course: A Grade - Wes Dose
First Female - ?
B Grade - ?
C Grade - ?
Short Course: D Grade - ?
Comment: Attendances - 59, 69, 61, ??. Number of qualifiers for the Final - 62
Inaugural series put on to try to entice street orienteers to try bush orienteering

NPT #2 - 2008
Maps: Qualifiers - Maitland Park, Blackbutt Reserve, Thomas Halton Park
Final - Walka Water Works
Winners: Long Course: A Grade - ?
First Female - ?
B Grade - ?
C Grade - ?
Short Course: D Grade - ?
E Grade -?
Comment: Attendances - 69, 81, 69, ??. Number of qualifiers for the Final - 72

NPT #3 - 2009
Maps: Qualifiers – Warabrook, Rathmines Park, Blue Gum Regional Park
Final - Lambton Park
Winners: Long Course: A Grade - Joshua Blatchford
First Female - Jenny Enderby
B Grade - Leigh Hoy
C Grade - Elly Ross
D Grade - Scott Taylor
E Grade - Brock Smith
Short Course: F Grade - Matt Hayes
First Sub Junior - Matt Hayes
Comment: Attendances - 96, 96, 91, 95. Number of qualifiers for the Final - 84

NPT #4 - 2010
Maps: Qualifiers - Speers Point Park, , Hunter River High, Braye Park
Final - Shortland Wetlands
Winners: Long Course: A Grade - Steven Todkill
First Female - Jenny Enderby
B Grade - Scott Taylor
C Grade - Greig Scott
D Grade - Duncan McLeod
E Grade - Margaret Peel
Short Course: F Grade - ?
G Grade - ?
Comment: Attendances - 102, 84, 69, ??. Number of qualifiers for the Final - 88

NPT #5 - 2011
Maps: Qualifiers - Maitland Park, King Park, King Edward Park
Final - Hunter River High
Winners: Long Course: A Grade - Joshua Blatchford
First Female - Malin Anderson
B Grade - Bjorn Mella
C Grade - Carolyn Matthews
D Grade - Russell Rigby
Short Course: E Grade - Luke Robertson
First Sub Junior - None unassisted
Comment: Attendances - 76, 71, 76, 83. Number of qualifiers for the Final - 76
SI timing used in the final.

NPT #6 - 2012
Maps: Qualifiers - Stephenson Park, Blackbutt Reserve, University East
Final - Blue Gum Regional Park
Winners: Long Course: A Grade - Alex Massey
First Female - Jenny Enderby
B Grade - Kim Van Netten
C Grade - Steven Roberts
D Grade - Luke Robertson
Short Course: E Grade – Graeme Taplin
First Sub Junior - Claire Burgess
Comment: Attendances - 93, 66, 69, 76. Number of qualifiers for the Final - 78

NPT #7 – 2013
Maps: Qualifiers - King Edward Park, Boomerang Park, Thomas Halton Park
Final - Booragul Primary School
Winners: Long Course: A Grade - Alex Massey
First Female - Jenny Enderby
B Grade - Angus Roberts
C Grade - Michael Goode
D Grade - Graham Fowler
Short Course: E Grade - Graeme Taplin
First Sub Junior – Alec Power
Comment: Attendances - 89, 75, 82, 65. Number of qualifiers for the Final - 71
First series to use SI timing in all events.

NPT #8 – 2014
Maps: Qualifiers - Lambton Park, Botanic Gardens, Shortland Wetlands
Final - Walka Water Works
Winners: Long Course: A Grade - Joshua Blatchford
First Female - Jenny Enderby
B Grade - Glenn Burgess
C Grade - Greig Scott
D Grade - Grant & Hamish Watson
Short Course: E Grade - Graeme Taplin
F Grade - Mikayla Enderby
First Sub Junior – Mikayla Enderby
Comment: Attendances - 79, 82, 80, 70. Number of qualifiers for the Final - 84

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