General and Technical Information



Applicable Rules and Guidelines: Current editions of Competition Rules for IOF Foot Orienteering Events, Guidelines for WRE, Orienteering Australia Competition Rules, National Orienteering League Guidelines, School Sport Australia Orienteering Championship Rules and Guidelines.

GPS Devices: Competitors are reminded that you may not use or carry telecommunication equipment between entering the pre-start area and reaching the finish in a race. GPS devices with no visible display or audible signal may be carried. Elite classes may not wear GPS-enabled wristwatches. Other classes may wear them for route tracking provided their displays are covered by opaque tape.

Start Times: A list of start times will be posted on the website in mid-September and will be displayed at registration and near the start.

Start Procedure for individual events:
All events will use a 1-minute start sequence.
The starter will not repeat information provided in published event information.
Clear and Check SI your card before entering Box 1.
Enter Box 1 when the Prestart clock (Clock 1) shows your race time. This is three minutes before your start time.
As you enter Box 1 your Chest Number/Name/SI number will be checked.
As you enter Box 2 your SI tag/card will be checked.
Collect your control descriptions in Box 2.
In Box 3 write your name on the back of your map, but leave it in the map box and stand at the map box.
The starter will give any special instructions.
At your race time (Clock 2), on the 6th beep pick up your map and start.      


Clear & Check

Box 1

SI number and ID check

Box 2

SI tag check

Collect control descriptions

Box 3

Mark map

Prepare to start

Clock 1     Clock 2

Late Starts: Competitors who are late for their allocated start must report to the Late Start Official and start when advised to. They will be regarded as having started at their official start time, unless the organisers are at fault. Any decisions relating to this will be made after the competitor finishes.

Chest Numbers: All competitors must wear, on their fronts, the allocated chest number which will be issued at Registration.  It will have your competitor number, your name and SI number on it. For relay events, different chest numbers will be provided. If you lose your chest number go to Registration for a replacement.

Control Descriptions: These will be printed on your map. For individual events they will also be provided loose during the start procedure. Easy and Very Easy courses will have control descriptions in English only. Hard courses will have IOF symbols only. Moderate will have both English and IOF.

Maps: All maps will be printed on Pretex synthetic paper which is waterproof and tear resistant. Synthetic maps tend to cling together so ensure that you only pick up one.

The maps for all classes in the Australian Long Distance Championships are now digitally printed.

For this event, the digital prints are:
1:15,000 with 5m contours for M/W 21E, 20E, and 35A classes
1:10,000 with 5m contours for other classes

Previous advice was that the 1:15,000 maps would be offset printed in line with IOF recommendations.
This however was to be a prohibitively expensive exercise for the small numbers of maps required.  The quality of digital printing has advanced significantly to allow digital printing at 1:15,000 to be considered. 

The 1:15,000 digital prints have been inspected by the IOF Event Advisor, Controller and Course Planners and they are satisfied that the maps meet the requirements of line quality, legibility and colour for a World Ranking Event.

Map Legend: None of the competition maps will have a legend. A digital-print legend will be included in registration packs.

Electronic Punching: The SPORTIdent electronic punching system will be used and all versions of SI cards are accepted. It is the competitor’s responsibility to clear and check their SI card before starting each day. Clear and check units will be at the start. If the SI unit at a control fails to respond, record your visit by punching in the reserve boxes on the map using the pin punch on the control stand.

Downloading Results: All competitors are to report to the finish, including any who do not complete their course. After punching the Finish, proceed to the download tent and follow instructions.

O-lynx Radio Controls: Some controls will be fitted with radio devices. These will not be identified in control description lists. There may also be radio repeaters in the terrain. These will not be shown on maps and should not be assumed to indicate the proximity of a control.

Results Display: Results will be displayed on TV screens using the O-lynx system and will also show split times at radio controls for courses that have those. There will also be a “wooden slat” results display.

Map return: Maps are to be placed in the marked boxes at the finish.  Maps will be made available for collection once the last starters have commenced their race.

First Aid: St Johns Ambulance Officers will be attending each event.

Presentations: Presentations for the WA Long Distance and Australian championships events will be held as soon as possible after placings are finalised. First, second and third place awards will be presented at a central podium, with subsequent photo opportunities nearby. Placegetters in AS and B classes will be announced and acknowledged during the ceremony but will then collect their awards from Registration. All M/W10 entrants who complete courses will receive certificates at the ceremony. Following local custom, at the WA Long Distance Championships only two placings in AS classes and only the winner in B classes receive awards.
Schools presentations will be held at the team accommodation centre.
Souvenir prizes will be awarded to placegetters in all classes at Kocky’s Overture and Kockies’ Chorus as soon as possible at the events.

Complaints and Protests: Anyone wishing to lodge a Complaint should go to the Registration van, no later than thirty minutes after course closure time. Registration staff will make a record of the complaint and contact the appropriate official. Any protest about the outcome of a complaint should also be lodged  at the Registration van, in writing and preferably on a form provided by Registration, as soon as possible after the decision about a complaint is known. Registration staff will contact appropriate officials to deal with the protest.

Jury:  In the event of a protest, a jury will be selected from the following panel of Level 3 controllers: Bill Jones, Ron Junghans, David Lotty, Dick Ogilvie, Paul Prudhoe, Robert Vincent, Robert Rapkins, John Lyon.

Water: There will be water on courses as per the rules, and at the start and the finish on each day. There is no public water supply at any event except the Australian Sprint.

Out of Bounds: Boundaries of the assembly/arena areas will be marked by taping or signage. Prohibited portions of the competition area will be shown on maps by purple hatching. At the Sprint this includes several cafe zones that will appear to be runnable but are strictly out of bounds.

M/W10 Novice Course: Shadowing is permitted on this course. Entrants may start at any vacant time during the start window, but “shadows” must have completed their own course first. Report to the “Late Start” official at the start.

EoD Courses: Courses are available for on-site entry at all events except the Aust. Relays and the mid-week events. See the event information for course details.
Register at the registration van from 10:00am. You may start any time after the last competition start on your course, up to an hour before course closure. Report to the “Late Start” official at the start.
Fees, per entry:  Adult, or group (2-5) with adults and juniors - $25; Juniors and adult concession - $10. Concession means holder of an Australian Government Healthcare Card or a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. WA Seniors cards do not qualify. Junior is 20 or under in 2014.

Clothing return: In cases of inclement weather (only) an ad hoc clothing return will operate.

For youngsters: There will be a “toy tent” and free string course at all events except the sprint and the mid-week events. These are unsupervised facilities; parents must make their own arrangements for supervision. For the string course, register at the Registration van (to qualify for your jelly snake).

Catering: The WA Long Distance, and Australian Middle Distance, Long Distance and Relay events will have substantial lunch-menu catering and a coffee van. The mid-week events will have a cold-lunch menu. There will be on-site food and drink outlets at the Australian Sprint. Click here for more details.

Rubbish:  Bins will not be provided. We ask that everyone, please, take all their rubbish away with them.

Photography during the carnival: There will be photographers taking photographs and video footage during the carnival, for both private records and for promotion of orienteering and possible publication. OA, and OWA will only use appropriate images of children that are relevant to our sport and show them suitably attired, in a manner that promotes the sport.
There are some circumstances where publication of a named image of a child may place them in danger. Orienteering Australia and the Karrak Karnival organisers request that parents and guardians advise them of any children whose images should not be taken or published. Use the contact link on the website or contact the organisers privately.

Daylight Saving: does not exist in WA.

Dogs: are not permitted at any event.

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