Information category: Resources

Information and resources for coaches

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This page is intended to provide coaches with a single point of access to a variety of information, templates and resources for different aspects of their coaching activity.   Updated 25 October to include excellent cards to promote post-session discussion.   Along with maps of mazes, these are available under "Resources for sessions".

25th Oct 16  

Orienteering, more than just running

18th Sep 16

Orienteering links

A list of orienteering related links. If you think you should be on the list contact us.

08th Aug 16  

Updated Course Planning Guidance

For many years, Graham Nilsen’s “Course Planning” document has been considered a prime source of guidance on the practicalities of planning orienteering courses.  Although many of the principles remain valid, much of the detail has become obsolete in the 20+ years since it was written.  I have therefore re-written it (with Mr Nilsen’s blessing), and the updated document is now available for download. 

06th Jul 16  

Start and Finish planning reminders

Common Issues

Although aimed at planners and controllers the rules and guidelines about what happens at the start and finish should be of interest to competitors too.

17th Jun 16  

Good Practice Guide to Orienteering and the Environment

The SOA has produced a Good Practice Guide to Orienteering and the Environment in Scotland. The document is written for orienteers, and is intended to assist in securing access to land for events, particularly where there are concerns about nature conservation.

18th Apr 16  

Child Protection and the PVG Scheme

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The Scottish Orienteering Association is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all children in its care.  This page provides up-to-date and background information and links to various sources of relevant information.  Updated June 2016 to correct link to Policy PDF agreed January 2015.

09th Mar 16  

List of Controllers

List of SOA controllers sorted by club, including their home town.

At the foot of this web page, there are links to download the SOA application forms for appointment to Grade C controller, and to upgrade to Grade B controller.  (Please use the Word doc in preference to the pdf, if you can.)

Grade B controllers who are interested to upgrade to Grade A should contact the SOA Controllers' Co-ordinator, Rob Hickling, who can advise you on the process for applying to British Orienteering.

09th Feb 16  

Older items

Funding Opportunities… 07th Jan 16

LiDAR data available… 23rd Oct 15

Orienteering using QR codes… 04th May 15

Start Clocks… 01st Apr 15

Condes for course planning… 29th Sep 14

Map Printing Service… 01st Jan 14

Electronic resources… 20th Sep 13

Information sources for Event Officials… 18th Dec 12

Materials for Junior Incentive Scheme… 02nd Sep 08

Certificate Templates… 02nd Sep 08

Major event Rescue Plan… 24th Jan 06