Urban League guidelines

Updated for 2014

The main changes explain the new “tie-break” rule and also clarify the shadowing guidance for juniors.

SOUL events should follow as closely as possible the comprehensive BOF 2014 events planning guidelines, section 11 deals with Urban events. These should be read in conjunction with the British Orienteering Rules of Orienteering

This provides guidance on course lengths, combinations and specific advice regarding safety for juniors. NB Urban Sprint or middle distance events may also be included in the SOUL series to provide variety and increase geographic spread. In these events distances will be relevant to the discipline.

In addition to the BOF guidelines the following guidance is provided to SOUL series organisers regarding junior courses, with the aim of informing parents.

  • Courses for those aged under 16 on the day of the event must not have any routes that require the competitors to cross roads with significant traffic unless appropriate traffic management arrangements have been put in place. Such arrangements may include: mandatory safe routes, crossings controlled by lights/marshals, the use of under-passes/bridges, timed out legs etc.
  • A parent or guardian is not permitted to sign a disclaimer in order to allow a junior under the age of 16 to compete where the courses have any routes that require competitors to cross roads with significant traffic unless appropriate traffic management arrangements have been put in place.
  • In line with BOF guidance on shadowing, juniors being shadowed on junior courses shall remain competitive for the SOUL series. Note that the guidance for any specific event may preclude shadowed juniors from being competitive in that event, but that will not prevent them from gaining the appropriate SOUL points. It is the responsibility of the competitor/parent to clarify with the event organiser if they are unsure.
  • Course M/W 12- maps should where possible be provided to competitors at registration to allow parents to judge whether or not shadowing is appropriate.
  • Where possible the Technical difficulty (TD) and distance of the junior courses should be provided at the pre-entry stage. This is particularly important if the course for M/W 12- has controls above TD2 standard.

Event selection

Scottish Clubs will be invited to submit events for inclusion in the SOUL. Once accepted they will be added to the event list. Expectation is events would be level C or above. Nopesport Urban League events may be included unless otherwise advised by the organiser, unless this is to the detriment of the factors given below. In the event that more than 7 events are submitted, a decision will be made by the organiser in conjunction with the fixtures secretary and competitions convenor to ensure that factors such as potential fixture clashes, quality of competition and geographical spread are taken into account. Priority will be given to events which achieve suitable junior courses (under BOF U-16 guidance) and Saturday events which are geographically combined with a SOL weekend or other significant event will also be encouraged.


(as per Nopesport Urban League for 2014) ie.

  • M/W 12-
  • M/W16- (with regard to the BOF requirements for under 16’s running in urban areas)
  • M/W Open
  • M/W Vet (40+)
  • M/W Supervet (55+)
  • M/W Ultravet (65+)

Note that these are not the actual class names which should be used. The correct names are in the Organiser's Instructions.

Points will be awarded to finishers on each CLASS as follows: 100, 96, 93, 91, 90, 89...

At any given race, a competitor may score in only one class. Unless specified otherwise beforehand, he (or she) will score in the lowest class for which he is eligible; for example, if W Vet and W Supervet share a course, a W55 would score only as a W Supervet. A competitor who runs a course above that designated for his class will score in the lowest class for which he is eligible, e.g. an M55 running up on a course designated for M Open, W Open and M Veteran would score only as M Veteran.

  • In a competition with parallel heats and a set of graded finals, points will be awarded from the top of the A final downwards. Anybody not finishing both races will be disregarded.
  • Coordinator reserves the right to amend the scoring system during the year, with the aim of promoting competition or improving fairness in unforeseen circumstances.


New for 2014, in the event of a tie in SOUL scores at the conclusion of the league, the outcome will be determined by the head to head scores between the relevant competitors. This will include any DNF, which will attract a nil score.

Roger Thetford who administers the Nopesport Urban League scoring system has agreed to administer the league scoring software for this league. A BOF number will be required to participate.

Organisers please read Roger’s comprehensive guidance on the scoring system before opening up for pre- entry, as the guidance includes information about how best to set up the event to allow results to be exported for the league scores.

Best 4 from X scores to count towards overall outcome of league, where X is the number of events in that year (usually 6-8).

Certificates for the 1,2,3 in each class at the end of the league. In the event that sponsorship is gained for the league, prizes be offered in addition to or in lieu of certificates.


Last edited: 25th Sep 14

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