SOC Rules and Guidelines

Scottish Individual Championships (SOC)


The Scottish Individual Championships is the climax of the spring season. Its purpose is to determine classic distance Scottish Champions in each age class.

04th Mar 14

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The SOC will be hosted by each of the three Areas within Scotland :
East > North > West in rotation.
Each Area Committee will invite offers from their own Clubs to host this Championship, along with the Scottish Relay Championships.

The SOC will normally take place on the last Saturday in May.

The event should be a BOF-sanctioned Event. The Rules of Orienteering can be found on the British Orienteering website. Elite courses for M21E and W21E shall be provided. The event may also seek World Ranking Event status.

The area to be used shall be approved by the Competitions Convenor and thereafter the event shall be registered with the Fixtures Secretary. The main criterion is the availability of sufficient terrain at the highest level of technical difficulty, although it must also be possible to plan appropriate junior courses.


Planning guidelines are as for BOF Championship events (e.g. British Orienteering Championships), following any additional guidelines for World Ranking Event where appropriate.
Age classes may be combined onto the same course provided estimated times fall in the appropriate range.

Trophies shall be available to the first Scot in each age group. For this purpose members of Scottish open Clubs shall be automatically recognised as “Scots”. Other orienteers wishing to be classed as “Scottish”, such as those born in Scotland or long-term Scottish residents currently living outside Scotland or competing for their university, must make their status known to the organiser before the race

“Scots” are any one of the following

a] born in Scotland

b] have at least one Scottish parent

c] be a member of the Scottish Orienteering Association

For the M21E and W21E classes there will be three trophies – Winner, Scottish Native Champion and best Scottish Orienteering Association Member. Scottish Native Champions must have been born in Scotland and not just member of the SOA.

Posted on 04th Mar 14