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  1. Orienteering Posters Formatted for Legal size paper (3 sheets per topic) Glued to 22” x 26” poster board

  2. Front of Poster #1 Front of Poster #2 Overview of posters - NTOA Style Orienteering Basics What to do at a Control Before you run After you’re done Poster #4 or Back of Poster #1 Poster # 3 or Back of Poster #2 Contour Lines How to Orient your map Paperwork Map Reading

  3. ORIENTEERING BASICS Map & Compass skills Race against time “The Thinking Sport”

  4. Follow a point-to-point course(connect the dots!)

  5. STRATEGY • Look for the easiest course ( Hint: it’s usually not a straight line ) • Follow the “Handrails” • Roads, paths, powerlines, fences, streams • Focus on course-following, rather than speed

  6. What to do at a Control Controls are identified with an orange and white marker 1. Verify the control number Match with your clue sheet

  7. 2. Punch in the proper space on your punch card

  8. 4. Check your map to figure your direction to the next control 3. Move away from the control

  9. Before you run... • Registration Decisions • Sign up for White or Yellow Courses Only • These courses do not require knowledge of international orienteering symbols • Competition vs. Map Hike --- Which one??? • Competition • Race against time • Eligible for awards, based on age & gender • Map Hike • Un-timed. Take your time and smell the poison ivy • Good for families and groups

  10. Map Table • Depending on the event, your course will be either: 1) Pre-drawn on your map • Receive it at the start 2) You will draw it on the map

  11. Competitors start at 1 or 2 minute intervals • Start number = Minutes after event beginsExample:If your start number is 77 10:00 AM Official starting time for the event + 77 minutes (your start number) = 11:17 AM Your start time “Start” is identified by a triangle on your map • Start line Pick up a map & clue sheet (make sure you have the ones for your “color”)

  12. After you’re done... • Finish Line • Turn in your punch card • Even if you don’t finish!!! (We need to know you’re back safely) • 3 hour time limit (May be less at some events) Finish line identified with ribbon Scoring • Officials will check for correct punches

  13. Results • Find your results about 1/2 hour after finishing Awards • Given to the top 3 in each age / gender class

  14. PAPERWORK PUNCH CARD • Receive at Registration • Punch the card at each control • Punch first control in box 1,second in box 2,etc. • Turn it in at the finish line

  15. MAP • Receive it at the start (or map table, depending on the event)

  16. Control # (may be numeric or alpha) Clues in International Orienteering symbols Clues in English CLUE SHEET • Detailed description of the control locations • Receive it at the start (or map table)

  17. MAP READING North is at the top of map

  18. BLACK = Man madeGood Handrails! Building Powerline Road Pipeline Path FenceYELLOW = Open areasEasy Running! Fields, grassWHITE = Open forestRunning/ Walking!

  19. GREEN = Vegetation Slow Walking! Darker green is denser brushBLUE = Water Go Around! Streams Lake/Pond Well MarshBROWN = Land shape Earth bank Contour lines

  20. CONTOUR LINES • Lines of EQUAL ELEVATION • They describe the slope of the land • Colored brown on orienteering maps

  21. Lines far apart Lines close together FLAT • Which way is up or down? • Water flows downhill • Start at a lake or stream, and work up • Compare the map to your surroundings STEEP

  22. How to ORIENT YOUR MAP This aligns your map with your surroundings 1. Hold map horizontal, with compass on map

  23. 2. Compare: North on the map Compass needle 3. Rotate your map until they line up

  24. Reality check: • Look at your surroundings • Which way is uphill / downhill? • Which way is the forest / lake? • Where is the sun?