Updated Competition Rules

The Orienteering Canada rules are updated annually. Here are the latest changes:

Changes to Rules – 2022

  1. Change the word “shall” to “must” (215 instances)
  2. If an out-of-bounds area marked on a map is not obvious it must also be marked in the terrain. (Rules 13.6.2 and 15.4.2)
  3. If a problem is found with a control during an event the Organizers are to use principles of fair play to deal with it. (Rule 13.3.10 - new Rule)
  4. Remove unnecessary references to either gender in the Rules and be more gender neutral (Rules 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 15.6.2, 15.8.4, and 16.6.5)
  5. Prohibit the use of drones by Participants (Rule 15.3.2)
  6. Change cases of the use of the term “on the ground” to “in the terrain” to be consistent with OC terminology. (Rule 2.1.1 and 15.4.3)

Changes to Rules – 2023

  1. Established explicit rules on gender expression and clarified other gender related rules (Rules 6.1.1, 6.1.5, 6.2.3)
  2. The term “start” has been split into “start line”, ”start triangle”, and “start area”. (Rules 10.3,13.1.1,13.1.2,13.1.3,9.9,9.11,9.16,10.3,14.1.6, 14.2.5,14.2.6,14.3.1)
  3. Changes to Bulletins (Rule 11.1.3,11.1.4)
  4. Protest Fees (Rule 16.5.4)
  5. Levy for NAOC (Rule 17.6.1)
  6. A couple items made optional instead of mandatory (Rules 6.2.1, 6.3.1)
  7. Use of (W ) extended to include NAOCs (bottom of cover page)
  8. Change in protest process (Rule 16.5.2)
  9. Changes to shadowing (Rules 1.30, 15.3.5)
  10. Use of cellphones (new rule 15.3.7)
  11. Change to posting of map legend at the start area (Rule 9.11)