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EPOC Schools League

East Pennine Orienteering Club Schools Orienteering League

This League is currently under review and this page will be updated when a decision is made.

The EPOC Schools Orienteering League aims to provide school pupils with the opportunity to learn and develop map-reading skills while improving their fitness in a fun, competitive and challenging sport. The league runs from September to August and the EPOC area covers Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.

Each event which EPOC organises will count as a schools' league event. The date and details of each venue are available on the EPOC web site. Events will be open to everyone and venues will use a variety of terrain ranging from urban parkland to forests.


Usually 10am-12pm but please check for each event. Pupils complete an entry form and receive a map with the course and an electronic chip to record their times.
Start Times
Usually 10:30-12:30. Pupils start at 1 minute intervals. Please note that courses usually close at 2:30pm and control points will start to be collected from this time so it is important that people start with enough time to complete their course. 
It is not necessary for the school to enter pupils. 
Pupils should enter as an individual. If they are inexperienced then they they are welcome to run with a friend. They should register separately and the time for each runner will count, even if they stick together throughout the course. We do expect that in the spirit of the competition that once they are more experienced they should run individually. If a more experienced person is accompanying a first timer then please read the section below on 'Assistance on the Course', in essence they should be there for reassurance not to show someone where to go!
Schools are not required to pay any fees to enter the league. The cost is usually around £3 for children and between £6-£10 for adults. Junior EPOC members are free on white and yellow courses, see joining information on the website.
Primary Competition
Up to Y5 will compete on the White course, normally between 1 and 1.5 km. Y6 will compete on the Yellow Course normally between 1.5 and 2.5 km. Both courses will involve straightforward navigation and are designed so that they can be completed without the use of a compass. Children can expect to take between 10 and 40 minutes to complete the White course; between 20 and 40 minutes on the Yellow course
Secondary Competition
Y7 pupils will compete on the Yellow course, along with Y6s. Y8 and Y9 will compete on the Orange course and Y10 and above will compete on the Orange (or Light Green if they chose and are experienced). The Orange course is around 2.5km in length Light Green is around 3.5km. Both provide a greater navigational challenge. Skilled navigators can risk taking shorter routes away from paths and line features while there will usually be easier, safer but longer routes between controls. Very skilled juniors might complete the course in just over 30 minutes while inexperienced participants can expect to take an hour or more. Inexperienced participants should therefore arrive early so they can take the earlier start slots. A compass, and knowing how to use one, is recommended. Youngsters tackling the Orange course with no previous experience of orienteering will find it immensely challenging, and should be prepared to be patient as they develop their skills. 
Parents’ Competition
Orienteering is renowned as a family participation sport. Other family members are welcome to take part. The cost for adults is usually between £6-£10. (Any adult who is already a member of EPOC, or who joins during the year, will get a £1 discount.) Adults may run any school league course or any other course on offer.
Assistance out on the Course
Parents, guardians etc are encouraged to accompany beginners on the course. In orienteering this is called “shadowing”. Anyone shadowing a child should avoid ‘doing it themselves’ with the child in tow in an attempt to get a fast time. This achieves nothing as the child gets no sense of achievement and learns very little. Instead, shadowers should allow the child to do all the navigation themselves, and only help out where a mistake has been made or the child asks for help.
Seriously lost children are a rarity in orienteering. However, anyone getting disorientated should not wander about aimlessly. Instead, get on to the nearest track or path and remain where you are and you will be found! If you see a control marker not on your course, remain with it and ask another passing competitor for help. Carrying a whistle is recommended.
Each participant is given an electronic timing chip at registration. This is used to record the time taken and to show that each control has been visited. The chip is downloaded to a computer back at registration after completion of the course.
Points will be awarded depending on finish position, with the winner scoring 100, 2nd scoring 99 etc.
League Table
The league table will be updated after each event. An individual's best 4 results will count to their overall standing. Prizes or trophies will also be awarded to individual winners. The School Team competition will be decided by adding a school's best 3 scores from the individual results at each event and totalling across the events
Results will be published on the EPOC Web Site after each event, along with detailed ’split times’ for each runner showing the time taken for each control. This makes it possible to work out how much time you might have lost through either getting lost or making a bad route choice.

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Page updated: June 20 2021
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