What makes a good local orienteering event?
1. The event is planned and organized to run smoothly.
2. The courses are fair and set to the correct difficulty level.
3. The park/landowner welcomes the club to return.
4. The event staff has fun and is not hurried or hassled.
5. The participants are impressed with the event and glad they came.
Making this happen is a team effort and requires some planning. Here are some guides to help you and your club:
Local orienteering events (as opposed to national- or championship-level meets) are not bound by Orienteering USA and IOF rules, but should still follow good orienteering practices. (Events were formerly classified as A meets, which are sanctioned and overseen by Orienteering USA; B meets, large events meeting most but possibly not all the requirements of a sanctioned event; and C meets, smaller events typically referred to as local meets/events that do not offer the full array of courses found at a sanctioned meet.)
For larger meets which are still usually local or regional in scope, refer to the Orienteering USA Rules of Orienteering and the guidelines linked below to ensure a minimum and uniform standard of quality that enables results from these local-but-larger meets to count for navigation certification, among other things.