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:
"B" meets vs. "C" meets
Local orienteering events (as opposed to national- or championship-level "A" meets) are typically described as "B" meets or "C" meets. “C” meets are informal events that are not bound by Orienteering USA and IOF rules--they should follow good orienteering practices, of courses, but allow for flexibility and the needs/resources of the club.
For "B" meets, which are still usually local or regional in scope, the organizing club must follow certain rules, as laid out in the Orienteering USA Rules of Orienteering
. This typically means using "A" meet rules as a guideline, and ensuring a minimum and uniform standard of quality that enables results from B meets to count for navigation certification
, among other things.