Who can join ASO
Any school, scout, guide or other youth group. For the purposes of
this document all references to “school” and “pupil” may be taken to apply equally to all youth groups and their members.
Competitors can only compete for one registered organisation, of which they are a current member.
To apply for a membership form please visit the contact
There are normally eight events in the League year which coincides with the school or academic year. Dates and venues are advertised through the Bristol Orienteering newsletter, at ASO events, in ASO mailings and on the fixtures page. In addition there is usually an Individual Championship and a Team relay event.
To compete in the League schools must register themselves and each
Group leaders must register their competitors with the ASO statistician
before they can score points in the League. This is quite separate
from event registration, need only take place once during a pupil’s
school career and must include competitor’s name and school year.
Pupils may be registered retrospectively but may only score points
in the one event immediately prior to registration. In the event
that a late-registered pupil beats a previously registered winner
then both will be awarded 100 points and all other previously calculated
scores will remain unchanged.
The League is funded by a per capita payment (£2.00 from Sep 2015) for each registered competitor, payable at the end of the season.
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There are sixteen League classes in total with separate classes
for Girls and Boys based on the individual competitor’s school
year. Pupils compete on Colour coded courses appropriate to their
school year and gender according to the following table.
Note: Year 6 Runners are required to compete on Yellow after the 4th race of each ASO Primary League season.
|School Year and Class
|Year 5 and below
|Year 12 and 13
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An indication of the level of difficulty for each of the colour-coded courses is given below. The ASO commitee select appropriate courses for score or regional events where the course classifications are different.
|Technically difficult (club training)
|Fairly technical, not too physical
||Any feature, no complex contours
|Fairly difficult, longer easy route
||Include prominent feature or contour feature
|Technically easy using line features
||Near line feature
|Technically very easy, all line features
||On line feature
* on the White and Yellow courses pupils may see or mark their map before entering
the Start boxes
* a NO WHISTLE NO RUN policy is operated
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- For each event there will be Individual scores in each age
class. The winner of the class will receive 100 points, those
behind receive a score determined as ( 100 * winner’s
time / own time) and rounded to the nearest integer. Those failing
to complete a course successfully receive no points.
- A School or Group score for one event will be the best 6
individual scores from that event
- Individual scores for the season will be determined from the
individual’s best 5 performances
- School scores for the season will be determined from the school’s
best 5 scores.
Pupils may compete in pairs on all courses (in the age class of
the eldest of the pair) but will only score half points.
Running down a class
Pupils may run down a single class (eg a Year 9 may run as a Year
8) but will only score half points. Pupils running down more than
one class score no points. Pupils running down a class in pairs
score one quarter points.
Running up a class
This should not be encouraged. Exceptional orienteers should be allowed to run up a course only if the normal
course for their age is inappropriate for their experience. This includes senior girls running up to Blue and senior boys running up to Brown. Tactical
switching between classes on the same course (eg a Year 8 running
as a Year 9 when both use the same Orange course) is not allowed.
There are no extra points for running up a class. If a pupil running
up a class finishes in a shorter time than the fastest runner in
that class then that runner scores 100 points and all other runners
in that class are scored against the younger runner’s performance.
Shadowing is defined as the following of a runner within view where
no communication about route finding takes place. If a shadow does have to help
a runner then this then becomes a training run with no points available.
Runners which are shadowed must be entered with a “+1” on the entry. Shadowed runners will score half
points for the time of their run.
If the winner is shadowed, they will receive 50 points, but the next fastest time will be treated as the winning time, get 100 points and be used as the benchmark for all others to score against.
Running a second course
If a pupil runs a second course at an event they must register themselves as non-competitive (N/C). Failure to do so will mean that the competitor will receive the lower of the two scores.
Schools organising events
Pupils from schools organising events may compete in that event but if they have helped plan courses they cannot score points (enter
N/C at registration). Pupils who plan an ASO event will automatically receive 100 pts for their efforts.
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- There will be a trophy for the winning school
- There will be individual trophies for each class in proportion
to the number of registered competitors – 1 trophy for
1-4 competitors, 2 trophies for 5-9 competitors and 3 trophies
for 10+ competitors
- The Committee shall have the discretion to award additional
trophies in any class if they feel it is appropriate
- Certificates will be awarded to all competitors scoring in
excess of 100 points over the course of the season
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Pupils are responsible for registering their details correctly at
each event to enable points scores to be calculated. When entering an event you
- Class, School, Year and Gender
- Course Blue, Green, Lt Green, Orange, Yellow or White
- Club or School Abbreviation
- Name, Surname and Christian name or at least one initial
Pupils from one school running on the same course must have start
times at least 3 minutes apart. Anyone starting within 3 minutes
will be regarded as a pair and given half points. Pupils competing
in the Schools League may not be accompanied by, or start within
3 minutes of, an adult or teacher from the same school.
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