The following are the recommended courses and classes to be offered at most Classic events, including ACT Championships. The range of classes and courses may be varied when there are good reasons to do so. Absolute course lengths are not specified as these can vary with the terrain. A guide to judging course lengths can be obtained by studying past courses and times, which may be available in the relevant event folder in the OACT Office.

ACT Long Distance Championships Format

Winning times are to be as specified in the Competition Rules for Orienteering Australia Foot Orienteering Events, Rule 16.9 and Appendix 1, Clause 4.1. Appropriate adjustments are to be made when the Championships are National League Events.

Course Age classes Navigational difficulty Relative course length
% of Course 1
1
M21A
Hard
100
2
M20A, M35A
Hard
75
3
M40A, M45A, W21A
Hard
60 - 65
4
M16A, M50A, W35A
Hard
50
5
M21AS, M55A, M60A, W20A, W40A,W45A
Hard
45
6
M65A,M70A, M35AS, M45AS, W50A, W55A, W21AS
Hard
35
7
M75A, M55AS, W16A, W60A, W65A, W35AS
Hard
30
8*
M80A, M85A, M90A,W70A,W75A, W80A, W85A, W45AS, W55AS
Hard
20 - 25
9
M14A, MJuniorB, MOpenB
Moderate
30
10
W14A, WJuniorB, WOpenB
Moderate
20
11
M12A, W12A, M/WJuniorEasy, M/WOpenEasy
Easy
3 km max.
12
M10A, W10A, M/WJuniorVeryEasy, M/WNovice
Very Easy
2 km max.

* Courses should be planned for older competitors to minimise steep or rough terrain.

ACT Middle Distance Championships Format

Winning times are to be as specified in the Competition Rules for Orienteering Australia Foot Orienteering Events, Rule 16.15. Appropriate adjustments are to be made when the Championships are National League Events.

Course Age classes Navigational difficulty Relative course length
% of Course 1
1
M21A, M20A, M35A, M40A
Hard
100
2
M45A, W21A
Hard
75
3
M16A, M50A, M55A, W20A, W35A, W40A, W45A
Hard
55
4
M60A, M65A,M70A, W16A, W50A
Hard
40
5
M75A, W55A, W60A, W65A, M35AS
Hard
30
6*
M80A, M85A, M90A,W70A,W75A, W80A, W85A, W35AS
Hard
20 - 25
7
M14A, MJuniorB, MOpenB
Moderate
30
8
W14A, WJuniorB, WOpenB
Moderate
20
9
M12A, W12A, M/WJuniorEasy, M/WOpenEasy
Easy
3 km max.
10
M10A, W10A, M/WJuniorVeryEasy, M/WNovice
Very Easy
2 km max.

* Courses should be planned for older competitors to minimise steep or rough terrain.

ACT Sprint Distance Championships Format

Winning times are to be as specified in the Competition Rules for Orienteering Australia Foot Orienteering Events, Rule 16.16. Appropriate adjustments are to be made when the Championships are National League Events.

Course Age classes Navigational difficulty Relative course length
% of Course 1
1
M21A, M20A, M35A, M40A
Hard
100
2
M45A, M50A, M55A, W21A, W20A, W35A, W40A
Hard
75
3
M16A, M60A, M65A, W45A, W50A, W55A
Hard
55
4*
M70A, M75A, M80A, M85A, M90A, W16A, W60A, W65A, W70A, W75A, W80A, W85A
Hard
40
5
M14A, W14A, MJuniorB, MOpenB, WJuniorB, WOpenB
Moderate
40 - 50
6
M12A, W12A, M/WJuniorEasy, M/WOpenEasy
Easy
2 km max.
7
M10A, W10A, M/WJuniorVeryEasy. (When appropriate, these classes may be put on the Easy course).
Very Easy
2 km max.

* Courses should be planned for older competitors to minimise steep or rough terrain.

National Badge Scheme Events Format

On the rare occasions that non-Championship events are staged under the Competition Rules for National Badge Scheme Events, the courses and classes offered should be the same as those used for Long Distance Championships.

ACT League Format

For ACT League events, other than Championships, the generic classes are offered with three classes on each course for Men and Women: Open, Junior and Masters, and a class for Teams. As a general rule four Hard classes should be offered, but this may be varied when there are good reasons to do so. Winning times should be as specified in the Competition Rules for Orienteering Australia Foot Orienteering Events, Rule 16.9.

Course Age classes Navigational difficulty Relative course length
% of Long Distance Championship Course 1
Hard 1
Hard 1: M Open, Hard 1:M Junior, Hard 1: M Masters Hard 1: W Open, Hard 1:W Junior, Hard 1: W Masters Hard 1: Teams
Hard
75
Hard 2
Hard 2: M Open, Hard 2:M Junior, Hard 2: M Masters Hard 2: W Open, Hard 2:W Junior, Hard 2: W Masters Hard 2: Teams
Hard
60
Hard 3
Hard 3: M Open, Hard 3:M Junior, Hard 3: M Masters Hard 3: W Open, Hard 3:W Junior, Hard 3: W Masters Hard 3: Teams
Hard
45
Hard 4*
Hard 4: M Open, Hard 4:M Junior, Hard 4: M Masters Hard 4: W Open, Hard 4:W Junior, Hard 4: W Masters Hard 4: Teams
Hard
30
Moderate 1
Moderate 1: M Open, Moderate 1:M Junior, Moderate 1: M Masters, Moderate 1: W Open, Moderate 1:W Junior, Moderate 1: W Masters, Moderate 1: Teams
Moderate
30
Moderate 2*
Moderate 2: M Open, Moderate 2: M Junior, Moderate 2: M Masters, Moderate 2: W Open, Moderate 2:W Junior, Moderate 2: W Masters, Moderate 2: Teams
Moderate
20
Easy
Easy: M Open, Easy: M Junior, Easy: M Masters Easy: W Open, Easy: W Junior, Easy: W Masters Easy: Teams
Easy
3 km max.
Very Easy
Very easy: M Open, Very easy: M Junior, Very easy: M Masters Very easy: W Open, Very easy: W Junior, Very easy: W Masters Very easy: Teams
Very Easy
2 km max.

* Courses should be planned for older competitors to minimise steep or rough terrain.

Teams/ Relay Format

Course Age classes Navigational difficulty Approximate course length
1
Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed
Moderate
6 - 7 km
2
Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed
Moderate
4.5 - 5 km
3*
Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed
Moderate
3 - 4km
4
Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed
1 x Moderate, 1 x Easy
Course 3, Course 5
5
Open Men, Open Women, Open Mixed
Easy
2.5 km

* Courses should be planned for older competitors to minimise steep or rough terrain.