Florida Orienteering - Policies
Rules for Participation in FLO Events
- Be prepared:
- Dress properly for hiking or running in the woods.
- Every participant carries their own water - regardless of age.
- Use sunscreen and bug spray.
- Read, understand, and know how to follow the Emergency Rules and Procedures.
- You must return to the Finish before 3:00 pm.
There is also a 3 hour time limit. If you exceed this limit your time will be recorded as 'Over Time'. This is equivalent to 'Did not Finish'.
- Always check in at Finish, whether you have completed the course or not.
- This is mandatory, whether you are competing or not, since it may eliminate
an unnecessary Search & Rescue Operation at the end of the day.
- Know the Safety Bearing before starting the course.
- If it is not printed on your Control Description sheet or on other event materials
- ask the nearest FLO event official for guidance.
- Be certain everyone in your group understands before setting out.
- Group members must stay together throughout the course, and must finish together.
- This is the fair way to compete.
- It is also vital for safety reasons.
- You must visit the controls in order, as numbered on the map and control description sheet.
Unless otherwise notified at the beginning of the event, such as for a "Score" style event, everyone must visit the controls in order.
This is necessary for two reasons:
- First, this is the only way finish times can be fairly compared and most of our participants really do want to know how they performed relative to the rest of the field.
- Second, the course designer has gone to some considerable trouble to devise a course suitable for the level of difficulty appropriate for that course.
If you visit controls out of order you will find them to be either too easy or too hard, for the level of difficulty on that course.
- Select a course consistent with your current skills. Do not move up
until you are prepared.
- Attempting a more advanced course before you are ready increases the likelihood of failing to finish.
- Failing to finish a course is frustrating, and it is time wasted, which could have been spent honing your navigational skills.
- Attempting an Advanced level course and failing to finish results in bad habits
being formed or no real learning taking place.
- Fill out the FLO registration form completely and legibly. This insures that someone will know if you fail to return,
and proper steps can be taken.
- Volunteer! OK - so we won't kick you out if you don't. But, volunteers are necessary to run every event.
And, if the same people volunteer event after event, they tend to burn out.
See the Event Volunteer Guide for more info.
- ROTC, Scout, and other non-profit groups interested in holding an Orienteering Event please refer to one of:
We want everyone to improve their orienteering skills, and challenge themselves mentally and physically,
while enjoying the orienteering experience.
Following FLO Rules will help ensure that everyone
- participants and FLO volunteers alike - have a great day.