Controlling an Event

NOR is fortunate in having a fairly long list of controllers, but there is always room for more. If you are an experienced orienteer and prepared to become a controller, please make yourself known so training can be arranged.

There are 3 levels of Controllers (Grade A, Grade B, Grade C) that have slightly different responsibilities, however Controllers are responsible for:

  • Ensuring the standards required for the event are delivered during the organising, planning, delivery and reviewing of the event
  • The event and competition rules are adhered to
  • Communicating with event officials using tact to influence the decisions the event officials take regarding the event
  • Advice to event officials with regard to the potential pitfalls that should be guarded against
    Checking and advising on all aspects of the organisation of the event with the organiser and the planner
  • Ensuring that the risk assessment has been carried out
  • Ratifying the final paperwork for the event (final courses; course lengths and climbs; map corrections; control code allocations; course description sheets; overprinted maps)
  • Providing feedback on all aspects of the event to organisers and planner

The Event Officials handbook has information to support a controller in their role and can be accessed from the “Event Officials” tab on the British Orienteering website