South East Score Championships
An annual score event at which individual members' points are used to score an inter-club competition. Each club gets the aggregate points of its top twelve individual scorers from different age classes. The different classes requirement stops the competition being dominated by the younger adult males, and for most clubs means that almost all their younger, older, or female members have a significant chance of contributing to the club score. Note that this is a team event, there are no individual medals on offer.
The rules provide for automatic running-up, which means that club captains do have to worry about picking team or asking people to run up an age class. Instead, the organiser will, after the event, identify the team of twelve people, with running-up, that gives each club the best score.
For example, if a club has two M40 runners who are both expected to outscore all their M35s, without automatic running-up, the club captain would have to ask one of the M40s to enter as M35. With automatic running-up, he/she doesn't have to worry, and if both M40s do beat the M35s, then it will be the two M40 scores that count.
Only SEOA-registered clubs are eligible for the championship although (non-competitive) entries from non-SEOA clubs are encouraged. Each member of a club team must have that club as their first claim club AND be an SEOA member (eg some SN members belong to SCOA).
- Everybody runs a score course in the normal way ie score as many points as you can within the 60 minute time limit. The club with the highest total score wins.
- A club's best 12 runners' scores count towards the club total, subject to the following restriction:
Only one scorer can count from any particular age/gender class.
Example - if a club's two best scorers are M21s, the second
one can not count in the club's total.
"Running up" applies automatically, in relation to both age class and gender.
Enter as your real age class and gender.
Example - if the two best scorers are M35s, the 1st counts as M35, the 2nd as M21; if the 3rd best scorer is an M21, he can not count.
Example - if the three best scorers are W35s they can score as W35, W21, M35 or M21 depending on the age class of the following scorer. If the fourth runner is a W21, M21 or M35 between them they can fill the above four scoring classes.
- This is a 60 minute score event, however W/M16 and younger and W/M60 and older can opt to run for 40 minutes and will have their scores multiplied by 1.5. Only one course should be planned and offered to all competitors - ie the same set of controls are used regardless of whether the competitor has 40 or 60 minutes.
- Some technically easier controls should be offered for less experienced orienteers. The event is perhaps not suitable for the youngest ages classes (eg M/W10) and so an additional yellow course could be offered that is not part of the Championships.
- The choice of 40 or 60 minutes must be made by the individual at registration and cannot be changed later. Runners in other age classes who finish inside 60 minutes will not have their scores adjusted.
- Any penalty points accrued, eg through being late back, will be included in both an individual's and the team score. However should the level of penalty points take an individual's score to below zero then their score should be set to zero.
- Clubs organising the SE Score are free to allocate different points to individual controls as they see fit and to impose suitable penalties.