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Is this your first A-meet? Here's some explanations

USOF Standard A-meet Entry Form
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Standard courses in the USA at local and A-meets are identified by color, see 

Choose the right course: Course Color Coding
   Skills expected and Skills taught by each color course You enter an A-meet by CLASS, based on age/gender. These CLASSES are listed below. USOF CLASSES: F = female, M = male, Grp = groups. Age Classes: The number denotes age on Dec 31 of the year of the event. A dash indicates no age limit on that side: eg, M-12 is open to boys 12 and under. A '+' after an age limit, means it's for that age and older, F35+ is for women 35 and older, '21' classes have no age limits. Course (open) classes have no age limits. COURSE ASSIGNMENTS: At USOF-sanctioned events, classes are assigned to each course as follows:
difficulty:beginneradv beginnerintermediate< - - - - - - - - advanced - - - - - - - - - >
winning time:25-30min35-40min50-55min45-50min50-55min60-65min75-80min
length (km):2 - 33 - 54.5 - 73 - 54.5 - 76 - 108 - 14
AGE Classes:F-10F-14F-16F-18F-20F-21+M-21+
COURSE (open) CLASSES: (these classes are for any age)
Classes in bold face are those retained in the condensed class structure that may be used for smaller events.
Check meet announcement for recreational and non-standard courses.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT COURSE Course Color Coding    W, Y, O, Br, G, R, B
Orienteering courses are set by degree of difficulty and at A-meets are assigned by age In the US the courses are named by color. All courses are set with the expected winning time of around one hour (Although most courses allow a 3 hour time limit): You can learn more by consulting the USOF age class table The most important thing to remember: courses are NOT set by length, but by the skills they test White, for beginners, all on trail, learn the logistics of the sport (punching etc) start learning the map colors and symbols Yellow, .next up, still close to trails and other handrails (fences. streams) use this course to learn all the map symbols and colors, dont just go from control to control as fast as yo can (unless this is your competitive CLASS by age F/M-14) Orange is for intermediates, where you first go cross country. It is very challenging, sometimes as long as Green, but still with safe navigational features. ie an strong attack point within 100m of a control. It is planned to help you learn all your advanced skills Stay with the Orange course until you know all the advanced techhniques, and regularly come in near the top 3. This is a good course for those with navigational skills honed by backpacking etc, but no specific "Orienteering, the sport", skills Br,G,R and B Brown, Green, Red and Blue are all equally technically advanced, with very subtle control points. The navigational techniques required are quite complex and you should be able to really 'read the map' at a detailed level and have all the O techniques mastered. Brown is the least physical and for older, experienced orienteers (F60+, M65+), and Blue being a long tough haul. These advanced courses are NOT for you , even with (topo) backpacking or other navigational experience, until you have tried the ORANGE and been successful several times. We urge you to respect this for your own safety and enjoyment, and in consideration for the organisers.

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