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Alberta O-Cup 2008 Latest Results
Alberta O-Cup 2008 Rules
- to encourage increased participation at Alberta forest Orienteering events
- to provoke clubs to foster O skill development, physical training and race preparedness in their individual members
- to create competitive interest among Orienteers of all ages, genders and experience levels (well at least those on advanced level courses)
O-Cup Committee — consists of Marilyn Edmunds, Bill Jarvis and the current AOA President
Forest Event — any event that takes place outside of the city limits
Counting Races — the number of races that are just more than 50% of the total included in the O-Cup. e.g. if 10 races are held then the best 6 race results will count in a racer’s total.
Expert — someone whose earliest orienteering race occurred in 2005 or prior AND has participated in at least 12 lifetime forest A or B event days prior to 2008
Apprentice — anyone who isn’t an Expert
Albertan — anyone who is currently residing in Alberta for an extended (2 months) period of time
- The 2008 series consisted of at least 9 races, consisting of all single day B-Meets held within 300Km of both major cities, and most of the multi-day events (excluding Barebones) held in Alberta. Only advanced course results (e.g. course 4-8 at an A meet, S-Adv, M-Adv and L-Adv at a B meet) will be included, and Experts must be members of the AOA (or COF/IOF), while Apprentices can be non-members or club members.
- All rules for the above A and B events must be strictly adhered to. The O-Cup is a parallel competition that does not influence the rules of those events.
- The races in the series will generally be point-to-point format. At the beginning of the season, racers may enter any advanced level course to earn O-Cup points. Once 2 races have occured and results published, any Expert racer who is ranked in the top 10 of the overall category must run a course that is assigned to their age, or they may choose to run a longer course. For B events, the age-appropriate courses will be determined between the course setter and the O-Cup Committee. Apprentice racers may run any advanced course, regardless of length. Special rules for Score-O or other formats may be allowed if approved by the O-Cup Committee.
- Racers will be ranked according to cumulative ranking points “CRPs”, as follows:
- Time Per Kilometer “TPK” is calculated by dividing running time by course length (as measured by course setter).
- Adjusted TPK “ATPK” is calculated by multiplying TPK by the appropriate Relative O Speed Factor “ROSF” which is obtained from the approved official chart of ROSFs and is based on historical performance for age and gender of top level orienteers (i.e. M21-34E = 1*, all other categories are < 1).
RP = (ATPK*100)/(top Albertan’s ATPK), rounded to the nearest unit value.
Therefore, the top Albertan will receive 100 RPs and all others will receive a number less than 100.
- Each racer’s CRP is calculated using the sum of their best 5 races (i.e. their Counting Races). Ties in the standings will favour those who have the highest RPs from the most recent event, then the event before that, etc. until the tie is broken.
- The Organizer of an event who cannot officially race that event will automatically have their worst result (e.g. could be a zero result) replaced by the average of their other races. This adjustment will occur at the end of the season, for a maximum of 2 events.
- The final season CRP rankings (after 9 races) will determine which racers will be bestowed with the following honours:
- Top Overall (O-Cup Grand Champion)
- Top Male and Top Female Experts (O-Cup Experts Extraordinaire)
- Top Male and Top Female Apprentices (O-Cup Apprentices of the Year)
- Top Region: Northies vs. Southies (O-Cup Best Half of the Province for 2007)
Determined based on total CRPs for each region as follows: the top 5 male and female Apprentices plus the top 10 male and female Experts (up to 30 racers per region), depending on the area code of their club's contact phone (or at the racer's discretion, of their residence) (780 or 403). Non-Albertans will not be included in these totals.
Disputes will be decided (as quickly as possible) by the O-Cup Committee, or others recruited in their absence by the present Committee members. The Committee’s decision is final. Please do not hassle the event officials with an issue that is primarily O-Cup related. If O-Cup points are your main concern, then approach a Committee member first.
Relative O Speed Factors (ROSF):
The following ROSF charts have been lifted exactly from the 2008 Calgary Grand Prix of Orienteering, for lack of more reliable and objective data.
*Note that factors are shown for juniors; however, these are only relevant if the junior chooses to run at an advanced level.
*Note that any athlete may declare themselves to be elite OR the O-Cup committee may deem any athlete to be elite based on criteria such as:
- current WRE points
- recent results in the M/F20 category at the Canadian O Championships
- recent results at a national team selection event
- OR if it is determined that this athlete would likely be named to the Canadian relay team at the next WOC if they were qualified as a Canadian to make the team and attempted to do so.