NZ Secondary School Rogaine Champs 2014

1. Introduction

Welcome to the inaugural New Zealand Secondary Schools (NZSS) Rogaine Championships.

There are Senior and Junior Male, Female and Mixed category prizes up for grabs.  Students interested in developing their adventure racing skills, and building up towards the Hillary Challenge and Get2Go Challenge will benefit hugely from honing their navigation and teamwork skills in this event.

These pages contain more detailed information on the operation and rules of the NZSS Rogaine Championships.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Suzanne Scott at suebrook08@gmail.com or phone/text 021 233 9078.

2014 Results

2. Background

This event is officially sanctioned by the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council (NZSSSC) and is supported by Orienteering New Zealand.  It will be run to the standard of an A Grade Orienteering event.

This event is being hosted in 2014 by Orienteering Bay of Plenty, and will be run in conjunction with the Great Forest Rogaine, a foot and mountain bike rogaine which is open to the general public to enter.  Teachers and other family members who wish to complete in the Great Forest Rogaine can go to www.obop.org.nz to enter and find out more information about the Great Forest Rogaine event.  Students are not eligible for the NZSS Rogaine Champs if they compete in any part of the Great Forest Rogaine event.

3. Event Location

  • The event will take place through the Redwoods and in the broader Whakarewarewa Forest area.  This area is embargoed from Monday 4 August until the start of this event.
  • Event headquarters will be at Whakarewarewa School Hall, 63 Sala Street, Rotorua.
  • Registration will be open from 10.00am on the day, and all students must complete registration prior to 1.00pm.  Any registrations after this will be at the discretion of the event organisers.

  4. Event Categories

Category Year of Birth Event Duration (hour) Start Time Finish Time
Senior Male No earlier than 1995* 4 2pm 6pm
Senior Female No earlier than 1995* 4 2pm 6pm
Senior Mixed No earlier than 1995* 4 2pm 6pm
Junior Male 2000 or after 3 2.30pm 5.30pm
Junior Female 2000 or after 3 2.30pm 5.30pm
Junior Mixed 2000 or after 3 2.30pm 5.30pm
  • Teams may include 2 to 5 people and must be from the same secondary school.
  • Students born in 2000 or 2001 are eligible to complete in the Senior category if in a team with Senior students. 

 5. Entry Information

  • You will need to transfer the entry fee for each team into the Orienteering Bay of Plenty bank account (03 1552 0094951 00) or send a cheque to Orienteering Bay of Plenty, 29A Lewis Road, Lynmore, Rotorua.
  • The entry fee is $25 per student.  This includes free pizza and a drink after the event.
  • Online entries close 25 July, after which a late entry fee of $10 per student may apply.
  • Entry will not be confirmed until money is transferred into the OBOP bank account.

 6. Event Timetable

  • All teams must be at event headquarters and complete registration prior to 1.00pm.
  • Senior Student Team Timeline:
    • At 1.00pm senior teams will have their gear checked and enter a quarantine area.  Here the team will be given maps and have until 1.45pm to plan a course. One black and white map must be completed with your planned route and team name then handed to a marshal before the team moves to the start area.  There will be a briefing in the start area at 1.50pm.
    • On a signal at 2.00pm all teams may leave the start.
    • If for some reason the start is late, the finish time will still be 6pm.  You can return at any time earlier than this if you want to do a shorter course.  There will be someone on the finish for the whole event.
    • Teams later than 6.00pm will get 20 points deducted from their total for every minute, or part of, that they are late.  Teams arriving back after 6.15pm will be disqualified.
  • Junior Student Team Timeline:
    • At 1.30pm junior teams will have their gear checked and enter a quarantine area.  Here the team will be given maps and have until 2.15pm to plan a course. One black and white map must be completed with your planned route and team name before the team moves to the start area.  There will be a briefing in the start area at 2.20pm.
    • On a signal at 2.30pm all teams may leave the start.
    • If for some reason the start is late the finish time will still be 5.30pm.  You can return at any time earlier than this if you want to do a shorter course.  There will be someone on the finish for the whole event.
    • Teams later than 5.30pm will get 20 points deducted from their total for every minute, or part of, that they are late.  Teams arriving back after 5.45pm will be disqualified.
  • Note: These timelines may be adjusted.  Please check your race pack when registering on the day.

 7. Student Safety

  • A comprehensive and robust Safety Plan will be in operation for this event.  It will be available here and on the NZSSSC website from 29 June 2014.
  • The event will be set in such a manner to minimise any risks, particularly during the dark period.  It should be noted that the forest is very close to Rotorua city and very accessible for marshalls and safety personnel.
  • The Rotorua Search and Rescue team will be in presence and supporting the organising committee at the event.
  • Overall safety for this event is endorsed by the NZ Secondary School Sports Council, which approves all sanctioned event safety plans.

8. Gear List

  • Compulsory Gear List – All students and teams taking part in the event must wear or carry the following equipment.  Note for items marked “TEAM” only 1 person in the team needs to have these.  For items marked “INDIVIDUAL” every person in the team must have these on their person.
  1. INDIVIDUAL – Torch/headlamp with new batteries
  2. INDVIDUAL – Whistle
  3. INDVIDUAL – Thermal top in addition to whatever start off wearing (e.g. polypropylene, merino etc.)
  4. INDIVIDUAL – Waterproof jacket
  5. INDIVIDUAL – Hat and gloves.
  6. INDIVIDUAL – Water and snacks (e.g. lollies, muesli bar, other snack foods)
  7. INDIVIDUAL – Backpack to carry above
  8. TEAM – Watch
  9. TEAM – Compass
  10. TEAM – Mobile Phone sealed in a plastic ziplock bag.  (Note: mobile number must be lodged at registration and written on the team intentions map.  Failure to do so may result in disqualification.)
  • The compulsory gear will be checked at the start and may be checked randomly during the event. Teams may be checked at the end of the event before leaving the finish chute.
  • Any person or team without a required item will result in the whole team being disqualified.
  • Suggested Additional Gear – Participants may also wish to consider having and/or carrying the following, depending on the weather:
  1. Highlighter to plan and mark your route.
  2. Thermal bottom (e.g. polypropylene, merino etc.).
  3. Gaiters, tights or similar lower body protection clothing.
  4. Waterproof leggings.

 9. Scoring System

  • The event will be scored using the NavLight electronic scoring system.
  • A demonstration of this gear will be given at event headquarters as part of registration.  Two team members must be present when collecting the team pack from registration to have the NavLight recorders fitted to their wrists.

 10. Rules

  • Teams must consist of 2 to 5 students from the same school.
  • Entry Conditions – Students must be:
    • Enrolled full time in the school of representation;
    • In year 9 or above;
    • Under 19 years of age on 1 January 2014.

The Principal of the Secondary School must verify that students meet the Entry Conditions where appropriate are on the entry form.

  • The event will be run in accordance with the New Zealand Rules of Rogaining, which can be found at http://www.mapsport.co.nz/rog/rogaine.html.  Technical Standards do not apply to the NZSS Rogaine Championships (they are intended for 24 hour rogaines).  It is only the Competition Rules that are relevant.  Some adjustments to the rules have been made to take into account the age of the competitors.  Key points are highlighted in bold below.
  • Key points to note:
    • All team members must stay within 20 metres of all their other team members at all times. 
    • Teams and team members must carry the listed compulsory gear – see above.
    • Contestants should note that 20 points will be deducted for every minute or part minute that they are late.  Contestants who are more than 15 minutes late will be disqualified.
    • Students must comply with any safety instructions given out at registration or by the officials at the event.
    • No outside assistance in planning courses will be permitted.  Students must stay in the quarantine area for the times specified.
    • Protests – These will be a protest procedure and jury put in place to deal with any protests.  Further details of this will included here closer to the event and in the registration pack.

11. Results:

2014

Download the 2014 results: