The Final Draft of the updated IOF Control Descriptions is published

Posted on | June 13, 2017 | Category: News

The Final Draft version of the revised IOF Control Descriptions has now been published. Thanks to all who have submitted responses about the previous drafts.

There is one significant change in the revised document. From Australia came a proposal to change the control descriptions for boulder, boulder cluster and dot knoll, and to more closely align these with their symbols in the mapping standard ISOM. The rationale being that this simplifies understanding for beginners in our sport. Initial feedback on the proposed changes was largely positive, and that the transition for those already familiar with the control descriptions would be relatively quick. So the final draft includes these changes:

• A boulder to be described by a filled-in circle (which was previously used for a dot knoll)
• A boulder cluster to be described as a black triangle (which was previously used for a boulder)
• A dot knoll to be described as a filled-in semi-circle with the straight part at the bottom (a new description)

Other changes are of more minor nature, but include also a new symbol for “Out-of-bounds area (flower bed or similar)” which is useful primarily for sprint orienteering.

The IOF Rules Commission is now looking for feedback on this Final Draft document by August 15th, 2017. The intention is to put the finished version to IOF Council for decision at their meeting on 13-14 October 2017. Providing they are approved, they will then be published immediately and will come into effect on 1st January 2018.

If you would like to comment please see the documents linked below.

Consultation letter FINAL DRAFT IOF Control Descriptions

IOF Control Descriptions 2018 DRAFT FINAL

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