NSW State League 2021

An introduction to NSW State League events

Information on each event

State League events are generally pre-entry, so you need to enter a few weeks in advance. Most State League courses are usually also available to enter-on-day at each event – often they will not include the full range of hard courses. Enter on the day orienteers are not eligible for Orienteer of the Year points.

To find information on each State League event, click on the link from the State League webpage or go to the State League event via the NSW Event Calendar. Each State League Event Information page will have:

What does all the information in the flyer mean?


State League courses have varying levels of difficulty. Generally, new orienteers progress up the four levels of difficulty of orienteering courses: from Very Easy, via Easy and Moderate to Hard.

The distance stated for each course is the straight line distance between controls. On bush courses you should expect to cover 20-40% further than the stated distance.

People vary in how quickly they learn to orienteer. Usually the toughest jump is from moderate to hard. A fit beginner might enter the Very Easy course at a State League event and finish in 10-20 minutes. In this case, ask the organiser if you may have a map to run around the Easy course.


Some orienteering terrains are more navigationally difficult than others. In broad terms, terrain can be described as:

  1. Urban terrain – eg parks, streets, university or school campus;
  2. Bush terrain with lots of tracks, fences or paddocks;
  3. Bush terrain with few tracks, lots of rock or complex contour detail.

It will be more difficult to progress up from Easy to Moderate or Moderate to Hard if the terrain is type 3 than for type 1.

Format of course

Hard level State League courses are described as:

Orienteers who have not run many hard courses will often double or triple the winning time.

Class abbreviations

When you enter a State League event you need to choose a class. Your choice can be influenced by your sex, age, experience and how long you want to be out on the course.

So, if you turn 13 or 14 this year you would normally run in the 14 age class. But, you could choose to run in the 16, 17-20 or 21 age classes.

So, if you were 42 at the beginning of this year you would normally enter the 40 age class. But, you could choose to run in the 35 or 21 age classes.

How to pre-enter

If you have not pre-entered an event before, you will need to:

Some first time users need assistance when using Eventor – so look at Orienteering NSW’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Preparation for the event

You should think about:

Ask questions

Orienteers love answering questions about the sport, so if in doubt, ask someone at an event.