All Junior members of the club are encouraged to try and gain their West Midlands Colour Coded Badges. These can be earned as you move up from the easiest courses on to the more difficult ones. The Colour Coded courses included in the scheme, in increasing order of difficulty, are White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Green, Blue and Brown, and badges can be obtained on each of these. Colour Coded Badges are particularly important for Juniors as they are used for selection into the West Midlands Junior Squad. (see http://www.wmoa.org.uk/juniors.html and http://www.wmoa.org.uk/aboutjuniors.html )
The easiest way to obtain Colour Coded Badges is by taking part in any of the West Midlands League events. A competitor qualifies for a Colour Coded Badge by achieving the Colour Coded Standard for that course on three separate occasions at these events.
A White Colour Coded Standard is achieved by anyone who successfully completes the White course.
For courses other than White the Colour Coded Standard is calculated using whichever of the following two methods gives the larger number of qualifiers:
* The time that is achieved by at least 50% of those who started the course, which includes those who retire or are disqualified.
* 150% of the winner’s time.
The Colour Coded Standard time for each course is often included in the final results, but if not can be easily calculated using the above.
The ten West Midland League events for 2012 have now been finalised, although as for all events please check on the appropriate club web site a few days before the event for any last minute changes.
The British Orienteering Badge Scheme is an incentive scheme which aims to recognise individual performances across the full range of disciplines at Britain's highest level competitions. Gaining Championship Badge qualifying times is particularly important for more experienced Juniors as they are used for selection onto the various British Orienteering summer tours. Championship Badges are awarded each calendar year to competitors who have achieved the Championship Badge qualifying time at any three of the following events:
A qualifying time is only available on the highest class in each age group (Elite, Long or A) and is calculated as the Winner’s time * 1.25.
Full details, including how to claim your Badge, can be found in Appendix J: The Badge Scheme on the British Orienteering web site at: http://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/page/rules