A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to this skills project.
Whatever stage your orienteering is at, there is something for you
So far over 16500 people have used the website from all around the world.
Better Orienteering keeps growing. More than 30 people from 9 countries have contributed material – guides, maps, videos. There are now over 40 instructions videos linked within Better Orienteering, going from the Irish Orienteering Association’s ultra clear guide to the basics 10 Elements of Orienteering, to intermediate and advanced skills with the SLOW Get Up to Speed series and videos from O-Ringen TV.
Over the last months much material has been added. If you haven’t looked at Better Orienteering for a while, there is new material in almost every section. Here are some of highlights:
Two series of videos from O-Ringen TV have been built into the skills section, and also listed under the Videos Tab.
Thanks to Simon Eklov of O-Ringen TV, for permission to use them and encouragement to keep building Better Orienteering. Personal favourites are the videos with Janne Troeng demonstrating how to tackle some difficult legs in terrain near Uppsala. Here is one:
and this one with Mats Troeng talking about what has happened to maps since 1965:
This short overview can’t thank everyone and is far from comprehensive and many others have contributed including Kris Jones with a process model of orienteering which he kindly allowed to be adapted into the Plan, Picture, Direction model used across Better Orienteering.
If you are finding Better Orienteering helpful, please do ask your club/ association to link to Better Orienteering from their website.
Better Orienteering is and will remain free to use. An incredible amount of time and effort has gone into the content linked from it and built into by many authors, all giving their time to help others get into the sport they love. They are mentioned across the website.
Thank you for your interest in getting better at orienteering and helping others get into our sport and get better.
Contribute – While we are under lock down, maybe you can contribute to Better Orienteering? Over 30 orienteers from 9 countries have shared skills material here to help others get better at orienteering and the resource is much better than it could be otherwise.
Do more analysis – Maybe now is a good time to look back through some races and do some more systematic analysis. What are your persistent weaknesses and how might you improve on them?
Orienteering clubs, please do link to Better Orienteering from your club websites and mention it in club communications. If there is anything you would like added, please do make contact, so that Better Orienteering can be as useful as possible.
Better Orienteering is a collaborative project to help newcomers start orienteering and to help existing orienteers improve. It aims to help people start and get better at orienteering, world-wide
New posts to Better Orienteering are listed and linked at the bottom of this page.
I am grateful to the many experienced orienteers who have already made contributions to Better Orienteering.
Fair use policy
Please do link to this site from Orienteering Club websites so beginners and improvers can easily access material on skills. Do give your feedback on how helpful you have found the material here so it can keep improving.
You are welcome to copy and use the Free Downloads as is without modification. If you refer to specific downloads or content from Better Orienteering, on a club website, you must include a web link back to Better Orienteering so that the material can be viewed in its original context. You should attribute Duncan Bayliss as the author and Better Orienteering and its web address as the source. e.g Downloaded from Better Orienteering by Duncan Bayliss, betterorienteering.org
Please contact me Duncan Bayliss for permission for any other use of material on Better Orienteering (Use the Contact page).
This website is copyright of Duncan Bayliss All text written by Duncan Bayliss, copyright Duncan Bayliss, all rights reserved.
I have sought to state the sources for all linked material such as videos. Thank you to Sarah Brown (SLOW) for permission to include the Get Up To Speed videos and the Irish Orienteering Association for permission to include the 10 Elements of Orienteering videos. Copyright for all linked material rests with the original authors and producers, it is only linked to on this website. I am grateful for permission to include copyrighted material on this website including maps, map extracts, control symbols, map features and images. It has been immensely helpful that many orienteers have generously shared ideas and allowed material to be included here so that others can enjoy our sport.
Particular thanks must go to Martin Bagness (Warrior OC) (Maps in the Skills Tool Kit), Rod Postlethwaite (Wrekin), Peter Jones (Wrekin) (Map extracts in the Better Orienteering header and skills summaries) and Peter Bayliss (Wrekin) for permission to use map extracts.
The photographs in Better Orienteering are mainly by kind permission of Steve Rush (BOK) Copyright for photographs included on BetterOrienteering remains with the photographer as attributed.
The photographs on Better Orienteering are mainly of people orienteering in the UK and are intended to give a good overview of orienteering in practice. If for any reason you would like a photograph in which you feature not to be included on Better Orienteering, then let me know via the Contact section and it will of course be removed.
The section Contact and Contribute gives a fuller list of acknowledgements.
New posts to Better Orienteering
20 June 2019 New verion of Skills Tool Kit published under the Intermediate section