CEYOC Special Rules

CEYOC is organised under CEYOC Special Rules (with the highest priority) and under IOF Competition Rules valid for 2023.

Here is the full text of CEYOC Special Rules as agreed by Central European Orienteering Cooperation working group:


The Central European Youth Orienteering Cup (in short CEYOC) is an unofficial event assisting the preparation of Central European Youth National teams for EYOC with high-level competition at the start of the foot orienteering season. The event is organised under the authority of the CEOC (Central European Orienteering Cooperation) and the appointed Federation.

The event shall follow the IOF Competition Rules for the European Youth Orienteering Championship (EYOC) unless otherwise stated in these Rules.

1. Principles for CEYOC

The Cup shall be organised in accordance with the following principles:

  • The best youth orienteers of each Central European Federation shall be offered competitions of the highest technical quality.
  • The event shall have a social and competitive atmosphere, also letting young people exchange experience and find new friends.
  • The costs of participation shall be kept at a basic level – max. 10 EUR / competition / person. Cheap accommodation (max. 12 EUR / person / night) shall be offered. Basic breakfast and dinner shall be offered (together max. 12 EUR / person / night). Normally CEYOC is part of an existing competition.

2. Event programme

The event is organised annually. The programme shall include two different format individual competitions: either a Sprint or a Middle Distance or a Long Distance competition, and a Relay competition for national teams with 3 legs. The preferred programme is a Middle Distance, a Long Distance and a Relay competition. No opening and closing ceremonies or model events are to be held. It is desired to have a social evening on Saturday with an orienteering presentation (analysing courses from the weekend) or a short disco (to be finished by 22:00).

The programme shall be kept within 3 days (Friday-Sunday), with the first start of the first competition not before 15:00 on Friday and the prize-giving ceremony on Sunday latest at 13:00. The dates of the CEYOC shall be co-ordinated with the CEOC Federations, to suit their calendars. Normally the event shall be organised between 15th March and 30th April, preferably on the 1st or 2nd weekend of April, but the event should avoid clashing the Easter holidays.

It is recommended to offer two trainings before or after the event.

3. Event application and appointment of organiser

The CEOC Coordinator seeks an organising CEOC Federation one year before the event. The organiser is announced at the previous CEYOC. Sufficient dates shall be found and announced at latest by 31st May the year before the event.

4. Bulletins

Event information should be communicated through bulletins. Bulletin 1 should be published 7 months before the event (in September), Bulletin 2 should be published 6 weeks before the event and Bulletin 3 should be published 1 week before the event. The information in the bulletins is chosen freely by the Organiser.

5. Participation and Classes

Competitors representing member Federations of the IOF, can compete in CEYOC. This means that non-CEOC Federations are also welcome to take part. They can also win medals, diplomas, and the team score prize.

All Federations may enter several teams (like HUN-1, HUN-2) with a maximum of 6 competitors in each class for the official CEYOC competition.

The CEYOC is divided into four classes for the following age categories:

  • W -16: for female athletes who are no more than 16 years old on 31st December of the year of the competition.
  • W -18: for female athletes who are no more than 18 years old on 31st December of the year of the competition.
  • M -16: for athletes who are no more than 16 years old on 31st December of the year of the competition.
  • M -18: for athletes who are no more than 18 years old on 31st December of the year of the competition.

All entered competitors may run in all competitions. Women may compete in men’s classes. If a team is unable to make up full relay teams (even with women running in men’s classes), it may form incomplete teams or mixed teams with runners from other Federations.

In the Relay competition, there is no limitation for the number of teams a Federation can enter, but only the best of the first two teams entered is eligible to score points in the CEYOC Team Score.

6. Starting order, start interval, winning times

The start interval in the Long Distance and Middle Distance competition is 2 minutes and in the Sprint is 1 minute. Starting times are drawn randomly. Competitors from the same team shall not start consecutively.

Winning times:

Class Sprint Middle Distance Long Distance Relay
W -16 12 min 25 min 35-40 min 75 min
W -18 12 min 25 min 45-50 min 90 min
M -16 12 min 25 min 40-45 min 90 min
M -18 12 min 25 min 50-55 min 105 min

7. Map Scale

Long Distance, Middle Distance, and Relay: 1:10.000, Sprint: 1:4.000. The same map scale should be used as in EYOC competitions.

8. Prizes

Medals for places 1-3 and diplomas for places 1-6 for all the competitions shall be provided by the Organiser. The team having the highest team score shall be awarded with a team prize. Representatives of the Organising Federation and the CEOC shall award the prizes.

9. Team Score

The score is calculated as sum of points of three (3) competitions in all classes according to the following rules:

Individual Competitions:

In Sprint/Middle/Long: 3 best result (in points) in each class.
All competitors having a position below 31st place get 1 point.
Competitors who are not placed get no points.

Points Table:

Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points
1 50 9 22 17 14 25 6
2 45 10 21 18 13 26 5
3 40 11 20 19 12 27 4
4 36 12 19 20 11 28 3
5 32 13 18 21 10 29 2
6 29 14 17 22 9 30 1
7 26 15 16 23 8 etc. 1
8 24 16 15 24 7

Relay Competition:

Team points in each class. Only one team per class can score points (still all relay teams are entitled to get medals). The whole result list shall be considered when calculating the points.
All relay teams with position below 15th place get 5 points.
Teams with no placing get no points.

Points Table:

Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points
1 125 5 55 9 35 13 15
2 100 6 50 10 30 14 10
3 80 7 45 11 25 15 5
4 65 8 40 12 20 etc. 5

10. Jury

The jury is made up of the leaders of the three Federations present, who were the best in the Team Score in the last CEYOC.