The Registration for this event has not opened yet but will open shortly.

The 2021-22 Winter League Series Rules and Information have changed due to COVID. Please read all the important information 

 for the Public Procedures/Rules here and for the WIOL Procedures/Rules here.


Fort Ebey Meet Documents:

  • This Event is also a NRE. The Event guide will be posted here when available.
  • Site map will be here when available.
  • COVID Health Check form will be here when available.
  • Start list will be here when available.

Winter League is the Pacific Northwest’s premier competitive orienteering series for all ages.

  • Elementary, Middle School, High School and College students compete under the banner of the Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League (WIOL).
  • Winter League public courses offer a range of categories from a competitive long advanced category to non-competitive beginner-friendly categories at every event!


Which course should I sign up for?

This Ft Ebey Meet is a National Ranking Event (NRE) and also Day 1 of Winter League Championships.

  • If you do not care about NRE points or NRE awards, sign up for the course of your choice.
  • If you want to be eligible to win a WL Championship award, sign up for either short advanced or long advanced both Saturday (Ft. Ebey) and Sunday (Ft. Casey). You must run the same course on both days to be eligible.
  • If you want NRE points and to be eligible for NRE awards/medals for Saturday’s race:

You must sign up for a course that has a qualifying age category for you. Your “orienteering age” is based on your year of birth, not your actual birthdate. For example, if you were born in the year 1987, your orienteering age is 35 for this entire year.

We will need everyone’s birthdate even if you don’t want ranking points. We’ll use the date you have in your registration account, so make sure it’s correct by the time registration closes. If you have the default value in your account (1-1-1980), we will put you in a recreational category. Of course, if that’s your actual birthdate, let us know!

While everyone in a qualifying age class will receive national ranking points, you will only receive a national ranking for the year if you are an OUSA member.

If you are interested in ranking points and/or NRE awards, take a look at the table below and select the course that applies to your age class.


Course Navigational
NRE Ranking Class Winter League Class
Beginner F-10, F-12
M-10, M-12
• Elementary
• Beginner
Advanced Beginner F-14, M-14 • Middle School
• JV Rookie
• Adv Beginner
Intermediate F-16, M-16 • JV HS Female
• JV HS Male
• JV Intercoll
• Intermediate
Advanced F55+, F60+, F65+, F70+, F75+, F80+, F85+, F90+
M65+, M70+, M75+, M80+, M85+, M90+
Advanced F-18, M-18, F-20, F35+, F40+, F45+, F50+
M50+, M55+, M60+
• Varsity HS
• Short Advanced
Advanced F-21+
M-20, M35+, M40+, M45+
• Varsity Intercoll
• Long Advanced Female
Advanced M-21+ Long Advanced Male

Winter League Championships

This year, championships awards are based on your TWO DAY score. That means if you want to qualify for Winter League Championship awards, you must do the same course both days. Also new this year: we’ll have awards for men and women on Short Advanced!

How are courses measured?

Courses are measured as the crow flies, in a direct line from control to control. Unless you have wings, you will travel farther than this distance! Courses are measured in kilometers, so a good rule of thumb is to simply round up to miles to estimate how far you will go. So in a 5 kilometer race, you’ll likely travel up to 5 miles.


Check back later for special notes from the Course Designer(s).


**Due to COVID – ALL Public and WIOL participants will have assigned start times**

9:45 am – Assigned starts begin

12:45 pm – Last possible assigned start time

2:30 pm – Course closes



$22 base price
– subtract $5 for CascadeOC members
– subtract $5 for using your own e-punch

-running as a group? Add $5 for each additional adult (16+) group member, no charge for additional children. Max group size is 3 due to COVID restrictions.

Become a member here.

**Due to COVID, there will be no day of meet onsite registration for Winter League 2021-22.**

What’s an e-punch?

An e-punch records your race. At each control, you’ll dip the e-punch into an electronic box, which will beep and flash as confirmation. After you finish, you’ll download the e-punch at the download tent and get a receipt that show which controls you visited and how long you took between each; these are your “splits.”

Part of the fun of orienteering is comparing your splits with people who completed the same course, and discussing the routes you took!


Online pre-registration RSVP dates:

  • The deadline for Meet Registration for public that wants to request a start time is Tuesday pre-meet at Noon.
  • The deadline for Meet Registration for public not requesting a specific start time is Wednesday pre-meet at 9pm.
  • Friday evening pre-meet at 7pm all COVID attestation forms are due.

Learn more about volunteering

Volunteers make these events happen! You can volunteer and participate on the same day, plus earn volunteer points to earn a free meet.



  • We are negotiating with Ft Ebey for onsite parking- if successful a Discover Pass will be necessary
  • If unsuccessful, parking will be at  Coupeville Elementary and COC will run 3 shuttles continuously to and from the event site.


Looking for a carpool? Join the Yahoo listserv and share your request to find a ride.


Navigational Challenge: 7

Physical Challenge: 8


Return to the Finish
All participants MUST return to the finish and download their e-punch or turn in their punch card.

Even if you have not finished your course, you must still return to the the finish and confirm with event staff that you have returned safely.

Out of Bounds
Some areas may be marked out of bounds. It is imperative to respect these boundaries to maintain our relationships with land managers. Participants MUST NOT go out of bounds. Any participant caught going out of bounds will be disqualified.

Course Closure
All participants MUST return to the finish by course closure time. If a participant does not return by course closure, event volunteers will begin coordinating a search party.

If you need a long time on the course, start as early in the start window as possible, wear a watch, and be prepared to cut your course short to make it back by the course closure time.

All participants MUST carry a whistle on the course. Complimentary whistles are available at the start tent (please only take one).

If you are injured on the course and need assistance, blow three long blasts to call for help.

If you hear a call for help, abandon your course to find the person in distress.

Part of the fun and fairness of orienteering is navigating your own course, so please be polite when you find a checkpoint and don’t holler that you’ve found it.