NavShield Event Rules

General Event Rules

The objective of NavShield is for your team to navigate by map and compass only to as many checkpoints as possible during the time available. Team points are scored for each checkpoint.

However, the checkpoints are scored differently depending upon difficulty. Therefore, the secondary objective is for your team to score as many points as possible during the time available.

The team with the most points in each division at the end of the event will be awarded the winning trophy in that division.

All participants must be over the age of 18 years.

Competition Rules

  1. Checkpoints and Scoring:
    1. Before the event begins participants will be informed of the location of the checkpoints by 8 figure grid references.
    2. This information is provided to you, along with unmarked maps of the course, when you arrive at Navshield and visit the registration tent.
    3. The registration tent will be open from 6pm on Friday night.
    4. It is your team’s responsibility to plot the checkpoints onto your map(s).
    5. At registration all teams will be given a "Route Intentions" sheet. You may provide your team's intended route on this sheet. Any team returning a completed "Route Intentions" sheet before they leave base on Saturday morning will be rewarded with bonus 10 points.
    6. There is no penalty for not completing a route intentions sheet.
    7. Teams must record a visit to a checkpoint, or radio checkpoint, by punching their control card at the checkpoint.
    8. The control cards for all teams will be available at the start of the event (8:45am on Saturday).
    9. Each checkpoint and radio checkpoint will have a points value.
    10. To score a checkpoint all members of your team must pass within 20 metres of the checkpoint.
    11. Teams can score normal checkpoints once only.
    12. A master map will be available shortly after the start of the event (9:00am Saturday) so that participants can check their maps. Participants can only view the master map after the start of the event.
    13. All teams in the one day event must visit a radio checkpoint at least once during the event.
    14. All teams in the two day event must visit a radio checkpoint at least once on both Saturday and Sunday.
    15. (2 day teams only) A visit to base when used for Sunday's radio checkpoint (only available between 06:00 and 09:00 Sunday), must be recorded by punching your control card, but does not score any points. This is done at the administration tent.
    16. (2 day teams only) Radio checkpoints can be scored twice if visited on both Saturday and Sunday.
    17. Points will be deducted for every 5 minutes, or part thereof, that a team is overdue after the event finish time. The points value of this penalty will be announced at the start of the event.
    18. Any team more than 1 hour late for the finish of their event will be retired from the event and must immediately return to a radio check point or base.
    19. If multiple teams have the same points score at the end of the event then they will be ranked according to their finish times.
  2. Banned Actions and Safety Breaches
    1. All members of a team must stay together (within voice contact, about 100m) at all times during the event, or a penalty of up to 50% of the team's score will be imposed.
    2. The minimum personal and team gear must be with the team at all times. Leaving packs at a central point while looking for checkpoints is unacceptable. Not carrying the minimum personal and/or team gear at all times incurs a penalty of up to 50% of the team's score.
    3. The consumption of alcohol during the event is prohibited for safety reasons.
    4. Any participant found to be intoxicated as a result of the consumption of alcohol, either prior to, or during, the event will be disqualified from the event.
  3. Injuries
    1. If any member of a team is unable to continue, the other team members must assist him/her if possible to the nearest radio control point or to base.
    2. The rules committee will then advise if the team is able to continue NavShield in their entry division.
    3. If any team finds an injured person they must assist if required. Points can be awarded in lieu of time lost helping an injured person from another team. This does not include assisting injured members from the same team.
  4. Radio Checkpoints
    1. (For 1 day teams only) Each one day team is required to visit a radio checkpoint at least once during the event.
    2. (For 2 day teams only) Each two day team is required to visit a radio checkpoint at least once on Saturday and at least once on Sunday.
    3. (For 2 day teams only) Two day teams can use base as a radio checkpoint only between 06:00 and 09:00 Sunday. It scores no points, but the team will avoid the penalty for not visiting a radio check point (see rule 4.4) if no other radio check point is visited on Sunday.
    4. Any team not reporting to a radio checkpoint as required by the event rules will incur a penalty equivalent to 25% of the team's score.
  5. General Rules
    1. All teams are to be covered by their own insurances. Participants are not covered by any insurance provided by BWRS. Participants must be willing to sign a risk waiver if required.
    2. All team members are to meet the membership requirements of their organisation.
    3. Teams are required to follow minimum impact bushwalking principles.
    4. GPS, altimeters, pedometers, electronic compasses, non-official maps and other navigational aids are not permitted.
    5. The only navigational aids allowed are magnetic compasses, watches (with time functions only), and the official event map as supplied by the organisers.
    6. Radios (with communications functions only) are permissible.
    7. Mobile phones can be taken. However, mobile phones should be kept inside your pack. The use of mobile phone based navigation aids during the event is not permitted.
    8. Minimum equipment must be carried at all times.
    9. Participants in the rogaine divisions are exempt from the minimum equipment rules, but must instead carry the minimum equipment specified by the Australian Rogaining Association.
    10. Once the event has commenced all support teams and their vehicles must remain at the base site until the event has finished.
    11. Permission to leave the base site must be given by the Event Coordinator, who will record all vehicle movements in a log.
    12. Driving on the course during the event is strictly prohibited for safety reasons. Emergency transportation during the event will be coordinated by the Safety Team.
    13. After the completion of the event, no support team vehicles are allowed on the event course except on the route described in the competitor information pack for arrival and departure from the event.
  6. Rules committee
    1. A rules committee will be formed prior to the start of the event.
    2. The rules committee will be comprised of a minimum of three people.
    3. The rules committee shall be comprised of the Safety Officer, Event Coordinator, and Course Setter, plus additional volunteers as required.
    4. The rules committee will determine the order of precedence for every team in each division at the completion of both events. This will be based upon team points, finish times, and any penalties imposed.
    5. The winners in each division of both the one day event, and the two day event, will be only announced after the rules committee has judged the final team scores.
    6. The rules committee shall hear all complaints and claims which are lodged within 24 hours after the completion of Navshield.
    7. A decision will be made on all complaints and claims that are lodged within the allotted time, and prior to publishing the final team scores.
    8. Decisions made by the rules committee shall be considered final.

Conduct and Behaviour

  1. All team participants, and those attending Navshield in a support capacity, are expected to behave in a responsible manner at all times whilst at Navshield.
  2. Please show respect and courtesy towards others at all times.
  3. Remember that you are representing your respective organisation.
  4. Volunteers, NPWS staff, local property owners, and members of the public may be present at Navshield, and should also be treated with respect.
  5. There is an opportunity for your team to socialise on both the Friday night and Saturday night during Navshield. You are welcome to enjoy yourself at base whilst you are not participating in the event. In fact the organisors of the event would like to encourage you to network with people from other organisations during Navshield.
  6. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted during these times whilst you are not participating in the event.
  7. All alcohol must be BYO.
  8. However, the organisors of the event will not tolerate you drinking to excess, and putting yourself, your team members, and the community at risk.
  9. Please keep noise to a minimum after 10pm.
  10. Please minimise your disturbance to other teams.
  11. The organisors may prohibit your participation in the event if you are:
  • drunk and disorderly
  • quarrelsome
  • intoxicated
  • violent
  • using, or in possession of, prohibited drugs.

    If you have been prohibited from participating in the event then your team may be refused entry to Navshield in the future.