BK CUP and FUTURE CHAMPIONS CUP
The Björn Kjellström Cup, named after a Swede who was instrumental in introducing orienteering in North America, has been a competition between the national teams of the USA and Canada at the senior level since 1980. It is held every two years at the North American Orienteering Championships.
For 2012 the competition is open to teams from any country that is a member of the International Orienteering Federation in the North American Region. There will now also be a team competition between the countries at the junior level, with the Future Champions Cup awarded to the winning team.
In addition to the individual results, this year sees the addition of a national team relay. Each country in the North American Region may enter up to two (2) teams in each of the four relay categories: elite men, elite women, junior men and junior women.
Björn Kjellström Cup Eligibility and Scoring (for 2012 and future years)
Eligibility: To count in the scoring for the BK Cup, runners must have full passport-holding citizenship of the country they are representing prior to the start of a race. Runners must also be members in good standing of the national federation they are representing prior to the start of a race. In case there is a need for last-minute membership (new or renewal), it will be sufficient to give the necessary paperwork and payment to the event director or his/her designated subordinate.
Before the competitions begin, any runners who are potentially eligible to represent more than one North American Federation must declare which country they intend to represent. Because this cup is a friendly competition, on a trial basis, there will not be a “credentials committee” but protests will be referred to a jury to determine eligibility.
Scoring: There are three individual events for both men in M21 and women in F21. Each is scored separately with 25 for first, then 22, 19, 16, 13, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Placings are determined and points awarded from among eligible runners only. The best three for each country count. For the relay: 50 for first team, 30 for second, 20 for third, 10 for fourth. Note that to get points a team has to finish within the time limit; no points for DQ or DNF. The overall score for each country is based on combined scores for men and women. In case of a tie, the cup is retained by the country in possession of it.
Future Champions Cup (Junior version of the BK Cup, new for 2012) Eligibility and Scoring (for 2012 and future years)
Eligibility: Same as for Seniors.
Scoring: (A) For the individual events, when there are M20 and F20 and M18 and F18 classes (as currently the practice in the USA), each class and race will be scored separately with 15 for first, then 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Placings are determined and points awarded from among eligible runners only. The best three for each country count. The relay, and there will be just a M20 relay and a F20 relay, is scored as for the seniors. (B) For the individual events, when there are M17-20 and F17-20 classes (as currently the practice in Canada), the junior scoring will be the same as for the seniors. The relay, and there will be just a M20 relay and a F20 relay, is scored as for the seniors.
In situations where junior classes run the same course as the senior classes, juniors are eligible to be scored as both a junior and a senior.