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So, you’ve decided to (or are thinking about) coaching an Odyssey of the Mind team. It is coaches like you who make this entire program possible. You will be meeting with your team a few times a week for the next several months to prepare for a long competition day consisting of an 8-minute long-term skit and a spontaneous problem that they will only have a few short minutes to solve. We want to thank you in advance for your hard work and commitment to your teams!

If you have coached before, then you know exactly what you are getting into. For those of you who are new to Odyssey of the Mind, don’t panic. This web site contains resources that will be important for you as your team prepares their solution. Be sure to check the sidebar on the right side of the page for important deadlines, training opportunities, and tournament dates. Take some time to look through the information here, and if you have any questions, please contact our school coordinator liaisons.

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2017 State Tournament Results

Nova North had an excellent showing at the State Tournament on April 1!  Seven of our teams were first and second place winners and will go on to World Finals. The complete results are posted online at the Virginia state web site, but below are all of the teams from Region 9 that competed. Congratulations …

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Coaches Packet Documents

The following are the documents that are in the Coaches Packet that was mailed out: Primary info letter Meet letter Safety & Security Emergency Care Oakton High School OotM Sites 2017 Spontaneous & Long Term Problem Procedures

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2017 Regional Tournament Results

Congratulations to all of the teams that competed at our 2017 Regional Tournament!  The final results for all problems can be seen in the first link below.  All first-place teams are invited to compete at the Virginia State Tournament in April, as well as second-place teams from division 3. We also presented 4 special awards …

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2017 Tournament Schedule

All teams are listed with their long-term and spontaneous performance times plus their Tournament Assistant time slot, as well as the membership name and membership number that must be included on the team’s required membership sign and official paperwork. 2017 Tournament Schedule

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2017 Registered Teams

Please see below the list of teams that have officially registered for the 2017 NoVA North Regional Tournament. If you have any questions regarding your registration or the tournament, please contact our Tournament Director. More information will be posted on the Regional Tournament event page as it becomes available. You can click the headers of …

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Volunteer Opportunities

Spread the Volunteering Opportunities Around Odyssey of the Mind is totally operated by volunteers. As a coach, you will be involved for the entire season (as will the NOVA North Board members). But putting on the Regional Tournament can only be accomplished through the efforts of many more volunteers. We will need a minimum of …

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Team Logistics

One of a coach’s most important roles is managing their team. Part of that role is creating a schedule of practices and setting goals for your team throughout the year. Before the First Meeting Be sure that you have read this season’s Odyssey of the Mind Program Guide and the VOICES Coaches Handbook before the first meeting. These …

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Information for New Coaches

The information provided on this site will get you started, but there is so much more than we could possibly write here! We STRONGLY recommend that you attend the Coaches Training that we hold in the fall. More information about this and other events can be found under “Important Events” on the right. Additional coaching tips and the Virginia Coaches Handbook …

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Outside Assistance

Outside assistance is one of the trickiest aspects of Odyssey of the Mind for coaches. It can be very confusing trying to figure out what is outside assistance and what is not. Our general advice is, when in doubt, assume it is outside assistance. However, if team members are ever putting themselves or others in danger, PLEASE DO step in…without …

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Balsa Teams

Building Your Own Tester Base The instructions below describe how to build your own structure tester base for the balsa problem. If you have any questions, please contact our Balsa Problem Captain. Instructions for Building Your Own Crusher (from the San Francisco Bay Region of Odyssey of the Mind)

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Coach FAQs

Please review our list of frequently asked questions for Odyssey coaches. Click on the links below to view the questions in each category. If your question isn’t answered here, please contact our school coordinator liaisons.

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