Judges are an essential part of the Odyssey of the Mind program. As a judge, you’ll have the opportunity to see multiple creative solutions that the teams have been working on for many months (or had to think up on the spot, if you’re judging Spontaneous). All you need to become a judge are two open Saturdays (one for training and one for the tournament) and an open mind. We’ll provide everything else!

This web site offers answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from judges or individuals interested in becoming a judge. Take some time to look through the information here, and if you have any questions, please contact our Judges Coordinator.

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Regional Tournament Judges

Every team must provide one all-day judge for our Regional Tournament. These judges provide roughly three-quarters of the judges we need to run a tournament.  The rest of the judges are people who enjoy being part of the Odyssey of the Mind and seeing what the teams can do. All judges are required to attend …

Judging Positions

At Judges Training, you will be asked to sign up for the particular job you will do on the day of the tournament. The following are brief descriptions of the various judging jobs. These will be covered in more detail at Judges Training, but are presented here so that you know ahead of time what …

Judge FAQs

Please review our list of frequently asked questions for judges. If your question isn’t answered here, please contact our Judges Coordinator.