Coaches

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 on the Resources page, and if you have any questions, please contact our school coordinator liaisons.

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NoVA North Teams Participating in 2020 Virtual World Finals

Because so many state and regional tournaments were canceled because of the pandemic, Odyssey of the Mind has created a new format for World Finals this year.  All teams have been invited to register by preparing videos of their solutions and submitting them as entries to the Virtual World Finals.  Eight NoVA North teams have …

Pat O’Brien Award for Coaches

Pat O’Brien was an Odyssey of the Mind volunteer for over 20 years, including 14 years as coach and several years as a tournament and regional director for the Nova North Region, until his passing in 2018 due to illness. Pat’s favorite message to his teams was simple but one that every team can embrace, …

Coaches Packet Documents

The following are the documents that are in the Coaches Packet that was mailed out: Tournament letter Parent letter Emergency Care Westfield High School OotM Sites 2020 Spontaneous & Long Term Problem Procedures Primary info letter

2020 Tournament Schedule

The schedule is organized by Long Term performance time, with the team membership name and coach name, membership number, Tournament Helper start time, and spontaneous performance time.  The membership name (without the coach name) and membership number must be included on the team’s required membership sign and official paperwork exactly as they appear on the …

2020 Registered Teams

Please see below the list of teams that have officially registered for the 2020 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 …

Regional Tournament Registration

***REGIONAL TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED*** If you have any concerns, please contact our Tournament Director. If you have already registered but have not paid yet, you can find the payment page here. First read through this entire page and then click the link at the bottom to register. Before you begin the registration process, …

Regional T-Shirt Orders

T-Shirt orders are now closed.  A limited amount will be available at the tournament. Last day to order T-shirts is March 7! The winner of the t-shirt contest is Katie Merrill on the Spoto team from Langley High School!  The shirts can be purchased with either a blue solid background or a crinkle tie-dye background, …

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 …

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 (a link to it is available on the Resources …

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 …

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 …

Balsa Teams

Building Your Own Tester Base The instructions below are instructions with a parts list of how to build your own structure tester base for the balsa problem. If you have any questions, please contact our Balsa Problem Captain. How to build a crusher 2017 Another resource can be found at: Instructions for Building Your Own …

Balsa Limbo: How to build a Limbo Bar Holder

Materials: 2  1 ½” x ½” x 48” strips of poplar from Home Depot, Item # 227128, SKU 1993116995 Glue (use glue of choice) Tools required: Hand saw Ruler Pencil   Cut the poplar strips as follows: Strip 1 = 4 x 6” & 4 x 4 ½” pieces; Strip 2 = 4 x 3”, …

Changes to the Limbo Bar Construction and Problem changes

The Limbo Bar endpoints and bar have been changed by Public Clarification #9: January 22, 2020 Guidelines for the Balsa Limbo Bar are now available for teams and officials. Actual construction of the bar may vary between tournaments but these guidelines will be consistent. Construction instructions are here.  For those who have used the Limbo …

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.