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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Guidance for Coaches in 2020-2021

VOICES has compiled a Guide for Coaches in 2020-2021 from the experiences and feedback from several coaches who participated in the first Virtual World Finals. Also, the slides from the Coaches Information Session on December 9 are available here.

Virginia Virtual Tournament Results

Congratulations to all of our Region 9 teams who participated in the Virginia Virtual Tournament!  Scores for the entire tournament are listed below. OMer the ROMER, Division III:  Dolley Madison Library  tie for 2nd place Virtual Odyssey, Division III:  Langley HS  1st place; Vienna Girls  2nd place OMer and the Beanstalk, Division II:  Langston Hughes …

2020 Pat O’Brien Award For Coaches

2020 has been a year like no other – the year of the pandemic – and having a tournament was just not possible.  But that did not stop the 2020 Pat O’Brien Award for Coaches from being presented to Keith George from Langley High School.  

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 …

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.