1. Sign up for an Odyssey of the Mind membership. Once you’ve registered at the international level, you’ll be sent a membership packet which includes detailed copies of this year’s problems and the Program Guide, with all of the rules.
2. Locate your region on our state map and check the calendar of events for Coaches’ and Judges’ Training in your region, regional fees, requirements for teams and judges, and other regional information.
In relation to PA State laws requiring “Clearances” for volunteers: All Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind Coaches, Officials, and Volunteers must conform with the standards and policies set forth by the entity which sponsors the Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind team with which the volunteer is associated.
3. Sign up teams of up to seven students each, and recruit coaches and judges. Parents or teachers can be coaches and a team can have co-coaches to share the experience. Each team is required to provide a judge, who will attend the region’s Judges’ Training and judge at the regional tournament, usually in a different division than the team. If a team advances to the State Finals tournament, the judge will be required to serve as an official at the State Finals.
4. Have the team(s) read through the problems and choose the one for which they’d like to create a solution. Teams work on their solutions over a period of months, so it’s good to start as early as possible.
5. Attend Coaches Training. Each region has one and they are designed to help with the various challenges of coaching a team, and to familiarize coaches with what to expect on the day of the tournament. Coaches are welcome to attend a training in another region, if they have a conflict.
6. Register your team and judges for your Regional Tournament. Use the Odyssey of the Mind Members Area to register your team.
7. Have fun helping students discover how to express themselves creatively and work together as a team to create their unique solution to one of the problems in an eight-minute performance. You’ll be amazed at what they can do when they’re encouraged to think “beyond the box.”