Teams can have up to 7 students. Students select a problem and compete with other teams with their age group (their division) at Regional, Association, and National levels.
One of the most important roles in Odyssey of the Mind is that of the coach. While the program is student-driven, the coach provides the framework for the team by providing meeting space, helping in problem-solving, and helping the team create their solution.
Often times we find that coaches are the parents of interested students. We recommend that you involve other parents or find a co-coach to assist in the support of the team and their efforts.
The core value for Odyssey of the Mind is that this is a student-driven process. The Students select the problem and then work on the problem until they bring their solution to the Regional Tournament.
There are 5 problems each year so the team can select one that best matches their skills and aptitude.
STOP... and read carefully. There are two types of membership, In-Person and Virtual. Teams on an In-Person Membership may perform in In-person Tournaments, Virtual Teams can only perform in virtual (online) Tournaments.
In-person memberships are purchased by a school and/or organization and more than one team can share an In-person membership, while the Virtual membership is purchased by one team. There are various levels of Traditional Memberships starting at $135, the Virtual costs $125. Pricing will increase on October 16, 2021 If you are interested in an In-person Membership you need to find out if there are already established teams in your school district, there is likely a coordinator who will purchase the National Registration. A number of non-School organizations also sponsor teams, so please send us an email at SFBAYrd1@norcalodyssey.org and we will put you in touch with the coordinator and they can help you find a team. If you believe you would be the first team for Odyssey at your school, we recommend conducting outreach to parents and students to gauge the interest level before you begin purchasing memberships. There are several levels of membership and the button at the right OVERVIEW OF MEMBERSHIPS, outlines what may be required.
Follow the link below to be redirected to the Northern California Association for Odyssey of the Mind. It will outline the memberships required and provide links to those sites along with other valuable links.
In the 2021-2022 season, we plan to hold an In-person tournament. We are working with the local school districts, and state & county health departments to allow us to hold an In-person tournament that as closely resembles the Traditional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament as possible, given the current public health conditions available at the time.
The Northern California Association (State) has provided a number of new online training resources.
Both the regional and association level tournaments in Northern California are virtual (online). The following link can help teams prepare for the virtual tournament. Virtual Journey Tools
The Association Problem Captians has provided problem-specific videos: PC Videos
If your coach has could not attend the coaches training, please contact your Regional Director.
Include below are the Welcome Letter, Outline of the training session, critical dates and other valuable resources for you as a coach.