Registering for Training

Coaches Training

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We conduct coaches training the first Saturday of the months of October, November and December for both new and experienced coaches.  The session runs from 8:30 in the morning until 3:00pm.  Experienced coaches come at 12:45pm.


A special evening session for experienced coaches only will be held on October 16th at 6:30 PM

Getting Started

Form Teams

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Teams can have up to 7 students.  Students select a problem and complete with other teams with their age group (their division) at Regional, Association and National levels.   

Find a Coach

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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, help 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 co-coach to assist in the support of the team and their efforts.



Select a Problem

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The core value for Odyssey of the Mind is that this is a student driven process.  The Students selects the problem, and then works the problem until the 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.  


Printable Copy of Problem Synopsis 

Registering a Team

National Registration

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STOP... and read carefully.  If there are already established teams in your school district, there is likely a coordinator who will purchase the National Registration.  Please send us an email info@sfbayodysseyofthemind.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 an 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. 

NorCal Association Membership

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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.

Regional Tournament

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Teams from schools from the San Francisco Bay Area Region compete in a one-day Tournament at Concord High School on February 29th.  Winning teams go on to compete at the Northern California Association tournament held in late March in Santa Rosa.  And the ultimate tournament is the World Finals conducted on Memorial Day weekend at an University  in the Midwest.