Coaching Resources

Coaching Resources

Other important links (such as the link to the Program Guide, list of changes, rules index, clarification) are under the Links section.

NOTE: Many of the links below take you to external sites. We do not control those sites, so they may or may not be available at any given time. If a link is consistently giving errors, let us know, and we will fix or remove it.

NEW! Codes of Conduct:

      Code of Conduct for Coaches

      Code of Conduct for Teams

2019 Problem Synopses

Reflections of a First Time Coach

What is the Role of a Coach?

Various Style Guides

Style Guide by Lisa Love

Florida Style Guide

Michigan Style Guide

Maine Style Guide

What is Outside Assistance?


Step by Step guide

An interesting brainstorming tool: Diamond Brainstorming

Scamper brainstorming

Wikipedia Brainstorming

Design Research Brainstorming

Brainstorming for Primary Kids (more oriented to writing, applicable for script writing)

7-Step Guideline for OotM Solution

Team Building Index Site

Teampedia site

Suggested Goals for the First 5 Meetings

What do I do with these guys for a Hour and a Half?

Team Discussion Tips

"Scholarly Etiquette"

Interesting Stagecraft resource from Redwood OotM

Parent Meeting Handouts:

Parent Guidelines

• Team Code of Conduct - See above for link

Parent Permission Slip Sample (Editable Word doc, tailor to your needs)

Student-Parent Contract (Editable Word doc, tailor to your needs)

Team Member Contract

FAQ for Parents

Typical Annual Time Line

The official Odyssey of the Mind Coaching guide: Quick Tips for Coaches

Some more coaching info: Coaching Reminders

Coaches have rights too! Coach's Bill of Rights

Program Guide (Coaches need to read this cover-to-cover!):

This Year's Program Guide

List of changes to the Program Guide from last year

Program Guide Index to Frequently Accessed Topics (not available yet)


Now for the REALLY good stuff: Here in the Silicon Valley we are very fortunate to have RAFT, the Resource Area for Teachers. It is a wonderful place to get materials for long term as well as spontaneous problems cheap. Great for those Cost Forms!



Various Spontaneous practice resources (free):

Odyssey of the Mind

CalOMER Coach Resources Page


Virginia Problem Archive

CT Odyssey SponZone

NE Pennsylvania Spontanious Problems

North East Pennsylvania Quick Challenges for Young Minds

Florida Spotaneous guide

Southwestern Opportunities Network Spontaneous

Semal OM Spontaneous Archive

Exploratorium Structures


Tournament related information

Tournament related information from the website:

Spontaneous Problem Procedures

Long Term Problem Procedures- General