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.
2020 Problem Synopses
Reflections of a First Time Coach
What is the Role of a Coach?
What is Outside Assistance?
Typical Annual Time Line
Codes of Conduct:
Code of Conduct for Coaches
Code of Conduct for Teams
Various Style Guides:
Style Guide by Lisa Love
Florida Style Guide
Michigan Style Guide
Maine Style Guide
Step by Step guide
Diamond Brainstorming An interesting brainstorming tool
Design Research Brainstorming
Brainstorming for Primary Kids (more oriented to writing, applicable for script writing)
Meeting Ideas and Team Building Resources:
7-Step Guideline for OotM Solution
Suggested Goals for the First 5 Meetings
What do I do with these guys for a Hour and a Half?
Team Building Index Site
Teambuilder exercises for youth
Team Discussion Tips
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
Program Guide (Coaches need to read this cover-to-cover!):
This Year's Program Guide
List of changes to the Program Guide
Program Guide Index to Frequently Accessed Topics (not available yet)
Various Spontaneous practice resources (free):
Odyssey of the Mind
Virginia Problem Archive
CT Odyssey SponZone
NE Pennsylvania Spontanious Problems
Florida Spotaneous guide
Southwestern Opportunities Network Spontaneous
Semal OM Spontaneous Archive
More Coaching Resources
Quick Tips for Coaches The official Odyssey of the Mind Coaching guide
Coaching Reminders Some more coaching info
20 Questions to ask your team right before Tournament
Coach's Bill of Rights Coaches have rights too!
NorCal Odyssey Coaches Resources A variety of differnt types of resources.
Instructables - Instructables is a simply AMAZING website that shows how to build simple machines, costumes, art pieces, you name it!
Info for Balsa Structure teams
RAFT, the Resource Area for Teachers is a wonderful place to get materials for long term & spontaneous problems. The RAFT stores are located in Redwood City and San Jose. There’s an annual membership fee, but the vast supplies of unusual and cool materials are worth it.
Tournament related information
Tournament related information from the odysseyofthemind.com website:
Spontaneous Problem Procedures
Long Term Problem Procedures- General