Silicon Valley Odyssey of the Mind 2018-19 Program Year Kickoff!


Silicon Valley Odyssey of the Mind Newsletter

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Odyssey Season!

September 11, 2018

Greetings to all who are interested in participating in the Silicon Valley Region of Odyssey of the Mind this year!

Announcing Big Changes in California Odyssey!

As of August 1, 2018, California Odyssey of the Mind has split into two separate organizations, NorCal and SoCal. This will not mean any changes for us in our Region, but top teams will advance to the NorCal Tournament, consisting of just 6 regions and always to be held in northern California. Top teams there will advance to World Finals next May. It is an opportunity for more teams to have the experience of going to World Finals. To learn more about the new NorCal Association please check out the new NorCal Odyssey of the Mind website, with links to all of the new NorCal social media sites, please "like" and follow the ones that you participate in.

Getting Started

If you are new to Silicon Valley Odyssey of the Mind or you need assistance getting the Odyssey program up and running at your school please check out the "How to Get Started" article on our website.

For general program information and to register a school or community group membership the national website is

Remember to check our website regularly for updates and info: We are still working on updating some of the information for this year so some of the links and events are still outdated while we get up to speed in the next few weeks.

You can also follow us on Facebook where we occasionally post interesting information that teams may find helpful:

2018-19 Program Material & Problems Now Available

The 2018-2019 problems and Program Guide are available now. As soon as you get your National membership paid you can access the complete problems and Program materials by logging in to the members area of the national website. In the meantime, you can view the problem synopses at this problem synopses link

Every Coach should read the entire Program Guide every year! There are always changes and new things to keep up-to-date on.

Download Program Guide

Membership Registration Available Online

If your school or group hasn't registered for National membership yet now is a good time! It’s simple and easy just go to the national website at

Follow the directions and pay online or by snail mail.

Please check the membership rules in Chapter II of the Program Guide for details on membership requirements. All coaches will be expected to make sure that their teams meet the National requirements in order to compete at the regional tournament.

Fees for 2018 - 2019

National Membership fee: $135.00 for the first membership, $100.00 for each additional membership. (See Chapter II in the Program Guide for details on number of teams allowed per type of membership.)

NorCal Association Membership Fee (per each National membership): $80.00 - NorCal Odyssey of the Mind Association will send an email invoice  for Association (State) membership fee to the school/group coordinator listed on the National membership a few weeks after the National registration is processed. The new NorCal Assoc. website and online fee payment system are still under construction. Please keep checking the new website to see when the fee payment system opens.

Silicon Valley Regional Tournament Fee (per each team): $75.00. Regional Tournament fee (per team) is due when Regional Tournament registration begins later in the year. When tournament registration begins the on-line fee payment will be opened to pay this per-team regional fee.

Coach Training

Every Odyssey of the Mind team must have at least one trained adult coach (18 years of age or older). Assistant coaches may also attend training. Please limit to 2 coaches per team attending training.

All coaches - new and experienced - must attend training every year or your team cannot participate in the Regional tournament.  New coaches need to attend one of the all day Saturday training sessions (8:30 – 3:30). Experienced coaches need only attend a Saturday training session in the afternoon (12:30 – 3:30) There is no charge for training and a continental breakfast and lunch is provided. Please register for training promptly once registration opens so that we can plan food and supplies accordingly.  

For more info on becoming a coach click here.

Coaches Training Dates:

New and Experienced coaches: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 – Milpitas Christian School, San Jose

New and Experienced coaches: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 8:30 – 3:30 – Milpitas Christian School, San Jose

We will send out a Newsletter to anyone who is on the Newsletter list as soon as training registration opens as well as post it on the website and Facebook page.

What if you are not sure you are ready to coach a team?

Simple, just attend a coaches training to learn more about the program. Then if you decide you do want to coach you will be trained and ready to go! Even if you don't have a team established yet you can attend training in anticipation of getting a team together. All it will cost you is one Saturday of your time.

Tournament Dates

Silicon Valley Regional Tournament - TO BE DETERMINED (Probably last Sat. of February or first Saturday of March.)

NorCal Association Tournament - March 30, 2019 at Maria Carrillo HS in Santa Rosa

World Tournament - Michigan State University May 22nd – 25th, 2019

Welcome to a New Odyssey!

We would like to welcome all of you  to an exciting new year of mind bending problems. We can hardly wait to see the creative solutions from your teams this year.

Barbara and Barbara

Co-Regional Directors

Silicon Valley Odyssey of the Mind

Silicon Valley Regional Committee Opportunities

Odyssey of the Mind is run by a dedicated group of volunteers who make this program possible at the regional level all the way up to the international level. We are looking for people who are dedicated to delivering this great program to the students in our region. If you are interested in getting more involved we have several positions to fill this year. Any interested coach, parent, alumni participant, judge volunteer, etc. who has had the opportunity to experience the many benefits of this creative program is welcome.   Even if you are no longer coaching or your child is not involved on a team this year there are still many ways to remain involved as a committee volunteer or as a judge . Let us know if you are interested and we can find a fun and rewarding position for you! Just email Barbara & Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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