Choose a coordinator: Coordinators communicate with the regional director,
register the national and state Memberships,and distribute information to their
This will give you access to the Full Problems
and Program Guide when they are released. Team registration will open in
Advertise the program to the kids and parents: Start early in the school year.
Talk it up. Send home a flyer. Hold an information meeting.
Secure adults who are willing to coach: A parent/teacher partnership works
well! There is a large time commitment.
Form/Register Teams: There are a variety of ways to form Teams. Some Memberships have students sign up or apply for the problem in which they are most interested, some hold a creative competition to select team members, and others build teams through teacher recommendation and invites. Remember no more than seven kids can be on a team, and no member can be replaced if he/she leaves the team, so choose carefully. Once teams are formed, they will need to be registered individually.
Send your coaches to training: A trained coach is a necessity for a successful team. Trainings are held in the fall (September through December) at various locations.
Secure judges and workers for tournament: Do not forget each team must provide volunteers for tournament day.
See it firsthand: If possible, visit or volunteer at a tournament. There is no better way to see the amazing creativity of our local OMers!
Have fun! Remember Odyssey is about the Journey!