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State Advancement Guidelines

Dear NorCalomers,

NorCal Odyssey, our guidelines for which teams advance from the Qualifying Tournaments to the state tournament have changed each year. While we understand this can cause some confusion, the state board considers many sources of data each year in determining the best advancement guidelines. This data includes the number of teams competing across the state, how many teams are in each problem, and how many teams are in each division. These numbers change from year to year based on many factors. The board wants to ensure that as many teams advance to state as possible while making certain that we have a manageable competition schedule for our competing teams and judging teams.

The board has several different options for advancement guidelines, and advancement guidelines for 2024 will be posted in early Spring.

Advancement Guidelines for 2024

Division I, II & III in Problems 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5:

Check back in February!

Coaches & Teams
Judges & Volunteers
  • Judges, Time to Register!
    Competitions will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Natomas High School in Sacramento and on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Edna Hill Middle School in Brentwood.
  • Qualifying Tournament Registration is Open!
    A team may participate in one Qualifying Tournament. Please only register for one weekend. Teams wishing to advance to the State Tournament must compete in a Qualifying Tournament.
  • Don’t Forget Your STYLE!
    Teams are encouraged to develop a theme and incorporate creative elements into their solutions in technical, vehicle, structure AND performance long-term problems.