A Word on the Problem

Celebrating after competition

Learn more about each of our problems from the Problem Captains themselves!

Each of these videos has been developed by our very own NorCal State Association Problem Captains.  Each problem captain has put together general pointers and guidelines that are important in their specific problem.

These videos are perfect for teams and coaches to review for their chosen problem(s) for the season.  Check them out!

Problem 1

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Problem 2

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Problem 3

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Problem 4

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Problem 5

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Coaches & Teams
Judges & Volunteers
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    We share some sad news. Dr. Sam, the founder of Odyssey of the Mind, has passed. We remember him with a warm heart and the memories that are created in Odyssey.
  • How are Spontaneous Problems Chosen for Competitions?
    Approximately ⅓ of your final calculated score is based on Spontaneous. Practice, practice, practice…AND…Have fun realizing that on-the-spot creativity can be helped along with advanced prep!
  • Good News! You Can Modify.
    This is when teams are re-evaluating their solutions in light of their experiences at their Qualifying Tournament. And yes, you have the opportunity to make adjustments to your solution given what you learned.