Coaches – General Information

Celebrating after competition

What can I expect from coaching an OM team?

Becoming an Odyssey of the Mind Coach is one of the most rewarding volunteer roles you can have. In your role as a coach, you will have the opportunity to work with a team of up to seven kids to facilitate creative problem-solving, team building and brainstorming.

By the end of your journey, you will be amazed by what your team has created and the challenges the kids have overcome on their own. While team members cannot get direct help from anyone outside the team, coaches play a critical role in supporting kids and helping them grow throughout their creative adventures!

You do not need to be an expert in a particular area, you just need to have a passion to see kids grow and learn. We will provide training, mentor-ship and a good ear for listening throughout the season.

Coaching an Odyssey of the Mind team provides many rewarding opportunities:

  • You’ll see kids grow and become engaged in their learning
  • Witness individuals grow as a team
  • You can become actively involved in your kids’ education
  • You learn more about what kids are thinking and what is important to them
  • Watch as kids improve their self-esteem and confidence

Here are some things you’ll need:

Coaches & Teams
Judges & Volunteers

Problem Synopsis

Whet your appetite with a taste of what each of the long-term problems is about this season.

Program Guide

The Program Guide outlines general rules for all problems and provides helpful tips for coaching and problem-solving.

Code of Conduct

All coaches who register a team at a NorCal OM competition must sign the code of conduct form.

Team Building

Browse our resources for team building and working with kids on brainstorming and team cohesion.

From the Odyssey Academy

The Odyssey Academy is your step-by-step to the OM experience, led by long-time volunteer and Odyssey of the Mind alum, Dr. Jim Mourey.

In this course, learn about about your role in OM and what’s expected from your team.

  • “Make it the best it can be.” Remembering Dr. Sam.
    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.