World Winner Packet

Odyssey of the Mind World Finals 2024

Congratulations! Let’s get to Worlds!

We have collected all the handy information you need to be prepared for World Finals. Many handouts were given to you in the World packet you received at the coaches’ meeting following awards. Some are specific to NorCal Association of California and others are from Odyssey HQ. All have been brought together for easy reference.

Getting There

Generic OM Fundraising Letter Worlds 

Packing list for OM worlds

World Forms/Sheets from HQ

Complete Coaches’ Packet

Teams can submit these forms through the Team Portal at before arriving on campus, which will speed up registration during World Finals. NOTE: We recommend you take printed copies with the team for backup.


Media Release 

Team Contract

Insurance Waiver

  • Have each team member fill out a Media Release, Medical Release, Liability Waiver, and ISU Health Service Medical form and have it signed by a parent/guardian. Provide a copy to your coach, and keep one with you!
  • Ship props between May 1 and May 17. Don’t forget to attach the shipping label to each separate shipping item/package. Include only items for one problem and division in each package. Must abide to container sizes.
  • Leave a list of all team members and chaperones’ names and any cell phone numbers with family members.
  • Pack clothes for recreational activities, such as a bathing suit, towel and tennis shoes.
  • Leave the emergency number with family members. In the event of an emergency at home, family members should call ISU Police at 515.294.4428.
  • Check on your props: go to
  • Bring extra pillows if needed (you’ll receive only one in residence housing) and universal plug-ins if coming from outside the US.

All forms + shipping label can be downloaded from HQ here:

Other information

Pin Trading Rules

What Is COU

Odyssey Angels

Problem Forms:

Style Form

Outside Assistance Form

Cost Form

Coaches & Teams
Judges & Volunteers
  • “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.