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    © Copyright 2018, Creative Competitions, Inc.

    Odyssey of the Mind Program Guide 2018-2019

  • “The world is but a canvas to our imaginations.” Henry David Thoreau

  • Published by:

    Creative Competitions, Inc.

    406 Ganttown Road

    Sewell, NJ 08080

    www.odysseyofthemind.com

    Revised August 2018 ©Copyright 2018 – Creative Competitions, Inc.

    This guide is intended for use by coaches and teams in the Odyssey of the Mind program. It contains

    the rules and regulations for competition, and it will help them understand the basics of the program.

    This Guide is updated each year, so please read it carefully, especially the Program Rules.

    by Dr. C. Samuel Micklus & Carole Micklus

    Odyssey of the Mind 2018-2019 PROGRAM GUIDE

    ®

  • Table of Contents Page

    INTRODUCTION .....................................................................................................................iv CHAPTER I

    WELCOME TO THE ODYSSEY OF THE MIND .....................................................................................5 What is Odyssey of the Mind .......................................................................................................5

    Getting the Most Out of Your Odyssey of the Mind Experience .................................................6

    COACHING AN ODYSSEY OF THE MIND TEAM ................................................................................7 Who Can Coach? ..........................................................................................................................7

    Role of the Coach .........................................................................................................................7

    GETTING STARTED.................................................................................................................................8 First, Generate Interest..................................................................................................................8

    Second, Form a Team....................................................................................................................8

    Third, Meet the Parents.................................................................................................................9

    Fourth, Make a Schedule ............................................................................................................10

    Fifth, Train Your Team.................................................................................................................10

    TRAINING YOUR TEAM .....................................................................................................................11 Teaching Teamwork ....................................................................................................................11

    Teaching Creativity .....................................................................................................................11

    CHAPTER II

    ABOUT YOUR MEMBERSHIP .............................................................................................................16 School Memberships...................................................................................................................16

    Community Groups.....................................................................................................................16

    Home-Schooled Students............................................................................................................17

    Age Divisions..............................................................................................................................17

    Team Member Participation........................................................................................................18

    Membership Identification .........................................................................................................18

    Membership Withdrawals and Transfers.....................................................................................19

    CHAPTER III

    ODYSSEY OF THE MIND PROBLEMS.................................................................................................20 Long-Term Competitive Problems..............................................................................................20

    Long-Term Scoring.....................................................................................................................22

    Long-Term Style .........................................................................................................................22

    Scoring Style...............................................................................................................................23

    Defining Style Categories...........................................................................................................23

    Requesting Long-Term Problem Clarifications..........................................................................24

    The Primary Problem..................................................................................................................25

    SPONTANEOUS PROBLEMS ................................................................................................................26 Scoring Spontaneous...........................................................................................................................27

    Practicing Spontaneous.......................................................................................................................27

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  • CHAPTER IV

    GOING TO COMPETITION ..................................................................................................................29

    On Competition Day ...................................................................................................................29

    Checklist for Competing in Long-Term .....................................................................................29

    Special Situations........................................................................................................................30

    Competition Scoring ...................................................................................................................31

    Getting Long-Term Scores..........................................................................................................31

    Questions About Scoring ............................................................................................................31

    The Spontaneous Competition....................................................................................................32

    AWARDS..............................................................................................................................................34

    Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award .................................................................................................34

    OMER’s Award ...........................................................................................................................35

    Odyssey of the Mind Creativity Award ......................................................................................35

    Odyssey of the Mind Spirit Award .............................................................................................35

    CHAPTER V

    PROGRAM RULES ...............................................................................................................................36

    Rules that Apply to All Problems ...............................................................................................36

    PENALTY CATEGORIES........................................................................................................................44

    “Spirit of the Problem” Violation ...............................................................................................44

    Unsportsmanlike Conduct...........................................................................................................44

    Incorrect or Missing Membership Sign......................................................................................44

    Outside Assistance ......................................................................................................................45

    Over Time Limit .........................................................................................................................46

    Over Cost Limit ..........................................................................................................................47

    POTENTIAL REASONS FOR DISCIPLINE.............................................................................................50

    Possible Disciplinary Action.......................................................................................................50

    CHAPTER VI

    GLOSSARY ...........................................................................................................................................52

    RESOURCES .........................................................................................................................................54

    APPENDIX u Style Form

    u Cost Form

    u Outside Assistance Form

    u Verbal Spontaneous Problem: I Can’t Go to School

    u Verbal Spontaneous Problem: Surprise Package