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  • Copyright 2011, Creative Competitions, Inc.

    Odyssey of the MindProgram Guide 2011-2012

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

  • by Dr. C. Samuel Micklus & Carole Micklus

    Published by:Creative Competitions, Inc.406 Ganttown RoadSewell, NJ 08080www.odysseyofthemind.com

    Revised July 2011 Copyright 2011 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.

    Odyssey of the Mind2011-2012 PROGRAM GUIDE

  • Table of ContentsPage

    INTRODUCTION .....................................................................................................................ivCHAPTER I

    WELCOME TO THE ODYSSEY OF THE MIND .....................................................................................5What 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 ................................................................................7Who Can Coach? ..........................................................................................................................7

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

    GETTING STARTED.................................................................................................................................8First, 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 .....................................................................................................................11Teaching Teamwork ....................................................................................................................11

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

    CHAPTER IIABOUT 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 IIIODYSSEY 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..................................................................................................................26

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

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

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  • CHAPTER IVGOING 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..............................................................................................................................................34Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award .................................................................................................34

    OMERs Award ...........................................................................................................................35

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

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

    CHAPTER VPROGRAM RULES ...............................................................................................................................36

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

    PENALTY CATEGORIES........................................................................................................................44Spirit 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.............................................................................................50Possible Disciplinary Action.......................................................................................................50

    CHAPTER VIGLOSSARY ...........................................................................................................................................52RESOURCES .........................................................................................................................................54

    APPENDIX Style Form

    Cost Form

    Outside Assistance Form

    Verbal Spontaneous Problem: Animal Assistance

    Verbal/Hands-On Spontaneous Problem: Comb Improv

    Hands-On Spontaneous Problem: Wrap It Up

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  • he mission of Creative Competitions, Inc. is to provide creative problem-

    solving opportunities for everyone and to foster original and divergent

    thinking. Through the Odyssey of the Mind program, we promote

    creativity by challenging teams to solve divergent problems,