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How to Get Started!


Begin with generating interest in the program with staff, students and parents to form teams, recruit coaches, judges and volunteers.​


Once a school has interest, then it is time to purchase a National Membership with Odyssey of the Mind.

  • The cost is $135 and allows the school to field up to one team per competitive problem per division and unlimited primary teams (K-2). 

  • Teams compete by division which is determined by the oldest team member. 

Division I — Grades K-5

Division II — Grades 6-8

Division III — Grades 9-12

Division IV — Collegiate



After your teams are starting to form, it is time for your coaches to attend Coaches Training. Contact the Regional Director in your region if the training date has already passed.


For teams to participate at their Regional Tournament, the team needs to register for the tournament.  Do this by contacting your Regional Director. 



Teams are required to provide one judge and one volunteer as part of their tournament registration. There are no fees to attend coaches training or judges training. 

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Watch our Orientation Presentation


This PowerPoint presentation is full of information that will teach you all about the Odyssey of the Mind program. It includes a brief history of the program, a detailed description of how it is structured, the three scoring categories, information for coaches and judges, style, outside assistance, spontaneous and more!    

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