Becoming a Coach

Your role as a coach is to not be the expert in whichever problem the team chooses to solve. In fact it is often better not to be an expert because there is always a risk of outside assistance. Your role is to facilitate creative problem solving, team building, and brainstorming; teach kids how to manage a project or learn basic skills such as building concepts, theatrical principles, artistic qualities, and more. We encourage you to bring in outside experts (parents, teachers, etc.) to help teach some of these skills or to take “field trips”.

As a coach, you will be off to a great start when you set the example of adult behavior, sportsmanship, and Odyssey of the Mind spirit. Make the process of Odyssey of the Mind your goal and not the competition placements. All teams are winners because they have solved the problem to the best of their ability.


For more information on coaching contact the Coaching Coordinator at

Program Guides & Handbook + Coach’s Training

Tournament Day Forms

Required team forms can be found here under the “Competition Info & Forms” section. Each team must bring the following on tournament day:

    • Style Form
    • Cost Form
    • Outside Assistance Form
    • Team Contract

Anyone can nominate an individual/team for the OMER award.