State Tournament Information

Parents can find the tournament  information for the 2017-2018 season under the TOURNAMENT section on the front page of the website.

How to help

Yes, you are the ones who are driving the carpools, fork out money for pizza, drinks, snacks, opening closets for major scavenging, waiting while the team cleans up after a practice, postponing dinner because one more prop needed to be finished so it could dry and generally watching from the sidelines while the team gets creative.

You, parents, can be a team’s secret weapon, and are a vital part to the Odyssey of the Mind program. Below is a list of what you can and cannot do to help. 

Tips for parents

Outside Assistance

Odyssey of the Mind is a hands-on program for kids where only the 7 minds of the team can work on the long term solution. The basic premise is when the team members solve the problem 100% by themselves, they learn to solve challenges within their capabilities, be resourceful and they develop a tremendous amount of self-confidence. While well meaning, outside assistance subtly tells kids they are not capable of doing it themselves. When the Team’s solution is the Team’s idea, their design, their work, their performance, and their score, they are much more likely to develop 21st century skills to help them be successful now and in the future. Remember, in the end, the Team is responsible for what they do, not the coach, parents or people outside the team.

Even though you may mean well, providing ideas, making suggestions, even applying make-up and fixing costumes are all considered outside assistance and the team will receive a penalty. As parents, we all want the best for our kids and sometimes that means letting them figure it out on their own so the next time, they will have the confidence to solve it themselves. The kids will figure it out, even if it is not the way adults would do it, more often than not, their ideas are much more creative!

CalOmer Parent Dos and Don'ts


We never want kid’s safety compromised due to a child wanting to use the same power tools as Mom or Dad. However, kids will often see what adults can do, such as using power tools, and will want their Mom or Dad to use the power tools for them. Keep in mind this constitutes Outside Assistance and the team will likely receive a penalty. Talk to your coach to find guidance for the kids acquiring new skill. Ask the right questions such as, “What other materials can you use? How else can you build it?” to help them learn to be resourceful within their abilities. Remember… the solution for the problem is TEAM created. The team will amaze you with their solution.

Tournament Etiquette

California Odyssey of the Mind is very fortunate to have the support of school districts through the generous use of schools for tournaments. As guests, it is important to remind each other to be respectful of their property and be good role models. Clean up after teams, even if it is not your team. Park were parking is indicated to be acceptable. Clean up make up from the bathrooms. Use the walkways. Be kind to people and place.

Support the Program

California Odyssey of the Mind is a volunteer organization that is here to support the program of creative thinking and the future generations of creators and leaders. These students need support from all of us. If you would like to help here are a few ways you can do that or think “outside of the box” and let us know how you would like to help.

How to support the program:

  • Donate funds to the California Odyssey of the Mind by clicking on the donation button on this website.
  • If you know a company that would like to support the program please contact our state director, who will be happy to assist you.
    • Lynn Larsen
  • Volunteer at regional and state tournaments.
  • Judge at regional and state tournaments.