Coaching Odyssey of the Mind for Keystone Oaks

Coaches are required to keep attendance during each meeting by filling out the TEAM ATTENDANCE FORM. 
This information will be sent to the KO Activities Coordinator on the first of each month.  Please keep your attendance up to date regularly.

There are three coaches training sessions for KO coaches: 

1. Keystone Oaks coaches training is on October 27, 2021.  This is where you will learn more about the registration process, team requirements, how to interpret the problems and resources we have at KO.     
2. Western Pennsylvania OM coaches training is on November 6, 2021 - 9:00am-12:30pm (zoom). This session is covers novice to advanced topics.  Attendance is not required, but highly recommended, and REGISTRATION REQUIRED!!! 
3. Western Pennsylvania OM coaches training #2 is on February 15, 2022 - 7:00pm.   This session will focus on Navigating the competition.   They’ll cover team required forms, final practice tips, general updates and Q & A.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Forming a team!

A team can be formed with between 5-7 students (NO EXCEPTIONS). After you have the members of your team, decide if you want to add a co-coach or two.  Find a volunteer (Division 1-3) and a judge (all divisions) for the competition.  Register your team!
PLEASE NOTE: with KO the coach simply registers their teams through the google form.  The coordinator will formally register your team with Odyssey of the Mind and make the payments needed for the teams.

Read through the PROGRAM GUIDE!

The program guide will answer almost ALL of your questions regarding Odyssey of the Mind.  It includes tips on how to start a team and what to do at meetings.  It defines commonly used terms in the problems and details how to fill out a cost form.  It discusses the types of Spontaneous and gives sample problems.  You will miss a lot if you don't know what's in the Program Guide.

Practice Spontaneous at EVERY meeting!

Spontaneous is a make it or break it part of the competition.  It's hard to practice spontaneous over a long period of time, so integrating it in your meetings is the best way to get the students some experience.  Also consider signing up for Spontaneous Fun Day!

This is required by Odyssey of the Mind.  It is also encouraged to print out a hard copy and go over the document with parents and team members.

Have the team sign the TEAM CONTRACT.

This is required by Odyssey of the Mind.  You are to print out a hard copy and go over the document with parents and team members.

If this is not filled out COMPLETELY, the coordinator WILL NOT officially register your team with Odyssey of the Mind, as you have not fulfilled all requirements.  A JUDGE & VOLUNTEER (no volunteer for primary) ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER!!


Clarifications are statements put out by the International Problem Captains (IPC) and aim to further describe a portion of a problem.  Teams can not fully solve their problem without understanding all the clarifications for their problem. Clarifications are updated throughout the season.  You can submit a clarification through the members resources page.  Scroll the the bottom and sign in with your membership number and zip code; click on "submit clarification."
View the latest CLARIFICATIONS here. You also need to sign in the same way as explained above.

Coaches need to make sure all forms are filled out for competition day!

Style, cost, team required list, outside assistance forms are all available on our website here.  You bring FOUR COPIES of each form to the competition for the judges to go over.  Primary coaches fill out the forms, Division 1 coaches can help fill out forms but the team members are supposed to be doing the bulk of the work, Division 2 & 3 coaches can help the team members understand the questions but they are responsible for completing the forms.  

Questions?? PLEASE don't hesitate to email the KO coordinator @!