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Code of Conduct for California Odyssey of the Mind Welcome Coaches!

Behind every successful team, there is a coach!

All coaches are required to attend a training.  2018 dates for Coach’s training are:

  1. Septmeber 22 nd, 2018 9am-2pm (bring a bag lunch), 1-2pm optional to include returning coaches for discussion. Del Sur Elementary15665 Paseo Del Sur, San Diego, CA 92127, please RSVP to
  2. October 6, 2018 9am – 2pm (bring lunch) RSVP to    Grace School, 10806 Willow Ct Suite #1                                                                                                   San Diego, CA 92127
  3. October 20th , 2018 9am – 2pm (bring a bag lunch) RSVP to  PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION WAS CHANGED PLEASE CONTACT BETH FOR DETAILS
  4. November 3, 2019 9am – 2pm (bring a bag lunch) RSVP to  Weissman Home 3472 Calle Margarita in Encinitas RSVP for gate code

Becoming an Odyssey of the Mind Coach will probably be one of the most rewarding volunteer roles you will ever have.

By becoming a coach you will have the opportunity to work with a team of 7 kids to facilitate creative problem solving, team building and brainstorming. You do not need to be an expert in a particular area, you just need to have a passion to see kids grow and learn.

Coaches facilitate the team’s needs (meeting place, transportation, review of program rules, etc), but the students do all the work! The coach keeps the team on task, encourages them to be creative and work as a team, but does not provide assistance to the solution of the problem.

After training all coaches are required to read and sign the Coaches Code of Conduct adopted by the California Odyssey of the Mind State Board in July 2015.   A link to the document is listed below and on a link at the right.  All coaches must email an acknowledgement of receipt and agreement to the Code of Conduct to the Regional Director.

Code of Conduct for California Odyssey of the Mind Coaches

More detailed guidance will be sent as part of the membership package and program guide once the national membership dues are paid. As a coach, you will be honored and entertained while keeping your team on track. Teams tend to meet a couple of hours once every 1 or 2 weeks in the fall, then may increase the time or frequency as the tournament nears.

Depending on individual schedules, it may be appropriate to have to people share the job of head coach. Some responsibilities of the head coach include:

Meet with students to guide them in the solution of their Odyssey of the Mind problem.
Attend the statewide required coaches’ meeting.
Provide a meeting place such as a basement, garage, patio, sun porch, etc. where the team members can work to solve the problem.
Have access to a truck or van for prop transport and delivery.
Provide snacks.