Team Resources

Learning all there is to start a new team can be overwhelming. If there is not already a membership at your school, start here. You may also consult our glossary to help with terms commonly used.

The Houston Regional Director maintains a Coaches' Mailing list each year and sends regular information to Coaches. This helps coaches stay focus on the current priorities and deadlines. Sign-up here to receive newsletters and pre-register for coach training.

Here are some resources to help you understand the basics. Of course, reading the "Program Guide" is a must for all coaches, new and experienced alike as things do change from year to year.

Coaching a Team

Forming a Team

The Team Parents

How Do Teams Compete?

The Problems

Problem Clarifications

The Odyssey of the Mind  2019-20 Program Guide. This is essentially your rule book and it is updated each year. Please read carefully the specific sections on Membership (chapter II) and Program Rules (chapter V).

The Coaches' Handbook. This is good reference guide that helps beginner and experienced coaches go through the process of coaching a team. Feedback is welcome!

HARO facts and dates sheet. This contains the key dates for 2019-20. Check the online calendar for most recent updates.

OotM at a Glance. This contains an overview of the program in Houston, with team qualifications and information about Coach Training sessions for 2019-20.

A colleague from the VA chapter shared this handy guide of Parent Guidelines that we encourage you to pass to all team parents.

NASA Collection: Creativity and Problem-Solving Resources.

NASA-Related Spontaneous Practice Examples.