Judge Types


We could not run our tournaments without the many wonderful people who volunteer their time and effort to our organization. 

Judges are Community volunteers, family members, teachers, administrators who offer to judge our competitions. Judges register between October and January. They attend required training in February/March and then judge the Regional and State tournaments.

We currently have three Regional tournaments: Houston Region (also known as "HARO"), Central Region (in San Antonio area), North Region (in Dallas area). The State tournament takes place in the Houston area as well.

Becoming a judge is a time commitment up to 2.5 days depending on the region, but one that most people thoroughly enjoy.  Be prepared to be amazed at how creative these children can be.  Thank you so much for volunteering to be one of our wonderful Odyssey of the Mind judges. Here are the steps to become a judge:

  • Register for the Regional tournament nearest to you.

  • Get Trained.

  • Judge the regional tournament.

  • Advance your registration for the State tournament

  • Judge the State tournament (conditions depend on regions).


There are two types of judges:

a) Team Judges

Team Judges are the volunteers who represent an Odyssey team.  Every Odyssey team must supply a trained judge to be qualified for the tournaments.  Different regions have different requirements.  Coaches, be sure that you understand your team’s judge requirements, which can be found in your specific region's RegionTeamQual or your Team Confirmation Email. 

b) Community Judges

Community judges are volunteers from the community that judge without representing a team. This is often educators, professionals, military personnel, etc. Volunteer Service certificates are available. If you are interested, we would love to have you become Community Judge. 

Judge Registration for Regional tournaments will open mid-November. Check our home page for announcements when your Region's registration is open.

Many judges from Regional tournament are required to attend the State tournament as well. Requirements vary by region. Please do NOT advance your judge registration for the State tournament until AFTER Regionals.

here for REGISTRATION to Regional Tournament.