NCOM Virtual Spontaneous Fair

Join in on the NCOM Spontaneous Fair to get some valuable practice and feedback on your spontaneous skills!

Beginning today, January 18, you can prepare for the fair by accessing practice problems using the button below.

The Fair will run from 5PM on Friday, January 22 through 11:59PM on Sunday, January 24. During this time, you will participate in 3 timed problems to be submitted and scored by your regional judges.

A webinar will be held for coaches on Saturday, January 30 at 10AM to answer questions and discuss spontaneous strategies.

Virtual Spontaneous Fair Website

2021 Eastern Region Pin Now Available!

The 2021 NCOM Eastern Region pin is now available for sale at the NCOM Store! The pin is a 2-piece set consisting of a spider web in the shape of OMer’s face and a separate small spider pin that can be inserted into the center of the web.

The pin will only be sold as a set with a price of $6.50 (plus $5 shipping per order).

Head over to the NCOM Store and check it out along with the full slate of 2021 NCOM State pins!

2021 Pins and Face Masks – The NCOM Store is Open!

The North Carolina Odyssey of the Mind store is open!

Looking for a great gift for your OMERs? Our 2020-2021 trading pin collection is available as a complete set of 19 pins or you can purchase them individually. You know you need another llama or a Patronus set in your life this year.

Instead of another state t-shirt, NCOM has gotten permission from Odyssey of the Mind HQ to produce this year’s problem icons on face masks. They are current, stylish, comfortable, adjustable, washable, and highly effective. Available in both adult and child sizes, these face masks would make excellent holiday gifts whether your OMER is going roaming, entering virtual reality, climbing a beanstalk, avoiding traps, wielding sock-induced superpower, or discovering that animals are people too!

A portion of the face mask sales will go to both NC and COU scholarship funds. What a great way to publicize Odyssey of the Mind and support our Odyssey family around the world.

NC Eastern Region Virtual Tournament Information

Start Registration

  • Click the button above to be taken to the Members Area login page
  • Log in to the Members Area using your team membership number and zip code
  • In the Members Area, click on the “Team registration” link to start the tournament registration process

To successfully complete the registration process, you will need the following information:

  • Your membership name and number as they appear on your membership records
  • The email address to which you want any tournament information sent.  Check this address regularly!
  • Your phone number
  • Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of additional coaches
  • Each team member’s name, and grade as of May 1, 2021
  • The School each team member is attending

You will receive an email confirmation of the team registration. Payment can be made online with a credit card or by mail, using a check. On the confirmation email, you will find the link for paying online as well as the address to which you should send payment if you are paying by check (make your check payable to NCOM Eastern Region).

Coffee with Coaches

Struggling with navigating coaching this season? Join us at 11AM, this Saturday (11/14) in an open Zoom session for coaches to meet up and discuss strategies and issues with coaching in a COVID world. Bring your coffee and your creativity!

Join Meeting

Online Skills Fair – December 5


8:30-8:45Overview of the Online fair, Instructions for joining Zoom sessions
8:45-9:30Zoom Session 1
9:40-10:25Zoom Session 2
10:25-10:45Snack Break
10:45-11:30Zoom Session 3
11:40-12:25Zoom Session 4

Sessions Offered:

  1. Electricity and Wiring
  2. From Script to Stage
  3. Characterization
  4. Creative Use of Materials
  5. Balsa Wood
  6. Spontaneous Skills
  7. Brainstorming and Time Management


  • During registration, you will prioritize the session topics for each team member attending
  • When you receive your schedule for the day, you will receive links to the Zoom meeting for each session.  Each session has its own Zoom meeting, and unique Zoom meeting link
  • The sessions will include hands-on activities.  We recommend the team members attend via a device with a large screen (not a cell phone).  It may be difficult for team members to see the instructor demonstrating activities on a small screen.
  • With some of the hands-on activities, the team members may need assistance from an adult.  Having an adult present will help them get the most out of the sessions.
  • Once you have registered, you will be contacted via email with more details on the fair, and with an individual schedule for each of your team members for the day.
  • Each team member participating will need to supply their own materials that they will use in the sessions.  In some cases, to participate in a session, team members will need to purchase items in advance.

2020 Coaches Training Videos and Materials

ClassPresentationClass Recording
New/Returning Coaches[PowerPoint][Session Video]
Problem 1 – OMer the ROMer[Request from the Problem Captain]
Problem 2 – Virtual Odyssey[Request from the Problem Captain][Request from the Problem Captain]
Problem 3 – OMER and the Beanstalk[Request from the Problem Captain][Request from the Problem Captain]
Problem 4 – It’s a Trap![Request from the Problem Captain]
Problem 5 – Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning[Request from the Problem Captain]
Primary Problem – Animals are People Too!
Spontaneous[Virtual Spontaneous Take-Aways PDF][Session Video]
Style[Session Video]
Secrets of Balsa[Session Video]
Team Building[PowerPoint]
Virtual Competition Tips and Tricks[Video 1] [Video 2][Session Video]
[Q&A Video]
[Screen Sharing Video]
[Breakout Rooms Video]
Live Practice Spontaneous[Session Video]
Open Q&A[Session Video]

Virtual Coaches Training – October 24

Class Offerings and Schedule:

Session 1 (Opening Session – 9:00 – 9:30):
– New Coaches 
– Returning Coaches 

Session 2 (Problem Session – 9:35 – 10:05): 
– Problems 1-6 

Sessions 3 (Focus Session 1 – 10:10 – 10:40) & 4 (Focus Session 2 – 10:50 – 11:20): 
– Spontaneous 
– Style 
– Secrets of Balsa 
– Outside Assistance 
– Team Building 
– Virtual Competition Tips and Tricks 
– Brainstorming 
– Live Practice Spontaneous. 

Open Q&A (11:25 – 11:55)


  • The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registered coaches/coordinators prior to the training
  • The Zoom meeting will open at 8:50AM to resolve technical issues and test your connection
  • As you register for the Coaches Training, please choose which topics you would like to attend for each session. For sessions 3 and 4 (Focus Sessions), please enter your first topic choice in the Session 3 field and your second topic choice in the Session 4 field.
  • There is no required registration fee this year for the Coaches Training. Donations, however, would be appreciated to help defray program costs incurred by the NCOM-E board during the 2020-2021 season (suggested donation – $15). For donations, online credit card payments (through PayPal) are accepted (please refer to the confirmation email you will receive after registration for instructions). Thanks for your support!