NCOM Eastern Region Coaches Webinar

NCOM Eastern Region Coaches Webinar
Saturday December 2
10:00AM – 11:30AM

Questions about tournament logistics?
Want to get insight into coaching best practices?
Need some guidance or assistance with any issues related to OotM?

Coaches – please join our very own Eastern Region Director, Randy Burton, and other NCOME Board members for a Q&A tailored specifically to your needs. This virtual meeting is open to any Eastern Region coach and all questions are welcome. No outside assistance will be given, of course, but you will be pointed to resources that can help you and your team.

Topic: NCOM Eastern Region – Coaches Webinar
Time: Dec 2, 2023 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Skills Fair – November 11

Registration is now closed.

Please contact Gail Hemedinger with any questions.


9:00-9:45Session 1
9:50-10:35Session 2
10:35-10:50Snack Break
10:55-11:40Session 3
11:45-12:30Session 4

Sessions Offered:

Electricity and Wiring (batteries, light bulbs, wires, and motors)
Creative Use of Materials (how to use common items found in homes and garages to create things)
From Script to Stage (writing scripts for performances and acting them out)
Building Sets and Props with PVC Pipe (how to take PVC pipe and make things like stage sets)
Balsa Wood (all you wanted to know about building with balsa wood)
Brainstorming and Time Management (how to work as a team to create ideas for problem solving and working within limited time)
Characterization and Stage Presence (how to “become” characters on stage)
Creative Costumes (how to create really creative costumes)
Spontaneous Skills (important skills to use to solve and respond to spontaneous problems)


  • Registration is $10 per team member.  There is no charge for adults. 
  • Please use the button above to register. Once you have finished entering your registration information, you will receive an email with the link to pay for the registration via PayPal.  
  • Registration closes on Wednesday, November 8th.  There will be no on-site registration at the fair!
  • There must be at least one adult on site with the team during the fair.  Team members may split up into different sessions if you prefer to do so.  There will be plenty of adult supervision so the adult from the team will not have to stay with all the team members all day.
  • Once you have registered and paid, 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.  Bring this schedule with you!  Your team members will go straight to their first session when they arrive.  There will be no on-site registration.

For additional information, contact Gail Hemedinger:

2023 Coaches Training Session Recordings

ClassClass Recording
New Coaches Seminar[Session Video]
Returning Coaches Seminar[Session Video]
Problem 1 – Drive-In Movie[Request from the Problem Captain]
Problem 2 – AI-Tech-NO-Art[Request from the Problem Captain]
Problem 3 – Opening Night Antics[Request from the Problem Captain]
Problem 4 – Deep Space Structure[Request from the Problem Captain]
Problem 5 – Rocking World Detour[Request from the Problem Captain]
Primary Problem – The Night Life[Request from the Problem Captain]
Spontaneous[Session Video]
Spontaneous Practice[Session Video]
Style[Session Video]
Secrets of Balsa[Request from the P4 Problem Captain]
Solving a Long Term Problem: Where Does the Team Begin?[Session Video]

NC Eastern Region Tournament Registration – 2024

Start Registration

NCOM Eastern Region Tournament registration is open. 

Registration is $160/team, but we offer an Early Bird discounted fee of $115 if you are registered on or before December 24, 2023.  The registration fee for Primary teams is $25.

The final deadline for registering is January 15, 2024.

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, 2024
  • The School each team member is attending

To register for the tournament:

  1. Click on the “Start Registration” button above to go to the Member Resources page on the Odyssey of the Mind website
  2. Scroll down to the”Member Area & Team Portal Login” area
  3. Sign in with your membership number and zip code
  4. Click on the “Tournament Registration” link
  5. Follow the instructions to register your team

One difference from previous years is that you will not receive an automatic email confirmation of your registration. Therefore, after registering your team, in order to pay the registration fee using a credit card, follow steps 1-4 above and click on the “Pay Now” button next to your team’s registration. If you’d prefer to pay by check, please contact Randy Burton or Lexie Groner to make arrangements.

If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact Randy Burton or Lexie Groner.

Team-provided judges and volunteers, please register using the links below:

Judge Registration
Volunteer Registration

Odyssey Passport Now Available!

Hey OMers!

What do you call a document that keeps track of your Odyssey goals, meetings, gives you tips and general direction, and is the one place that holds all of your team’s information? “The Odyssey Passport”!

The Odyssey Passport was designed to help both novice and seasoned coaches guide their teams through an Odyssey of the Mind season from the first meeting to competition. This detailed passport is an interactive, structured guide that will support you in keeping track of your team meetings, goals, objectives, deadlines, and more. Log into Members Area to get your copy of this wonderful new resource!

Please note that this Passport does not replace the Program Guide and it is not the ONLY way to solve a Long-Term Problem. No matter how closely you follow it, it is your Odyssey!

Spontaneous Tournament – October 14

We are pleased to announce there will be the first ever NC Eastern Region Odyssey of the Mind Spontaneous Tournament on Saturday, October 14, and it will be held at Thales Academy (1201 Granite Falls Boulevard, Rolesville, NC 27571). At this tournament, teams of 3-7 participants will compete in all three spontaneous problem types against teams in their same age division. No Odyssey of the Mind membership is required! This is a great opportunity to introduce the program to interested parents & kids, form a “dream team” from kids who have split into different schools, or even put together a neighborhood or community group for a fun Saturday morning. The cost is $7 per child. 

Use the below link to register your team(s) and read more about tournament details. This year we will limit each competition to the first 10 teams in Division I (grades 2-5) and the first 10 teams in Division II (grades 6-8) that register. 

Division III (high school teams) will not compete this year (we plan to have room next year), but we would still love them to participate as volunteers or judges! If you have a Division III team interested in improving their spontaneous knowledge and skills, email Zoe Hansen ( 


Virtual Coaches Training – 21 October

Coaches Training registration is now closed.
Please contact Randy Burton with any questions.

Odyssey of the Mind Coaches Training will be presented virtually via Zoom

Saturday, October 21, 2023
8:00AM – 1:00PM

Planned Class offerings: 
– New Coaches Seminar
– Returning Coaches Seminar
– P1 – Drive-In Movie
– P2 – AI Tech-NO-Art
– P3 – Opening Night Antics
– P4 – Deep Space Structure
– P5 – Rocking World Detour
– Primary Problem – The Night Life
– Balsa Wood Basics
– What is ‘Style’?
– Solving a Long Term Problem: Where Does the Team Begin?
– Spontaneous
– Spontaneous Practice

Class offerings may change – please see the detailed schedule linked above for the final slate of sessions.

All classes will be offered virtually via Zoom. Zoom links will be emailed prior to the training to the registered attendees. 

Registration on-line is $15.00.