The Latest NCOM - Eastern Region News

2019-2020 Long-Term Problem Synopses

World Finals Announcements

Click above for Virtual World Finals 2020 information and registration link

A brief message from Odyssey of the Mind's Executive Director, Sammy Micklus, regarding changes to 2020 World Finals.

Our goal is to provide teams with a safe opportunity to perform and display the extraordinary solutions that they've worked so hard on. To do this, all teams that participated this year will be eligible to submit a Long-Term Problem solution video and supporting documentation. The rules and process for this 2020 Virtual World Finals will be announced and registration opened on April 1st . (No joke!)

Team performance submissions are currently planned to be accepted until May 15th. We understand that public health guidelines and school closures may make this difficult or impractical, so the cutoff date may be extended if circumstances require it. Teams should continue to follow all appropriate public health guidelines during this submission period.

We know that you will have many questions and we'll do our best to answer them as promptly as possible, but we also ask for your patience until April 1st when much more information will be available.

Cards for a Comeback

Two brothers from an NC Eastern Region team have been busy using their creative problem solving skills to help out in Moore County, NC. Check out for a wonderful way they are supporting their local community. As you are able, purchase local restaurant gift cards and regift them to friends and neighbors in need where you live. Everybody wins!

Now, "Team, Begin!!"


Tournament Information
Divisions 1, 2, 3, & Primary

March 7
Wakefield High School and Middle School

Tournament Scores

Prob. 1
Longshot Solution
  Prob. 2
Net Working
  Prob. 3
The Effective Detective
  Prob. 4
Balsa Limbo
  Prob. 5
Gibberish or Not
Div II
Div I
Div II
Div I
Div II
Div I
Div II
Div I
Div II
Search Scores
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Primary Problem Schedule Updated 3/1

Coaches and Coordinators:

Two helpful documents are available to help you in forming and managing teams.

Please take a look!

OotM Team Formation Common Considerations and Procedures
Administrative Timeline for OotM Coordinators and Coaches

Important Dates for Teams and Coaches

February 22, 2020 Judges Training - Duke TIP (300 Fuller St., Durham, NC 27701)
March 7, 2020 Eastern Region Primary Tournament - Wakefield HS & MS
March 7, 2020 Eastern Region Div. I, II, III Tournament - Wakefield HS & MS
March 21, 2020 NCOM State Finals - NC A&T University
May 27-30, 2020 World Finals - Iowa State University

Important Dates for NCOM-E Board Members

February 12, 2020 Eastern Region Board Meeting - 7PM

Additional NCOM-E Supporters Needed!
The Eastern Region board is actively recruiting for additional supporters. No prerequisites necessary. All that is needed is a willingness to serve the children of the Eastern Region and the desire to attend and contribute to the board meetings. Please join us at our next board meeting (see "Important Dates" above for the schedule)!

Odyssey of the Mind Awareness Sessions
Awareness sessions can be provided to schools who are new to Odyssey of the Mind. Sessions can be given to staff, students, parents, PTAs, etc. The sessions last approximately 75 minutes and include a video, powerpoint presentation, sample problems, and Q&A. Contact Tom Hansen for more information.

Regional Director
If you have any items which should be added to the agenda for our next regional board meeting, or if you would like more information, please contact regional director Tom Hansen (

Recent Updates:


Added Virtual World Finals 2020 information/registration link


Added "Cards for a Comeback" information


Added World Finals Announcement Video


Added statement regarding the cancellation of the NCOM State Tournament


Added statement regarding the status of the State Tournament


Added tournament scores

Recent Newsletters and Emails
4 Apr 2020 - Email (World Finals)
4 Mar 2020 - Email
2 Mar 2020 - Newsletter
20 Feb 2020 - Email
1 Feb 2020 - Newsletter
19 Jan 2020 - Email
1 Jan 2020 - Newsletter
1 Dec 2019 - Newsletter
22 Nov 2019 - Email
20 Nov 2019 - Email
10 Nov 2019 - Email
7 Nov 2019 - Email
1 Nov 2019 - Newsletter

Resources for Coaches


2019-2020 Program Guide

OotM International Links:
OotM State & Regional Links:
Other Helpful Links:

World Finals 2002 Scores