It’s Tournament Registration Time!

Has your team registered for the Regional tournament yet?  All Coaches & Coordinators were emailed a registration packet in December.  If you coach a team and haven’t received a packet, please contact us ASAP!

Early registration ($70 per team) ends January 8th.
Late registration ($95 per team) ends January 22nd.
These costs don’t include state fees, which are an additional $75 per membership.

Keep in mind that every competing team must supply a volunteer judge, but that person doesn’t need to register at the same time as your team.

Judges should register here.

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Coming Soon: Spont Day!

The LA Basin region hosts an annual event dedicated to practicing Spontaneous.  Over the course of the day, teams will solve 8 problems and receive valuable feedback.  Problems are facilitated by our region’s own coaches and parents, making this a unique learning experience for all participants!

Here’s how it works…

Each team that registers will be assigned a Spont problem.  It is the coach’s (or a designated parent’s) responsibility to practice that problem several times with their team.  On Spont Day, that coach/parent should bring sufficient materials to run their assigned problem a total of 8 times.  While their team visits other stations, the coach/parent will run their assigned problem for 8 teams from other schools.

A coach is welcome to travel with their team from station to station, as long as a designated parent is available to run their assigned problem.  It’s required that this person has practiced this problem with their team prior to attending Spont Day.

While the students practice Spont, we’ll hold some fun and informative parent workshops.  We invite parents and other family members to attend these sessions.  We also ask that parents provide snacks for a scheduled break in the teams’ day.  (Some food will be available for purchase.)

This year’s Spont Day will be held on December 13th at Wise School.

Spont Day Schedule
12:00 – 1:00 — Arrival & setup
1:00 – 1:15 — Opening ceremony
1:30 – 3:00 — Teams solve 5 problems / Parents attend workshops
3:00 – 3:20 — Snack break
3:20 – 4:20 — Teams solve 3 problems / Parents may observe teams
4:30 – 5:00 — Closing ceremony/wrap-up

Registration for this event ended November 25th at 6pm.

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Critical Dates

Important dates, deadlines and locations below.  Mark your calendars now!

Logo contest submissions:  November 13, 2015

Spont Day registration deadline: November 25, 2015

Spont Day:  December 13, 2015 @ Wise Elementary School, Los Angeles

Tournament registration deadline:  January 8, 2016 (accepted until January 22 with late fee)

Judges registration deadline:  January 22, 2016

Judges training:  February 20, 2016 @ Village Glen School, Sherman Oaks
(All judges must attend training.)

LA Basin Regional Tournament:  February 27, 2016 @ San Marino High School

CA State Tournament:  April 2, 2016 @ UC Riverside

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Logo Contest

The annual logo contest is on!  The winning submission will be featured on the official 2016 LA Basin regional t-shirts as well as our Regional Tournament program.  We invite all interested team members to submit a design.

Shirts will be for sale during team registration and at the Regional Tournament.  The winning design will earn free t-shirts for their entire team, including the coach (and co-coaches) listed on the regional registration form.  They’ll also get credit on the shirt itself and associated bragging rights.

So teams, set your creativity loose!

Your problem is to design a logo for the LA Basin Region.  The following limitations apply to all submissions.

  1. Only team members may submit designs.
  2. This does not have to be a collaborative effort — the design may be produced by one or more members of a team.
  3. Designs may be produced on a computer or by hand and then scanned.
  4. Designs do NOT have to be production ready.  We will process the winning submission into a high quality graphic.
  5. The design is limited to one background color (the color of the shirt) and two ink colors.
  6. This year’s design theme is KNOW Outside Assistance.
  7. Text should be kept to a minimum, as the image is most important.  However, each design MUST include the
    following:
    –The phrase “LA Odyssey
    –The year “2016

Designs are due November 13th, 2015, at 6:00pm.  They should be submitted via email to
laootm.create@gmail.com.

The winner will be revealed at Spont Day (December 13th) and then announced online.

Have fun and be creative!

Please note:  Questions about these limitations will not be answered.  The Regional Board reserves the right to make minor modifications to the winning design (color, size, etc.).

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