Omer Guider for Parents

Parents are a huge support to an Odyssey team! Everyone wants the team to have the best possible experience. Yet sometimes, it’s hard to know how you can help or when to step back and be a silent observer. Check out the handout below. Maybe it will bring some clarity to the Odyssey journey.

Omer Parent-Guidelines

What is Outside Assistance?


We never want kid’s safety compromised due to a child wanting to use the same power tools as Mom or Dad. However, kids will often see what adults can do, such as using power tools, and will want their Mom or Dad to use the power tools for them. Keep in mind this constitutes Outside Assistance and the team will likely receive a penalty. Talk to your coach to find guidance for the kids acquiring new skill. Ask the right questions such as, “What other materials can you use? How else can you build it?” to help them learn to be resourceful within their abilities. Remember… the solution for the problem is TEAM created. The team will amaze you with their solution.

Tournament Etiquette

California Odyssey of the Mind is very fortunate to have the support of school districts through the generous use of schools for tournaments. As guests, it is important to remind each other to be respectful of their property and be good role models. Clean up after teams, even if it is not your team. Park were parking is indicated to be acceptable. Clean up make up from the bathrooms. Use the walkways. Be kind to people and place.

Support the Program

California Odyssey of the Mind is a volunteer organization that is here to support the program of creative thinking and the future generations of creators and leaders. These students need support from all of us. If you would like to help here are a few ways you can do that or think “outside of the box” and let us know how you would like to help.

How to support the program:

  • Donate funds to the California Odyssey of the Mind by clicking on the donation button on this website.

  • If you know a company that would like to support the program please contact our regional director, who will be happy to assist you.

  • Volunteer at regional and state tournaments.

  • Judge at regional and state tournaments.