2017 State Tournament

Page last updated 1/3/2017

This year tournament will take place on Saturday, March 18 2017

Location:  Southern Connecticut State University


Prop Drop signs: New Prop drop signs. The sign design will be NYC styled subway signs. A large circle with the problem number (so know your number and color):

P1 Purple
P2 Blue
P3 Green
P4 Orange
P5 Red
P   Violet

Updates: This page will be updated with info right up to competition start. Check it just before you leave for competition for latest update.

Program information:

Welcome to the 36th Annual Connecticut Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament! Our hosts are the administration, faculty and staff of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU).

The CTOM Board of Directors, problem captains and judging teams are excited to have the chance to witness the results of what you have created, brainstormed, practiced, tested, designed and redesigned, built and rebuilt!

This web page has all the information you need to plan your tournament day.  Please share this information with any parents and friends who will be attending the tournament.


  • CTOM Tournament Program
  • Schedules, site locations and registration procedures
  • Directions to SCSU
  • Campus map and prop drop-off locations
  • All Policies, including Chaperone, Tribunal, Conduct and Trademark Usage
  • Photo Bomb CTOM!
  • Free admission for parents, friends and guests!
  • CTOM Market Place – What’s for sale?
  • Donations to CTOM, a certified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization
  • Food and Fun
  • Closing Ceremonies
  • Getting your scores
  • Scoring Room – why it takes so long to start closing ceremonies
  • Paperwork
  • New England weather
  • World Finals coach meeting
  • Comments – what went right and what can we improve upon

CTOM Tournament Program

Our 2017 CTOM Tournament Program will be published in March.


Starting times for long-term and spontaneous will be published in March.  Please plan on being on campus at least one half hour before your earliest time.

Registration at competition

Problem Registration Location
Problem 1: Catch Us If You Can
Problem 2: Odd-a-Bot
Problem 3: Classics… It’s Time, OMER
Problem 4: Ready, Set, Balsa, Build!
Problem 5: To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger
Primary: Movin’ Out!

Long-Term Problems – Locations

See the 2017 Competition Map (to be published in March 2017) for Competition Sites and Prop-drop Locations:

Problem  Competition Location
 Problem 1: Catch Us If You Can
 Problem 2: Odd-a-Bot
 Problem 3: Classics… It’s Time, OMER
 Problem 4: Ready, Set, Balsa, Build!
 Problem 5: To Be Continued:
A Superhero Cliffhanger
 Primary: Movin’ Out!

Spontaneous Competition Site and Check-in Procedure

Follow signs to the Spontaneous check in area.  Please note, only teams and coaches permitted.

  • Sign in at the Spontaneous registration desk (Follow signs). Teams will then be directed to the holding room.
  • Once the team is escorted to the competition room, the coach will wait for the team’s return in the debriefing room.

Changing Rooms

Back by popular demand!  Team members may change into their costumes in clean and spacious dedicated classrooms instead of crowding into restrooms!

Girls Changing Room –  (location TBD)
Boys Changing Room –  (location TBD)


We are collecting pictures for our annual CTOM slide show, so strike a pose, show off your creative powers, and make our teams laugh! We collect pictures during the year and during competition day. If you would like to have your team included, please send photos of your team in action to photos@ctom.org. We will accept photos until 2:00 p.m. on competition day. More information and legal terms can be found Photo-Bomb page!

Paper Work

Check the Program Guide and your long term problem – bring the required number of copies of the following for your problem. Check the special problem instructions for any additional requirements from your Problem Captain. Be sure to keep extra copies of your paperwork in case your team goes to Worlds! Here are the forms needed:

  • Style forms – All style forms have the same format and scoring structure (4 style elements and 1 overall style element).  Each problem has different style elements scored. Usually 2 selected for you in the long term problem and 2 free choice of the team. Refer to your long term problem scoring section and program guide for additional details.
  • Cost Forms – All cost forms have the same format but may have different amounts allocated depending on the problem. Refer to your long term problem and program guide for additional details.
  • Additional paperwork – Some long term problems require additional paperwork – check your problem for details
  • Clarifications – Any clarification that is relevant for your team’s problem
  • Outside Assistance Form
  • Note:  Hold on to copies of all of these forms, for possible use at world finals!

Special Problem Instructions: 

If necessary, each problem captain will provide special instructions specific to each problem. Refer to your problem page here:

Directions and Parking

  • Address: SCSU
  • Parking: Parking is free. Park in only designated parking lots and spaces. Do not park on any grassy areas, or on the athletic fields. Handicapped parking is available at all locations on campus. Please try to carpool as parking will be limited. Factor in time to walk from parking to buildings in planning your arrival time.
  • Watch for directional signs outside the buildings.
  • REMINDER – do not park or leave your car unattended at the drop off sites.
  • After dropping off props all cars should be moved to an approved parking space.

Getting Your Scores

Every effort is made to keep the day’s schedule moving and on time.  Coaches: your team’s scores can be picked up at your performance site, if you provided a judge or paid the no-judge fee.  Each performance area will post team names and member numbers when scores are ready.  At this point, you can meet with the Head Judge to receive your scores and performance comments.  If you do not retrieve your scores, they will be available upon request. All scores will be posted at ctom.org on Sunday.

Participation Certificate

A participation certificate identifying this year’s problems and pins and acknowledging the efforts and creativity of your team members can be printed here (link to be provided in March 2017).  Please note, in our efforts towards a “paperless” registration experience, we will not be providing hard copies of these certificates on the day of the tournament.

CTOM Policies

Please review the CTOM Policy Guide and discuss with your teams.  Questions should be referred to our Association Director.

Free Admission

Good news – there will be no admission charge this year! In the past we charged $5.00.  Please bring your family, friends, teachers and your school administrators to cheer on your team.  We welcome any and all donations to help defray the cost.  Donations will be accepted at the CTOM Market Place, or can be made at ctom.org using the donation button.  Thank you!

The CTOM Market Place

Open from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Cafeteria & Closing Ceremony
Credit cards accepted for merchandise!!!

CTOM 2017 Commemorative Tournament Tee shirts – $15
CTOM 2017 State Tournament Pin Set –
CTOM 2017 World Final Pin –
CTOM Tee shirts – $15
CTOM Tote Bags – $5
CTOM Lanyards $5

Drawing for the annual World Finals Pin Towel

Tickets for our annual pin towel raffle can be claimed at the CTOM Market Place.   Please fill out your name and phone number and place in the bucket at the merchandise table.  The drawing will be held at the closing ceremonies

Payment for Merchandise and Donations
We will happily take cash, credit cards or personal checks made out to CTOM, Inc.

Food, Food, Food

Details to be published in March 2017.

Scoring Room

At the end of the day, we need time for the last teams to pick up their scores and meet with the Head Judge or Problem Captain. We double check the scores for errors. We take this part of our job very seriously and have a dedicated team which works hard to make sure that the results are correct.  Thank you in advance for your patience awaiting the start of our closing ceremonies.

Closing Ceremonies

Closing ceremonies will be held in starting around 4:30 p.m. with special entertainment (location TBD). We ask that coaches sit with their teams, parents, siblings and guests. We know that it is a long day and ask for your help in encouraging the students to calm down and unwind.  Beginning around 5:30, winning teams will be called up to receive their medals from the Problem Captains and then return to their seats.

We will award medals to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams.  Omer and Ranatra Fusca Awards will be given out after the team medals. First place and second place as well as long-term and individual Ranatra Fusca Award winners will receive invitations to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals which will be held at Michigan State University, May 24 – 27, 2017 .  Again this year we will present the Jill Riggles Award for Excellence in Spontaneous to the teams who earn the highest score in the spontaneous portion of the tournament.  Please try to stay for the entire ceremony out of respect for your town, your school and your fellow competitors. 

Entertainment: (TBD)

Reminder:   No food or drink will be allowed in closing ceremonies venue.  Ushers will ask you to finish your food/beverage prior to entering the closing ceremonies.

World Finals Meeting

After closing ceremonies, World Finals coaches should gather at the front of the stage to receive World Finals packets of information.  There will be a mandatory planning meeting for coaches of teams selected to go to World Finals following the competition. Check the events menu for the date and time of this meeting.  Details are available here.

If you are a third place team, please hold on to your props and costumes in case a team ahead of you is unable to go to World Finals.

New England Weather

In case of inclement weather, a message will be posted here and also on FaceBook with any changes to our schedule.


We welcome your comments on your team’s experience at tournament and at all of our training activities. Please let us know what went right as well as what went wrong and your suggestions on how to improve our program.  A survey will be sent to all coaches after tournament.

Thanks to each of you for participating in this incredible program! Enjoy your day at the 36th Annual Connecticut State Finals.

Association Director

Phone: 500-CTOM  – AreaCode: 570