Coach Training – January

Coach Training and Long Term Problem Review
January 11, 2020​

Check-in and Breakfast:  8:00-8:25
Session 1, Sections A & B:  8:30 – 10:30
Session 2, Problem Review: 10:45 – 12:45​

Location: Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU)
Davis Hall
Parking: Fitch St. Garage and Lot #1, 525 Fitch Street

Session 1, Section A:
Audience: Novice Coaches

  • Everything you need to know to be successful at coaching a team.
  • Important Odyssey of the Mind rules
  • Available Resources
  • Special in-depth session on style coaching with our experienced style judge Paula Daskam
  • Coaching spontaneous with our spontaneous problem captain Dave Schaller

Session 1, Section B:
Audience: Experienced Coaches

  • Q&A session lead by CTOM problem captains
  •  Coaching spontaneous: hands on practice. Be prepared to see what it feels like to be in the hot seat yourself and get insight into how to better prepare your teams for spontaneous competition.

Session 2 with CTOM Problem Captains
Audience: All Coaches

  • Review the spirit of the problem
  • Go over how to read the problem. Questions will be noted and direction on how to file a clarification will be provided if needed
  • Review scoring elements
  • Review required paperwork for the problem
  • Review of competition space layout
  • Retrieval of scores at problem competition site
  • Expected behavior of teams, coaches and parents at competition and potential for penalties
  • What are the judges looking for? (Divergent thinking, creativity and teamwork)
  • What is success?  The development of a team and the enjoyment of the program – not necessarily going to Worlds

Full schedule of events can be found here. (2018 schedule for reference)