T-Shirt Update

If your team pre-ordered our Odyssey of the Mind T-shirts, we regret that they have not come in yet.  We have been assured that they are on their way, but once they reach our t-shirt coordinator’s house, they must be sorted and bagged for teams.  Coaches may pick up the t-shirts of their team members on the day of the event.  They will be kept behind the concessions area.  Our t-shirt coordinator, Kathleen Machan, will be around to make sure they are distributed to teams.  We are very sorry we could not have them available for pick up ahead of time.

Forms, Forms, Forms!

Forms, forms, forms!!!
1. All coaches need an emergency form for each member of their team in the event that something happens and their parent isn’t there.  (Fairfax County Public Schools require you to have these.)

2. All coaches of competitive teams (Problems 1-5) need:

   a. style forms (4 copies-one for each judge)

   b. required list, except problem 4 (4 copies-one for each judge)

   c.  cost form

   d. outside assistance form

COACHES:   All of the forms listed above can be accessed by going to the Resources tab on this website!  Keep a copy of all the above forms in case your team wins and qualifies for the state competition.  We do not keep these for you, and many teams have had to recreate them because they didn’t keep a copy.


Primary Teams

All Primary teams will compete in Quander in rooms just off the cafeteria. Volunteers at the Primary registration table will let them know which specific room when they check in.

Registration for the Nova East Regional Meet is Closed

Registration was to be done the week of January 11th, and we certainly accepted latecomers who were having problems registering or finding judges for the last couple of weeks; however, now we must close it.

We have an inordinate number of teams registered for Problem 5, and we simply can’t accommodate any more with the number of judges we have.   I apologize if you have teams who have not registered yet, but are in danger of jeopardizing the integrity of the event by accepting more teams that we simply can no longer accommodate.

 Any Extra Judges Would Be Appreciated!

 We are currently setting up the meet with fewer judges than normal.  Although we require each team to register one volunteer judge, we also rely on other volunteers who come forward to judge unaffiliated with a team.  We have less of those folks this year, and could really use some additional folks.  If you know anyone who can come on Feb. 11th and March 4th, and is willing to judge, please call in the favor.  Thanks!



Want an Odyssey T-shirt?  Orders are due to Kathleen Machan this Friday.  Here’s the order form:  order-form

A limited number will be on sale at the regional meet, but pre-ordering is the only way to be sure you have this wonderful souvenir.  The shirts are black with a “Time” theme this year.  Don’t miss out!


Judges should be receiving their information about the upcoming training by the week of January 29th.  Please have your judges check their SPAM folders if they don’t receive information by Wednesday, Feb. 1st.  The email will have details about the training on Feb. 11th, a copy of the problem they will be judging, plus a test (and answers) so they can prepare for their role. If judges’ don’t receive an email from their problem captain by Feb. 1st, please let us know so we can help get them their information prior to training.


We’re still looking for volunteers to help us on the day of competition!  Remember — one volunteer must be provided for every 3 teams from a school.  Any volunteers can sign up here:  Volunteer Registration