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Membership Registration for a School or Organization
Before a team can register for Odyssey of the Mind, it must be affiliated with a registered Membership, which is typically held by a school or community organization and costs $135. To learn more about Membership Registration, contact the coordinator at your school or sponsoring organization or visit the Odyssey of the Mind headquarters site. For information about starting an Odyssey program in your school or through a community group, see the How to Start an Odyssey Program page.
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Once your school or sponsoring organization has a Membership Number and you have put together a team, you can register your team. Every registered Membership provides for one team per division for each of the five problems, in addition to an unlimited number of Primary teams, under a single Membership Number. If your school or organization desires to have two teams in the same division solving the same problem, the organization must register for a second Membership, which will be assigned a different Membership Number.
Each team must register separately. The registration fee for the Magic Center Region tournament is $150 per Division I, II or III team or $95 per Primary team. Registration will open Oct. 1, 2016, and the deadline to register and pay is Dec. 15, 2016. Teams register online at the FLOMA Registration page, and payment can be made online (a $3 convenience charge is applied to credit card transactions) or by mail to the address shown on the registration site.
All teams must provide a volunteer judge at least 18 years old and a volunteer worker. You will not be able to complete and pay for your team's registration until information about these volunteers is provided. Information about the roles of each is on the How to Help page under Volunteers.
Judges must attend the mandatory training and judge all day during the regional tournament. Training and tournament dates are on the Dates page. The judge will not be able to leave his or her assignment to see other teams perform, so a parent is often not an ideal choice to fill this position.
Workers must cover a shift of usually 2 to 3 hours. Among the many tasks volunteers handle are setting up, staffing the registration table, monitoring doors, running scores to the scoreroom, selling merchandise, controlling traffic and breaking down the site. Shifts are scheduled around your team's long-term performance time, so this role is well suited for a parent.
If your volunteers fail to attend their shift or, in the case of the judge, the mandatory training, the team may incur a penalty.
Where do teams usually find judges and workers? Parents typically volunteer to fill worker roles, but it can be more challenging to find a reliable judge. Some teams find judges among the faculty at their school. Some have a parent who is willing to forgo watching the long-term performance live. Some find a judge through a parent's work or social connections.
Schools with multiple teams might consider working together to approach organizations that provide team volunteer grants (see the Volunteer Grant Programs section on the How to Help page) when groups of employees volunteer together.
Team Registration Checklist
Before you can complete registration and pay for your team, you will need the following information:
* We are requesting parent contact information to facilitate communication. We are asking for employer information because many area companies provide the region monetary grants for the number of volunteer hours its employees provide. Providing these employer names may help the region secure grants that otherwise would be unavailable. Your assistance with our efforts is greatly appreciated!