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Magic Center Region offers training sessions to help coaches and teams prepare. Please visit the Magic Center Region website and click on the Dates tab for cost information and to register. Registration and pre-payment (if applicable) are mandatory.
Wednesday, Sept. 30 — Coaches Introductory Workshop, 6-8 p.m., Princeton Elementary School
Wednesday, Oct. 14 — Coaches Spontaneous Workshop, 6-9 p.m., Princeton Elementary School
Saturday, Oct. 17 — Spontaneous Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Lee Middle School
Saturday, Nov. 14 — Spontaneous Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Lee Middle School
Saturday, Dec. 19 — Spontaneous Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Lee Middle School
Saturday, Jan. 9 — Spontaneous Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Lee Middle School

Thursday, Oct. 1 — Team registration opens
Tuesday, Dec. 15 — Deadline to register and pay for the Magic Center Regional Tournament
Saturday, Feb. 6 — 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., MANDATORY Judges Training, Edgewater High School
Saturday, Feb. 6 — 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., MANDATORY Coaches Meeting, Edgewater High School
Saturday, Feb. 27 — Magic Center Regional Tournament, all day, Edgewater High School
Friday, Apr. 8 — 7 p.m., Coaches Meeting, UCF (for teams competing at State)
Saturday, Apr. 9 — Florida Odyssey of the Mind Tournament, all day, UCF
May 25-28
— Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, Iowa State University

Workshops, Workshops, Workshops!

    If your team plans to attend an upcoming spontaneous workshop, remember that your team's spot is not secured until:

  1. You complete the online registration form
  2. You submit payment either via the Square Cash app or through the mail
  3. You receive a text or email confirmation letting you know that your payment has been received
     Several coaches who have completed their team's online registration for the Oct. 17 spontaneous workshop — for which spots are still available — have not yet paid and are not confirmed. Coaches: We urge you to sign up and pay today to ensure your team gets this valuable training. Coordinators: Please forward this email to your coaches AND email us a list of your coaches' names and email addresses so we can add anyone new to the mailing list. Until we have their email addresses, you are our only way of reaching coaches.
     ALSO: Don't forget about the free Coaches Introductory Workshop this Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Princeton Elementary School.
     The column at the left of this update lists upcoming training dates and other deadlines.

Team Registration Opening Soon

     If your team's sponsoring school or organization has registered for a membership — which is now the case for an impressive 39 schools or organizations in the Magic Center Region — you will be able to register your team at the Florida Odyssey of the Mind site starting this Thursday, Oct. 1.
     As a heads-up to new teams and a reminder to returning teams, each team must provide both a volunteer judge and a volunteer worker for the regional competition, and you must provide their' information before you can complete the registration process.
     Judge: The judge must attend the mandatory judges training on Feb. 6 and be on site to judge all day during the regional tournament. The judge will NOT be able to leave his or her assignment to see the team perform, so a parent often is not the ideal choice. For a few suggestions about where to find a judge, see the Register page.
     Worker: The worker must complete a shift of usually 2 to 3 hours. Among the many tasks workers handle are to set up, staff the registration table, monitor doors, run scores, sell merchandise, control traffic and break down the site. Shifts are scheduled around your team's long-term competition time, so this role is ideal for a parent.
     All teams MUST provide these volunteers, and if they fail to attend their shift or, in the case of the judge, the training, the team may incur a penalty.

Inspiration Station

     We came across two great sources of inspiration recently. The first is the "Odyssey of the Mind: Creativity in the Classroom" blog post from Lindsay Elliott, a third-grade teacher at Sweetwater Episcopal Academy in Longwood. Read it. The wisdom overflows!
     The second is a great 53-second video from Duck brand duct tape. The message (minus the "help from Dad" part, of course) is at the very heart of what Odyssey is all about.

New Clarification

     If you're not following us in social media, you might not know that a clarification for Problem 2 already has been posted.
     To make sure you're among the first to know when clarifications are posted, deadlines are coming up or other news is going on in the Odysseysphere (try saying that five times fast!), first follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter by clicking on the icons below. Once you have liked our Facebook page, you can ensure you don't miss our posts by clicking the down arrow next to the Liked button and checking "Get Notifications" and/or "See First."
     On Instagram, our goal is to share photos — ours and those that you DM to us — of all things Odyssey. Expect that account to grow as the Odyssey season progresses.

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