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School/organization memberships:                 61
Registered teams:         151
     Problem 1:  29
     Problem 2:  24
     Problem 3:  22
     Problem 4:  22
     Problem 5:  40
     Primary:     14


Friday, Jan. 31 — Deadline extended for tournament program ads
Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. — MANDATORY Coaches Meeting, Edgewater High School
Saturday, Feb. 6, 8 a.m.-
4 p.m. — MANDATORY Judges Training, Edgewater High School
Friday, Feb. 12 — Deadline to submit Magic Center
T-shirt pre-orders
Monday, Feb. 15 — Deadline to submit team-specific clarifications
Saturday, Feb. 27, all day — Magic Center Regional Tournament, all day, Edgewater High School
Friday, Apr. 8 — Coaches Meeting at UCF (for teams competing at State)
Saturday, Apr. 9 — Florida Odyssey of the Mind Tournament, all day, UCF
Wednesday-Saturday, May 25-28 — Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, Iowa State University

Magic Center Region welcomes sponsors to help us produce the regional tournament and provide scholarships for teams to compete in the regional tournament or World Finals. If you have contacts who might be interested in partnering with us, please share the 2016 Sponsorship Package with them and let us know how to get in touch. We will waive the state tournament registration fee for any advancing team that helps us secure a sponsorship — monetary or in-kind — of at least $500.

Magic Center T-Shirt Pre-Orders

     We are taking pre-orders for Magic Center T-shirts. Cost is $12 for youth sizes S-XL and adult sizes S-XL or $15 for adult sizes 2X-3X. To order, complete the online order form, then bring payment (check made payable to FLOMA or credit card) to the Feb. 6 coaches meeting OR send checks to Anna Long, 5633 Donnelly Cir., Orlando, FL 32821.
     The pre-order form must be submitted and the payment received by Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.
     Pre-orders will be available in a designated pickup area at the tournament so those who pre-ordered won't have to wait.

General Clarifications

     As those of you who follow us on Facebook know, Problem 2 teams had FOUR new general clarifications posted recently. Be sure your teams regularly check the Odyssey of the Mind Problem Clarifications page, as teams are responsible for ensure their solutions comply!
     Also, when in doubt about ANYTHING in the problem, teams should submit a team-specific clarification by going to the Problem Clarifications page, clicking on the name of their long-term problem, entering their member number and ZIP code, and clicking "Log in." Clarification requests should be very detailed.
     We have received word that there will be many issues with certain problems this year due to the complexity and subjectivity of the interpretation of the elements. To avoid problems, ask for clarifications. Making assumptions often does not turn out well. The deadline to submit team-specific clarifications is Feb. 15, 2016.

Forms, Forms, Forms

     Your teams should find all the forms they need to prepare for the tournament on the Forms or Coach Zone/Forms page. Make sure they give themselves time to tackle the paperwork!

Judge Training

     All judges in the database will be hearing from the Problem Captains early next week.
     Before that email goes out, coaches will be copied on an email that will go out from Anna to ALL judges this weekend to check that all judges are receiving emails. Coaches should check with their judges upon receiving this email to ensure they also received it. If they did not, then the email information was entered incorrectly and the coach must contact Anna to make the correction.
     As a reminder, the MANDATORY training will be held Saturday, February 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Edgewater High School in Orlando. Refer to the campus map for the location of the Cafe, where all judges and coaches will check in, and parking areas. (NOTE: An updated version of the map with problem sites will be posted in the weeks ahead.)
     Teams with no-show judges may be assessed a $100 penalty and/or up to 100 penalty points.

Mandatory Coaches Meeting

     At least one coach per team, or alternately one coach per membership, must attend the MANDATORY coaches meeting on Saturday, February 6, from 8 a.m. to noon at Edgewater High School in Orlando. Coaches attending for more than one team are responsible for providing that information at check-in.
     Teams may be assessed a $100 penalty and/or up to 100 penalty points for a no-show coach or coach's representative.

Program Ads

     The deadline for placing team photo ads or business ads in the 2016 Magic Center Region Tournament program has been extended through Sunday, Jan. 31. The cost is $100 for a quarter-page ad; $200 for a half-page ad; and $300 for a full-page ad. Ads are black and white, and the size and orientation specifications are in the Regional Tournament Program Advertisement Sizes document on the Forms page. Ads must be camera ready and emailed to Anna Long. Payment can follow.

Creative Hats

     Don't forget to put on your thinking cap to come up with a hair-raising headpiece for the Creative Hat Contest.
     Coaches and parents are encouraged to help with the contest entries, which can be turned in with the contest entry form at the regional tournament.


Flash Mob

     The link to the Flash Mob choreography is currently broken, but the plans are still on. Keep checking the Regional Tourney page, where we will repost the video when our technical issues have been resolved. Once you see it there again, keep on practicing!

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