Category: Tips for Coaches Tuesday
The most important thing with brainstorming is to let ideas flow and the wilder the better. Try using a white board to write down all ideas and then transfer them to a note book or word document. Some of the best stuff that kids use later may come out of these sessions. Your role as a coach is to record it all and provide guidance on how to record the info, not what to record. Later in the season, teams will forget some of the coolest things they thought of earlier, but if they can go back through the notes they will locate some awesome ideas.
Team building comes in all shapes and sizes. Start slow with ice breakers, then increase the activity’s interaction among team members as they become more comfortable with each other. Some will involve the entire team, some will have the group split into two, some will be sharing their talents and even their dislikes. Team building doesn’t happen overnight, but with fun activities that teach the kids to appreciate the strengths in each other, a team can learn to work together. Hint: Spontaneous problems are great team building activities 🙂 Check out this link for team building activities for kids http://online.brescia.edu/social-w…/team-building-exercises/
As a coach, read the problem and make sure you have a basic understanding of Section A (Creative Emphasis and Spirit of), Section B (Limitations), Section D (Scoring) and Section F (Style). If you see your team getting off course you can ask probing questions—Does anyone remember the creative emphasis of the problem? Would you like to review the character and see if the team’s idea meets the required guidelines? What will the judges be scoring?
Once your team has decided upon a problem, give each member a copy of the problem that can be placed in an Odyssey folder. Each member can keep her ideas and make notes during meetings, and throughout the week to bring to meetings. While the level of note taking may vary according to age and skill level, this is a great development exercise for all age groups and often reference material can be located here, where often it is lost in the moment. This will work better for some kids than others, but for those it does, they are on their way to developing an excellent organizational skill set. For very young teams, the coach can keep the materials in a safe place.
Tips for Coaches Tuesday: No matter how many years you have coached, there is usually something new and different each year. Maybe it is how Spontaneous is scored, maybe it is the difference between direct and indirect propulsion. While you may be an experienced coach, there is always something to be gained by attending training, even if it is just a refresher of the fundamentals you may have forgotten or a new tip from another experienced coach.
Training is a must! There is so much to learn about Odyssey of the Mind and we want to help you get off on the right foot. All coaches are required to attend training and 1st year coaches will join a webinar the week prior so the half day session is all experiential.