Coaches Training Online: This year, all coaches trainings will be online. ALL coaches, experienced or new, are required to go through the Virtual training this fall. The coach training this year is broken into several small parts:
Memberships: Big changes – two types of memberships this year! During the current conditions, creativity is needed now more than ever. The Odyssey Program, both internationally, and here in California, is adapting to let teams safely take on this year’s new long-term problem challenges. There are now two types of memberships that teams can use to participate in Odyssey this year: Traditional, and Virtual. The details about these new memberships can be found at the national website, or the SoCal association’s page about memberships (super-helpful!).
Virtual Membership Tournament Procedures from HQ: This information posted by Odyssey of the Mind HQ gives step by step instructions for registering for an online tournament and creating and submitting the video of the problem solution. Please keep in mind that these are the basic steps for the procedures and additional steps maybe added. Virtual Tournament Procedures
Online Modules – fast! : A short welcome video, then an online course. The online course can be completed in one sitting or can be broken up into smaller chunks. Completing all the modules should take about an hour. Click HERE to take the course. Once there and your did not participate last season, click on Coastal Region to sign up!
If you are returning, 3+ seasons and took the online course last season there is a NEW experienced coaches modules that has new information for the season and tips in areas of interest for experience coaches. Once you have gone to the train site and signed in click on Experienced.
Live Webinar: After completing the online courses, attend a webinar that goes more in depth about the Odyssey program components. These webinars, approx. 2 hours in length will be presented by experienced Odyssey people from across the SoCal Association. There will be separate sessions for new and experienced coaches. There are 4 dates to choose from. Look for these dates on the events calendar.
GREAT videos about coaching virtually: Our NorCal Association Director and the SoCal Association Director have created several short videos that can help you with “distance coaching,” such as scriptwriting, prop creation, virtual spontaneous, and much more. Check out these videos called Creative Journey Tools.
*Information adapted from Redwood Odyssey.