Arizona Odyssey of the Mind

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Latest News

February 13, 2020 – Structure Rule Clarification

The limbo rules have been further clarified.  Please see below.

  • Guidelines for the Balsa Limbo Bar are now available for teams and officials.  Actual construction of the bar may vary between tournaments but these guidelines will be consistent. This document was updated on Feb 11, removing the second limbo bar at the 1/2″ height. There is now only a single limbo bar, set at the team’s chosen height.
  • C3 – Must not be able to pass under a 1/2″ bar:  The test of the structure to verify the minimum height of 1/2 inch in limbo form will take place during Weigh-In, not during the performance time.

At weigh in the team will first have their structure in the weight holding position.   After the structure is weighed and measured, then the team will place their structure in the limbo position and the judge will check that the limbo structure is the required minimum  ½ inch by sliding to the limbo ½ and knocking off the limbo stick.

Then the team puts their structure back into weight held position and into the bag or container.

When the team is in staging they will tell the staging judge what height they want the limbo bar set.

When the team performs they will limbo their structure and can re-limbo for better scores by telling the judges on the performance floor.

October 8, 2019 – Northern Region Director Update

The Northern Region Director Position is still currently open.  With no director, there will be no Northern Region Tournament this year.  The Arizona Odyssey of the Mind Board has again approved the following solution for Northern teams in 2020.

  • Northern teams that register for tournament will go straight to the State Tournament on March 28, 2020 at Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson.
  • EXCEPTION to this is in the event that there are more than 2 teams in a specific problem/division.  Those teams will be required to attend the Central Region Tournament on February 29, 2020 at Tolleson High School in Tolleson.  Those teams will only be competing against the other Northern teams with the first & second place teams advancing to the State Tournament.
  • Teams who do not need to attend a regional tournament but would like the experience are welcomed to compete at the Central Region Tournament.  Please notify Deana Wingate, Central Region Director, by January 20, 2020 of your intentions to do so.
  • All teams attending the Central Region Tournament will need to supply a judge volunteer for the Central Region Tournament.  Judges training will be Saturday, February 15, 2020 at P.H. Gonzales Elementary School in Tolleson.  Please note that this training is at a different location than the tournament.

March 12, 2018 – AZ Odyssey of the Mind Scholarship Opportunity

Calling all graduating seniors!  Please check out this Arizona Odyssey of the Mind Senior Scholarship application; due March 15, 2018. Don’t wait, it’s right around the corner!

March 1, 2018 – Central Region Tournament Road Closure

The City of Tolleson will be having a Mariachi Festival on March 3rd. Van Buren will be closed between 91st Ave to 94th Ave. See below for alternate directions.

Please come south off of the 1 10 on 99th Avenue (Exit 133A). Head south on 99th Avenue to W. Pierce St. Turn east (left) on W. Pierce St. to 95th Avenue. Turn north (left) onto 95th Avenue. The school entrance is on the right.

January 27, 2018 – State Tournament Information

This year’s State Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson.  Further information regarding the state tournament will be provided as we approach the date.

February 22, 2017 –  Structure Team Internet Research and Other Outside Assistance Precautions:

The Internet is a great tool for learning basic concepts of engineering and building.  To some degree, the Internet levels the playing field for those teams who might not have access to experts in the field. Additionally, Internet resources, such as YouTube, do not explain how to solve the current problem; they just provide information that otherwise might be passed down from team to team in a particular program but not be readily available to teams in programs without that history. One of the goals of Odyssey is to foster research skills and online sources are included in that purpose. Teams should research the basic information just as they might learn to use a sewing machine by watching tutorials about how to sew and then apply those skills to develop their solution to the current year’s problems.

Teams are cautioned not to post pictures or video of their solutions to the current problems as this could create an outside assistance issue.

New this year: At tournaments, the only people who will be able to take pictures or video a performance will be team identified supporters. The competition site will be set-up in approximately the configuration shown in the attached diagram. (note – the configuration may be flipped or rotated due to the particular room used at each tournament.)


Teams should anticipate and plan for weighing in their structures as early in the tournament morning as possible. Weigh in may take up to 45 minutes per team and for the large tournament we anticipate that this may cause some delays in the process.

August 6, 2016 – For information regarding registration for the 2016-2017 school year, please click on the Registration tab above.