Arizona Odyssey of the Mind

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Latest News

March 30, 2020 – World Finals Update

World Final information should be available on April 1st on the website.  This information may not be available until after 7:00 pm EDT.

March 27, 2020 – State Tournament and World Finals Update

Sammy Micklus, Odyssey of the Mind’s Executive Director, has posted this letter at regarding changes to 2020 World Finals. Due to COVID-19, World Finals will be held virtually this year. In addition, any/all teams who wish are invited to compete (excluding Primary Teams). As stated in the email, more details will be available April 1st. Since there will be no need for a State Tournament and concerns over the COVID-19 virus, we are cancelling our 2020 State Tournament. Arizona Odyssey of the Mind Board will be awaiting more details and will be sending out additional communication as these details become available. We hope you all take advantage of the virtual World Finals and continue to keep yourselves safe and healthy. For any additional question please contact the State Association Director or Assistant State Association Director.

Emails posted below.

Deanna Day – State Association Director
Deana Wingate – Assistant State Association Director

March 25, 2020 – 2020 State Tournament Communication

We wanted to send out communication about Arizona Odyssey of the Mind. We unfortunately continue to live in uncertain times around the COVID-19 virus. As of this date, the State Tournament has been suspended until we have more details to make a final decision. We promise to keep you posted of any developments when we are able. Please continue to stay safe and healthy.

Deanna Day – State Association Director
Deana Wingate – Asstant State Association Director

March 15, 2020 – State Tournament on March 28, 2020 Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak, Arizona’s Governor has ordered all schools, beginning tomorrow, to close through March 27th.  In addition, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S.  Arizona Odyssey of the Mind takes the safety of teams, coaches & families seriously.  In light of of this current outbreak & recommendations by the CDC, the State Director & Assistant State Director have made the decision to cancel the March 28th State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament.  We will continue to monitor this situation with future communication in the following weeks about rescheduling the tournament.  We appreciate your patience as we all work together during this uncertain time.

– Deanna Day, State Association Director & Deana Wingate, Assistant State Association Director

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.