An Odyssey of the Mind tournament requires anywhere from 100 – 200 officials to comprise the judging teams! Judges work hard all during the tournament to make sure teams are judged fairly and have a phenomenal experience.
|1 head judge||Supervises the judges; answers questions; returns scores|
|3-4 problem judges||Score the Long-Term Problem|
|2-4 style judges||Score style|
|1-2 staging area judges||Take forms, check solution materials, try to put the team at ease|
|1 timekeeper||Announces the team to the audience; tells the team when to begin|
|1 doorkeeper||Prevent people from entering during a performance|
|1-2 score compilers||Checks all the math; may take scores to the score room|
If there are 15 problems and divisions, and also a Primary performance site, this means at least 160 Officials just for Long-Term (not even counting Score Room personnel, Problem Captains overseeing every problem set-up, or Tournament Directors!) Now add 3-4 judges for each spontaneous site, and one can see the need for over 200 officials!
During the presentation judges will usually spread out to make sure to catch all aspects of the performance. After the presentation, they will approach the team members to describe different aspects of the performance. Style judges will ask about style, problem judges about long-term scoring.
Team members should not be afraid of the judges! They really want to learn more about how the team solved the problem and how they included their creativity. This is the time when team members can elaborate on their solution: how they picked their theme, the materials used in the costumes and/or backdrops, what makes the prop rotates, how the backdrop is designed to transform from one scene to the next, etc. Judges have an open mind when they approach the team!! Teams should practice describing the different elements scored in the performance. It's a good idea for teams to know ahead of time which team members will talk about which element of the performance. The team member that designed the costume, prop, etc knows the most to tell the judges.
It's the coach's responsibility to recruit enthusiastic, kid-friendly, interested officials. Odyssey of the Mind truly does need lots of help to run a tournament, and this is an all-volunteer organization, in which everyone must pitch in for the kids.