To compete in Virtual World Finals, Odyssey of the Mind teams will need to follow the rules and procedures below. This information will allow teams to assemble and submit a virtual solution for competition that is well-suited to judging by our incredible team of virtual judges. Please read BOTH the guidelines for all LT Problems and your problem-specific guidelines, keeping in mind that these rules add to each team’s respective Long Term Problem limitations and the rules in the Program Guide.

Apr 20, 2021 Update: Problem 4 teams, structures for testing must be delivered to Odyssey of the Mind HQ (406 Ganttown Road, Sewell, NJ 08080) by May 14, 2021.

Virtual Tournament Procedures

Please do NOT ignore or go against any health advisories. Understand that we will be evaluating your solutions, not the quality of your video. This means that you can “meet” as a team online and record the performance if that is your only option or gather and perform following school and local guidelines.

Registering for a Virtual Tournament (deadline April 30th):

  • Use your  member login to access the members area, select Virtual World Finals Registration, the team you are registering, then follow the prompts. (If you do not have a team login create one from your membership number once you know the problem and division you are competing in. After logging into members area under your member number, select ‘Team Registration’ and fill out your information. You will be given a team-specific login and password.)
  • Fill out required information. There will be upload links for your recorded solution and required paperwork. You do not have to submit the solution/paperwork when you register, but be sure to upload and pay by April 30th! Read below to see how to upload. Remember, you have between April 8 -30.
  • After the submission deadline, an official will check your paperwork and contact you if anything is missing or not accessible. Be sure to list the best email address for the coach/team contact when registering and add webguy@odysseyofthemind.com to your safe sender list.
  • In May the Spontaneous portion of competition can be found after logging into the Members Area. There will be a link to the Spontaneous problem that will be available over a number of days. Just as in your local tournaments, your team can only access the link once, so be sure to have a plan to be together either in person or virtually depending on health guidelines and your preferences before following the link.

Creating the video of the problem solution:

The Required Video for All Teams:

  • will include a video of the 8-minute solution plus an additional seven minutes of explanation (15 minutes total).
  • The 8-minute portion must be a continuous and unaltered recording, the camera can move around the performance area, zoom in/out, etc. Edits in any way, added effects, etc. are not allowed in the solution video. All team members, props, settings, etc. must be in the frame at some time to be scored and do your best to show props, settings, and costumes.
  • The 7-minute explanation time is added after the performance is completed. The team is allowed to highlight components of the solution in the video. This could be how certain items were created, how they operated, how they added to the solution, and so on. This portion may be edited and must be included after the performance portion of the video. Non team members may appear in the explanation portion of the team’s video, but the team members should be providing the additional explanation regarding the required Long-Term and Style elements. This is your chance to talk to the judges and show off different parts of your solution, so think about what you’d want the judges to know about your work!
  • if using conference/meeting software, the use of virtual backgrounds is not allowed with one exception: if the team creates a physical background it may be converted into a virtual background shared by other team members. However, at least one team member must use the original background during the performance.
  • A physical membership sign is not required to be in the video. The file name of the solution and all additional paperwork must include your membership name and number. If part of your scored solution includes the membership sign it is allowed in addition to naming the video as described.
IMPORTANT: Teams MUST assure that the privacy settings on their file sharing links are set to allow access to ANYONE who has the URL. If judges need to wait for individual permission it will have a major effect on our ability to judge all performances on time.

Problem-Specific Guidelines
Teams should take care to include the following in their submission videos and materials. The lists for each problem are key problem components that judges must be able to see and understand to score teams effectively.

Problem 1: OMer the ROMER

  1. Closeup and explanation of the propulsion system
  2. Closeup and explanation of the functional engineering and operation excluding propulsion (Steering, Smile, Laugh, Special effect etc.)
  3. Measure the 10' between each of the "X"
  4. Indicate the location of the Marker used for Style F1.
  5. Explain how the OMer character reacts at each required stop.
  6. Explain the physical representation of the selfie.

Problem 2: Virtual Odyssey

  1. Description of the Virtual Reality World and real-world setting. How they differ from each other and what the team’s thought behind their selections.
  2. Close up of the real-world setting scored for its artistic quality.
  3. Close up of each technical effect, how it was made, what it does and how each operates. How the team came up with the ideas for the technical effects. Add time stamp to each technical effect so judges can go back and view the technical effect more closely if necessary.
  4. Demonstrate the team-determined Technical Effect and the creativity of it. Why the team chose this effect for style element.
  5. How did the team come up with the nefarious creature.
  6. A description of the four credits and how they were earned. Timestamps of when each credit is earned.
  7. Show the special effect, how it was made, what it does and how it operates. Add timestamp so judges can go back and view the special effect more closely if necessary.
  8. Show the prop to be scored for Style and explain the artistic quality of the prop and why it was chosen. Show the various materials used to design the prop. Explain how it fits into the performance.
  9. Close up of the two free style choices of team. Why were they chosen and what effect did they have on the problem solution.

Problem 3: Classics... OMER and the Beanstalk

After teams finish their performance, they should focus on the following for their explanation to the officials. If possible, have the team member that has the most experience with the item talk about it. Remember to focus on the items and categories that are being scored in the Problem and in Style.Youngster Character:

  • How did you come up with their Youngster Character?
  • Tell a little about the Youngster Character (Costume, personality, etc.)
  • The life lesson presented to the Youngster Character, and how it impacted them.

The Host Character:

  • How did you come up with the idea for the Host Character?
  • Tell a little about the Host Character (Costume, personality, etc.)

The selected stories:

  • Why did you choose those two stories?
  • How did the stories help the Youngster Character learn a life lesson?
  • For each story explain:
    -The required character (How it was picked)
    -The required work of art made with ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda
    -In what way did you use the ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda
    -A close up of the artistic representation.

The object that grows or appears to grow:

  • How the object grows or appears to grow.
  • How did you come up with this idea.
  • If possible, a close up on the object and showing it growing.

STYLE:

Round Object:

  • How it is used in the performance.
  • How did you come up with that object to use.
  • A close up of the round object.

Artistic Quality of a set piece or prop:

  • How did you create the object?
  • A close up of the object.

Free Choice:

  • Tell about your style item and how it was made or how you came up with this idea
  • If possible, a close up on the object.

Problem 4: It's a Trap!

STRUCTURES TO BE TESTED MUST BE DELIVERED TO ODYSSEY OF THE MIND HQ
BY MAY 14, 2021. The sooner we receive your structure the better. Some structures arrive damaged. If you send it in early, and it arrives damaged, you might have the time to send a new structure and have it arrive before the May 14th deadline.

Teams must download, read, and use the Odyssey HQ provided shipping instructions and label.

If your team had a structure tested at OdysseyHQ and you are using the same video please let us know so we can use the same weight held results. Your team must use the same video and the structure must have been tested at OdysseyHQ. Email info@odysseyofthemind.com.
Please be sure to document your membership number, problem and division when responding.

The explanation portion of your video should emphasize, but is not limited to, details of the following.

  1. If the structure was designed and built to transform from trapping to weight testing, show and describe how it works.
  2. To trap the moving object, explain how the trapping system works.
  3. The structure resting and how it is prepared to trap the Moving Object.
  4. How the Moving Object is propelled and how it moves on its own.
  5. Clearly show at least 1 attempt, successful or not, of the moving object being trapped.
  6. If successful, the Moving Object trapped.
  7. How the Moving Object is used elsewhere in the performance.
  8. How the oblivious character avoids the 3 traps, and details about that characters costume.
  9. Descriptive details about the Narrator Character.
  10. The 2 Free Choice items in Style.

Problem 5: Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning

Highlight/describe the “super power” created by the socks

  1. How they created their special effect during the extreme weather setting
  2. How the adversary character is defeated, what thoughts went into this scenario.
  3. How the sound effect is created when the super socks are activated
  4. The process used to make their Super Socks, materials used etc.
  5. Costume creation of all characters, materials used etc.
  6. Highlight what items were used in the creation of the membership sign, specifically what created “artistic quality”
  7. Highlight how they used the rubber bands (creatively) in their solution
  8. Highlight the items they used as “free choice” in Style
  9. Describe the cliffhanger situation
  10. Describe the extreme weather setting
  11. Anything else the team feels it is important for the judges to know

Filming the solution:

  • is allowed to be recorded by someone not on the team. Non team members may act as stagehands in supporting the team’s performance. They may not add to the solution in any other way.
  • recording devices, microphones, virtual meeting programs or apps are exempt from cost.
  • must begin with “Team Begin!” This is when setup occurs and the 8-minute performance time begins (placing backdrops, props, etc.). Time limits for presenting the solution and any overtime penalties still follow the problem rules. In cases of remote performance recording where the team is separated, teams may begin their performances with sets, props, costumes, etc. in place to allow performances to fit within the required time limit.
    Please see General Clarifications for a change to this requirement
  • may have any type of ending the team wishes as described on the team list.

Forms and pictures to help judges:

  • When your tournament registration begins you must register your team. This will give you access to the fields where you will submit the links to all of your required submissions.
  • The Team List, Style Form, Cost Form, Outside Assistance Form, and anything else required by the problem should not be part of the solution + explanation video. Teams must upload a separate link to this paperwork before the submission deadline through the Members Area.
  • Teams may recreate these forms in the format that is easiest for the team to fill out the information, provided they use the same language and items are in the same order. They must be a recognizable replica of the online forms provided by Odyssey of the Mind. They must be uploaded as a single .pdf to ensure judges will be able to open them. If you don't have the ability to convert to pdf you can convert the file at https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/online/convert-pdf.html.
  • Pictures are optional, but can help highlight scored aspects of your solution. You may submit up to 10 pictures of your solution and 4 Style pictures, one for each Style category. These are NOT required to be taken while the solution is being presented. They will be uploaded via a shareable link, the same way as forms. All pictures must be in a single pdf document and may include captions.
  • All teams are encouraged, but not required, to submit a performance script. Subtitles edited onto the recording are not allowed.

Submitting the Long-Term Performance:

  • The video must be uploaded to a file sharing service of your choice (Google Drive, Microsoft, YouTube, etc.) provided it is publicly accessible in the USA.
  • Create a shareable link for the video and paste it into the appropriate field after your team logs into the Members Area. Be sure your sharing settings allow anyone with the link to view it.
  • Do the same with your paperwork, pictures, and script as described above. Check and double check your sharing settings for all so the judges don’t miss an aspect of your solution.
  • Be sure to check the email used during team registration regularly for any communication from the judges during the tournament.

Receiving Scores:

Once judging is completed, the team will receive and review the scores similar to an in-person tournament. The Head Judge will notify the coach/team contact through email that the scores are available. The team has 48 hours after the email is sent to login and view the scores and any comments from the judges through the Members Area. If questions arise within that 48 hours, there is an area for the team to comment back. The Head Judge will then respond through the same online system.

Stay tuned for your tournament’s Award Ceremony to find out where you placed! Have fun!

Click Here: To get an idea of how to create a virtual solution in various formats, check out these videos from Virtual World Finals!

  1. Closeup and explanation of the propulsion system
  2. Closeup and explanation of the functional engineering and operation excluding propulsion (Steering, Smile, Laugh, Special effect etc.)
  3. Measure the 10' between each of the "X"
  4. Indicate the location of the Marker used for Style F1.
  5. Explain how the OMer character reacts at each required stop.
  6. Explain the physical representation of the selfie.

  1. Description of the Virtual Reality World and real-world setting. How they differ from each other and what the team’s thought behind their selections.
  2. Close up of the real-world setting scored for its artistic quality.
  3. Close up of each technical effect, how it was made, what it does and how each operates. How the team came up with the ideas for the technical effects. Add time stamp to each technical effect so judges can go back and view the technical effect more closely if necessary.
  4. Demonstrate the team-determined Technical Effect and the creativity of it. Why the team chose this effect for style element.
  5. How did the team come up with the nefarious creature.
  6. A description of the four credits and how they were earned. Timestamps of when each credit is earned.
  7. Show the special effect, how it was made, what it does and how it operates. Add timestamp so judges can go back and view the special effect more closely if necessary.
  8. Show the prop to be scored for Style and explain the artistic quality of the prop and why it was chosen. Show the various materials used to design the prop. Explain how it fits into the performance.
  9. Close up of the two free style choices of team. Why were they chosen and what effect did they have on the problem solution.

After teams finish their performance, they should focus on the following for their explanation to the officials. If possible, have the team member that has the most experience with the item talk about it. Remember to focus on the items and categories that are being scored in the Problem and in Style.Youngster Character:

  • How did you come up with their Youngster Character?
  • Tell a little about the Youngster Character (Costume, personality, etc.)
  • The life lesson presented to the Youngster Character, and how it impacted them.

The Host Character:

  • How did you come up with the idea for the Host Character?
  • Tell a little about the Host Character (Costume, personality, etc.)

The selected stories:

  • Why did you choose those two stories?
  • How did the stories help the Youngster Character learn a life lesson?
  • For each story explain:
    -The required character (How it was picked)
    -The required work of art made with ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda
    -In what way did you use the ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda
    -A close up of the artistic representation.

The object that grows or appears to grow:

  • How the object grows or appears to grow.
  • How did you come up with this idea.
  • If possible, a close up on the object and showing it growing.

STYLE:

Round Object:

  • How it is used in the performance.
  • How did you come up with that object to use.
  • A close up of the round object.

Artistic Quality of a set piece or prop:

  • How did you create the object?
  • A close up of the object.

Free Choice:

  • Tell about your style item and how it was made or how you came up with this idea
  • If possible, a close up on the object.

STRUCTURES TO BE TESTED MUST BE DELIVERED TO ODYSSEY OF THE MIND HQ
BY MAY 14, 2021. The sooner we receive your structure the better. Some structures arrive damaged. If you send it in early, and it arrives damaged, you might have the time to send a new structure and have it arrive before the May 14th deadline.

Teams must download, read, and use the Odyssey HQ provided shipping instructions and label.

If your team had a structure tested at OdysseyHQ and you are using the same video please let us know so we can use the same weight held results. Your team must use the same video and the structure must have been tested at OdysseyHQ. Email info@odysseyofthemind.com.
Please be sure to document your membership number, problem and division when responding.

The explanation portion of your video should emphasize, but is not limited to, details of the following.

  1. If the structure was designed and built to transform from trapping to weight testing, show and describe how it works.
  2. To trap the moving object, explain how the trapping system works.
  3. The structure resting and how it is prepared to trap the Moving Object.
  4. How the Moving Object is propelled and how it moves on its own.
  5. Clearly show at least 1 attempt, successful or not, of the moving object being trapped.
  6. If successful, the Moving Object trapped.
  7. How the Moving Object is used elsewhere in the performance.
  8. How the oblivious character avoids the 3 traps, and details about that characters costume.
  9. Descriptive details about the Narrator Character.
  10. The 2 Free Choice items in Style.

Highlight/describe the “super power” created by the socks

  1. How they created their special effect during the extreme weather setting
  2. How the adversary character is defeated, what thoughts went into this scenario.
  3. How the sound effect is created when the super socks are activated
  4. The process used to make their Super Socks, materials used etc.
  5. Costume creation of all characters, materials used etc.
  6. Highlight what items were used in the creation of the membership sign, specifically what created “artistic quality”
  7. Highlight how they used the rubber bands (creatively) in their solution
  8. Highlight the items they used as “free choice” in Style
  9. Describe the cliffhanger situation
  10. Describe the extreme weather setting
  11. Anything else the team feels it is important for the judges to know

Virtual Team Resources

Remember, to compete in Virtual World Finals, teams will need to do the following:

  1. Once you advance, register online between April 8 - April 30th.
  2. Record the team's Long-Term Problem solution if making changes.
  3. Prepare supporting documents and photographs for the judging teams.
  4. Submit the video, documents, and photographs online by April 30th. Payment is due once you submit your solution.

This page will help you through that process.

Remember to brush up on the procedures listed above. For virtual teams, these procedures are as important as the Long-Term Problem limitations.

Register Your Team!

Log in to the Members Area to access all tournament information. Then register for World Finals with your team-specific login.


Practice & Record Your Solution

One of the great benefits of performing and competing virtually is that teams can create their solution videos in multiple ways, to suit local health guidelines and the safety level which is most comfortable for the team. Provided that the Virtual Tournament Procedures are followed, performances may be filmed in-person as a group or separately, through any video call or virtual conferencing service that enables recording. As you advance through competition, make sure to check your local guidelines as they may have changed!

Please do NOT ignore or go against any health advisories. Understand that we will be evaluating your solutions, not the quality of your video. This means that you can “meet” as a team online and record the performance if that is your only option or gather and perform following school and local guidelines.

Our partners at Arm & Hammer have provided some quick tips for capturing your solution!

OMers from around the world showed us a surprising variety of recording methods when they submitted their performances for 2020 Virtual World Finals. To see some of the ways that your team can capture your solution for virtual submission, all of which meet our virtual performance guidelines, check them out here!


Submit Your Virtual Solution

To have your solution seen and scored by OM Officials, teams must submit the following by April 30th.

Teams submissions will come in the form of three filesharing URLs, copied to your team World Finals record.
The team will be required to submit:

  • One video performance link
  • One combined additional photographs link
  • One combined paperwork link

Combining Videos

This process may seem daunting but any team with a computer should have some simple default software that came with their operating system which will make this quick and simple. Here are instructions for combining video segments using some of the easiest and most common software:

You can update your video and paperwork as often as needed, until April 30th.

These files will be uploaded to the team's preferred file sharing site (Google Drive, Microsoft, YouTube, etc.), which will then generate a shareable link that teams will copy and paste onto their online registration form.
Full, detailed guidelines for these submission materials can be found on the Virtual Tournament Procedures page.

Video Link

Teams will upload their combined performance and explanation videos as described in to any file or video sharing service as long as it provides a link to view the solution. Be sure your sharing settings allow officials to view it.

Need help creating a shareable link? View a tutorial about creating shareable links using Google Drive.

Photo Link

You may submit up to 10 pictures of your solution and 4 Style pictures, but they must be all in one file and should be uploaded as a PDF. One suggestion– copy and paste each picture into a document (captions welcome!) and either save as a PDF or Print to PDF.

Need more help combining image files into a single PDF file? View a tutorial about merging images into a single document.
Upload the combined PDF file containing all of your photographs to the file sharing service of your choice and copy the shareable link onto your registration form.

Paperwork Link

The Team List, Style Form, Cost Form, Outside Assistance Form, and anything else required by the problem should not be part of the solution + explanation video. These documents will be downloaded below, completed by the team, and combined as a single document to be submitted for judges. Additional details below.

Download required paperwork here:

Problem 1: OMer the rOMer .pdf l word
Problem 2: Virtual Odyssey .pdf l word
Problem 3: Classics...Omer and the Beanstalk .pdf l word
Problem 4: It's a Trap .pdf l word
Problem 5: Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning .pdf l word
Primary: Animals are People Too! .pdf l word

All teams are encouraged, but not required, to submit a performance script. Subtitles edited onto the recording are not allowed.

All required paperwork MUST BE combined and uploaded in a single PDF file.
Need help combining documents into a single file? View a tutorial about merging PDF documents.
Teams can re-create the forms if needed, but all information must be included.


Receiving Scores:

Once judging is completed, the team will receive and review the scores similar to an in-person tournament. The Head Judge will notify the coach/team contact through email that the scores are available. The team has 48 hours after the email is sent to login and view the scores and any comments from the judges through the Members Area. If questions arise within that 48 hours, there is an area for the team to comment back. The Head Judge will then respond through the same online system.