Coaches' Training  

9:00 am - 2:45 pm. Saturday, January 13, 2018

Location: Montecito Elementary School, Burnaby

We will be open for registration at 8.30 am. Please make sure to check in early so that the presenters can start on time.

*Early Bird registration for Coaches Training is $10 which includes handouts and lunch.  


* Please note that starting January 1st, registration will be $20.

1. For NEW Coaches:

Beginner Introduction – For coaches with no experience, this workshop is mandatory.  We will walk you through the program, sharing coaching tips, personal experience, and strategies to help you get through your first year. Long Time Coaches, Holly Lloyd and Charles Wong​

This session will run throughout the morning. In the afternoon new coaches will be able to attend an additional session which can be chosen from the session list below.

2. For everyone who attended the Fun Day Training and for EXPERIENCED Coaches:

Coaches will be able to select 3 sessions:

Balsa 101 – Is your team thinking about building the balsa structure?  Are you wondering what the heck the balsa structure is all about?  This session will introduce you to the basics of working with balsa and some of the insider information you might find helpful when coaching a team working on the balsa problem.  Balsa Problem Head Judge, Paul Kwasnicky


The Art Of The Story -  Successfully working with Problem 3 and 5. How to put together a great story arc, plot and characterization. Long-Time Coach  and English Teacher Cindy Quach.


Spontaneous for Experienced Coaches – Did you know that Spontaneous Problems are the playground of creativity?  Let us show you how to help your team take their creative ideas from the imaginative into the physical realm. What helps turn Creative Ideas into Workable Solutions to Spontaneous Problems?Spontaneous Head Judge, Jim Atwater


Spontaneous for Everyone: What happens behind closed doors? Find out what your team will experience at competitions. Get some tips to help the team rock the Spontaneous category. Spontaneous Head Judge, Jim Atwater


Technical/Vehicle Problem Coaching Tips – Are you surrounded by mechanically inclined children yet the team can’t seem to get it in gear?  This workshop is geared towards unravelling the mysteries of the technical problems (#1 and 2) and guiding your team through the design/build/test process.  Vehicle Problem Head Judge, Michelle Amann


Creativity and Style: Getting the most from your team –  For 50 points, what is Style?  Learn how to focus in on the team’s strengths in performance, and compose a good Style sheet. Learn strategies for coaching your team during difficult moments through actively engaging them in self-awareness and creative thinking. Odyssey AD, Jennifer Martin


Set Building - Learn what it takes for your team to bring an empty stage to life. How to turn the gym floor into an exciting scenery for your team's performance. Long-time Coach and local Designer Glenn Ross.


**Please note: We haven't determined the schedule for this Coaches Training yet. Please allow for some flexibility as some sessions might overlap. Thank you.


Please give us some information about yourself so we can plan our Coaches' Training appropriately.


Workshop Choices for EXPERIENCED Coaches: You will be able to attend THREE sessions. Please let us know which sessions you are most interested in.
(Please note: If you have attended our Fun Day Beginner's Training in November you can consider yourself "experienced" for this event. If you have never attended our Coaches Training before, please move on to the section for NEW Coaches.)

Workshop Choices for NEW Coaches - afternoon only.
(IF you have not yet attended our Beginner's Training it is mandatory that you attend the all-morning Workshop for new coaches.)

A buffet lunch will be served. Please bring your own MUG for coffee - let's do our thing to save the planet!

Included in your registration fee is a complimentary membership for Creative Problem Solving Society (CPSS), the non-Profit Society that sponsors Odyssey of the Mind in BC. Your acceptance of this membership will be a "show of support" for the Odyssey program and the worth of Creative Problem Solving events for Youth. Regulations require that we have your full name and address. We will keep this information confidential. You will also be eligible for discounted fees should your child attend another Odyssey/CPSS event(s) later in the 17/18 school year.