SoCAL Odyssey of the Mind

SoCAL Odyssey of the Mind

Welcome to SoCal Association Odyssey of the Mind , California!!!

When people ask me, “What is Odyssey of the Mind?” I tell them to imagine a combination of theater and problem solving with a creative twist. Through the writing of original scripts, the creation of costumes, props, scenery, and technical elements, teams of students work together to produce incredible solutions to creative problems while thinking “Beyond the Box!” Students with talents in many areas find a unique opportunity to showcase their gifts in script writing, costume creation, music, dance, visual arts, props and scenery construction, engineering, problem solving, leadership, critical thinking, and more!

California OM has a long history of outstanding creativity, with teams competing at the regional, state, and international levels. Our state has historically had 10 regions run by amazing regional directors who dedicate an incredible amount of time and energy to make sure our program runs smoothly for our 750 teams from Redding to San Diego.

California Odyssey of the Mind  split into two separate organizations due to growth.  California South (SoCal)  has four regions and physically half the state.  The regions in SoCal are LA Basin, South Central Valley, Inland Empire, and Coastal. We are excited about this new phase for Odyssey of the Mind in the great state of California!

Enjoy looking around our website – we have information about OM, galleries with photos and videos from our teams, information about forming a team in your area, opportunities for volunteers, and a link to make a donation if you would like to support our program.  Please stay tuned as changes to our website and social media take place during this year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to a regional director.

Lynn Larsen, California Odyssey of the Mind State Director


27 May
7:00:am Iowa State University
Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

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News & Announcements


Message from Odyssey of the Mind HQ - Sammy Micklus, Executive Director Odyssey of the Mind Dear Odyssey of the Mind Team Members, Coaches, Families and Supporters, The world is experiencing a great amount of uncertainty, stress, and anxiety due

CRITICAL Update for 2020 SoCal State Assoc. Tournament

To All Teams That Qualified To Attend State Assoc. Tournament: As you know, the Covid-19 virus is having a dramatic impact across the globe and within our state. Many universities are moving classes online and sending their students home. School

State Association Tournament Health Concern Update

Dear SoCal OotM State Tournament Coaches, I wanted to touch base with you all regarding health concerns for our March 21st state tournament. The assistant state director and I are monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely and will be taking direction

IMPORTANT Notice from HQ Regarding “Spont Master”

This notice was posted by HQ today regarding a person known as the "Spont Master." Please read: From HQ on 9/25/2019 Odyssey of the Mind HQ has become aware of someone who is posing as an expert in spontaneous problem

SoCal Odyssey Association Tournament


Pay SoCal State Membership


The state membership will register your group at the state level. These funds are used to run the state tournament, train officials, and maintain the program in Southern California.


Starting a Team

General Interest
Generate interest in the Odyssey program.

National Membership
Any school, home school, or community group may purchase a national membership from Creative Competitions, Inc. for $135.00.

SoCal State Membership
Purchase a state membership from SoCal Odyssey Association for $85.00, which is required of each national membership to participate in the SoCAL Odyssey of the Mind program.

Regional Membership
Each team competing in a Regional Tournament pays a registration fee per team.

Get started with your team. Get training for coaching and coordinating.

Find Your Region

Search for your region by zip code:

Find the region that your team will register to compete and where coaching training will be offered.

Help Support Students

SoCal Odyssey is a non-profit organizations that runs on volunteer efforts. Help support the efforts of this organization to give Southern California students the opportunity to let their imaginations grow and be creative.

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