Congratulations on Advancing to the State Tournament!!!

Dear State Finalist Team and Coach(es),

Advancing to the state tournament from your regional competition is an honor sought by over 350 teams throughout Southern California!Your hard work and outstanding creativity have earned you the right to compete at the SoCal State Association Finals, which will be held again at the University of California, Riverside on March 23, 2019. Your team now represents not only your school and your school district, but also all the teams from your region.

TEAM REGISTRATION: To register your team, your coach should go to
www.odysseyofthemind.com. Click on Member Area, Tournament Registration, and then follow the prompts to sign up for the State Tournament. Please register within the next four days. If you cannot attend the tournament, please inform your regional director as soon as possible. If your coach has not been to the state tournament and would like to speak with a coach who has attended before, please contact your regional director.

This tournament promises to be an amazing event!! UC Riverside is once again rolling out the red carpet for Odyssey of the Mind!

DINING and ACTIVITIES:A wide variety of dining options will be open with family friendly pricing, and a BBQ will also be available. A handout detailing all the dining options is available at the SoCal Odyssey website under the state tournament tab. Free activities may, UCR department booths, and the UCR mascot interacting with teams.  We will post information about state pin trading as well.Different academic departments from UCR will also have fun activities. Find these around the Bell Tower area.

ADMISSIONS, HONOR’S COLLEGE, CAMPUS TOURS:UCR will have a booth at the activities area with information about admissions, programs, and the Honor’s College. They will also be giving campus tours!Stop by the tent at the Bell Tower to find out more!

GETTING TO UC RIVERSIDE: There is a handout with general driving directions on the SoCal Odyssey website. There will also be a campus map showing performance venues, parking, loading/unloading areas, and a general information handout about what is allowed and not allowed on campus.

LODGING OPTIONS: A list of recommended hotels have been gathered and placed on the website if your team needs accommodations.

TOURNAMENT SLIDE SHOW: We are putting together a slide show we will be presenting at the state finals awards ceremony. Please send one or two pictures of your team (preferably in costume) to slideshow@socalodyssey.org by March 15th.

STATE PIN TRADING: This has become a fun tradition at our state tournaments! Be sure to order your regional pin set so you are all ready to pin trade with other SoCalomers during the tournament! A handout for ordering your set of regional pins (and an OM lanyard) will be available on the SoCal Odyssey website. You will be placing your order directly online through the SoCal Odyssey store.

SOUVENIRS: We will be selling lots of fun souvenirs at the state tournament, including Odyssey of the Mind items and California South OotM world finals pins! We will also have California South Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament t-shirts/hoodies for sale. Each shirt/hoodie will be custom made to your specifications right on site! Various designs will be available, and your team’s names can be put on the back!!

RAFFLE ITEMS: To support our state scholarship fund, we will be selling raffle tickets for two items. The first is a quilt made of cool Odyssey of the Mind t-shirts from around the World. The second item will be a pin towel of World Finals pins from last year’s OotM World Finals competition! Your state director traded for some awesome t-shirts and pins for these items, so please be sure to support this amazing scholarship! Stop by souvenir sales to view these items and purchase raffle tickets. Winners will be announced at awards.

As you prepare for State Finals, we encourage you to practice your solution in many different places and before a large variety of people and keep practicing spontaneous problems!!Performing opportunities might include your school, PTA/PTO, your district school board, and local community organizations. During all the excitement, we want to encourage you to enjoy your achievement and keep focusing on teamwork and creativity.

When you are at the SoCal State Finals, be sure to appreciate and applaud the other teams from Southern California. This is a great opportunity to make new friends with teams from all around the southern part of the state.

You are all winners! I can’t wait to see you all at UC Riverside on March 23rd!!!

Sincerely,
Lynn Larsen, California South Odyssey of the Mind
Volunteer State Director
www.socalodyssey.org
socaldirector@socalodyssey.org

See the IMPORTANT FORMS AND INFO under the STATE tab at the top of the website, for detailed information.

SoCal State Associaiton Advancement Letter 2019

SoCal State Association Pins 2019