One Week before the Tournament, the Calm before the Storm

[Remember California Creativity Regions have staggered tournament dates, but the Team Manager’s Corner is for everyone.  It’s likely your tournament is not in a week — re-read this when it is.]

One week left. Take a few minutes to reflect on what a long strange trip it’s been. The tears; the laughs; the frustrations and the breakthroughs. What an accomplishment to take a group of kids, maybe strangers, and watch them become a team. I hope you got to the point when they stopped looking to you for validation and started to seek it from their teammates. I hope you spent hours with nothing much to do but point out where someone left the duct tape, hunt up another pair of scissors or remind them to clean the brushes. I hope you learned that everyone is creative; including Team Managers. You have done something special for these kids. They can’t comprehend what you’ve done for them and their parents rarely understand the full extent of the sacrifices you’ve made. We on the Regional Board understand and take our hats off to you (no matter how silly). We may be the head of the program, but you are the heart.

Thank you.

My special tip for making sure it’s not my fault if something doesn’t get to the tournament: Set aside a chunk of the garage or living room (tape it off if you need to) and tell the team to put whatever is going in that space. Load the vehicles from that area. If it’s not in the space, it’s not my fault if it didn’t get to the tournament.

My pathfinder tip: Pick a parent (one that doesn’t get lost easily) to plunge into the campus and find the important spots while the team unloads and assembles.

My Super-Secret Instant Challenge tip: Chocolate, 20 minutes prior to IC time. Low blood sugar -> low brain activity

Remind supporters to make sure the batteries for their phones or other recording devices are well charged as you can’t count on outlets around the tournament site to be available. If feasible, stop by and thank your team’s Appraiser for their service. They gave their training days and all day on Tournament Day to the team. They probably are having a really good time, but still…

Take lots of pictures. My favorite picture opportunities include: team talking to the Check-in appraiser, team waiting in the launch area and team talking to the Appraisers after their performance.

Tend to your personal grooming. Parents seem to really like to take your picture when you’re sitting there waiting for the team to perform. Excess stomach acid , too little sleep and the sure and certain feeling that everything is doomed tend to make your driver’s license photo look like a shot from “America’s Next Top Model” in comparison.

Don’t forget the most important part of DI… Have Fun!

Where do we go from here? This is the last Tip of the Week for Regional Tournaments.  The next tips will be for teams advancing to State Finals.  They’ll appear even if your region has not yet had their tournament, since some regional tournaments will already be over.

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Instant Challenge – The Instant Challenge portion of the DI competition is a chance for your team to show off its creative problem solving skills as they work together and “think on their feet” in a very short time frame to solve a problem. ICs are usually 5-10 minutes long.

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The Destination Imagination (DI) Experience!

Destination Imagination (DI) is a global program that promotes problem solving, teamwork, and creativity in students. Teams of up to seven students choose a challenge to work creatively and collaboratively to find a solution. Teams present their team challenge solutions by performing a skit in front of an audience and appraisers. The team challenges emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). In addition, the DI experience exposes students to instant challenges that give students practice in rapid thinking, design, planning, and executing. In DI, the solution belongs to the team members and the team members alone. All ideas, scenery, scripts, and props are created by the team members. No one outside the team may help in any way with the solution to the challenge. Team members sign a contract prior to every tournament stating that the solution is theirs and no one outside the team helped. Rising Stars teams have modified guidelines for interference rules.

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Your membership number allows access to the challenge program materials which are available for download . As soon as you purchase a team number you may download your Challenge Materials from MyCALDI

  • Team Challenge Previews 
    • Use these to help your Team choose their challenge
      • Challenge Previews
      • Challenge Preview Videos  
      • First Look Documents
  • Roadmap
    • Roadmap is a Team Manager resource developed to assist you in guiding your team members as they design and execute a Challenge solution. Section three (Guiding Your Team) explains the roles you will fill as a Team Manager, gives examples of how to begin solving a Challenge, introduces project management, and provides example meeting agendas. Section three will also point you to other resources available in Roadmap.
  • Rules of the Road
    • Rules of the Road is a document that contains all of the rules, procedures, and some of the forms required to participate in a Team Challenge at a tournament. Regardless of the Team Challenge a team has selected, it is very important for the team members to review Rules of the Road to learn the details of the Challenge experience, to prepare for tournaments, and to make sure the Team Challenge solution complies with rules and procedures found in Rules of the Road.
  • Team Challenge Materials
    • As soon as your Team has chosen their challenge, download a copy of the full team challenge

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    • Meetings can be held at the home of the Team Manager, but can also be held elsewhere at parent’s homes, school or community rooms.
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Teams need a basic understanding of what Instant Challenge is and what to expect. Start off by watching a video and then try a simple IC. Make it FUN!

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IC Basic Information

The Instant Challenge portion of the DI competition is a chance for your team to show off its creative problem solving skills as they work together and “think on their feet” in a very short time frame to solve a problem. ICs are usually 5-10 minutes long.

Basic Information

Teaching Information –

Teamwork

A team is a group of people, united by a common culture and purpose, who are cooperating to achieve quality results.

The challenge we have as Team Managers – helping kids develop healthy and effective interpersonal skills and processes so they can work cooperatively.

Teaching Teamwork

Teaching Listening Skills

Dealing with Team Conflict

IC Materials

Having a common vocabulary and a way to categorize the properties of the materials you have been given will allow your team to jump into the planning and executing stages of the Instant Challenge more easily. ​​

IC Training Plan

FUN is key!
If your team isn’t having fun they won’t master the skills! Be enthusiastic and crazy, help your team relax. You are their Cheerleader.

Promote a sense of camaraderie, and collaboration. Praise the kids when they take risks even if it doesn’t work. Teach them to learn from failure, embrace it and improve.

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IC Tips & Tournament Prep

Tips and advice on ways to help your team  improve in Instant Challenge.

Start by attending the Instant Challenge workshops offered by your Region. These workshops  give your Team a chance to practice all the skills they’ve been learning in a non-competitive environment. It is FUN and helps teams figure out what they do well and what they need to work on before Tournament day

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