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How many teams does a membership entitle us to have?

The Odyssey membership for both national and NY State is issued for the school building – not to an individual team.

Depending on the make up of your building you can have a minimum of 5 teams – each of which must work on a different long-term problem. The scenarios below explain it a little further.

K-5 building: May have as many primary teams (students K-2) solving the Primary Problem as it wishes and have 5 teams (members up to and including 5th graders) – each of which must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 1

K-6 building: May have as many primary teams (students K-2) solving the Primary Problem as it wishes and have 5 teams (members up to and including 5th graders) – each of which must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 1.

This school may have 5 additional teams (each of which must have at least one 6th grader) and each team must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 2.

K-8 building: May have as many primary teams (students K-2) solving he Primary Problem as it wishes and have 5 teams (members up to and including 5th graders) – each of which must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 1.

This school may have 5 additional teams (each of which must have at least one 6th, 7th or 8th grader) and each team must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 2.

K-12 building: May have as many primary teams (students K-2) solving the Primary Problem as it wishes and have 5 teams (members up to and including 5th graders) – each of which must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 1.

This school may have 5 additional teams (each of which must have at least one 6th, 7th or 8th grader) and each team must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 2.

The school may also have 5 additional teams (each of which must have at least one 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade student) and each team must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 3.

Grades 5-8 building: May have 5 teams of 5th graders, each team must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division I

This school may have 5 additional teams (each of which must have at least one 6th, 7th or 8th grader) and each team must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 2.

Grades 6-8 building: May have 5 teams and each team must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 2.

Grades 9-12 building: May have 5 teams and each team must solve a different long-term problem. These teams would compete in Division 3.

If, in any division, two teams in the school building wish to solve the same long-term problem, then you would need to obtain a second national and NY State membership.

Please refer to the Regional Director for your particular region regarding regional memberships.

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Meeting Summary October 23 – 24, 2010

The board meeting was held on October 23 & 24, 2010 at the Fenton Town Hall in Port Crane, NY.

Topics of discussion included:

  • Preparation for the January Problem Captain / Head Judge Training to take place on Jan 8, 2011 in Binghamton
  • Appointments of State Problem Captains for the 2010-2011 program year
  • Use of new scoring features to allow all score-checking to be done at each problem site and associated requirements such as printers, laptop computers, supplies, and other logistics
  • Early stage state tournament preparation topics for the 2010-2011 tournament at Binghamton University, including scheduled meetings with the university
  • Website changes to reduce the possibility of site unavailability during peak access times in the regional and state tournament season
  • Planned NYSOMA coaches trainings for regions 16 & 21
  • Lists of skills and functions required of the Assistant State Director and State Director positions
  • Sales items, including pins, to be purchased for the 2010-2011 program year
  • Action item follow-up of the region 14 meeting held during the summer of 2010
  • Approval to purchase new weight carts for problem 4, balsaReview and update NYSOMA policies 200, 400, 500, 600, & 700

The next meeting of the NYSOMA board is scheduled for Jan 9, 2011 in Binghamton.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Pray

NYSOMA Board Chairperson

Meeting Summary January 9, 2011

The board meeting was held on January 9, 2011 at the Comfort Inn in Binghamton, NY.

Topics of discussion included:

  • Review of the Problem Captain / Head Judge Training held the previous day at Chenango Valley MS/HS in Binghamton, NY
  • Online registration setup and policies for judge signup for the State Tournament
  • Regional visits scheduled for tournaments in regions 15, 5, and 1/2
  • Use of Webex online meetings for Problem Captains to share issues from early tournaments with other regional Problem Captains and Head Judges
  • External review of 2009-2010 accounting records
  • Preparations for the NYSOMA State Tournament to be held on March 26, 2011 at Binghamton University
  • Review of coaches training performed by NYSOMA in regions 16 & 21
  • NYSOMA open position requirements – Judges Coordinator, Assistant State Problem Captain, and Creativity Booth Coordinator
  • Update on new weight cart manufacturing progress
  • Approval of NYSOMA policy changes made to section 200, 400, 500, 600, and 700
  • Approval of purchase of extra printers and supplies for the new problem site scoring process to be used at the State Tournament

The next meeting of the NYSOMA board is scheduled for Feb 4, 2011 in Binghamton.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Pray

NYSOMA Board Chairperson

Meeting Summary February 4 – 5, 2011

The board meeting was held on February 4 & 5, 2011 at the Comfort Inn in Binghamton, NY.

Topics of discussion included:

  • Review of current judge registration status for the State Tournament
  • Review and approval of the 2011 NYS Champs – World Final T-Shirt design
  • Detail preparation topics for the NYSOMA State Tournament to be held on March 26, 2011 at Binghamton University
  • Details of Unpaid registrations with NYSOMA and CCI
  • Scholarship applications received for review
  • Update on candidates for open positions
  • Sales item updates for both the State Tournament and World Finals qualifiers
  • Delivery of the new weight carts for problem 4Review of summer 2010 region 14 meeting action items

The next meeting of the NYSOMA board is scheduled for Mar 27, 2011 in Binghamton.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Pray

NYSOMA Board Chairperson

Meeting Summary March 27, 2011

The board meeting was held on March 27, 2011 at the Binghamton River Walk Hotel in Binghamton, NY.

Topics of discussion included:

  • Review of judge registration issues and potential improvements for the State Tournament
  • Review of the NYSOMA State Tournament held the previous day at Binghamton University
  • New York World finals topics such as creativity festival, float and banner parade, overseas team homestay program, etc.
  • Regional tournament review highlights
  • Potential improvements for the 2012 NYSOMA State Tournament
  • Year end NYSOMA member registration review
  • Website operation review and possible move to a new hosting company
  • NYSOMA Sales results
  • NYSOMA open positions – Judges Coordinator, Assistant State Director, Creativity Booth Coordinator
  • Feedback of new weight cart operation
  • Review of summer region 14 meeting action items
  • World Finals Champs Meeting scheduled for April 9, 2011 at Binghamton University

The next meeting of the NYSOMA board is scheduled for June 11 & 12, 2011 in Binghamton.

Respectfully submitted,

Rick Pray

NYSOMA Board Chairperson