What are my responsibilities as a Parent?
I CAN help!
I CANNOT help!
(Well…… which is it???)
BOTH! You may do many things to help the team, but there are also things you might want to do that would cost the team penalty points. So... how do you know the difference? Here is your own handy, dandy, just-for-parents guidelines!
WHAT PARENTS CAN DO:
Transport the team to buy things
Transport the props
Teach the team members a skill IF the team asks, such as:
Principles of simple machines
Help provide snacks
Help get props into the building for the tournament, even to the staging area
Bring spontaneous problem supplies
Open attics, closets, basements for “garage sale value” materials
Provide lots of encouragement
Provide a place to meet/store props
Get everyone and everything to the tournament
Applaud A LOT and help get props offstage afterwards
WHAT PARENTS CANNOT DO:
Suggest what to buy
Repair props if broken in shipping
Suggest to the team which skills to use to solve a problem
Give the teams any ideas for their problem solution
Sew anything, paint anything, do anything to contribute to the team’s problem solution
As you can tell, parents ARE important, as resources for learning skills, helping get materials, providing moral support, supplementing working brains with nourishment, and generally facilitating the logistics of a working team. Without your encouragement, your child will not develop the self confidence that Odyssey of the Mind promotes.
Through the months of preparation: This year we would like to do things a little different at Lucketts. In the past, the head coach and assistant coach have basically been in charge through the whole process, but since this is a team competition and not a drop-off after school activity, we are asking that EVERY PARENT help and take on a responsibility to help the team prepare for competition. Every parent will have the opportunity to volunteer their time in some way, such as assistant coach, script practice coach, spontaneous coach, prop coordinator, costume coach, snack friend, team building coach, and/or volunteer or judge on tournament day (see below). The kids will benefit tremendously from seeing their parents work together as a team of support for them through this experience. Thank you in advance for your time.
WE NEED YOUR HELP on Tournament Day to:
- Be an official (This involves a training on one Saturday, usually in February, to learn to be a judge.)
- Be a volunteer (Each team must provide a volunteer to work at registration, concessions or in the spontaneous holding area for approximately two hours on Tournament Day.)