Destination Imagination

October 19-24, 2015

Team Manager Training

Saturday, Oct. 24th, 9am-1:30pm

Carson Elementary School - D108 (yellow hall)

Please let me know if you will be able to make it (I have heard from a few of you, but not everyone yet). This is a great training for 1st and 2nd year team managers. We are very fortunate that our regional director comes to us for this training. Most of the trainings take place in Lewisville.

If you are coming, please either bring a lunch or money to order pizza. I have a microwave in my room that you are welcome to use.

Instant Challenge of the Week

Click on the google drive link below to open the instant challenge of the week, What's the Mystery.

Feel free to use whatever 10 objects you want. The ones listed are only suggestions and you are welcome to use items that you can quickly gather.


I know at the end of the day the students are hungry. Providing snacks is a great idea, but here are a few things to think about.

  • They need to be quickly eaten.
  • They cannot be too messy.
  • Make sure your team members do not have allergies.
  • The same person shouldn't always provide the snacks.

Also, click the link below if you would like a form to use to get parents to sign up and bring snacks. Feel free to edit it or do your own thing.

Agenda for Practices

A common problem with new teams (and sometimes old) is time management. The hour you have seems to fly by and you feel like the team has not accomplished much. I have created an agenda that might help your team stay on track. I would print it and have the team choose a team member to be responsible. They can be the time keeper and make the team more responsible for their practices. You are of course their to guide them and help facilitate, but the more responsibility the team takes the better.

Carson Teams

I have our program materials. If you did not get them last week, I will bring them around to you during practice on Tuesday.

Information from Regional Newsletter

October 16, 2015

Destination Imagination – The Rules

The Rules may not be the most exciting part of DI, but they are very important. For example, you would not want your team to receive a large deduction at the tournament because they didn’t know they can’t use a fog machine. You also wouldn’t want their challenge solution to go over budget because they and you did not understand the rules concerning valuing the solution.

This is a good time to become very familiar with the Rules of the Road, which is one of the volumes in the DI program materials. Some of the important sections are:

  1. Rules for Competitive Teams in the Team Challenge – p. 12-14. Understand that only the original 7 team members can work on the challenge solution. There are no alternates or substitutes, but teams can continue to add team members until they reach 7.
  2. Rising Stars – p. 13. In Texas, we DO apply the rules to Rising Stars teams but we also allow teams to go over 7 team members.
  3. Team Challenge Scoring – p. 15-16
  4. Rules of Interference – p. 17-19. This is possibly the most important section. Deductions can be taken for parental interference (and are, every year). You do not want the team to be penalized for parental actions over which they had no control, but it can happen.
  5. Team Budget & Determining the Value of Your Solution – p. 21-23. Understand this, keep records and take advantage of exempt categories.
  6. Safety – p. 25-26.

There are more sections that are important – Instant Challenge, Tournament Procedures, Scoring and Awards. But those apply more to the tournament and understanding them now is not quite as urgent.

At the Understanding the Challenge training on November 14, we will have a Rules of the Road scavenger hunt. Please become familiar with the Rulesbefore that training in order to make the most of it.