General Clarifications

General clarifications amend or further explain a problem’s limitations without revealing information about a team’s solution. The clarifications below take precedence over limitations listed in the problem and the rules in the Program Guide, so it’s important that teams keep current on all general clarifications issued throughout the year.

October 15, 2020 – The virtual tournament procedures for online competition are now available for teams to review.

Problem 1: OMer the ROMER

DateClarification
Oct 6, 2020Program Guide, Page 38 - (16): For the 2020-2021 Odyssey of the Mind Program Year, pre-recorded visuals and pre-recorded audio are not allowed to be included in team performances. Virtual/Online competition performances, as a whole, will be recorded within the rules.
Oct 13, 2020Program Guide, Page 38 - (16) & update to Clarification of Oct 6, 2020: Pre-recorded audio created by or featuring the team is prohibited. Commercially available audio recordings not created by the team are allowed to be used in the performance.
Nov 18, 2020Virtual Tournament Procedures:The use of virtual backgrounds is not allowed with one exception: if the team creates a physical background it may be converted into a virtual background shared by other team members. However, one team member must use the original background during the performance.

Problem 2: Virtual Odyssey

DateClarification
Oct 6, 2020Program Guide, Page 38 - (16): For the 2020-2021 Odyssey of the Mind Program Year, pre-recorded visuals and pre-recorded audio are not allowed to be included in team performances. Virtual/Online competition performances, as a whole, will be recorded within the rules.
Oct 13, 2020Program Guide, Page 38 - (16) & update to Clarification of Oct 6, 2020: Pre-recorded audio created by or featuring the team is prohibited. Commercially available audio recordings not created by the team are allowed to be used in the performance.
Nov 18, 2020Virtual Tournament Procedures:The use of virtual backgrounds is not allowed with one exception: if the team creates a physical background it may be converted into a virtual background shared by other team members. However, one team member must use the original background during the performance.

Problem 3: Classics… OMER and the Beanstalk

DateClarification
Oct 6, 2020Program Guide, Page 38 - (16): For the 2020-2021 Odyssey of the Mind Program Year, pre-recorded visuals and pre-recorded audio are not allowed to be included in team performances. Virtual/Online competition performances, as a whole, will be recorded within the rules.
Oct 13, 2020Program Guide, Page 38 - (16) & update to Clarification of Oct 6, 2020: Pre-recorded audio created by or featuring the team is prohibited. Commercially available audio recordings not created by the team are allowed to be used in the performance.
Nov 18, 2020Virtual Tournament Procedures:The use of virtual backgrounds is not allowed with one exception: if the team creates a physical background it may be converted into a virtual background shared by other team members. However, one team member must use the original background during the performance.

Problem 4: It’s a Trap!

DateClarification
Oct 6, 2020Program Guide, Page 38 - (16): For the 2020-2021 Odyssey of the Mind Program Year, pre-recorded visuals and pre-recorded audio are not allowed to be included in team performances. Virtual/Online competition performances, as a whole, will be recorded within the rules.
Oct 13, 2020Program Guide, Page 38 - (16) & update to Clarification of Oct 6, 2020: Pre-recorded audio created by or featuring the team is prohibited. Commercially available audio recordings not created by the team are allowed to be used in the performance.
Nov 18, 2020B6h - The Structure: In addition to previously existing problem limitations, the structure base and top contact points must fit entirely within a 8" x 8" (20.3cm x 20.3cm) square.
Nov 18, 2020Virtual Tournament Procedures:The use of virtual backgrounds is not allowed with one exception: if the team creates a physical background it may be converted into a virtual background shared by other team members. However, one team member must use the original background during the performance.

Problem 5: Superhero Socks: A Cliffhanger Beginning

DateClarification
Oct 6, 2020Program Guide, Page 38 - (16): For the 2020-2021 Odyssey of the Mind Program Year, pre-recorded visuals and pre-recorded audio are not allowed to be included in team performances. Virtual/Online competition performances, as a whole, will be recorded within the rules.
Oct 13, 2020Program Guide, Page 38 - (16) & update to Clarification of Oct 6, 2020: Pre-recorded audio created by or featuring the team is prohibited. Commercially available audio recordings not created by the team are allowed to be used in the performance.
Nov 18, 2020Style F2 - Rubber bands: To qualify as allowed rubber bands, they must be available in a commercially produced package that identifies with the wording "rubber bands." No other stretchable objects qualify.
Nov 18, 2020Virtual Tournament Procedures:The use of virtual backgrounds is not allowed with one exception: if the team creates a physical background it may be converted into a virtual background shared by other team members. However, one team member must use the original background during the performance.