2019 Eastern Regional Tournament Schedule

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2019 Western Regional Tournament Schedule

  The Day’s Highlights Registration: 8:00-12:00 – South Cafeteria (410) Opening Ceremony: 9:00-9:15 – Auditorium (recommend you get seating 10 min early) Merchandise Sales: 9:30-3:30 – South Cafeteria (410) Challenges: Run from 9:40-4:40 in various locations Lunch: Available on site from 11-2, off site options also available at any time Closing Ceremony: 5:00 – Auditorium (we will try to begin on time but subject to change based on scoring system) {module 2019 Western Regional Tournament Venues|showtitle=1} {module 2019 Western Regional Tournament Schedule|showtitle=1}  

2019 Affiliate Tournament Schedule

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Presentation: Tournament Procedures

This is a presentation by Josh Diamond on Tournament Procedures, last updated in 2019. All Team Managers are encouraged to review this, as it will help you and your team have an excellent Tournament experience.

Instant Challenge Fiesta

I/C Fiestas are non-competitive events where teams solve multiple Instant Challenges in a Tournament-like environment. Teams receive honest constructive feedback from our experienced appraisers about what is working well, and about areas that require improvement in order for the team to excel at Tournament. To enroll in an Instant Challenge Fiesta your team must be fully registered, including payment of any outstanding Team Membership, Affiliate and Regional Fees. Additionally, some regions may charge a dedicated fee for Fiesta attendance. Please note that the Instant Challenge Fiesta is NOT a spectator event. Only Team Members, Team Managers, and Fiesta volunteers will be admitted to the event. START A NEW TEAM ENROLL AN EXISTING TEAM

Presentation: Handling Difficult Team Situations

This is a presentation by Josh Diamond designed to help Team Managers learn how to handle tough decisions, behavior issues, and other difficult team situations. It was originally presented on November 29, 2018.

Why is the Tournament Scheduled This Way?

Participants often ask us why our Tournaments are scheduled as they are. We receive questions like: Why this date for the Tournament? Why is our performance time so early / so late? Why is there so much / little time between our Team Challenge (TC) and Instant Challenge (IC)? Why can’t the awards ceremony be earlier? Why can’t we have the tournament on multiple days? Why is the tournament enrollment deadline so early? Why can’t I change our performance time a week before the Tournament? So let’s think about what is involved in scheduling a Tournament…

2018-19 Interactive Tournament Data Forms

Teams and Team Managers are reminded that there are forms required for every Challenge. The team itself is responsible for the forms, and that in many cases multiple copies of each form are required.  For younger teams the Team Manager may act as scribe, but the content of the forms must be from the team members. Older teams are expected to manage the forms themselves. Destination Imagination Inc. has provided fillable interactive versions of each form.  Teams are encouraged to use these, as appraisers have a limited time in which to read the forms, and legible forms with typed responses are much easier to parse.

2019-20 Tournament Data Forms

Teams and Team Managers are reminded that there are forms required for every Challenge. The team itself is responsible for the forms, and that in many cases multiple copies of each form are required.  For younger teams the Team Manager may act as scribe, but the content of the forms must be from the team members. Older teams are expected to manage the forms themselves. Destination Imagination Inc. has provided fillable interactive versions of each form.  Teams are encouraged to use these, as appraisers have a limited time in which to read the forms, and legible forms with typed responses are much easier to parse.

2019 NYDI Affiliate Tournament – April 6, 2019

The top teams from each New York regional tournament will meet at the 2019 NYDI Affiliate Tournament (our state finals), on April 6, 2019. The tournament will be held at SUNY Broome Community College, located in Binghamton, NY.

2018 NY Affiliate Tournament Schedule

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By-laws of NYDI

The BY-LAWS OF DESTINATION IMAGINATION OF NEW YORK, INC. are the rules by which NYDI regulates itself, as allowed within the provisions of New York’s Not-For-Profit Corporation Law (N-PCL) and section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

Policies of NYDI

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Affiliate License Agreement

The Affiliate License Agreement defines and governs the relationship between NYDI and Destination Imagination, Inc.

NYDI Statistics

Statistics on number of teams and Challenge popularity for this program year.

Difficult Team Situations

As a team manager you may encounter various difficult team situations. Use this guide to help you avoid common pitfalls, and handle breakdowns when they occur.

2016 NYDI Central Region Showcase – March 19, 2016

The 2016 NYDI Central Regional Showcase is an optional (but highly reccomended!) non-competitive opportunity for DI teams in the Central Region to practice their central challenge performances, practice an instant challenge, walk through DI tournament procedures, and receive feedback before the NY State Tournament. The showcase will take place on March 19, 2016 at DeWitt Middle School, in Ithaca.

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2016 NYDI Affiliate Tournament – April 9, 2016

The top teams from each New York regional tournament and all teams from the Central Region met at the 2016 NYDI Affiliate Tournament (our state finals), on April 9, 2016. The tournament was held at SUNY Broome Community College, located in Binghamton, NY. Click here to view the Tournament Results!

2017-18 Interactive Tournament Data Forms

Teams and Team Managers are reminded that there are forms required for every Challenge. The team itself is responsible for the forms, and that in many cases multiple copies of each form are required.  For younger teams the Team Manager may act as scribe, but the content of the forms must be from the team members. Older teams are expected to manage the forms themselves. Destination Imagination Inc. has provided fillable interactive versions of each form.  Teams are encouraged to use these, as appraisers have a limited time in which to read the forms, and legible forms with typed responses are much easier to parse.

2018 NYDI Eastern Regional Tournament – Compact Schedule

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2018 NYDI Eastern Regional Tournament – March 10, 2018

The 2018 NYDI Eastern Regional Tournament took place on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Anne M. Dorner MS and Claremont ES, in Ossining, NY. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TOURNAMENT RESULTS! IMPORTANT Due to storm damage in Somers, the tournament has been moved to Ossining, NY! The new tournament venues will be Anne M. Dorner MS and Claremont ES. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TOURNAMENT RESULTS!

2018 NYDI Affiliate Tournament – April 7, 2018

The top teams from each New York regional tournament and all teams from the Central Region met at the 2018 NYDI Affiliate Tournament (our state finals), on April 7, 2018. The tournament was held at SUNY Broome Community College, located in Binghamton, NY. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TOURNAMENT RESULTS!

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2017 Team NY at Global Finals – Schedule

Teams that excelled at the  2017 NYDI Affiliate Tournament advanced to Global Finals ’17, May 24th-27th, 2017 at the Uni­vers­ity of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.

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2017 Team NY at Global Finals – Detailed Listing

Please note that this listing is subject to change! Information from GlobalFinals.org always takes precedence over this web page, and all teams should re-verify their performance times when they register.

2016-17 Interactive Tournament Data Forms

Teams and Team Managers are reminded that there are forms required for every Challenge. Note that the team itself is responsible for the forms, and that in many cases multiple copies of each form are required.  For younger teams the Team Manager may act as scribe, but the content of the forms must be from the team members. Older teams are expected to manage the forms themselves. Destination Imagination Inc. has provided fillable interactive versions of each form.  Teams are encouraged to use these, as appraisers have a limited time in which to read the forms, and legible forms with typed responses are much easier to parse.

Our Events

Destination Imagination has several types of events throughout the year to support and celebrate the creativity and teamwork exemplified by our Teams and Team Managers.

Bio: Dawn DiCicco

Dawn joined her first Destination Imagination team in 2000 and spent nine years participating in Massachusetts DI. Since becoming an alumna of the program, Dawn has served in a variety of volunteer positions including Team Manager, School Coordinator, Appraiser and Challenge Master for both Massachusetts and New York DI. In addition to being a member of our Board of Trustees, Dawn is also a member of Destination Imagination’s Alumni Ambassador Council where she works with DI headquarters on international alumni engagement and retention. Outside of DI, Dawn puts her Instant Challenge skills to work every day as a television professional in New York City. Dawn received a B.A. in Studio Television Production from Emerson College in 2013 and works in daytime talk.

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2017 NYDI Affiliate Tournament – April 8, 2017

The top teams from each New York regional tournament and all teams from the Central Region met at the 2017 NYDI Affiliate Tournament (our state finals), on April 8, 2017. The tournament was held at SUNY Broome Community College, located in Binghamton, NY. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TOURNAMENT RESULTS!

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2017 Team NY at Global Finals

Teams that excelled at the  2017 NYDI Affiliate Tournament advanced to Global Finals ’17, May 24th-27th, 2017 at the Uni­vers­ity of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.

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2016 Team NY at Global Finals – Schedule

Teams which excel at the 2016 NYDI Affiliate Tournament will advance to Global Finals ’16, to be held on May 25th-28th, 2016 at the Uni­vers­ity of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN.

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2016 Team NY at Global Finals – Detailed Listing

2016 Team NY – Detailed Listing Please note that this listing is subject to change! Information from GlobalFinals.org always takes precedence over this web page, and all teams should re-verify their performance times when they register.

Check-in and Prop Handling Procedures

In order to ensure that the Tournament runs smoothly, and that we care appropriately for the host venue, we have instituted the following rules which apply at all NYDI Tournaments:

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2016 Eastern Regional Tournament Floor Plans

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Volunteer Schedule – 2016 Eastern Regional Tournament

As part of a volunteer organization, each team has a responsibility to facilitate the Regional Tournament. Each team must send a volunteer (in addition to the manager and the appraiser) to do one of the following jobs. If you don’t see your teams listed here, please visit the Registration table in Main Hall when you arrive at the tournament. Volunteer Responsibilities: Door Watcher Make sure that no one enters or leaves during a team performance, and act as a monitor keeping the area outside the performance room quiet so that the teams performances can be heard. In some rare cases door watchers may be scheduled during their team’s performance time; in that case, just close the door when the challenge starts, come in and watch. …

Presentation: Top 7 Tournament Secrets

The Tournament can seem daunting to new Teams, new Team Managers, and Spectators. It shouldn’t!  Because we have lots of great tips on how to have a great time at the tournament without developing an ulcer, high blood pressure, or having a panic attack.

What is Interference?

Only team members may contribute ideas and create Challenge solutions. Help from non-team members, including Team Managers, is called Interference. The Interference Triangle: The Interference Triangle is a useful tool to help remember what Interference is and what Team Managers and other people are allowed to help the team with. The Base of the Triangle consists of two corners: Skills and Challenge & Rules. These two corner support blocks are what teams have in common when they participate in the Destination Imagination program and process. Skills are the special abilities that the participants already have and bring to the team along with the skills they learn while being a part of the team. Learning skills is an important and valuable part of the process of DI. Every team member’s participation …

PTA Presentation

This is a sample presentation to pitch a DI program to a PTA or similar organization.

A Principal’s Take on DI and Current Educational Paradigms

John Falino, Principal and International Baccalaureate (IB) World Head of School at Dobbs Ferry High School, has featured Destination Imagination on his blog, focusing on how DI fits into today’s educational paradigm, which is so dominated by concerns of student assessment, teaching of 21st Century Skills, and concerns of whether students are getting the well rounded education which they deserve. My interest is on the types of 21st century “survival” skills (T. Wagner) that students develop as a result of participating in DI. These skills include problem solving, collaboration, communication, curiosity/imagination, and self-direction/initiative. There’s so much talk these days about the how we measure and assess these “soft” skills and the types of authentic experiences that schools provide for students to develop them. It’s not …

Champ Pack Directions

Team NY Champ Pack Information

All NY teams which advance to Global Finals are required to purchase a Team NY Champ Pack, which includes the following for each team member: An NYDI T-shirt: This is our official uniform, and is worn by team members at the Global Finals opening and closing ceremonies. A basic set of NYDI trading pins: It has been said that, beyond the Challenges, pin trading is the social glue which binds teams from all around the world together at Global Finals.  

Why Participate in DI? One DI Kid’s College Application Essay

The essay below was written by an 8-year Destination Imagination participant and 5-time Global Finals participant for his college applications. The student is now attending a top engineering school, and credits his acceptance in large part to his experiences in DI.

Affiliate Tournament Transportation FAQ

When do you recommend that students arrive in Binghamton for the Tournament? The answer to this question depends greatly upon how far away from Binghamton you live, and also upon your budget. Most teams travelling from farther away (e.g. Buffalo or NYC area) stay overnight in a Binghamton area hotel on the night before the tournament, so that the team is well rested and ready to perform early in the day. If you live closer to Binghamton, you may be able to travel early in the morning to reach Binghamton High School.  Be aware, though, that there is a risk involved, in that a transportation breakdown could cause you to miss your performance time.  When do you recommend that students leave Binghamton after the Tournament? …

Volunteer Schedule – 2015 Eastern Regional Tournament

As part of a volunteer organization, each team has a responsibility to facilitate the Regional Tournament. Each team must send a volunteer parent (in addition to the manager and the appraiser) to do one of the following jobs. If you don’t see your teams listed here, please visit the Registration table in Main Hall when you arrive at the tournament. Volunteer Responsibilities: Door Watcher Make sure that no one enters or leaves during a team performance. Some door watchers may be scheduled during their team’s performance time, as they will be there anyway and have the greatest stake in preventing people from distracting their team. Just close the door when the challenge starts, come in and watch. Prop Zone Monitor Make sure that props are …

2014-15 Interactive Tournament Data Forms

Teams and Team Managers are reminded that there are forms required for every challenge. Note that the team itself is responsible for the forms, and that in many cases multiple copies of each form are required.  For younger teams the Team Manager make act as scribe, but the content of the forms must be from the team members.  Older teams are expected to manage the forms themselves. Destination Imagination Inc. has provided fillable interactive versions of each form.  Teams are encouraged to use these, as appraisers have a limited time in which to read the forms, and legible forms with typed responses are much easier to parse.

2015-16 Interactive Tournament Data Forms

Teams and Team Managers are reminded that there are forms required for every Challenge. Note that the team itself is responsible for the forms, and that in many cases multiple copies of each form are required.  For younger teams the Team Manager may act as scribe, but the content of the forms must be from the team members. Older teams are expected to manage the forms themselves. Destination Imagination Inc. has provided fillable interactive versions of each form.  Teams are encouraged to use these, as appraisers have a limited time in which to read the forms, and legible forms with typed responses are much easier to parse.

Tools and Rules

This presentation on working with DI teams in the workshop was created by Bennett Macaluso, a multi-year NYDI Team Manager and Appraiser.

Scavenger Hunt / Field Trip Activity

Introduction A fellow TM suggested I post the scavenger hunt idea I used with my team last weekend. We visited four types of stores: craft supply store, hardware store, fabric store and office supply store for 30 minutes each. The kids were armed with a list of questions to answer in each store, with the end product being a list of materials and supplies from which they can draw ideas when they are working on their solution during the year. Many of the questions used in this scavenger hunt actually came from Rich Safris, the author of “The Winning Edge,” who included them in his book as a list of Instant Challenges. The kids can team up in pairs if they desire. I offered a …

Painting Basics

You have many paints at your disposal as you make your props & backdrops. Generally, the size of the item to be painted will dictate the kind of paint to use. A large backdrop might be painted with house, spray, or poster paint. A small detailed prop could use acrylics, or watercolor, or another “art” paint. Think about how the audience & appraisers will view the piece. Is it being scored for “artistic effect”? Does it need lots of identifiable figures or lettering, or is it simply being used for overall color? Would it be helpful to use one paint to do the large background, let it dry, & then use another paint for the details on the piece? Do you want to only paint …

Team Member and Parent Contracts

This is an example of a contract / ground rules, which the Team Manager can have Team Members and their Parents agree to and sign.

A Team First-Aid Kit

Contributed by:Malinda Lindstrom,ATD North Dakota As a former ER nurse, I know how important it is to be prepared for ANYTHING!! On my first day of training, an ambulance radioed in that they were bringing in a trauma victim. With the details from the ambulance in mind, the nurses quickly prepared the trauma room. (This was in the OLD days before we were a full-fledged trauma center.) They set out EVERYTHING the doctor could possibly ask for according to the details of the injuries. I was SO impressed with the staff and how prepared they were. Of course, we didn’t use a lot of the supplies, but we were prepared for ANYTHING!! So with my ER background in mind, you’ll understand why my suggestion to …

Presentation: Introduction to Being a Team Manager

This introductory presentation for Destination Imagination Team Managers was created by Dan Boniello, NYDI Affiliate Training Director. It was originally presented at the October 18, 2014 NYDI Eastern Region Team Manager training session, and is updated annually.

How Can I Volunteer With DI?

There are lots of ways to volunteer and support NYDI in providing its programs to more students. You can: Be a Team Manager Be an Appraiser or Tournament Official Be an usher, door-guard, or check-in attendant at a tournament Be a Coordinator for a Destination Imagination program at your School Provide Skills Training, Project Management or other workshops for teams Help us with fundraising Help us with development efforts including our website and other outreach programs If you are interested in volunteering, please contact your Regional Director.

Bio: Jon Brennan

Jon Brennan was first exposed to Destination Imagination when his 3rd grade daughter asked him to attend a meeting about DI. He was so impressed with the potential of the program, he became a Team Manager for her team and had his other two daughters get involved. That was in 2006. Since then he’s managed teams at the Elementary, Middle and High School levels, appraised at State Competition and attended Global Finals with three of his teams. He has served as President of the Clarence DI Boosters organization since 2009, and in addition to being a NYDI trustee, is now assisting us on technology matters. Outside of DI, Jon is a board member of the Amherst Bel Canto Children’s Choir, board member of the nationally …

How many people participate in DI?

150,000 number of children worldwide that participate in Destination Imagination, Inc. programs annually 38,000 number of Destination Imagination, Inc. volunteers worldwide 1.5 million+ number of DI alumni worldwide 5 years average length of participation in DI 6,000 – 7,000 number of schools involved in DI 48 states number of U.S. states with DI teams 30+ number of countries that participate in DI 18,000 number of teams expected to participate in DI in 2015-16 17,000+ number of people who attend Global Finals 1,400+ number of teams at Global Finals [Data as of August 2015] 

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STEM & Literacy Pathways for Early Learners

The Classroom & Home School Approach STEM & Literacy Pathways for Early Learners (Pathways) is the most recent and innovative product to be developed by Destination Imagination for Early Childhood.

What do Students Get Out of DI?

Destination Imagination yields great results for participants, who report consistently that DI was one of the most memorable and important parts of their experience.   They describe it as fun and exciting – and love the opportunity to compete against teams from around the world.

What is a DI Solution?

The Solution is where the Team’s commitment and the Challenge provided by Destination Imagination come together. Once the team has formed and selected a Challenge, the work begins. The Program Materials set out the requirements of the Challenge in detail – everything from what materials may be used and the allowed budget, to rubrics for appraising the solution. Teams meet on a regular basis, plan a course of action, and execute that plan. When the solution is complete, they have the opportunity to show off their solutions at one of our Tournaments. Team Managers may facilitate the process, and provide or arrange for skills training, but they may not contribute to the solution in any way. No two solutions to a Challege are the same. …

Team Cheer Ads

Team Cheer Ads are sold for all NYDI tournaments, and are a great chance for you to give your team, school or district a little recognition in our tournament program, and to raise some money for your local program and for NYDI.

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Ready to pay? Important note: NYDI trading pins will NOT be shipped to addresses outside of NY State until after Global Finals. We will take your order and hold the pins for shipment in early June. If you are placing a large order, please contact [email protected] Note: 2020 NYDI Trading Pin Orders placed after April 11, 2020 may not be fulfilled! Please order before that date to ensure availability. Teams advancing to Global Finals get discounted rates on pins and shirts, and should NOT place orders here!See Team NY Champ Pack Information for details. Team Managers should use Champ Pack Pre-Order, or send orders to [email protected]! Supporters: Please speak to your Team Manager before ordering here! All orders placed through this page are final.Price adjustments and order changes …

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Start a Team

Congratulations on your decision to start a Destination Imagination team!Here’s how to begin:

Team Manager Training

Congratulations on being a Team Manager!  We thank you for your commitment to bringing the Destination Imagination experience to your team. Now that you are here, we would like to help you be the very best Team Manager you can be!

Program Materials

Destination Imagination official Program Materials include: Team Challenges – the rules for a team’s selected challenge Rules of the Road – the definitive reference for the rules of DI (applies to all Team Challenges) Roadmap – a guidebook to help Team Managers manage a team from their first session all the way to a tournament Travel Guide for Teams – a detailed guide describing what teams can expect at the tournament (usually published in January) Click Here to Download Program Materials New versions of the Program Materials are published annually.  They are available only with a valid Team Number for the current program year. If your team has a sponsoring organization (school, district, booster club, etc.), your coordinator should be able to guide you to the Program Materials. If you are a new organization, or …

Map for Team Managers

A concise map to help Team Managers find the information they need. Definitions: What is DI? What is a Team Manager? What is Interference? Getting started: Start a Team – how to get your Team Number, Program Materials, etc. NYDI Regions –  region-specific instructions on how to create a team Register Your Team – register your team for the tournaments Program Materials: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PROGRAM MATERIALS Team Challenges – the rules for a team’s selected challenge Rules of the Road – the definitive reference for the rules of DI (applies to all Team Challenges) Roadmap – a guidebook to help Team Managers manage a team from their first session all the way to a tournament Travel Guide for Teams – a detailed guide describing what teams can expect at the tournament (usually published …

Presentation: Technical Elements

This is a presentation on technical elements for DI challenges. It was originally presented at the December 11, 2012 Team Manager training webinar.

Presentation: Team Building

This is a presentation on how to build great teams, with a section on what Appraisers want at the Tournament. It was originally presented by Corrinne Collett — veteran Team Manager and Appraiser — at the October 18, 2014 NYDI Eastern Region Team Manager training session.