See this section for support materials useful for all NYDI participants and volunteers.

Top 10 Secrets of Top Ranked Teams

How do amazing teams get that way? Here are 10 secrets to success!

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Start a Team

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

Read more: Start a Team

NYDI Statistics

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

Budgeting and Fundraising

A basic primer on DI team finances, costs and funding

Read more: Budgeting and Fundraising

Web Resources for Teams

A compiled list of useful links for Teams and their Team Managers.

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Improvisation Resources

General resources for Improv Teams and teams looking to improve the improvisational component of Instant Challenge

Read more: Improvisation Resources

Engineering / Structure Team Guide

This guide provides a step-by-step approach to teaching a Destination Imagination team about building structures in a way that doesn't constitute interference.  This should be the first stop for new [and returning] Engineering Challenge teams!

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Painting Basics

Basic painting tips for Destiantion Imagination teams

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Construction of Props and Backdrops

A list of questions to answer and concepts to think about for Destination Imagination constructing props and backdrops.

Read more: Construction of Props and Backdrops

Getting the Materials Your Team Needs

Some ideas on how to find the raw materials needed to solve the Challenge...

Read more: Getting the Materials Your Team Needs

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Instant Challenge

A great guide on how to learn to be a strong Instant Challenge team.  Useful both for teams and Team Managers.

Read more: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Instant Challenge

Lending Library

NYDI maintains a library of books and materials useful to teams and Team Managers

Read more: Lending Library

Books for Teams and Team Managers

Resource Books for Teams and Team Managers

Compiled by Rosemary Bognar, Destination Imagination, Inc. Training Facilitator

Read more: Books for Teams and Team Managers

Descriptions of Special Awards

At each tournament Destination Imagination can grant various special awards for solutions which were distinctive, or for anything which especially impressed the appraisers.

Read more: Descriptions of Special Awards


Thanks to generous donors, NYDI offers two great scholarship programs for students who have participated in the program:

Read more: Scholarships

Trading Pins

NYDI's annual budget is supported in part through sales of Trading Pins.

Besides competing, teams which participate at Global Finals have opportunities to trade pins with their counterparts from other affiliates. It has been said that pin trading is significant part of the social glue which binds Global Finals participants from around the world together in shared experience.

Read more: Trading Pins

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.

Read more: Team Cheer Ads

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...

Read more: Why is the Tournament Scheduled This Way?

What If We Win at States and Are Going to Global Finals?

So your team was just called to the podium at the Awards Ceremony, and your team is going to Global Finals

What now?

Read more: What If We Win at States and Are Going to Global Finals?


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