Tips and Tricks for Team Managers
This manual is intended to be used by Team Managers in addition to the Destination Imagination Program Materials. The information offered here does not supersede the rules set out by Destination Imagination. Rather, it is intended as a guide to help Team Managers better understand the rules, and learn how to support their teams.
Minor Revisions: April 2012, November 2012, July 2014
The information is organized to follow the outline presented in the Roadmap. We recommend that you read the Roadmap section followed by the related section in this manual.
This manual is a compilation of suggestions and comments from many different sources. Every effort has been made to recognize the individuals who contributed to its content, but in many cases, we don’t know where the material actually came from.
I cannot imagine a greater way to stay close to my kids, have fun, and encourage other kids. There was never anything like this when I was a kid, and if there was I wouldn't have been able to be involved. I have had jobs all my life, and extra-curricular activities in school were very few, because I had to work. So, when my kids started getting involved, I swore I would let them do what they wanted and be encouraging them all the way. After some disappointments with coaches, we started to coach a lot of different teams and sports. Then we found CPS--we were hooked.
How to Start DI in your school, community group or company…
So, exactly how do we teach teams to be creative?
How to develop your team from forming to performing!
One Team Manager’s 10 Commandments for Destination Imagination teams.
REMEMBER – It’s Their Solution!
But, exactly where is the boundary? This guide will help you find it!
Our compendium of collected Creative Problem Solving tools and techniques
A great compendium of team building and focusing tools and exercises.
A field trip activity which team managers might find useful to help teams learn about different materials, their properties and potential uses.
General guidance on how to turn the Central Challenge from a giant task into a done deal!
Team Choice Elements (sometimes called Side Trips) are often 40% of the team's total score. They are a great way for the team to show off their talents, and do something which isn't prescribed by the challenge. Here are some thoughts on how teams can build great team choice elements to complement the rest of their solution.
Some hints on how to teach your team the improv skills they need to succeed in the Improv challenge and in Instant Challenges.
De-mystifying Instant Challenge - and providing some hints on how teams can be successful there.
It is helpful, especially for younger or inexperienced teams, for each member to have a designated role when solving Instant Challenges...
Your team has completed their performance. Now what?
There is always paperwork. Here are some hints and guidelines…