The DINI list is devoted to discussions of interest primarily to team managers in the Destination ImagiNation® creative problem solving program. Team members and other participants are also welcome to join and contribute. The purpose of the list is to improve the program for all, by freely sharing ideas and experiences. “Interference” as defined in “The Rules of the Road” must be avoided!
Exchange e-mails with experienced team managers, regional and affiliate directors, appraisers and more. Need a quick answer or suggestion? Send it out on the DINI list and you’ll have an answer pronto. The DINI list is not an official Destination Imagination resource and specific challenge related info is not provided. It is great for advice on how to handle team member and parent issues, promote DI at your school, coming up with instant challenge ideas, and all sorts of other day to day DI stuff.
To join the dini list, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to Maryland Creative Problem Solvers, Inc. (MCPSI). This section of our website is designed specially for you. Here we hope you will find lots of useful information to help you manage your teams. Feel free to personalize the documents you download and use them for distribution to your own teams.
Background checks for Team Managers
Team Managers are required to pass a background check before they bring their teams to a tournament. For details on how to obtain this check see Team Manager Verified Volunteer letter
Principal Background Check Verification
Team Manager Training
Maryland DI offers a variety of training options for Team Managers. While training is not required, it is highly recommended, especially for new Team Managers. For details of training opportunities, Click Here
Appraiser Info for Team Managers
All regions require teams to provide an Appraiser to serve at their regional tournament. If your team moves on to the State Tournament, your team’s Appraiser must be available to appraise at the State Tournament as well! Appraisers are very important members of the DI community! These are the people who will APPRAISE the teams’ solutions at the various tournaments. They must be certified by attending a training day, and know that they will not be able to watch YOUR team’s solution (an appraiser is assigned to a different challenge than the team they represent). Organizing and pulling together a tournament is a huge feat. It takes, on average, 8-10 appraisers per team challenge, 4-6 per IC room, plus help in areas such as score room, IC holding room, etc. Additional helpers aid in areas such as monitors, concessions, check in, set up/clean up, etc.
Your RDs and TDs need to have your Appraiser’s information and consent as soon as possible! That way, they can communicate directly with your Appraiser and be sure he/she is registered for training. Teams with no appraiser representative will not be permitted to advance to the next level of competition.
What makes a great appraiser/helper? Someone who LOVES DI! Other common traits are flexibility, positive attitude, quick smile, friendly, team player, etc. You might find your Appraiser within your team (parent, etc), your school (teacher, principal, etc.) or other organization (church, club, etc.).
Questions? Contact your Regional Director.