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Buccaneer Bay Odyssey of the Mind

Buccaneer Bay is a region of Florida Odyssey of the Mind Association serving six counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Hardee and Desoto.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international program for students in kindergarten through college. Members work in teams and use creative problem solving skills to produce solutions for a variety of problems. Problem solutions range from building working vehicles and inventive structures to live performances, written and acted by teams, which present creative solutions.

But what Odyssey of the Mind really means to team members is creative learning, building new skill sets, working as a team and having FUN! Team members each get to showcase their creative flair and unique abilities and build upon everyone’s ideas to enhance their solutions. Odyssey encourages participation and innovative thinking and the team environment gives everyone a chance to have his or her ideas heard.


  1. Annual membership fee must be paid before teams can be registered for tournaments.  To sign up as a member, go to JOIN – Annual OM Membership
  2. Team Registration deadline is December 15th to avoid a $20/team late fee.  Register your team(s) online at Regional Team Registration
  3. 2023-24: FINAL DEADLINE FOR ALL teams, judges and workers must be registered and paid by December 31st.

Coaches: Register for a coach training session here.

Learn more in our video:

Start Solving!

Teams get to choose from five long term problems that appeal to a wide range of interests and present their solutions to coaches, parents and judges during the Odyssey regional tournament. The Buccaneer Bay region is proud of all of our teams, coaches, alumni and volunteers. And we are always looking for more. If you are interested in starting a team, learn more here. If you would like to volunteer in the next regional competition, welcome! Get more information about volunteering here.

In Florida we have Regional competitions where teams advance to State Finals. Top teams from the State Finals go on to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

Buccaneer Bay Odyssey of the Mind is made possible by the generous contributions of Volunteers, Parents, Teachers, Contributors and Sponsors. Volunteers serve as Coaches, Coordinators, Judges, Tournament Assistants, Trainers, Problem Captains and Board Members.