How do I start a team?
We’d love to say it’s as simple as finding 6 friends and going for it, but… there are some administrative tasks that must be done to ensure your team is correctly registered for the right challenge, in the right region, and at the right competition level. But to make it all as smooth as possible, we have developed a comprehensive yet simple list to follow. You can check that out on our START A TEAM page!
What region will we compete in?
If you are joining a school district or club that’s already involved in Destination Imagination, chances are they are already affiliated with a region, and we would be more than happy to keep you all in the same region (even if the borders have since been redrawn). In general, our regional borders fall on county lines, and this page will be updated with a map soon. If your district or club falls on a county/region border, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see where your team would best be served. Our goal is to ensure all teams have an equal field when competing at the regional level, and for this region you may not compete in the nearest geographical regional tournament.
I have a question, who can I ask?
If your question is about the challenge… Destination Imagination uses a Clarifications process to allow teams to ask questions about their challenges. These questions go directly to the International Challenge Masters for their challenge, and they are directly answered by them as well. Most questions that teams ask will fall into this category. Caution – Teams are limited to asking 10 clarifications to the International Challenge Masters in any given challenge year. Reminder: All Team Clarifications must be submitted by February 15th. Click here to submit a team clarification. If your question is about the tournament… Questions regarding tournament processes and procedures, specific tournament site restrictions and expectations, and tournament day information can be directed to both your Regional Director and Regional Challenge Master (for the Affiliate Tournament, please reach out to the Affiliate Tournament Director, or your Affiliate Challenge Master). They will work together to ensure you get the appropriate answer from the proper individual. If your answer is outside of their scope, they may direct you to submit a clarification to the International Challenge Masters. This information can be found at our Meet Our Team Page.
How can I support WIDI?
That’s totally awesome! This program is powered by volunteers of all types. There are so many volunteer opportunities available – you can head over to our Volunteer Opportunities page for a more complete listing. If you have a special skill set or other idea for how you can contribute to Wisconsin Destination Imagination, please contact us!
I've signed up to be a volunteer, now what?
If you don’t hear anything right away, don’t worry! Appraiser registrations come in over the course of about a 3-4 month window. The regional staff are working together to build the best appraisal teams it can during that time. You should hear from your Regional Challenge Master at least 2-3 weeks prior to the tournament date with details as to when and where you need to be, and any additional or challenge specific training or updates that have come out. By December of 2018, we hope to have our general Appraiser Training available to view as time permits. If you havn’t heard from anyone within 2 weeks of your tournament date, please email the Regional Director for the tournament you wish to appraise at and they will follow-up with you.
My child is competing, can I still volunteer?
ABSOLUTELY! But… Please make sure that when you register as an appraiser, you must disclose which team/challenge/level your child(ren) participate in. Wisconsin Destination Imagination has a policy that outlines which areas and roles a parent can participate in to ensure there is no favoritism, either actual or perceived.
I would like to start a team, but don't know where to start. Who can help me?
Don’t worry! We have a lot of different resources and people who can help you get on your feet and solving the challenges! If your school is already involved in Destination Imagination… then your School Coordinator is your first stop. If you need help identifying this individual, please reach out to your regions Regional Director for assistance. If your school is not yet involved in Destination Imagination… then reach out to our Affiliate Growth Director. They can help identify which region you will compete in, as well as have some great resources to get you moving along in no time at all. Remember – you are not required to affiliate with a school district. Teams can compete as independent. If you would like more information regarding this option, please reach out to our Affiliate Director.
Where can I find practice Instant Challenges?
Check out our WIDI Instant Challenge Guide, or head over to the Destination ImagiNation Resource Library for more examples!