Season 2016-17 Registration Instructions The state of California Website

To view Slideshow, please click on link below:

Click here to view the DI registration slides

September 2016

To view the Challenges for this season, click on the link below.

After you click on the link, if you have never used this resource before, then you must assign yourself a username and password. Tell me with what school(s) your team is associated. Then I will grant you access to the private site for Team Managers (TMs). Lucia Mar does not pay for the Team Memberships until December; this is a way to give Lucia Mar TMs earlier access to the challenges.

Click here to enter the PRIVATE Wiki containing the 5 (No Structural Challenge) Main/Team Challenges for this Season of DI.

What will Destination Imagination (DI) do for my child?

From Imagination to Innovation

The Destination Imagination process includes: 21st Century Skills, brain health, teamwork, STEM, leadership skills and arts appreciation.
Destination Imagination teaches the creative process from imagination to innovation using “inquiry-guided group learning.” Students use inquiry to find solutions for their selected challenge. Team managers provide the guidance and tools needed to facilitate the students' inquiry process. By working in teams of 2 to 7 members, students experience the advantages of teamwork. Team members learn to respect and build on the strengths and ideas of all team members.

The creative process, “Thinking and Doing," includes these five parts:

• Recognize: becoming aware of a challenge or opportunity; maintaining a health state of mind (alertness, attitude)

• Imagine: applying thinking skills to develop ideas for solutions

• Initiate and collaborate: taking risks and controlling behavior; Working in collaborative manner

• Assess : sometimes requires starting over or admitting failure

• Evaluate and Celebrate: reflecting on the experience, resources, teamwork; celebrating the team's success in learning and experiencing the creative process from imagination to innovation

There are 4 Destination Imagination(DI) websites:

1. - National DI website:

Why go there: Buy items at ShopDI, learn about the Program, learn about starting a team,

register for Globals, etc. Covers topics specific to entire United States/International DI Program.

2. - State of California DI website:

Why go there: Learn about 7 regions that serve the state of California, Register for your local, Regional Tournament, register for the State Tournament.

3. www.CentralCoast - Our local program information, Central Coast DI (Serves San Luis Obispo, Ventura, Santa Barbara counties)

Why go there: Schedules for local events are posted here; please see Important Dates Calendar

Events such as when/where Parent Information Nights will be held, when/where the local Regional Tournament will be held, maps for the Regional Tournament, etc.

4. Private site for Team Managers(TMs): Only available to Team Managers. New Team Managers must ask me for permission to join/access this site.

Here I put a lot of forms, etc. from the National website so TMs don't have to search for it. The Challenges are available for viewing and download here.

Welcome to our Public website: www.CentralCoast

Warning: This site should not be viewed on an iPad; it is next to impossible to view on a smart phone also !!!! because you can't readily access the pages at the right. If you try to access the private Team Manager website with a Mac, the steps to join are different from the steps for a PC (which are recorded here).

Informative Video

I've finally found IT!! "IT" is a video that better explains Destination Imagination. The first part is a slideshow provided by LA DI Land (Los Angeles Region). You can see the costumes and props these teams make for the Competitions. The second and third parts are videos produced by DI Head Quarters.

Click on this link& enjoy youthful creativity on the grandest of scales! Because the video is in Dropbox, some of you may need to click on the arrow to begin viewing.

General Questions:
How can my child join a Destination Imagination team? Click here to read more
If your kids attend Lucia Mar, and you have a team, then once you contact Eddie at 929-5206 / then you can
view the Main/Team Challenges at the Team Manager private wiki. Click here to join.

Question: I can't seem to print out the PDF

After you click on the link, the PDF will open. If you can't seem to print the document, then wave your mouse near the middle bottom of the page. A tool bar should appear. Click on the print icon.

Why I DI

I am doing all I can to make my child “recession-proof”. How? My son is a member of a Destination Imagination (DI) team, and he has been since 2nd grade. DI improves 21st century skills (skills needed for 21st century jobs) such as innovation, problem-solving, creativity, and working well with others. As the Director of the Central Coast region, I will add where ever I can: effective use of technology. Bottom line: DI is the most effective, economical, after school, Project Based Learning tool available in Education.

What is an example of a 21st century skill? My friend is a computer software engineer, which means she writes software programs using a programming language. These programs are just like other Internet sites that allow a customer to purchase products by computer, pay, and have the products shipped to their home. This online store is customized for products manufactured by a Santa Maria dental supply company to serve their customers worldwide. She works with a man who runs several rental properties in Bali: the coworker can do this because he telecommutes (he does his work in Bali and then electronically sends his work to Santa Maria). I want my son to have such employment flexibility. I DI so my son won't struggle with work relationships like I did.

Creative Compass--The latest (44 pages) introduction to the Destination Imagination program (2013-14)

Click on this link to view and print out this colorful explanation of all that is DI.

Ten Suggestions for Raising A Creative Child

Click here to view / downloadfrom a PDF, "Ten Suggestions for Raising a Creative Child".
These suggestions can be used by parents and teachers everyday.
I carefully reread the remarks about what to say when they are unsuccessful.

Click here to view a color print over view of the 2011-2012 Destination Imagination program, called the Quick Start Guide. Takes 30 seconds (or longer) to [[#|download]]. To zoom, or page through the article, move your mouse to the center of the page and a tool bar will appear. Click the "+" or "-" to zoom in or out, etc. This PDF can be printed, but the B&W version below will save your printer ink; it is available below.

Click on this link to view a short,printable Black and White version of the above Quick Start Guide. To zoom, or page through the article, move your mouse to the center of the page and a tool bar will appear. Click the "+" or "-" to zoom in or out, etc.

Nobody should argue that these are difficult times for our teachers (and our model of education), but my son is very creative, and I don't want him to lose his creativity and spontaneity.
View this video that explains some of the difficulties that teachers encounter with our current educational model. Click on this link to view


Teams comprise 2 to 7 members.
Teams are run by 1, 2 or 3 Team Managers (TM). TMs are typically a parent or a teacher; each team must have an adult Team Manager (18 or older). Assign 1 TM to run the Instant Challenges (1 to 2 per meeting), 1 to run the Main/Team Challenge, and if your team goes to Globals, 1 to organize Fund raising!
The Rising Stars division is students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. At the Regional Tournament, the teams perform the Rising Stars challenge and the Instant Challenge, but do not compete.
Students in 3rd grade through University do compete at the Regional Tournament. 3rd thru 5th are Elementary Level. 6th thru 8th are Middle Level. 9th thru 12th are Secondary Level.

How Often?

Our Season runs from September until end of February (if you compete in the Regional Tournament), end of March/start of April (if you compete in the Ca State Tournament),
or end of May (if you compete at the Globals Tournament). Typically, teams in our region perform together for 5 or 6 years before they qualify for the Globals competition.
Some teams don't start until Christmas vacation, and then meet 2 times a week. As an example, last year we started in September. and met 3 hours on Sundays. We did very well at State and missed going to Globals by 8 points. We have been together and participating in the DI program for 5 years, and think we can place 2nd or 1st next year.

How Much? One year of DI costs less than most sports programs.

National DI Fee: pays for Program Materials and California Creativity Fee ( $ goes to run the California program)
Regional Tournament (RT) Registration Fee: pays for your team to compete at the local (Regional) tournament at Arroyo Grande High School.
State Tournament Registration Fee: Pays for your team to compete at the State Tournament. Only teams that place 1st or 2nd at the RT advance to the State Tournament.
Global Finals Tournament Fee: Pays for your team to compete at the Global Tournament.

A. National DI Fee and California Creativity Fee: Pays for a very detailed Handbook, called Program Materials: It contains everything a TM needs to Manage a DI team".

If you are fortunate, your school's principal (or school district) may pay this fee for you!

Click here to view a PDFwhich goes into detail about costs to California DI teams.

B. Regional Tournament Fee: Pays photocopy costs, signage, provides lunch to appraisers (In DI, we try not to say judges), score room personnel, etc.
Registration Fee to participate in the local (our "region" is the Central Coast) Regional Tournament held at the end of February at the Arroyo Grande High School. Additional $15 fee to participate in Martin L King Monday Instant Challenge Fun Day at Judkins Middle School, Pismo Beach.

To see a complete list of Fees for a team, click here.

What about the cost of costumes and props, etc ?
This one confuses most people, but here goes: First, the Improvisation challenge requires no props or costumes. For the other challenges, I'm going to tell you something it took me 5 years of competing in DI tournaments to learn! Are you paying attention, because I'm about to save you a couple years!!! DI appraisers (the judges) want to see you "re-purpose" stuff. They award BIG POINTS to teams who dig up what others (more well adjusted people than me) consider trash. You should find trash (like refrigerator boxes, weed block fabric, stuff you throw in your recycle bin) and make it into something interesting, but MOST IMPORTANTLY, something original, something the appraisers haven't ever seen before. And that's why DI is hard, but also why kids learn so much. The appraisers also want to see props and costumes that kids have glued and sewn themselves. If your items are too well done, the appraisers will think you did the construction, not the kids.

DI emphasizes creativity and originality. (My team tries to think of unusual characters for our skits: hybrids are a good place to start). For instance, one year we had a star-nosed mole fall in love with a leather back turtle. They had a baby that was a hybrid--we called the baby a "torta-moley". I recommend you don't spend much money on new materials; put your money into paint and glue and come up with unusual ways to reuse plastic water bottles, etc.. Say at least $50. Spend as little or as much as you want, up to the budget limit of the Challenge (typically $125 to $175; the budget depends on the challenge).
$15 fee if your team participates in our January (MLK Holiday Monday) Instant Challenge Fun Day, held at Judkins Middle School in Pismo Beach. It's a great way to give your team Instant Challenge practice 1 month before the Regional Tournament.

Where, when is the local competition?:

The Regional Tournament competition occurs at the end of February, at the Arroyo Grande High School. First and Second place teams in each Challenge category qualify to go on to compete at the Ca State Tournament. Below see a rough estimate of the cost for the year (I lump price of snacks, instant challenge practice supplies (pipe cleaners, mailing labels, etc,) into "incidentals", no gasoline or meals on trips though) .

Annual Cost for 1 team:
$1xx National fee: pay at (non Lucia Mar Unified School District teams)
$70 California Creativity fee, both of these paid at same time at
$80 Regional Tournament fee; Central Coast Region, mail to me
$XXX [[#|registration]] fee (Fee raised as of Oct 30, 2012 Board meeting) for the Ca State Tournament (in the past has been held in San Jose, Clovis, Orange County, Sacramento, etc.)

Find: How much would it cost a team of 5 kids to participate in the DI Regional Tournament and the DI State Tournament?

This Example for Season 2013-14. For 1 team: Caution, rough estimate!

A. One season of DI (Regional Tournament only) if you spend conservatively: $145 (fee for non Lucia Mar team) +$70 (California Creativity Fee) + $90 ($80 Regional Tournament (RT) fee+ $10 Instant Challenge Fun Day fee) , )+$50(incidentals)=$355** Total. Divide Total by 5 kids on a team: $355/5 kids= about $71 per child.

B. For 1 team of 5 kids: going to State Tournament (Central Coast DI is a small program, compared to LA, and many first time teams DO go on to State, and even Globals)

Now add to the Total above:

$195 (State Tournament fee) +(($200 for 2 nights in a hotel+$100 (incidentals) (multiply by 5 families-sticking with the above example);

$195+(($200+$100) * 5 families) = $1695.

C.Total cost (approximate)for a team of 5 kids to go to the Regional Tournament and the State Tournament

A. + B. = $355 + $1695 = $2050 $2050/ 5 kids on team = about $410 / family Say a little over $400 per family.

Cost to Go to Globals?

Teams who place First and Second at State Tourney can advance to Globals Tournament
$1800 - $2000 per person; 4 or 5 day trip to the DI Globals competition in Knoxville, TN

If you are a new Team Manager, you likely won't be sweating this one for 3 or 4 years!!

Click here to view a DI produced video about the 2009 Globals closing ceremonies

Excerpt from DI Head Quarters: White Paper

“Destination ImagiNation has proven to be an outstanding program which facilitates problem solving, critical thinking, risk-taking, and leadership skills development. DI helps students become confident innovators who can problem-solve successfully and work cooperatively with others. They carry these valuable skills for the rest of their lives.”

Click here to read the entire White Paper