DI Resources and Tips!

Below is a summary of the essential resources you need in order for your team to participate in Destination Imagination. Please note some ILDI specific links are not yet available and will be added as they become available. Check this page for updates.

Name of Resource




Guidebook for Team Managers to manage their teams

 Available only when Team Pack is purchased from www.ShopDI.org.

Team Challenges

Specific rules for each Team Challenge

Part of Program Materials.

More info https://www.destinationimagination.org/blog/roadmap-to-team-success-unde... also download from Resource Area.

Available only when Team Pack is purchased from www.ShopDI.org.

Rules of the Road

General rules that all DI participants follow

Pages 219-264 of Program Materials. Can also download from Resource Area. Available only when Team Pack is purchased from www.ShopDI.org.

Published Clarifications

Rules that supersede Team Challenge rules.


Team Clarifications

Up to 10 Team Challenge questions may be asked by each team.





Current Season

Logistical information about Illinois’s DI program

  • Team Manager & Coordinator training opportunities
  • Competition schedules
  • Competition results
  • Tournament policies
  • Scholarship opportunities


 Supplementary Resources

The Roadmap suggests that every team meeting be divided into 5 parts, and provides activities that correspond with this agenda:

  • Ice breaker or warm-up activity
  • Instant Challenge practice and debriefing
  • Team building/discussion
  • Team Challenge development
  • Reflection time

The above agenda is only one way of facilitating a team meeting. You know your team best, and will likely modify the agenda according to your team’s needs. That’s where supplementary resources are helpful. If your team needs more team-building activities, more improvisation or acting techniques practice, or more practice with Instant Challenges, you’ll find what you need among the supplementary resources listed in the table below.

Name of Resource



Instant Challenge Practice Guide

9 Instant Challenges not included in the printed Program Materials

Resource Area

Travel Guide for Teams

Tournament preparation guide. Available now.



DI Blog

Stay up to date with all the latest DI info as well as activities to do with your teams



Volunteer opportunities around the state. A link will be added soon for volunteers interested specifically in working at Tournaments. Send your team’s Appraiser or Volunteer to this Web page for information about their role at tournament.


Volunteers/Appraisers for Tournaments

Recruiting Kit

Contains general program information useful to Coordinators who are recruiting teams, Team Managers and Appraisers. Is also helpful to Team Managers who are meeting with parents who are unfamiliar with DI program.

Recruiting Kit

Destination Imagination Blog

This is a good place to learn about new developments in the DI world. Sometimes you’ll find tips about managing your team or practice activities.

DI Blog

DI University

Contains self-paced general learning modules on: Being a Team Manager, Rules of the Road, and Interference. Note: You will need to use your ShopDI password. If you don’t have one, follow the link at DI University to create one.

DI University


DISC stands for Destination Imagination Support Committee. It is staffed by volunteers and administrates DI Scholarships, the Team Managers & Officials Competition for Destination Imagination Global Finals, and managing and moderating the DINI list (an informal Yahoo-based discussion group for interested DI participants). DISC also maintains a resource library that includes video links to DI performances.


More Team Building and Ice Breakers- from NYDI

You can find more team building exercises and ice breakers in the October issue of the NYDI newsletter at http://nydi.org/2010%20OCT%20NEWS.pdf.  (NYDI has a monthly AD's newsletter that is worth checking out!)

More Team Building Activities

The following team building exercises were compiled by Grace La Torra, New Mexico DI:

More on costumes

The great thing about October is that it is the month of Halloween!! LOTS of ideas all around you for team costumes and props. Be sure to take a field trip and check out the local stores-even the displays. Maybe plan a meeting around creating fun costumes- now before the team theme is decided and they can play with abandon. Give them bubble wrap, duct tapes in all colors and any other recycled materials and have them go to town! Have your own Project Runway! Try this IC:

Improv and Acting Techniques

This document, created by veteran Felicia Borges from CA DI a few years back, provides a step-by-step “insiders” approach to teaching DI Teams and Team Managers about the exciting world of Improv and the value of learning various acting techniques.

Recommended Team Building and Team Management Books

The following are books that I have in my personal Training Library and heartily recommend:

 NO FUSS Backdrops

Team needs costumes? Check out these links!

The best DI costumes are those that are fun, clever and use unusual materials. 
Here are just a few links that can inspire your team- serving, hopefully, as a jumping off point for their own productions. 

Getting to Know You: fun, active game to try!

Have You Ever? An active, fun way to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of experiences that different people bring to any group.  Works best with larger groups. Can be done inside or outside. Click here for description of Icebreaker & Get-to-know-you Activity! Note there are other games and ice breakers linked from that site. Worth checking out!


Starting a Team: Veteran Tips from the "dini" list

Our vereran friends over at the "dini" list have some comments and suggestions for TMs just starting out...

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I tell new TM's do what works for them. This advice is primarily for the management of team practices but it generally applies to all aspects of DI.

Getting to Know You: More Ice Breakers and Team Building Exercises

The following are some of the Ice Breakers we have collected over the years. Many of them have been used at Training and DI Awareness events...they help kids laugh and begin working together-quickly- as a team!

Palm tree, elephants & giraffes
 Time: 5-10 mins
Participants: Small to large group

First Meetings: Tips for the Team Manager


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