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.


Team Building: "Great Solutions to Team Challenges" blog

Kris Bordessa is the author of several books, including Team Challenges: Group Activities to Build Cooperation, Communication and Creativity. (I have that one in my personal library.) When Kris isn't writing, she volunteers as a Destination Imagination team leader. Seven different teams have contributed to her "Jackson Pollack style garage floor".

Getting Young Team To Focus

One other suggestion for getting your team to focus: use some sort of focusing team-building game at the beginning of your practice sessions. Message #35274 Posted By: Rising Stars TM, Richard Lamson on the DI message board at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dini/

Getting to Know You: Two More Team Building Activities

Cute "getting to know you"  idea from TM, Bev Rakes.

 "There's a fun game called Trainwreck (we didn't like that name so we call it Tsunami or Tornado) which can help the kids get to know each other.  To set up: have everyone on the team get into a large circle with one kid in the middle of the circle. Everyone takes off their shoes and sets them on the floor to mark their place in the circle. 

A team-building game: "HA!"

Some of the best ideas come from other Team Managers over on the "dini list"! Here's one...

We've got the GIGGLES! Message #1596 Posted By: Cynthia Hart on the DI message board at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dini/ 

Teamwork and Teambuilding Tools from our NY Affiliate

Team Building Exercise: Turn Up the Heat!

Thanks to our friends in Texas! A Team Building Exercise from a veteran Team Manager...

"In seven years of coaching, my favorite team-building IC was one I called "Turn up the Heat." Two team members (later on you expand to 3 or more) sit facing each other. One is supposed to name "something," and the next one states something that is warmer than the first. The first team member responds with something warmer than that, and the second with something warmer than THAT, and so on. It's a simple count of how many steps they can include in 3 minutes.

More Team Building Ideas

 (Thanks to the North Dakota DI Training Director!)

The following is a good practice activity and is also good for building teamwork skills as you begin to form your teams. 

Team Building and Other Terrific Resources

I want to remind you all of a terrific resource, created by DI's Support Committee, DISC. You can find their Resource wiki at http://diresources.wikispaces.com/ and it is a treasure trove of diverse resources and links for you and your team.

Starting from Scratch?

You will want to look at the Program Guide. Skip ahead to "Where Do I Begin?" on Page 11.

Two Favorite Resource IC Sites

A group of friends. One task. Ten minutes or less. How will you solve the problem?


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