Team Managers' Corner

As a Team Manager, you will have an incredible opportunity to become a mentor to a group of curious and creative students. You can help to foster an appreciation for STEAM learning and help your team to develop communication, cooperation and collaboration skills. And with your encouragement, their imaginations will take them to some pretty amazing places. 

The Team Manager's job is to manage the team - not the Challenge. Whether students work on DI at home or at school, the guidelines will be the same... only team members may contribute to the solution. Help from non-team members is called Interference, and it is not allowed! See The Rules of the Road for more guidance.

       Helpful Hints:​

  1. Supply each parent/student with an Interference Contract. Interference can be a very tricky subject with DI parents because sometimes they are hesitant to allow their children to fail. Have a candid discussion regarding the rules of Interference, the spirit of DI, and the idea that every child deserves the opportunity to fail and then try again in order to learn to be resilient. By providing information about DI early in the season, it will help to set appropriate guidelines.

  2. Subscribe to the Newsletter. By filling in the contact form at the bottom of the page, you will receive lots of helpful information about our program and tournament.

  3. You can find some fantastic Team Resources on the Global DI Website. You will find information about Challenge Clarifications, a Resource Library with practice Instant Challenges, a Global Blog with news and contests, Educator Resources for teachers to use in the classroom, Marketing Materials for schools to share with parents, students and volunteers and more Team Manager and Parent Tips.

  4. Read the Challenge. Then read it again. While we can’t offer solutions, we can offer feedback. The Scoring Sheet (at the back of the Challenge) is often overlooked by students – please encourage your team members to look at it carefully so that they can better budget their time and focus their energies where it is most needed.

  5.  Ask for clarifications early on in the process. Please send your question to

  6. DI teaches our children how to become good problem solvers. Even a team of best friends will squabble on occasion  That’s normal as a group of excited voices will all want to be heard at the same time - especially when things don’t work as planned. Good communication skills (and resiliency) come with maturity and practice. That means that it is okay for us to let them try to work through their frustrations on their own. If they need guidance, please step in.  

  7. Decide ahead of time how the cost(s) will be shared. Perhaps every member will contribute $30-$40 that can be used to purchase materials and pizza. Or maybe your team would prefer to fundraise to pay for the tournaments. Find out ahead of time what will work best for your group so that there won't be any unexpected surprises.

  8. Talk about repurposing materials to keep the costs down. Repurposing, in addition to being environmentally responsible, also encourages creativity – so let them scour garage sales, Kijiji ads, lumberyard scrap piles, the back of closets, craft cupboards and recycling bins.

  9. Share the work with other parents. Encourage parents to host practices and to put together Instant Challenges. It's always better when everyone is invested.

  10. To manage expectations, let the parents know that only one team manager may accompany the team into the Instant Challenge. Parents will have a chance to cheer on their children as they come out to present their TA-DA!

  11. Remind students to keep their receipts in a safe place. Except for Improv, team members will need to fill in an Expense Report. Teams should be prepared to show their receipts so that the judges will know that they have not spent more than their budget allows.

  12. Remind your team that their stuff must travel to the competition. There is nothing worse than finding out that a backdrop that took 20 hours to construct won’t fit in the back of a car. Part of the challenge is for our kids to design props/backdrops/costumes/technical components that will travel safely to the tournament… while leaving room for themselves;) Note: This year teams will upload their solution to a safe location for the Appraisers to judge. 

  13. Bring a toolbox and DUCT TAPE to the competitions. This way, your team will be able to make repairs or reassemble backdrops/props that needed to collapse to travel.

  14. Each team must register a volunteer. Decide early who will volunteer 2 hours at the tournament(s). Please encourage your volunteer to register ASAP so that we can start to make the schedules. (Registration will go up shortly!)

  15. Reach out to us with your suggestions, questions and concerns. We are a volunteer-driven organization made up of DI alumni, active and retired team managers and teachers who would love to hear your ideas.  

  16. Have fun!