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.


First Meetings: The Scavenger Hunt

The following is an old idea, but still a really GOOD one! (The report below came from Judy Nolan in Iowa) Over the years I have taken countless teams on similar Scavenger Hunts- it is ideal to do this before they really get into their solution- like when they first start meeting. Gets them to thinking about divergent ways to approach things in general! My personal favorite place to hunt is in the plumbing department of the hardware store- I also like those big craft stores like Hobby Lobby.

What is DI... in 90 seconds

As with many education and processes based learning experiences, there's no easy answer. Film maker and Destination ImagiNation alumna Abbey Hoekzema does a good job explaining this program in 90-seconds.


This document has ideas collected from many of the Affiliates over the years. Thanks to Heather Geiger, MT DI, for sharing.

More summertime activities

I first posted this Scavenger Hunt field trip idea in Sept 09, but this is a great summertime activity too!


Summertime and Travel Talk

"Whether off on a grand (or not so grand!) vacation, carpooling the neighborhood kids to school or just running errands, you probably find yourself spending more time in the car than you'd like. But, look at it this way. While your kids (or the neighbor's kids) are strapped into their seatbelts, they become a captive audience. You could regale them with a detailed account of your last root canal. OR, you can introduce them to some of the games from Travel Talk.

Recapping the 2009-2010 DI Season and enjoying the summer

As we wrap up the 2009-2010 DI season, I thought it might be good to make you aware that there are video resources- visual examples- available on Youtube. Viewing these can give you an idea of what was brought to the Global competition- the best of the best!

If you go to www.youtube.com and search "Destinaiton Imagination Global Finals 2010" you will see some of the team performances pop up from Globals. Search "Destination Imagination 2010" and you see see choices of team performances from around the country at all levels of DI competition.

Are you using ALL of your DI program materials?

(Thanks to Judy, ATD from Cr8Iowa, for the reminders)

Understanding Interference

Really good, in depth discussion about Interference at the Cr8Iowa blog http://cre8iowa.blogspot.com/2010/02/understanding-concept-of-interference.html 

Practice ideas for Do or DI

Want to practice "unimpressive superpowers" for Do or DI? Here's some good  ideas- courtesy of the dini listgroup:
Can tie shoes
Talks very slowly(fast, quietly, loudly etc.)
jumps a lot
stares intently
spits when talks
hair grows an inch per minute
can lift ten pounds
blinks rapidly

Changes to the Rules of the Road 2009-2010

For those that are new to Destination ImagiNation you MUST read the “Rules of the Road” from cover to cover! Many of your questions will be answered in this wonderful rulebook. For those who have been on this journey for a while here are the changes to the “Rules of the Road” for 2009-10:


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