1. Understand the rules of Interference.
DI Challenges are all about allowing kids to create on their own, without help from adults or non-team members.
2. Stay in contact.
If your team member is sick, can’t make a meeting, or is struggling on the team, please talk with the Team Manager. Communication is key to keeping everyone happy. Be sure to ask your Team Manager for the preferred method of communication.
3. Honor your Team Manager’s time.
The Team Manager is not a babysitter. Please honor their time by dropping off and picking up your team member at the arranged time. If something comes up, please let the Team Manager know as quickly as possible.
4. Host the team at your house.
DI teams need a space to have their team meetings, and work on their solution. So consider hosting the team at your house.
5. Provide snacks.
Between idea generation and building a solution, kids often get hungry at team meetings. Provide them with healthy snacks, or purchase them for the Team Manager to share during team meetings.
6. Share your skills!
Learning new skills is a big part of the DI process and can help teams in solving a Challenge. From acting to engineering to learning how to use a power drill, family members are encouraged to share their skills and talents with their team. You can also help coordinate field trips, shopping trips, or skills workshops.
7. Become a tournament Appraiser or other volunteer.
DI is a volunteer-run organization. Without our amazing volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to develop Challenges or host tournaments. Even giving back for one day helps!
8. Help out as a co-Team Manager.
Becoming a co-Team Manager is one of the biggest gifts you can give. Having more than one Team Manager allows managers to split up the work and helps to alleviate some of the pressure. For example, one of you can oversee the Team Challenge while the other oversees the Instant Challenge.
9. Organize Instant Challenge items.
Ask your Team Manager for copies of several Instant Challenges, and collect the needed items. Many Challenges require simple things like mailing labels, straws, rubber bands, etc. By collecting these things ahead of time, your Team Manager will be ready to go when the team arrives.
10. Round up Instant Challenge materials.
The Instant Challenge is very material intensive! Fortunately, many Instant Challenge items can be found around the house. Gift your Team Manager any of the following items: paper clips, rubber bands, straws (paper or plastic but not bendy straws), paper, mailing labels, pencils, string, index cards, sticky notes, large washers, pipe cleaners, markers, balloons, paper plates, clothes pins, ping pong balls, golf balls, envelopes, aluminum foil, craft sticks, twist ties, rulers, and scissors.