Coordinator Corner

If you are thinking of starting a new Destination Program, or if you will be replacing the previous DI coordinator for your school or organization, thank you so much for doing this! But please don’t think that you will have to do this on your own! We have divided New Hampshire into 7 different Outreach Areas, in which we will have local Outreach Coordinators to provide support to the DI programs in their region. Please contact us, because there are many ways in which we can help you get going!

Do you need posters, handouts, presentations, or student application forms? Scroll down for a list of downloadable files that will save you a LOT of time! You’ll find copies of the most important files in the NH-DI Library. There is a link to it in the “Quick Links” section on this page, along with many other useful links for DI coordinators.

Coordinator’s Tasks

The main point of communication with NH-DI, the local DI coordinator has the critically important job of facilitating communication between our state NH-DI office and the school, and between the school and the Team Managers.   The coordinator is usually the first to hear of Challenge updates, training opportunities, tournament details, and other important information.  The coordinator must be email and Internet-savvy, and good organizational skills are also vital!

Getting Started with a Program

To start a program, you need:

  • Support.  If your program is school-affiliated, you’ll need your school administration to be involved and supportive. (NH-DI can help you make these connections if you haven’t already.)
  • Funding.  Annual fees including Team Packs, NH-DI registration, and team supplies are usually provided by the host school/organization/team sponsor. For specifics, see our Program Costs page.
  • Interest. Once you have support and funding, you need to publicize the program and recruit kids and parents to get involved. Many programs run a DI Information Night to drum up support. Find out more at our Running a DI Night page.
  • Registration. When you have people interested, you need to purchase materials and register teams with NH-DI. Registration is a 2-step process involving purchasing materials and letting NH-DI know about your teams.  Complete instructions are provided on the Start a Team page.

After the program is going, you can support the teams in many different ways (though they are not all necessary):

  • Enrolling People in Training. In addition to registering your teams and adults, the coordinator’s job also involves registering team managers and team members for training and other NH-DI events. Complete instructions are provided on our DI Training page.
  • Ordering T-Shirts. Many coordinators order t-shirts and supplies for their team managers. T-shirts are a nice way to show your team spirit at our tournaments.
  • Finding Additional Adult Volunteers. In addition to the team manager(s), each team is asked to supply adult volunteers to help run our tournaments, including an all-day person (called an Appraiser) and a 2-hr volunteer. For more complete information, check the Providing Volunteers page.

There are other things that many coordinators do to support their teams and team managers, such as fundraising and publicity, holding team manager gatherings to discuss common concerns and successes, and conducting instant challenge nights for all of the teams in a given program.

Downloadable Materials

Do you need posters, handouts, presentations, or student application forms? We can save you a lot of time! Here are some downloadable materials that you can customize to suit the needs of your own local program:

  • 2016-2017 DI Information Night Presentation. This is a PowerPoint presentation that we’ve created to help you explain DI to parents.
  • 2016-2017 Coordinator Forms, Handouts, and Posters. This Microsoft Word document contains forms, handouts, and posters that you can use to promote your program.
  • Parent Information Sheet. This PDF file contains a two-page information sheet for parents that you can print on both sides of a single piece of paper, and hand out to interested parents. IMPORTANT NOTE: Near the bottom of the second page, you’ll see a message that reads “To find out how your child can join a DI team, please contact your local DI coordinator.” This is an EDITABLE form field, which you can change so the parents will have your name and contact information.
  • Challenge Summaries. This PDF file contains brief summaries of this year’s Challenges that you can print on a single double-sided sheet to hand out to anyone who would like to learn more about our Challenges.

Additional Articles

Here is a list of some previously published articles that local DI coordinators might want to read:

More articles for DI coordinators…