For rookie coaches, here is the email I shared with my teams to prepare parents for the tournament. Also, remind your team no talking when waiting for a judging sessions. Even whispers distract from the judging of other teams.
The tournament is here! The kids have worked hard and I have confidence in both teams. As we do our final practices, I think it is important to remember it is not the destination but the journey that counts. There are no guarantees and past performance is not an indicator of this year’s outcome. I am hopeful for both teams but want to keep expectations realistic and humble.
- Tournament schedule is attached
- Wear your team t-shirt and bring your notebook.
- Arrive at XXXXXXX Cafeteria by 8:30 AM. Park near the tennis courts.
- Our team’s pit stop will be in the Cafeteria, please bring any team items to our table. The tables will have the teams numbers on them.
- There will be drinks and snacks for sale, please bring cash.
- I will limit the team’s electronics. There is no reason for them to use an electronic device. If they need to contact you, have them ask to use my phone.
- I will be jumping between the two teams, even changing shirts. I don’t plan to go in every judging session.
- The Capital Girls and Code Crackers are not competing against each other, they are in different age divisions.
How FLL is scored:
There are three judging sessions – Core Values, Technical and Project. After each session, the judges rank the room. At the end of the tournament, the judges combine room rankings. The team with the best ranking and a robot score in the top 60% will be the tournament champion and will get an invitation to the Championship. The judges then award Project, Technical, Core Values and Robot Performance. A team can only win one judges award (Champion, Project, Technical and Core Values). A team who wins a judges award can also win robot performance. After all the awards, they announce who has an invitation to the Championship tournament. The number of invitations is based on tournament size, typically there are 3 to 4 for Division 1 (Capital Girls) and 1 to 2 for Division II (Code Crackers).
The robot game is 2:30 minutes (150 seconds). The robot will not work perfect, we don’t expected it to be perfect. I have learned in 4 years of coaching, luck is a key component. For robot performance, our goal is to be in the top 60%. Also, the robot games is a small part of FLL but is the most visible. The judging rooms are where it matters most and the teams are prepared. I personally do not track the score.
What can spectators do?
Only two coaches and a historian are allowed in judging sessions. All spectators can watch the robot game. We will try to video tape the judging sessions and share with the entire team.
- Work with your child to make sure they know and are confident in their project lines and technical talking points.
- The kids know what they are doing but will make mistakes. It is ok, we are team and we fail and succeed together.
- The kids feed off of you. If you are nervous, they will be nervous.
- The robot will NOT work! For those new to FLL, the robot will not be consistent. Last year the girls destroyed missions on the table and the boys had flying balls everywhere. It’s ok.
- I do not care about score and do not track it. For robot performance, our goal is to be in the top 60%.
- The most important thing at the tournament is to Have Fun!
- As parents and coaches, we are expected to demonstrate Gracious Professionalism and Core Values.
– We are a team.
– We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
– We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
– We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
– What we discover is more important than what we win.
– We share our experiences with others.
– We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
– We have FUN!
Parent Things to Bring:
– Comfortable Sports chairs for parents
– Entertainment (Book, IPad). I will have a rubber band bracelet jig and some games.