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Ivan,

I would recommend that you tell the family that the team is closed at this
point. It sounds as though your team is working well as is, and the
chemistry will definitely change adding someone at this late date. However,
to encourage that individual to join next year, I suggest you invite them to
the regional tournament as a team observer, and perhaps to a working
meeting/practice or two. That way they will see what the kids are working
on, get a close-up picture of what it takes, and get to enjoy the positive
energy generated from the tournament.

 

Before we decided to form a team, we went to a regional FIRST high school
competition, to see what it was all about. That got us pumped up and ready
to jump in 2 years ago. 

 

Good luck,

Renee

 

 

From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Brittany Rose
Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2012 4:37 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] New Team Member

 

Ivan,

 

I am offering a slightly different perspective than some of the others
offered here.  While I am a rookie FLL coach, I have coached Jr.FLL for
three years and I have been an FLL tournament volunteer and organizer for
many more.  I would - if in this situation - tell the interested family that
membership to the team for this season is closed.  The team has been working
together on the challenge for more than a month and we are effectively at
the halfway point of the season.  I'm not a fan of turning away kids who
want to be involved, but I also recognize that there need to be boundaries
and saying "yes" to/accommodating every interested child - especially
mid-season - is not feasible and can make your life that much more difficult
as a coach.

 

Good luck!

Brittany

 

On Oct 7, 2012, at 4:05 PM, Daniel McDonald wrote:





This same situation happened to me last year.  Right or wrong, here's what I
did.  I told the parent that I had closed enrolment for the team when the
Challenge was released in early September.  I said I wouldn't reopen until
after the Qualifier tournament, in case the team advanced.  My, possibly
flawed, reasoning was that the original commitment of the participating
families was up to the Qualifier, and I intended to have them all decide if
they wanted to continue after the initial commitment was met.  The team
didn't advance, so that never played out.  I invited the family to join this
year, and they're in.

Best regards,
Daniel McDonald
Team #156

On Oct 7, 2012 3:09 PM, "Darlene Pantaleo" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I feel the same way as Brandy, but I also think that Phil's idea to let this
possible new member come to the meetings and the event in a lesser role,
with the understanding that he can be a full team member next season. Events
start in less than a month, after all, and you said that most of the work
has been done.

 

Good luck!

 

On Oct 7, 2012, at 2:42 PM, B Bergenstock wrote:





Out of all the good questions you have asked yourself in this email- ask the
team?  How will the new kid fit into the team? - the last consideration you
should try to imagine is if not attending this season's competition would
discourage them from attending next season.   The parents must know OCTOBER
is late in the season, and they missed the cut off that the other members
came in on.  

      If your team is happy and productive, I don't see a compelling reason
to add new members at this point.  If you were lacking in any area-
research/ drama people or engineers- then you might have a reason to let in
new and fresh talent, but having a balanced team seems like a  great way to
go into your first competition.

 Regards, 

Brandy

On Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 1:59 PM, Ivan Gil <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Good afternoon,

I have a bit of a quandary and I'm hoping that someone will be able to
provide me with an answer. Our is composed of eight children and have been
meeting since the end of July and we just had a parent that has asked if
their child can join the team. How should I answer this question? Is it too
late in the game? Have the other children done most of the work (and they
have), is there a rule as to when we should cutoff membership, should I put
it up for a vote with the team? I do not want to take this opportunity away
from this child by telling him no, he can't join as I feel that would
discourage him from joining next year but I also want to be fair to the rest
of the team. Please provide me with the wisdom that comes from being a
veteran as I am rookie coach.

Thanks in advance

Regards,  

Ivan Gil
Tel: 804-334-8074
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