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Hi,

  We did about 4-5 hours a week during September, but would actually get up to 7 hours a week for most
of October. One hour of that was after school activity time dedicated to the research project. If you want
to be competitive in getting to regionals though, you have to spend a larger fraction of the time than that
on the research project. We tended to practice 6-9pm on Fridays and 9am-noon on Saturdays so as not
to interfere with homework schedules, but there are a lot of other factors that go into it. You can still have
a very productive season with less time, but I would suggest you should shoot for a minimum of 4 hours/week.

Regards,
-David

On Sep 3, 2014, at 5:34 PM, Frank Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The guidance I got from a former FLL coach is that 4-5 hours/week is good for a rookie team.  Maybe more for the older kids.  In our case, we're planning a 1.5 hour project meeting every week and a ~2.5 hour robot session.  Depending on how things go, we may add another hour, but my kids are over-scheduled (as are most kids these days) and this is what we could come up with.
> 
> 
> Hope that helps,
> Frank Levine
> 
> 
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> On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 5:24 PM, Michele Bossick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hello all.....Please share how often and how long your team meets to practice. I am having some difficulty with parents understanding this is more than club.  I am starting to feel like maybe I am being unreasonable so I wanted to see how often other teams meet. 
> 
> Thanks for sharing...
> 
> Michele
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