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Anant Narayanan <[log in to unmask]>
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Anant Narayanan <[log in to unmask]>
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I will let Nick, Karen and Dustin explain the official position, but we are
planning to use paper forms this year for all tournaments.

By our reading, paper forms alone are perfectly legal for this year, for
both VA-DC FLL (regional) and US First (national).  There is an online
process to request paper forms to meet national requirements (this is a two
pager).  The current version of the VA-DC regional tournament registration
process (which is just last year's process, thankfully) uses only a paper
consent.

US FIRST would love to have the information all in one place (and in the
long run, this will help bring professionalism to team marketing, as they
will be able to use the magic of social networking and direct marketing to
bring more kids to robotics, rather than the current ad hoc school and
parent posters), but we have elected to defer the added burden on parents
to beyond this transition year by sticking with paper forms.

Please note that VA DC FLL is only asking for the consent form while US
FIRST also asks for a demographic form.  We are bringing both to our
tournaments.  Also, for new coaches, there is yet a third piece of paper
which all teams must bring (at least 4 copies, we suggest more like 10) --
the Team Info Sheet.  This is what helps judges keep track of the teams on
competition day.  All judges read this sheet.  Many do not eat the candy
that comes with it!

The registration is working beautifully this morning.  A great case for not
fixing what isn't broken :-)

Nari



*---------------------------------------------------------- Anant S
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*McLean Robotics Institute*



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On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 12:01 PM, Dawn Perry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have a question regarding our Team's registration with US FLL. I jumped
> through all the hoops and registered both of our teams with FLL-US and
> FLL-VA/DC. Paid all fees and put in all member info on the VA/DC site. Are
> we *required* to "invite" team members on the FLL-US page beyond filling
> in our number and race info? Or can we simply bring our signed consent
> forms to the Tournament as we have done in the past? I hope someone
> understands what I am asking. I can see our Team rosters on the VA/DC site,
> but not the FLL-US site and I am just wondering if this is a "MUST" or
> simply an option.
>
> Thanks!
> Dawn Perry
>
> Begin forwarded message:
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> *From: *Lord Of The Bricks <[log in to unmask]>
> *Subject: **Re: [VADCFLL-L] STIMS Registration*
> *Date: *September 9, 2014 at 2:32:29 PM EDT
> *To: *<[log in to unmask]>
> *Reply-To: *Lord Of The Bricks <[log in to unmask]>
>
> Team members who complete a STIMS registration do not have to bring hard
> copies of consent forms in hard copy; only team members who are not in
> STIMS.  Coaches and mentors use TIMS, not STIMS (there is a place to
> designate team mentors in the team's TIMS account.
>
>
>
> On Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 2:20 PM, Laura Dysart <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
>> In addition, how about teen mentors? Do they need to have a STIMS account
>> to attend the event? Thanks.
>> On Sep 9, 2014, at 11:39 AM, Michael Jones wrote:
>>
>> Is it necessary to have each team member create an account on the Student
>> Team Information Membership System (STIMS) and request join the team using
>> the team number?  I know that it is necessary to bring a hard copy of your
>> team roster and consent forms to tournaments, but will we be able to
>> compete
>> if my team members do not register using STIMS?
>>
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