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VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
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VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:52:30 -0500
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Yes, I do much as Amy described.

I go to the door, welcome the team and invite them to enter, and when
everyone is through the door, I close it and say "I am starting the clock
now."

Steve

On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 12:41 PM, Joseph Trombo <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi Cedric and All,
> I apologize to all for discouraging introductions, introductions are
> polite and professional. 10 minutes per judging session minimum, time
> starts when the door is opened.
>
> I recall once when judging, there was a large and fun team that came into
> the judging room and performed an elaborate introduction/ cheer with
> choreographed movements. It was fun and enthusiastic and cool and
> well-done, but it did take quite a bit of time. I'm unsure how the cheer
> enhanced the judging session. So, just a caution.
>
> When I'm judging, I usually volunteer to open the door, I wear a silly
> hat, I often greet the team by asking them to "Come on In" (a la
> Price-Is-Right emcee) and I jokingly demand high-fives. So, as a judge, I'm
> trying to break the ice. I figure happy kids having fun will give judges
> better information (and have a better experience) than anxious kids
> desperately trying to perform exactly the way they planned to. I hope I
> don't cause teams to freak out too much;)
>
> My experience as a coach is that most judges greet teams with smiles and
> an encouraging demeanor, and often they are really friendly and jovial,
> with silly hats or high-fives, or an intro phrase.
>
> I try to encourage my team to have fun at the tournament and to help other
> teams have fun also. Every team earns and wins memories of the tournament,
> I want those memories to all be good, and this is something I can do, no
> matter whether I am coaching or judging or parenting.
>
> Amy Trombo
> co-coach BrickBeasts
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Cedric D'Costa <[log in to unmask]>
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Sent:* Friday, November 13, 2015 11:41 AM
> *Subject:* Re: [VADCFLL-L] Questions - Please reply
>
> Thank you for your replies. I got mixed replies on the introductions.
> It sounds like it is counted against time and a name tag may be sufficient.
> However, it would help if it breaks the ice.
>
> *Steve, *
>
> Do you count the introduction time for both Core values and Project?
>
> I guess it matters more during Project as they have only 5 minutes to
> present
> as soon as they walk through the door.
>
>
> Thanks,
> Cedric
>
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 11:32 AM, VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> When I am judging, I count the time that teams introduce themselves as
> part of the 10 minute session.  There isn't enough spare time not to
> include it.
>
> Although competition rounds with the robot are open to the public, there
> will likely be a limit on how many people can get close to the tables.
>
> Steve
>
> On Friday, November 13, 2015, Cedric D'Costa <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> We viewed the fllstartingpoint video which was very helpful.
> My apologies for the long list of question and  if we missed any from the
> video.
>
> We're a rookie team and needed clarification on the questions below-
> *Core values*
> 1. Are the kids allowed to take the poster into the room?
> 2. Is this a closed session?
> 3. How long is this session?
> 4. Is this 5 minutes for the Core value activity and 5 minutes for judging?
> 5. Should the kids introduce themselves? Will this be counted in the time
> allocated?
> 6. Are only 3 adults allowed in the room with the kids?
>
> *Project*
> 1. Is this 5 minutes for the presentation and 5 minutes for judging?
> 2. Should the kids introduce themselves? Will this be counted in the time
> allocated?
> 3. Are only 3 adults allowed in the room with the kids?
> 4. I assume this is a closed session and a poster/trifold is allowed in
> this room.
>
> *Robot design*
> 1. Is this a closed session?
> 2. Should the kids mention their roles as we have some "experts" in
> programming who can answer questions.
> 3. Should they walkthrough their binder?
> 4. How long is the judging of Robot design?
> 5. How many adults are allowed in the room with the kids?
>
> *Missions*
> 1. Is this a closed session?
> 2. How long do we get at the practice table?
> 3. How many adults are allowed in the room with the kids?
>
> Thank you!
> Cedric
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