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Cindy Watson <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 2 Oct 2015 16:55:46 -0400
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I have chosen my top 3 choices for the regional tournament but how do you
pay???    Is has the paid? on the screen.  My school has 3 teams and it is
imperative we are all at the same competition.
Can someone lead me in the right direction please??!!

On Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 4:50 PM, VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>

> There have been a lot of helpful and informative replies to these
> questions, and I just wanted to supplement those with some Core Values
> observations.
> FLL creates an annual Challenge as a way to spur interest and excitement
> in teams about robotics, solving problems, and applying technology to
> achieve goals.  Teams only get a limited time to work on the Challenge in a
> competitive way, and that focuses interest, and introduces some real-world
> engineering constraints.  (This is the way that all FIRST sponsored
> robotics programs work.)
>   As it says in the Coaches' Handbook, teams learn that friendly
> competition and mutual gain are not separate goals.  The Core Values
> include:
> We learn together.
> What we discover is more important that what we win.
> We have FUN!
> It is true that FLL tournaments have a competitive element--that adds some
> spice to the mix.  But what I'm looking for as a referee or judge is that
> teams are competing with their own personal bests--to do the best that they
> ever have with this Challenge.  Our goal in putting on tournaments is to
> allow the teams to "show what they can do"; they've worked all season long,
> and this is our opportunity to see that and celebrate what they have
> accomplished.
> There is, officially, no such thing as losing an FLL tournament.  There's
> a participation award for every child (and often coaches), and most of us
> long-time volunteers recognize that this is the most important award that
> we give out.  The experiences that the team has are the real long-term
> reward for the work they put in during the season.  (And many coaches have
> heard from me that the most important part of the tournament is not when
> the teams meet with the judges and referees...)
> Yes, we do have awards to recognize excellence, and to provide an
> additional incentive and inspiration for all teams to do their best, and
> the hierarchy of tournaments is part of that structure.  But you'll see
> that the journey really is its own reward.
> So, if your team goes to a tournament and is not invited to advance to the
> next level, is that all there is--are they done?  Not necessarily.
> There's probably a break, to relax and get over any disappointment.  But
> after tournaments, team members are often full of new ideas, that they are
> eager to tinker with and try out.  We hope that they continue to improve
> their skills with robotics, and problem solving, and sharing their
> experiences with others.  We encourage teams in areas with multiple
> tournaments to attend one before or after their tournament, just to see
> more ideas, and stay excited. There are also opportunities to attend via
> the internet, locally and around the world, if you aren't able to go to one
> in person, and to be in the audience for FTC, FRC or other robotics
> events.  Or mentor a Junior FLL team!
> As Nick Swayne said, there is some interest in friendly events in the
> springtime; I know that there are some opportunities already, and teams can
> organize and host a friendly get-together with another group.
> FLL and intellectual pursuits are like athletics--if you totally stop
> doing things at the end of a season, you'll get rusty, and need time to get
> the kinks out the following year, but, if you stay active in related
> activities, you can continue to improve skills, and round out your
> abilities by trying new things.
> That's more than enough philosophizing for today.  In just one more month,
> we'll have tournaments underway, with teams talking about what they can do
> now that they couldn't do before, what they are most proud of
> accomplishing, and what makes the judges and the other teams say WOW!
> Steve Scherr
> Virginia-DC FLL Referee Advisor
> On Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 1:20 PM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> My name is Tim. I am from Mindframe Education (Mindbot team), and this is
>> our first time doing FLL, as well as my first year coaching an FLL team.
>> The information is very overwhelming, and we are a little late in terms of
>> preparation. I would greatly appreciate it if you guys can help me with the
>> information on the followings:
>> 1. The important dates other than the ones listed on the websites. For
>> instance, on the FLL websites, it says that Nov 14th - Jan 17th are
>> regional tournaments. But when is it for us, the Northern VA and DC area?
>> And where does it take place?
>> 2. Where does our regional tournament take place?
>> 3. What happens when a team wins a loses in the regional tournament? Does
>> the team advance to the next regional round, or does the team move on and
>> compete in a bigger tournament? And when a team loses in the regional
>> tournament, does it mean that they are done and have to wait till next year
>> FLL?
>> We would greatly appreciate it if you guys can provide us with the above
>> information. Thank you in advance!
>> With regards,
>> Tim
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*Cindy Watson*

Biology & Leadership Teacher
Science Department Chair
ACE Coach
SCA & NJHS Advisor
FLL Robotics Coach
Girls on the Run Liaison
Altavista Combined School

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