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First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 7 Oct 2012 20:48:48 -0400
Ivan Gil <[log in to unmask]>
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I truly appreciate all of the responses that I have received. I will take
it all into consideration, deliberate and come to a decision over the next
couple of days and let everyone know how I handled it.

Thanks to all who provided their wisdom.


 Ivan Gil
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On Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM, Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Ivan, a few unconnected (though obviously interrelated) thoughts:****
> ** **
> **1.      **Ask the team?****
> ** **
> **2.      **Do you know anything about the kid—is (s)he likely to be an
> asset or a disruption? Not that I would suggest that such a question should
> be asked under normal circumstances, but at this late date, it seems more
> relevant.****
> ** **
> **3.      **Is it reasonable (in terms of parents’ attitude, kid’s
> attitude, etc.) that the child might be able to join, but have a lesser
> role at the tournament than some others (a “helper” but not a full team
> member, for example)?****
> ** **
> **4.      **You already have eight—nine is, like, more. I (like at least
> some others) think six or seven is the optimal size. Do you feel like *you
> * can fit another child into the mix, one who doesn’t know what’s gone on
> so far, etc.?****
> ** **
> **5.      **If (as seems likely) you don’t know the answers to most of
> the above, is it reasonable (again, given attitudes, etc.) to have the kid
> come to a meeting, meet the team, and see what the chemistry is like? The
> risk there is that you wind up saying “No, sorry” without a good, sharable
> reason, of course (“the other kids just didn’t like him” would be
> uncomfortable at best).****
> ** **
> You have a challenge here for sure. Wish I had a better answer.****
> -- ****
> Phil Smith III****
> ** **
> Coach, The Capital Girls (retired)****
> Team 1900 (2002)****
> Team 2497 (2003)****
> Team 2355 (2004)****
> Team 1945 (2005)****
> *From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:
> [log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Ivan Gil
> *Sent:* Sunday, October 07, 2012 1:59 PM
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Subject:* [VADCFLL-L] New Team Member****
> ** **
> 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. ****

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