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Jeff Lavezzo <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 14 Oct 2012 18:17:11 -0400
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Hi Folks,
I'm looking for some advice about my team.

Through a variety of circumstances, our team finds itself very behind
schedule.  We have yet to assemble a robot and only have one person on the
team with experience programming the bot, (though the two coaches are
both professional programers).

I'm in the middle of finally signing up for tournaments and recognizing
that the best case scenario is that we get one more month, worst only a few
weeks. I can't seem to get the kids together for more than about 90 min a
week. Everyone has something at some other time. Ideally, we'd add a couple
3 hour weekend meetings to get us back on some semblance of a track, but I
think I could only get about 3 team members for that.

Here's the question: *Should we even sign up for the tournament?*

I have my own ideas about our options, but I'd like to hear advice from
those with more experience than me (I have no experience with FLL, haven't
even been to a tournament). Especially advice from someone who's been in
this position before: inexperienced coach, inexperienced team, hardly any
time left.

Thanks

Jeff

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