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I've been an FLL coach/mentor since 2008 for all my children's FIRST teams.  My oldest (who started with FLL in 4th GR) is now a junior in HS (in an FRC team) and I can tell you that no matter how experienced a student or team is -- they are never really ready by tournament time for all the challenges given each season -- and this is true for all the FIRST programs from Jr. FLL to FRC.  This is actually was is unique and exciting about FIRST.   It's a new challenge every year...there's always something new to learn and explore.


I would encourage all rookie FLL teams -- whether you started meeting in May or are just forming your team now -- to make every effort to participate in one of the FLL qualifying tournaments this November.  An FLL tournament...in fact, any of the FIRST tournaments, is a celebration.  View the tournament as a way for your team to share what they've accomplished this season. It is in our FIRST Core Values to recognize all accomplishments (big and small).


Also, I encourage all teams to NOT make it a goal to get an award.  The truth is that not everyone will get an award.  One of the most common questions asked by judges at tournament is "What type of problems did your team encounter during the season and how did you handle it?".  When judges ask questions like this...they are more interested in the process (how did your team deal with the situation) rather the results (was it resolved or not).  That is because the emphasis in a program like FIRST is the experience.


So for all the rookie FLL coaches out there who are worried about November....remember that the second letter in "FIRST" stands for INSPIRATION.  Your goal now is to inspire these young minds to continue even if things don't go the way they initially planned.  It's a life skill that goes a long way beyond their years with FLL.


I'm looking forward to cheering for all of you this November.


With high 5's and great admiration,


Angie Fontanilla

Senior Mentor, Washington, DC, FIRST
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From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Todd J Lennox <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:25 PM
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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Location of tournament locations on the website

Agree completely. Last year was our first and the robot was did not perform very well but we had a great time. Whole team is back plus two more.

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On Sep 30, 2015, at 8:59 PM, Jill Hamilton <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:


I do agree.  You will be surprised how quickly it can all come together.  Our rookie year, we didn’t feel ready.  While our programming and robot design were pretty basic, we still received an award for our research.  It will benefit you and the kids in years to come also.



Jill Hamilton

Re-Psycho Coach (among many other teams)



From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Karen Berger
Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 8:53 PM
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Location of tournament locations on the website



All regional tournaments in VA-DC FLL are in November.  The Championship tournament (which you must qualify for through the regional events) is the first weekend in December.  We have to run it then due to the calendar at JMU which is our partner and runs that event.



I strongly recommend that teams participate in a regional event in November, even if they don't feel now like they'll be ready then.  I think a number of the experienced coaches will agree that you often never feel like you're ready but the kids are!  The kids will learn a ton in the process leading up to the event as well as at the event and have a lot of fun.  And we have a LOT of rookie teams each year so you won't be alone!



Karen

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Karen Berger

VA-DC FLL Regional Tournament Coordinator



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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Location of tournament locations on the website
From: Kathy Lovig <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Date: Wed, September 30, 2015 8:30 pm
To: <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>

We are s rookie team (and coach/parents), is November our only first round option?   We don't feel we will be ready for a November competition.   Just wondering if December will be another option for our first official tournament.

Thanks!

Kathy

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On Sep 30, 2015, at 15:37, Prashant Nerkar <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Thanks. I found that link and it worked.



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Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:30:20 -0400
From: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Location of tournament locations on the website
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Hi Prashant,



You can find them by clicking on the "tournament schedule" link on the left navigation bar. For a quick link, here it is: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__va-2Ddcfll.org_teams_tournament-2Dschedule_&d=BQIF-g&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=PMjkg8cYwavY2udWfPt3X9Tb2G7G08lM0YdwKYyU4cQ&s=80070D3zNfLz-XTh5fTohXTvwDg-8HdoSwpGPvojyME&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__va-2Ddcfll.org_teams_tournament-2Dschedule_&d=BQMFAw&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=7Huk3qFzFGBqmHtE7NYKMBgxVTt3BROzQ7-YAZkKzjY&s=WeYklGi7pze9Vc0EJ3xD7TeiBJXHrTRiEDDaPm1MeA8&e=>



Cheers,

Brittany





On Sep 30, 2015, at 3:15 PM, Prashant Nerkar wrote:



Hi,



When I click "important dates" on tournament registration page, I get page not found.

Anyone knows tournament location and dates?


Thanks,
Prashant



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Date: Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:00:36 -0400
From: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Tournament registration opens when on 1 October?
To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Hi Tweeks,

You will log into the VA/DC FLL website to register for a regional tournament.



You will log into your team manager account here:



https://vadcfll.cisat.jmu.edu/db/teamlogin.aspx



And the instructions for what to do are here:



https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__va-2Ddcfll.org_teams_tournament-2Dregistration_&d=BQIF-g&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=PMjkg8cYwavY2udWfPt3X9Tb2G7G08lM0YdwKYyU4cQ&s=sM97_ryaarPTUztOYIKfOHLmlShDLZOjJzEEqsquVyM&e= <https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__va-2Ddcfll.org_teams_tournament-2Dregistration_&d=BQMFaQ&c=eLbWYnpnzycBCgmb7vCI4uqNEB9RSjOdn_5nBEmmeq0&r=J5fb0ELkRoh7TzAGYz99sSMvB-c7i4AC0HDT2OVPrww&m=7QEKnw7U9dEwaqdhzek3IoYGQG-8AXnlppZMIXLDtCM&s=iXV-DjAb604VwpsQ0XQuluMpKlj31sOH0-zWXusTbvY&e=>



Sonya





Sonya



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