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Betsy Wilco <[log in to unmask]>
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Here is another two cents, whatever that is worth these days! Last year
the challenge at tournament just happened to be a problem my kids had
previously been given at practice. Obviously I had no way of knowing
that would happen, it is just a fun one that I do every couple of years.
I actually think it handicapped our team in the judging room, in that
they did not process they way they usually did, the essentially jumped
into the problem mid-stream. Some of the kids had been mulling it over
for a few weeks, and were anxious to try the ideas they had had in the
meantime. It was not pretty! I am not sure that, in general, you would
help your team by trying to change up anything in the last two weeks. 

>>> Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]> 11/12/2013 9:19 AM >>>

Agreed. Might be worth noting here that the spontaneous teamwork event
changes from tournament to tournament, so it’s not like judging the week
before lets a coach tell the team “You’ll be doing x”.
 
From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lloyd O'Hara
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:13 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] VA/DC FLL Regional Tournament
 

 Yes, it is correct that a coach of a local team can judge a local
tournament before or after his/her team has competed.  

 

I have now coached for the better part of nine years, five years with
my son's team, a couple years of no caching, and now four years with my
daughter's team.  Additionally, I have been doing technical judging for
at least six years.  Up until this year, I have always judged after our
team has competed the first week at LC Bird and I have judged a later
week at the Deep Run tournament.   This year, because of the way the
tournaments were scheduled, Ijudged Technical Design 1at Deep Run on the
first weekend and our team competed the second weekend at LC Bird.  Our
team was one of two teams selected to advance to the VADC FLL
Championship at JMU.

 

I am not sure how the above scenario is a conflict of interest. 
Judging at a tournament the week before you compete is not going to
change what your team has done all season long, working hard and
preparing.  Our team has been at this for four years and has learned,
grown, and matured in the process and   they have gelled as a team over
the years.

 

So, in conclusion, I will have to respectfully disagree with your
assertion that there may be an issue with a coach judging a local
tournament the week before and/or after his/her team competes at another
local tournament.  Furthermore, I believe any local tournament would
welcome more judges and coaches should make an effort to volunteer.

 

Thanks for listening,

 

Lloyd O'Hara

Coach, The Crestwood Monarchs

 

 

On 11/12/13, Rick & Susan Steenrod<[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 

 

Is it correct, a coach of a local team can judge a local tournament
before or after his/her team has competed?  Recently heard a coach
judged a local tournament the week before his/her team competed and the
following week his team competed and was selected to advance to states. 
I always thought it would be a conflict of interest and have not
volunteered to judge until my kids age out.

Thanks!

 




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