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First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]>
VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:25:35 -0500
VA-DC Referee Advisor <[log in to unmask]>
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When I am a judge (mostly outside Virginia/DC!) here's what I do:

I go to the door, open it, invite the team to enter, and when everyone is
through the door, I say, "Welcome to XYZ judging.  I am starting the clock

Teams shouldn't expect a one-minute warning.  I have a watch timer that
beeps at the 5-minute mark.  If a team is finishing up a project
presentation, I'll typically let them continue a little bit, or I will say,
"that's all the time we have for your presentation,  Now we'd like to ask
you some questions."

Note that it's rare when, as judges, we get as much time to talk to teams
as we'd like to.  However, although your team's next event might be 30-60
minutes later, typically there's a team waiting to come in to the judging
room already, and as judges, we'd like to have a few minutes in private to
compare notes about your team.  So a prompt exit of the judging room when
the session is over is welcome, and shows good Core Values by keeping the
other teams on time for judging.

In Virginia-DC, the standard is that each judging session is 10 minutes
long, from when the team enters the room until the end of Q&A.  This may
vary slightly based on tournament schedules.

Steve Scherr
VA-DC FLL Referee Advisor

On Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 11:37 AM, Skip Morrow <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The core values "presentation" is nothing more than a team building
> exercise where the judges will observe how your team works together in a
> challenge. Then the judges will ask the team questions about core values.
> Now, for the timing, I would like to know when does the clock start? I
> envision a scenario where my team is lined up outside the classroom and the
> judges tell them to come in. The judges say hello and ask an ice breaker
> question like "are you having fun". Then they ask if they are ready and
> then the team responds yes and the clock starts. Or does the clock start
> when they are asked to come in and the team is on autopilot from there and
> should not expect the judges to say or do anything until they are done,
> hopefully less than five minutes?
> Skip
> .
> On Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM, Jessica Chittum <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Can someone answer our team's question about the time allowed to present
>>>> projects?  We were wondering, do teams have 5 minutes to present their
>>>> project and then 5 minutes to answer judge questions  OR is it 10
>>>> minutes to
>>>> present and 10 minutes to answer questions?  Do judges give a 1 minute
>>>> warning before time is ready to expire on the presentation?
>>>> Thanks for the information, this list serv has been great!
>>>> Jessica Chittum
>>>> Ninjabots
>>>> Team 1806

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