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Gail Drake <[log in to unmask]>
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Gail Drake <[log in to unmask]>
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This question was presented to US FIRST as a result of this conversation
on this list serve two weeks prior. 

US FIRST has updated their FLL Participation Rules Webpage to address
this question: 
Here is the link:
http://www.firstlegoleague.org/mission/participationrules 

" Team Members 
●An FLL team must have a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of ten (10)
children.  A team with more than ten (10) children will not be eligible
for awards at an official FLL tournament.
●Children may be members of only one (1) FLL team per season.
●No team member may exceed the maximum allowed age in your region
prior to January 1 of the year the Challenge is released.
●Allowed ages in most countries: 9-16 years
●Allowed ages in U.S., Canada, and Mexico: 9-14 years"

So, yes you can have a team with more than 10, but you are not eligible
to take on 10 officially to an event and compete. 







Professor Drake
Battlefield High School 
Information Technology and Programming Faculty

ILITE Robotics Coach, FRC Team 1885, FTC, ZERO Robotics, Seaperch
US FIRST FLL Judge, Tournament Director
(571) 261-4726
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FIRST1885.org
ILITERobotics.org
 

From: 	Tom Spalthoff <[log in to unmask]>
To:	<[log in to unmask]>
Date: 	9/27/2012 10:48 AM
Subject: 	[VADCFLL-L] Team Size question

Background - I helped form a FLL team out of our middle school last
year
with a small group of students.  Based on the success of that venture,
we
decided to open up the school club to others.  While we were a little
concerned with what the response might be, we ended up with a group of
around 18.  

 

While we already re-registered the team from last year, we apparently
waited
a few hours too long to try and register a 2nd team, leaving us with
just
one team for this year.

 

While only having one team is a little disappointing, I still believe
we can
keep all of the kids involved in the process.  The club will continue
to
meet during the course of the year, albeit less frequently, to continue
to
use Lego Robotics to learn new things, so in that vein, I think we can
keep
everyone excited and involved even if they won't be able to actually
participate in the tournament in November.

 

The question, though, is how to select which kids "make the team." 
I've
been considering that the club should want to do the best that it can,
so
letting the kids themselves vote for who goes has some merit, but I
don't
want it to become a popularity contest, either.  I'm also a little
concerned
with making sure all 18 aren't acting a single team as this wouldn't
be
fair, but I think once the core team is established, creating related
activities for the rest as a rehearsal for next year shouldn't be that
difficult.

 

Any thoughts or suggestions would be most helpful!

 

Thanks,

--Tom


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