Lisa, I'll be curious too. I assume that FLL regionals and state tournaments are in the fall to allow the international tournament to fall within the same school year, or to not conflict with Odyssey of the Mind and other such things in the spring, but that's just a guess. The timing does create a challenge for school teams. My first two years I coached an elementary school team. The school would send announcements about FLL in the introductory package, which families would receive around Labor Day. By the time forms were returned, teams formed, and a first meeting scheduled, we were into late September with only about 6-7 weeks left. I pleaded for the school to solicit interest and form teams in the spring, so that we could meet a bit over the summer to get to know each other and begin work on background skills (robot building, programming) and begin to explore the theme topic in a general way, but no dice. Perhaps a compromise would be to move the fall tournaments a couple of weeks later, and shift States to after the holiday, but who knows. Mike >Hello, > > I have a question about the timing of our tournaments. Why do >we have our tournaments during the busiest time of the year November >and December? There must be a reason and I just don't know. It >would seem to make more sense to have them later after we have had >time to get situated in the school year and not during the holiday >season. I was thinking March and April. > >Just Wondering, >Fuqua Bot Boys >Formerly X-treme Lego Bots >Formerly Fuqua 4-H Robotics > >Lisa > >______________________________________________________________ >To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE YOUR SETTINGS, please visit >https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or >leave the list". > >If you want to join the VADCFLL-ADMIN-L mailing list - to which FLL >administrative announcements will be distributed - visit >https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-admin-l.html and select >"Join or leave the list". ______________________________________________________________ To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE YOUR SETTINGS, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list". If you want to join the VADCFLL-ADMIN-L mailing list - to which FLL administrative announcements will be distributed - visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-admin-l.html and select "Join or leave the list".