Wow, I truly appreciate all of the responses that I have received. I will take it all into consideration, deliberate and come to a decision over the next couple of days and let everyone know how I handled it. Thanks to all who provided their wisdom. Regards, Ivan Gil Tel: 804-334-8074 [log in to unmask] CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT: This message is intended only for the addressee and may contain information that is confidential or privileged. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you are not the intended recipient, or the person responsible for delivering to the intended recipient, you should not read, copy, disclose or otherwise use this message, except for the purpose of delivery to the addressee. If you have received this email in error, please delete it and inform the sender immediately via email. [image: Facebook] <http://facebook.com/teck0101> [image: Twitter]<http://twitter.com/teck0101> [image: LinkedIn]<http://www.linkedin.com/pub/ivan-gil-cissp®-ccna-ccda-ccai-itil-v3®/11/b08/6> Want a signature like mine? <http://r1.wisestamp.com/r/landing?promo=16&dest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisestamp.com%2Femail-install%3Futm_source%3Dextension%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dpromo_16> Click here.<http://r1.wisestamp.com/r/landing?promo=16&dest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisestamp.com%2Femail-install%3Futm_source%3Dextension%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_campaign%3Dpromo_16> On Sun, Oct 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM, Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > Ivan, a few unconnected (though obviously interrelated) thoughts:**** > > ** ** > > **1. **Ask the team?**** > > ** ** > > **2. **Do you know anything about the kid—is (s)he likely to be an > asset or a disruption? Not that I would suggest that such a question should > be asked under normal circumstances, but at this late date, it seems more > relevant.**** > > ** ** > > **3. **Is it reasonable (in terms of parents’ attitude, kid’s > attitude, etc.) that the child might be able to join, but have a lesser > role at the tournament than some others (a “helper” but not a full team > member, for example)?**** > > ** ** > > **4. **You already have eight—nine is, like, more. I (like at least > some others) think six or seven is the optimal size. Do you feel like *you > * can fit another child into the mix, one who doesn’t know what’s gone on > so far, etc.?**** > > ** ** > > **5. **If (as seems likely) you don’t know the answers to most of > the above, is it reasonable (again, given attitudes, etc.) to have the kid > come to a meeting, meet the team, and see what the chemistry is like? The > risk there is that you wind up saying “No, sorry” without a good, sharable > reason, of course (“the other kids just didn’t like him” would be > uncomfortable at best).**** > > ** ** > > You have a challenge here for sure. Wish I had a better answer.**** > > -- **** > > Phil Smith III**** > > ** ** > > Coach, The Capital Girls (retired)**** > > Team 1900 (2002)**** > > Team 2497 (2003)**** > > Team 2355 (2004)**** > > Team 1945 (2005)**** > > *From:* First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto: > [log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Ivan Gil > *Sent:* Sunday, October 07, 2012 1:59 PM > *To:* [log in to unmask] > *Subject:* [VADCFLL-L] New Team Member**** > > ** ** > > Good afternoon, > > I have a bit of a quandary and I'm hoping that someone will be able to > provide me with an answer. Our is composed of eight children and have been > meeting since the end of July and we just had a parent that has asked if > their child can join the team. How should I answer this question? Is it too > late in the game? Have the other children done most of the work (and they > have), is there a rule as to when we should cutoff membership, should I put > it up for a vote with the team? I do not want to take this opportunity away > from this child by telling him no, he can't join as I feel that would > discourage him from joining next year but I also want to be fair to the > rest of the team. Please provide me with the wisdom that comes from being a > veteran as I am rookie coach. **** > -- To UNSUBSCRIBE or CHANGE your settings, please visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-l.html and select "Join or leave the list". -- VADCFLL administrative announcements are sent via VADCFLL-ANNOUNCEMENTS-L. Visit https://listserv.jmu.edu/archives/vadcfll-ANNOUNCEMENTS-l.html to subscribe.