A tough question. When I coached, we generally met once a week for a few hours in the evening, then more often as the Regionals approached, and then again once or twice a week until State (the Girls made State all four years). However, we were explicitly NOT trying to be a killer team: our goal was to learn and have fun, and so we weren’t going to drive them until they stopped enjoying it. I was fortunate to be co-coaching a team of mostly GT girls, mind you, which I suspect has a different dynamic than many teams—more self-directed. Some teams take it MUCH more seriously, meeting multiple times per week, with strongly assigned roles and deadlines and all of that. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but obviously could become one. So…”It depends”. Not a big help, I realize! -- 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 Michele Bossick Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 5:25 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: [VADCFLL-L] practice commitment Hello all.....Please share how often and how long your team meets to practice. I am having some difficulty with parents understanding this is more than club. I am starting to feel like maybe I am being unreasonable so I wanted to see how often other teams meet. Thanks for sharing... Michele -- ______________________________ Michele Bossick Technology Educator-Lower School <http://www.nsacademy.org> Nansemond-Suffolk Academy 3373 Pruden Blvd. Suffolk, VA 23434 <mailto:[log in to unmask]> [log in to unmask] 757.539.8789 The mission of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is to provide an academically rigorous college preparatory education in an atmosphere fostering moral character, respect, responsibility and compassion. With a commitment to honor above all, the Academy seeks to develop and inspire leaders who value diversity, creativity, scholastic excellence and community service. The information transmitted is intended solely for the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of or taking action in reliance upon this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you have received this email in error please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer. _____ 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. -- 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.