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There is a FIRST LL event at Pentagon city mall tomorrow night that I was going to go to. Does anyone know if it will be worthwhile for a rookie coach and her 11 year old son? 

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On Sep 4, 2014, at 2:09 PM, John Barrett <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I coached for 7 years and all of my teams met for 3 hours on Sunday afternoons.  We sometimes met for “field trips” on other days to meet experts in support of the research the team was doing.  And just like Phil’s teams, we met a little longer or a few more times just before regionals and states.
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> One year, I tried meeting on Friday after school and on Sunday afternoon.  That was the only year the team didn’t qualify for states.  (Correlation does not imply causality, I know.)
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> Limiting practice time each week forced the team to recognize time as a resource.  A tough lesson at times, but a life lesson well worth learning.
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> John
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> On Sep 3, 2014, at 6:02 PM, Phil Smith III <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> So…”It depends”. Not a big help, I realize!
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>> Phil Smith III
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>> Coach, The Capital Girls (retired)
>> Team 1900 (2002)
>> Team 2497 (2003)
>> Team 2355 (2004)
>> Team 1945 (2005)
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>> 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
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>> Subject: [VADCFLL-L] practice commitment
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>> 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. 
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>> Thanks for sharing...
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>> Michele
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