>Why are the kits sent out prior to the kids having a chance to arrive at
school?  We >don't even know who will be on the team until the first week,
let alone practice all >summer.  Am I missing something here?

 Teams are set up differently. Some teams *do* know who is on the team
already; especially community teams not associated with schools. Other
coaches set up the field so time spent on missions and research instead of
building.  If you set up the field, it will give you, the coach, time to
examine the skills (are their lots of lines? are their colors? or objects
that would need lifting?) necessary to teach your kids so they will be
 successful and have a good arsenal of strategies in their "toolbox".

It's no the worst idea to create a team at the end of the year, with a good
number of alternates (like 4), so if someone moves or drops off, you can
easily replace them in early the process.  That way you can begin next
session with your team helping build the kit in August.

Good luck this coming year!

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