FLL hasn't disclosed why they made the change. I'm guessing that they wanted to level the playing field, so to say, between teams that practice year-round (or otherwise get rolling as soon as they receive the field setup kit in late July), and teams like mine that don't get started until school begins in September. Once you have built the models, you can usually guess where they will be located and how they function, so if your team builds them and starts practicing for the expected challenges now, they gain a major advantage over teams starting a month later. Particularly here in Virginia, where the season is very short. On Sun, Aug 2, 2015 at 4:11 PM, Bob and Ann Henshaw <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > VADCFLL coaches: > > > > Just opened our newly arrived field kit last night and was surprised to find > out that there are no assembly instructions. The FLL competition web site > indicates that building instructions will be released with the challenge on > Aug 25th. > > > > Does anyone know why this change was made? > > > > Our home based team, which only meets during the competition season, has > always used the assembly process as a way of recruiting and introducing new > members to the team prior to the big kickoff. We cancelled 3 scheduled > meetings as a result of this change. > > > > Although this will be our last year as a team (everyone is growing up too > fast J), I would like FLL to reconsider this change in the hope that it will > help other teams in the future. Would appreciate knowing what the coaching > community thinks. > > > > Sincerely, > > Bob Henshaw > > > > 2007-8 Team Mind Machine > > 2009 Team Rockin Robots > > 2010-11 Team Dr Dangerous > > 2011-12 Team Dynamite > > 2013-15 Team Dynamite Twisters > > > > _______________________________________________________________________________ > > Ann and Bob Henshaw > > 3808 Fort Worth Ave > > Alexandria, VA 22304 > > > > ________________________________ > 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.