Thank you for writing. Unfortunately, according to our Participation Rules: “an FLL team must have a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of ten (10) children. A team with more than ten (10) children on the team roster will not be eligible for awards at an official FLL tournament.”
In order to provide consistency amongst the teams, the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) Global Standards limits team size to 10 children. In addition, due to the volume of FLL teams, we regrettably do not have a process for enforcing what happens in a classroom or with any particular team. However, we ask that coaches keep the FLL Core Values in mind and adhere to the team guidelines we have in place. We believe that it is not fair for one team to abide by the standards and have 10 children doing research and programming, while another team does not abide by the standards and has more than 10 children completing the work.
In the event that a team member in unable to attend the event, we would recommend that the remaining team members prepare to present the work that the absent team members completed.
We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.
We implemented an application process this year, but we had enough spaces for all who were interested. A day late a parent asked if it was too late, and I told her that I wouldn’t have minded taking the application but we were full. She is REALLY pushing me to allow her daughter to be an alternate who would not compete. In general, it doesn’t seem like it would work well to me. I wondered if FLL does not allow alternates. I have not had this situation come up before. Thank you. Laura
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