Here is information you will need to prepare for your tournament.  

Team Information Sheet

For each judging room, have a Team Information Sheet (4 copies).  You can find the template at . The team information sheet helps the judge remember the team.  Also, judges love it when teams introduce themselves.   NOTE: To attach a photo, use Adobe Acrobat. The PDF reader/editors in your browser will not allow you to attach an image. View Example.


Judging Rubric

Judges use a rubric to score teams in the judging rooms.  The rubric for all judging rooms can be downloaded at . At the end of the tournament, you should receive a copy of the rubric for your team.  To prepare, have your team review the rubric.  NOTE: Project rubric has been updated this year.


Project Judging Room

For Project, you will have 5 minutes, including setup time, to present your solution.   After you present, there will be a 5-minute Q&A.  No adults can help with setup. Time starts when the door closes. 


Robot Design

This is an opportunity for the team to discuss and demonstrate their robot.  Plan for a 10-minute judging session.  There will be a mission table setup for the team to use.  Teams should be prepared to run missions and discuss how they built and programmed their robot.  I would highly recommend having some program print outs.  Not all of your programs, just what you want to highlight.  If your team chooses to prepare a technical notebook that shows the evolution of the strategy, robot and programming, that can be beneficial.  


Core Values

For Core Values, teams will be given a challenge and less than 5 minutes to conduct the challenge.   After the challenge, there will be a brief Q&A session.  There is very high probability the team will be asked about Gracious Professionalism, Core Values and Coopertition™.  


Judging Rooms

Judging sessions are closed sessions.  The team plus 3 observers (two coaches/mentors and one historian are allowed to observe).  You can just send in the team and no observers. To demonstrate core values, teams should be silent while waiting outside a judging room.  Judging rooms are typically class rooms.  You will need bring in all your presentation supplies.  (Note, Robot Design will have a mission table setup.  You do not need to provide mission components.)


How involved as a coach should I be?
Coaches should teach, guide and encourage but not do. 
The kids do the work.  Adult involvement only takes away from the kids' experience.
Adults do not do the work, do not develop the strategy, and should not be on the computer doing coding.
What the kids learn is more important than what they win.

Helpful Resources – great team resources  - worksheets, printable mat and elements images  - Shared lessons and resources from an experienced coach and judge – Shared lessons and resources from an experienced coach and judge. - VA-DC FLL Resources Page



Scott Rakestraw

VA-DC Judge Advisors

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