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.)


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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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