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You should have seen emails from Krystian Jones the past few days with
instructions on getting registered for a regional event. You can register
on the VA-DC FLL website here:

https://vadcfll.cisat.jmu.edu/db/teamlogin.aspx

It will take them a couple of weeks to go through the registrations, so you
should know by the end of Oct which tournament you will be able to attend.

I can't speak for all tournaments, but I believe they all provide area for
teams to store their things. I know all of the tournaments that I have been
to do so.

If you need specific help with the registration, you should probably
contact Krystian:

Jones, Krystian Wyvonne - joneskw <[log in to unmask]>




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On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Elvina Tong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Frederik, Ari, Todd and Skip,
>
> Thank you!! That is beyond helpful. We have done a lot of research on the
> theme topics and assembled the field. They've built basic robots and
> attachments. We are working on designing missions and coming up with ideas
> for our project presentation and core values poster. Of course I have more
> questions...
>
> Where would I find regional events to go look at?
> When do we find out which of our tournament selections we are placed in?
> On the tournament day, do we have a space where we can store snacks,
> supplies, posters, etc? Or should we plan for everyone to bring a backpack
> and carry things around?
>
> Thanks,
> Elvina
>
>
>
> On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 1:11 PM, Skip Morrow <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Elvina,
>> Thank you for volunteering as a coach this year. I remember my first year
>> coaching and I know exactly what is going through your mind right now.
>> Trust me, you and your team will be fine! :)
>>
>> Definitely, definitely get other adults (parents) to help out during the
>> day. It is crazy fast and super easy to lose track of time. You can go with
>> your team to each of the scheduled events, although you may or may not be
>> able to be "with them" for the judged events. This varies from region to
>> region. You may have to wait in the hall while your team goes in. You can
>> absolutely be with your team during the robot games though.
>>
>> Remember, there are three judged events:
>> 1. Hydrodaynamics Project
>> 2. Robot design
>> 3. Core Values
>>
>> 1. Hopefully you have a good feel for the project. The team goes in, they
>> present for five minutes, the judges ask questions for five minutes, and
>> you are done.
>> 2. The Robot design judging is a little different. For this one the team
>> goes into a room where they have the same hydrodynamics table set up. The
>> team will run one or two missions of their choice while talking to the
>> judges about their robot design. They need to be ready to talk about design
>> decisions, strategy, team roles, etc.
>> 3. Core values judging is also a little different. For this one the team
>> will go into a room where the judges will ask the team to perform some fun
>> task as a team. The judges will be observing how well the team works
>> together. After the time is up for the task, the judges will ask questions
>> about core values.
>>
>> In between all of these judged events, your team will have its turn at
>> the robot game. You will probably get one practice round and three official
>> rounds.
>>
>> If you have a chance, I would STRONGLY recommend that you volunteer at a
>> nearby regional event before your regional tournament. No experience
>> necessary and you will learn a lot about the judged events.
>>
>> Your team will want to make changes to the robot and programs during the
>> day. That is OK. Every team makes changes during competition day. It can be
>> quite stressful to some of the kids because they will sense the time
>> urgency before the next round. Remember, the score for the robot game is
>> not the most important thing. Having fun is the most important thing. I
>> think for most teams and coaches, the score is more important to the
>> coaches than it is for the team. Just keep that in mind.
>>
>> Have fun. Best of luck to you and your team. Ask here if you have any
>> other questions.
>>
>> Skip Morrow
>> Coach, Norfolk Collegiate
>>
>>
>>
>> .
>>
>> On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 12:42 PM, Todd J Lennox <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Fredrik gave a pretty good overview. Though not directly in your
>>> question as a first year team, some tips for the day of tournament. Though
>>> the students are to do the work there is no reason adults can’t assist with
>>> logistics just as coaches do for a sports team. With that in mind:
>>> -review the schedule with the entire team. Remind them of the schedule
>>> throughout the day. However have another adult keep track of time. The team
>>> members should be fully engaged in doing the work of the team not watching
>>> a clock. Just like the Players during a timeout in any sport who are
>>> listening to the coach and discussing adjustments your players and coaches
>>> need to be engaged let another adult make sure you get out of the timeout
>>> on time.
>>> -team members and coaches need to remember the schedule is often tighter
>>> than it appears on paper.
>>> -have another adult who is aware of what needs to go to each robot round
>>> and judging room to help ensure nothing gets forgotten. Unless
>>> logistics/timing prevents it the students should carry everything
>>> everywhere.
>>> -get someone to plan lunch and a snacks. Hungry kids (and coaches) are
>>> not fun.
>>>
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> > On Oct 3, 2017, at 9:24 AM, Fredrik Nyman <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > In one word: hectic!
>>> >
>>> > The day's schedule is, roughly:
>>> > 1) registration (turn in forms etc)
>>> > 2) find a home for your team (typically a table in the cafeteria)
>>> > 3) coaches meeting
>>> > 4) practice round
>>> > 5) first competition round
>>> > 6) lunch
>>> > 7) second competition round
>>> > 8) third competition round
>>> > 9) research presentation for judges
>>> > 10) core values presentation for judges
>>> > 11) closing ceremonies
>>> >
>>> > 1-4 and 11 are fixed events (i.e. same for each team); 5-10 will vary
>>> > -- i.e. while one team presents their research, another will present
>>> > core values and yet others will compete.
>>> >
>>> > You definitely want to have an assistant coach and ideally several
>>> > parents around to help wrangle kids and help move stuff from place to
>>> > place.
>>> >
>>> >> On Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 8:59 AM, Elvina Tong <[log in to unmask]>
>>> wrote:
>>> >> Hello,
>>> >>
>>> >> I'm taking a grades 7-8 team to a First Lego League tournament this
>>> fall. It
>>> >> is the first time our school is sending a team.
>>> >>
>>> >> The kids are interested in knowing the format of the day, could
>>> anyone give
>>> >> me a rundown?
>>> >>
>>> >> Thanks,
>>> >> Elvina
>>> >>
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