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Thank you all for the continued support of finding teams in a local area. 

 

We understand the frustrations you are facing when it comes to finding a team.   Please know this is something that VA-DC FIRST LEGO League has been diligently working on.  As Scott Rakestraw mentioned in a previous email, there is a program called “Team-Up” that we are looking to implement . While it may not alleviate all, it will alleviate some of these frustrations.  If you or someone you know is willing and able to assist, please let myself or Scott know. 

 

In the meantime, to start a team it is really easy!! All you need is 2 kids, 2 adults, the willingness to lead a team, and the kids do the rest!   The number of kids interested in this program are tremendous, but we need folks like you who are willing to take the leap of faith and provide positive leadership to new teams.  We understand this could be intimidating, but the resources out there for new coaches are great!  FIRST orchestrates a well thought out coaches handbook every year with beneficial information on how to start a team and how to be successful.  For those interested, I have provided the link here: https://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resource_library/fll/into-orbit/first-lego-league-coaches-handbook-20182019.pdf

 

The listserv is a great way to seek and receive sound advice from experienced coaches and mentors throughout the VA-DC region.  From what I have witnessed over the years, there is nothing but continued support and encouragement from local teams and leadership group when clarification or advice is requested.

 

An additional way to seek out support, or get more information is at a local coaches workshop.  There is currently one scheduled in Reston, VA on Sept. 28th I will be there along with a few of the head judges and referees in the area.  If you are interested in registering for this event, you can do so here: https://goo.gl/forms/UY0TNA7Lh5nftlsp1.

 

Plenty of teams around the area also host these types of events and I have seen on the listserv a few of these opportunities circulating already.  Thank you to those who have taken the time to host these types of events.  We encourage these teams to post them on to our calendar page to increase participation, get the word out, and share experiences. 

 

If you are a team looking to host a coaches workshop, or already have one in the works, please post it on the listserv and add it to the calendar page here: https://va-dcfll.org/calendar/.

 

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to the program and I look forward to another successful year! 😊

 

Krystian Jones

Assistant Director VA-DC FIRST LEGO League &

FIRST LEGO League Jr.

(540) 568-2216

800 South Main St. MSC 0305 

Harrisonburg, VA 22807

 

 

From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 4:44 PM
To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Looking for a spot in FLL Team in Herndon / Reston nearby Area

 

>  So,many e-mails still no one came upfront to have open spot for FLL.

 

As some have already pointed out, a more accurate way to look at the problem would be as follows:

 

So many e-mails, still no one looking for a spot volunteered to start a team and coach.

 

It may seem daunting, and not everyone can make the time, but the teams in which spots are being sought exist because someone took the initiative to start them.  No coaches, no spots.

 

Just my 2c, although I'm rephrasing what has already been said.

 

Anshul Gupta

 

PS: There are many coaches here who'd love to help a new team, but don't have spots on their own teams.

 

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 3:57:42 PM EDT, Komal Tewtia <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 

 

I agree ,it's frustrating and time consuming effort!

So,many e-mails still no one came upfront to have open spot for FLL.

 

Strongly Agrre:

 

This has been a challenge for newcomers, and in some cases with experienced kids once their team is dissolved and/or they move out to another area.  

 

Thanks,

Komal Tewtia

 

On Tue, Aug 28, 2018 at 2:56 PM Amy Nichols <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

And the kids generally get to be on the team longer and build a deeper foundation of programming and engineering skills.


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