Congrats to all the teams this season! For those who are moving on to the State Championship on December 1 and 2 at JMU, please consider finding one or two adults from your team who can volunteer as a judge in the opposite age division on Saturday. There isn’t much for parents to do on Saturday as all of the judging sessions are closed. This would be a great help to us and will make this event possible for your team. As a volunteer-driven organization, these events don’t happen without volunteers!
Any high school age siblings who are attending and want to be in on the action can also volunteer as Field Resetters on Sunday. This is a super fun job! And as a special bonus for all volunteers, you get a free t-shirt, free food, and some really cool, premium FIRST swag! Please pass this message on to your teams. All you have to do is create or sign in to your FIRST account, complete your youth protection background screening, and complete any training needed for your role. All of this can be done directly through the FIRST dashboard. I have attached a PDF with directions on how to register. Once you have a FIRST account, you can search for events, and you can filter by state and program to easily find the VA/DC FLL Championship.
For coaches who are not moving on, if you can make yourself available on one or both days of the Championship event, you will not regret volunteering. Exactly ten years ago, I was a brand new coach of a FIRST LEGO League team, who had no clue what she was doing. My team did well at their tournament but they did not advance. So, I volunteered as a judge at the Championship that year (with our famous head ref Steve!). I learned so much, was so inspired by the teams and other coaches, and was completely hooked. Now I work for FIRST! But, I also still volunteer, because I believe in what the program does for kids and I see the impact. Please join me! I’d love to meet you in person!
Feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions. Thank you for all you are doing for FIRST as a coach and volunteer!
(And, if you haven’t seen it yet, you can download your coach certificate of appreciation from your dashboard at www.firstinspires.org! Just click on your name in the top right-hand corner and select Mentor/Coach Certificate from the drop-down menu.)
All the best,
Volunteer Recognition Specialist, FIRST ®
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
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