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If you have a larger team, a parent per child is a lot to have in the pits all day. The temptation to have hands on or to interfere with other activities is hard for many to resist, and this is a day for the kids. I would say have some of your helpful parents around to take care of lunch and things like that, but limit the number actually underfoot. On some occasions we have had so many adults at a table next to us that it was difficult for our kids AND coaches to talk and work. There is lots of space in the stands for parents to watch.


Betsy T Wilco

Gifted Resource Teacher

Prince William County Schools

703.754.9061

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Subject: Re: [VADCFLL-L] Parents/family on tournament day?

It is a good idea to have at least one parent per kid especially since this is the first year. There is a lot of running around to do from place to place for robot runs and judging sessions. Having extra set of hands to get the team time on the practice table, scout out the judging session rooms, keep track of the kids as they roam around to see other teams, pick up lunch, bring snacks, etc., is very helpful. As a coach you will have too many other things to take care of to be doing these things. There are three adults allowed in the judging session so parents can take turns going into the three judging sessions as well.


On Fri, Nov 2, 2018 at 2:36 PM Robin Cole <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
I've got a first year team that's competing next weekend. I'm trying to get a better feel for the logistics of tournament day. Do kids usually have at least one parent per kid hang out the whole day? It looks like the actual competitions are fairly closed, so parents won't be able to watch much. I guess it's more a question of whether my fellow coach and I want to be responsible for wrangling the team by ourselves all day. What do other people do? Thanks.

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