Coaching can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Our goal is for you to help the children have fun while they get comfortable with technology and learn something about a real-world problem. Whether or not your team scores high marks at a tournament, team members win just by participating.
If it is your rookie year, enjoy it for what it is: a survey of the course. Your goal should be to simply take a lap around the block with FLL. With a fun experience and meeting realistic goals under your belt, you and the children will be brimming with ideas about what to do next year.
You are not in this by yourself! Recruit an assistant coach, mentor(s), parents and guest speakers to help. Others can help with team communication, host meetings, contribute technical expertise, lead fundraising and provide additional adult supervision. Try to plan a meeting schedule that accommodates the participation of other adults.
FLL Illinois plans coaching meetings early in the season. Make sure you join the announcement list after registering nationally and you will receive e-mails with more detailed information.
Teams may be all around you or you may need to form your own team. Check with school, local organizations, community organizations such as 4H, Boy/Girl Scouts etc., or friends to see if a team in your area has openings. If you can't find one, it's easy to form a team. FLL does not match individual children with pre-existing teams. Also, for privacy reasons, we are not able to share lists of team contact information with you.
A team consists of:
The cost of participation in FLL generally ranges from ~$1000 for new teams to ~$600 for returning teams. A sample budget is below:
Sample Budget: (Costs are subject to change)
Your team’s other expenses may include: markers, paper, toner cartridges, color copies, scissors, folders, poster board, binders, other office supplies, snacks and travel expenses.
Once the challenge is released (early in September), a team typically meets once or twice a week for about two hours. This depends on the age (and thus ability to maintain focus), and other time constraint issues. Separate technical and administrative coaches can significantly reduce the work load of running a team and increase the fun for the kids and adults.
Sample FLL Season:
May: National FLL Team registration and materials ordering begins.
May/June: Robot sets and registration material, including Coaches’ Handbooks begin to ship
August 1st: FLL Illinois Tournament Registration Opens
August 25, 2015: Trash Trek Challenge is released at 1 pm Central Time
Early August: Field Setup Kits begin to ship
September 30: National FLL Team Registration closes or earlier if all slots are filled
October 15th: FLL Illinois Tournament Registration Closes
October 31st: FLL Illinois Qualifying Tournament Assignments are posted
November – December: FLL Illinois Qualifying Tournaments
January or February: FLL Illinois Central and Northern Championship Tournaments
There are two registrations your team needs to complete: National FLL Registration and FLL Illinois Tournament Registration.
Starting an FLL Team: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/startateam
FLL Participation Rules: http://firstlegoleague.org/mission/participationrules
FLL Parents Page: http://firstlegoleague.org/parents
FIRST Team Up: https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/login/fc_login.aspx?s=fc
FLL Team Resources: http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/teamresources
FLL Forums: http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/forums
Search “FLL Illinois / INSciTE Illinois” on www.facebook.com
E-mail FLL Illinois at firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK HERE to find resources for hooking up with teams looking for members, or other coaches looking to form teams!
More information coming soon!
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