FIRST LEGO League Fall 2004 Competition
It is time to form FIRST LEGO League teams for 2004. I am going
to close registration for the teams that I organize on August 27.
I ask that all parents check with their children to make sure they want
to be on a FIRST LEGO league team before signing them up.
It is clear to me that several of the children in past years have been
less than enthusiastic about being on a team. They end up playing
with the LEGOs and detracting from the experience of those that are excited
about being on a team. Worse yet, they may prevent others from being
on a team because we run out of space. So please don't sign them
up because it will be "a good experience" for them. If they are excited
about being on a team, I am excited about having them on a team.
So if you are still interested, please read the rest of this message and
send me the information requested below.
Sign Up Information:
If you are interested in participating, send Michael Schuh, ,
the following information:
As many teams will be formed, as
there are both children and parent volunteers to support. Team coaches
will decide how many and which children are on their teams.
Child's Name, Age, Grade, and School that they attend
Phone Number(s) for home and/or work
Mailing Address for any end of season refund checks
Information on how much the Parent(s) are interested in participating.
This must be completed for a child to be on a team. It takes more
than money to run a team. We need at least one parent to volunteer
some or a lot of time for each child. See the "Help Opportunities"
section below for more information on some the tasks.
Any details on what students or coaches the child wants or does not want
to be on a team with. I will try to satisfy these requests but cannot
A check made out to and delivered to Michael Schuh for $150. In past
years, we found that some children withdrew after the teams were formed.
In short, this caused some financial and team size problems. So to
try and allow children to withdraw and minimize some of the problems, all
of the $150 will be returned if the child drops by August 27, all but $60
will be returned if the child drops by September 15. Last year, we
spent about $150 per team member. All extra funds will be returned
after the season ends. If I am unable to place your child on a team
to your satisfaction, I will return your check in full.
Print this Rules Agreement out and have it signed by and adult and the
child and send it in with the check to Michael Schuh at 1630 Elmhurst Drive,
Los Altos, CA 94024.
Rules Agreement: All team members are expected to help design,
build, and program the robot. Team members can specialize or work on a
variety of these tasks. In order to be an effective team, members
who are disruptive or disrespectful inside or outside of the team meetings
will be warned and then removed from the team. The coach will have
final say in who is accepted, removed or kept on the team. No one
has been removed from a team yet but we will do so if the need arises.
Team members removed will be reimbursed all but $60 of the fee if they
are removed by September 17 and none of the fee there after.
_________________________________ Team Member's Printed Name
_________________________________ Team Member's Signature
_________________________________ Parent's Printed Name
_________________________________ Parent's Signature
You will be added to the TigerBotsyahoogroups.com
email list. One adult must remain on this list for as long as the
child is on the team. You can find out more about the list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TigerBots.
Last year, a lot of people helped me run the teams and make them a success.
I will need help again this year. Here are some of the opportunities.
You need to select more than one opportunity in case your choice is taken.
Coach: there were four coaches and teams last year (five if you count the
Girl Scout Team). Probably most of these coaches will return for
this year. We will likely need some more for any fourth grade teams
that are formed. I will provide as much help to new coaches as I
Volunteer coordinator - this person will take care of getting people to
get tasks done that need to be done to support the teams.
Snack organizer - make sure that someone has a snack for the children after
school on Fridays. Sliced apples were a big hit last year.
It is preferable if the snacks are not too sugary.
General Manager - This is a high level leadership role. The General
Manager would take over running a team or teams and free the coaches up
to focus on coaching. The General Manager would take over all communicates
with the parents and coaches and organization of the teams and coaches.
Assistant Coaches - Show up for the team practices and help with the coaching.
Laptop computers for the teams to use. They are nice to have for
the practices and very nice to have for the competitions. A 150 MHz
Windows 98 computer with a CD ROM drive and a floppy drive is all that
is needed so an old laptop would be fine. The CD ROM drive is only
needed to load the software so it can be removed when the children need
to use the floppy drive. If you or your company would like to donate
one to the team, I understand that the donation is tax deductible and I
will get you a letter from FIRST saying so.
Competition organizer - The competition organizers will organize the scrimmage
on October 17 and a local competition on November 20 at Blach School.
The competition normaly has 10 to 12 teams. The state competiton
is still looking for a sponsor and volunteers so we may not have one this
year. With or without the state competition, all will have fun.
It takes a lot of volunteers to run the scrimmage
and local competition. We end up providing a majority of the volunteers
and non Los Altos teams provide the rest as part of their contribution
to the events. It would save me a lot of time and effort if we could
fill most of the these positions now. Many only take time on the
day of the event while some require some preperation time be spent before
the events. These event days are some of my favorite of the year
and I think many others enjoy working on them too. So please sign
up for volunteer spots now. You can sign up for more than one spot
and can make it for only the scrimmage or local competition. We have
a lot of materials from previous years to help make all of these jobs easier.
|Event Director and assistant Director(s)
||In charge of all planning and makes sure the event comes off fine.
|Head Referee and Referees
||The Referees watch the 2.5 minute matches to make sure the teams follow
the rules and do the scoring on the field (the score keeper tracks the
scores for the event) It takes two or three referees at the competition
and the Head Referee has the final say.
|Score Sheet Creator
||Create the scoring spreadsheet and posters for the event.
|Master Score Keeper
||Keeps the score on tournament day.
|Boy Scout Manager
||Works with Boy Scout Troop to get Boy Scout Volunteers. The scouts
reset the playing field and take the scores from the tables to the score
keeper. Scouts also do the flag ceremony
||Collect tables from four Los Altos Coaches Homes and return them after
||Create and print certificates for the event. We give out certificates
rather than trophies.
||Announce which team is up and which team is on deck. Start the
match by making sure the teams are ready and counting down 5, 4, 3, 2,
1, Go. Give 1 Minute, 30 second, and 15, 10, 9, 8, … 1, Stop countdown.
||Writes up and submits announcements for School news letter like the
Notes from Oak. Notifies the local paper of the event so that it
appears in the news paper.
||Figures out what the judges need to do, finds or creates judging materials,
figures out how judging will fit into the competition schedule, communicates
all of this to the judges, manages the judges at the tournament.
|Head Judge and Judges
||Takes care of Judging at the Local Competition. The Head Judge
has final say in all judging decisions.
Playing field construction - We have fours 4' x 8' playing fields from
last year and may need one or more constructed. The FLL website has the
construction information for their version of the playing field, but
I prefer a much simpler playing
field design detailed here. We usually put the field on the floor
and have don't have any overhead lights. But it would probably be
good to construct some overhead lights for some of the tables so the teams
have experience on tables that are like the ones at the State Tournament.
Advertisement - send announcements to the news papers and let them know
about the competitions that we participate in. We had a nice write
up for the 2001,
seasons in the Los Altos Town Crier. Also announce events in the
Notes From Oak so other students can enjoy the fun.
Creating and ordering T-shirts. This involves getting an appropriate
graphic and working with a vendor to make the shirts. It also involves
getting shirt sizes and distributing the shirts. Funds for the children
and coaches shirts are part of the registration fee.
Next year - Advertisement of opportunity to join a team.
Next year - Organize children into teams.
For more information:
Los Altos FIRST LEGO League Homepage.
|10 Jun '04
||Updated for 2004 season.
|29 Aug '03
||Added return money in full statement to cost section. Added more
link back to www.boardsailor.com/first
to more info section.
|24 Aug '03
||Added School to requested information
|22 Aug '03
||Added mailing address for sending checks and signed agreement.
|1 Aug '03
|27 Jul '03
||Taken from 2002 sign up materials