FIRST LEGO League – Challenge

updated November 16, 2022

(November 16 update highlighted)

previous updates: September 10, October 7, October 27,2022

Team, Volunteer and Tournament Details:

Team registration with FIRST

  • Any team from BC or the Yukon should register and compete in BC. Welcome, Yukon teams!
  • Registration will be open beyond the end of October (but if your team wants to attend qualifiers you need to register soon)

Coach and team member online sign-up

  • Please remember that each team needs two coaches with their YPP screening done and the FIRST consent and release form signed. I noticed that a few teams have not yet finished this process – please do it soon.
  • Also, please encourage the parents/guardians of your team members to get their FIRST accounts and to sign up their kids for the team.
  • It sometimes takes a while before all adults do this, so it is a good idea to start early.

COVID Precautions

  • We hope that these won’t be necessary this season.
  • However, depending on the situation, we may have to put various measures in place – things like wearing a mask, showing proof of vaccination, or holding part or all of an event remotely.
  • You can read FIRST BC’s COVID policy here (scroll down a bit).

Volunteers

  • We always need lots of volunteers at tournaments. Please encourage family and friends of your teams to sign up as volunteers! To do this they need to set up an account with FIRST (just like the team parents/guardians) and then go to the “volunteer registration” tab on their dashboard and select the event of their choice.
  • Here is the “volunteer starting page”.
  • It is helpful if volunteers sign up soon since that will give them more time to do any necessary screening or training.
  • Referees and judges should not be associated with any competing team, but all other event volunteers could be.

Scrimmages

Several scrimmages are planned, for example in Victoria on November 26, in Kitimat on December 3, and in Richmond on December 18. Please watch for announcements by email.

Qualifying tournaments

  • In-person qualifying tournaments:
  • January 14, 2023: Victoria (Lansdowne Middle School) and Northern BC (Mt. Elizabeth School, Kitimat)
  • January 21, 2023: Whitehorse (CSSC Mercier)
  • February 4, 2023: Vancouver 1 (at LA Matheson School in Surrey)
  • February 5, 2023: Vancouver 2 (at LA Matheson School in Surrey)
  • February 11, 2023: Kelowna (location TBA)
  • All dates are Saturdays except for February 5 which is a Sunday.
  • If your team is located very far away from any qualifier, we will work out an individual solution.

Qualifying tournament registration

  • We will have a registration period of one month, starting on November 17 and ending on December 17.
  • Here is the registration form .

Payment for tournament registration

  • The tournament registration fee is $150. This will cover all BC tournaments (i.e., there is no extra tournament fee if your team advances to the championship).

Cancellation policy

  • If your team registers and pays for a tournament and then has to cancel
    • You will get a full refund if cancelling by the end of the registration period
    • You will get a $100 refund if cancelling after the end of the registration period but by December 31.
    • You will get no refund if cancelling after December 31
  • If a tournament has to be cancelled and can’t be rescheduled, we will do a random draw to determine the advancing teams
  • If a tournament gets rescheduled and your team can’t make the new date, you will unfortunately have lost the chance to compete

Advancement to championship tournament

  • A percentage of teams from each qualifier (the same for each one) will advance to the championship.
  • Advancing teams will be notified at the awards ceremony at the end of their qualifier.

Championship Tournament

  • The BC championship for FLL Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 11, at Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge. Please note, March 11 is the first day of the spring holidays in some school districts.

Judging Details:

Core Values Poster

  • This is not needed, but it can be handy as a talking point during the interview and when people visit the team’s pit.

Competition tables in robot judging rooms

  • The judging rooms won’t have competition tables set up.

Spectators in judging rooms

  • Spectators are welcome in the judging rooms.
  • No spectators can enter any interview room after the interview has started.

Questions?

  • Email uleslie@firstpartners.org