Team Volunteer Roles

Several teams have asked about being able to have more than 1 adult volunteer “split” a role or possibly have 2 volunteers willing to each take half a day or similar.  I didn’t want to do this, as it is a lot more work for me to manage, but I have compromised as I do understand how difficult this is to manage for teams – particularly school-based teams organized by teachers that may not have a supportive parent base.  There are also several roles that are unique to NorCal  (like the Kids Choice Awards).

I have identified the roles that are open for the team adult volunteer.  Please send your volunteer the link before they sign up!  

Below is a table listing of roles that are specifically not open to be filled by the team’s volunteer.    Each team must provide 1 volunteer that will sign up 1 full role OR 2 volunteers that each sign up for 1 half role.  Of course, your team can help more by having more volunteers sign up – we need a total of about 150 to 200 total volunteers, so additional volunteer help would be greatly appreciated.

IMPORTANT:  All volunteers must register in VIMS, apply for a role at the specific tournament event and (if over 18 years old) pass the FIRST required background screen –  there can not be any substitutions of the team’s adult volunteers during the tournament day due to the background screening requirement instituted by FIRST.    The team coach or co-coach may sign up to be the team’s volunteer but only for 2 types of roles:  bringing challenge table and/or to help with setup.  Those are the only roles that I will accept the coach or co-coach to be the team’s volunteer.

Before signing up – please have your team’s volunter check the  current status if the position has been filled, along with descriptions and approximate hours each position is needed

 

The following roles are listed in VIMS for FLL events.  – However, they are not available for the team’s adult volunteer to fill.  Several can be filled by high school students (for community service) – they are marked in red bold.

Assign Me As Needed
Assistant Scorekeeper
Concessions
Core Values Judge
Field Resetter
General Volunteer Role for High Schooler…
Head Core Values Judge
Head Project Judge
Head Judge Assistant
Judge Assistant  (only if not affiliated with any FLL Teams)
Load-in/Load-out
Pit Runner
Practice Table Assistant
Project Judge
Referee
Registration
Robot Design Judge
Score Runner
Traffic Control/Security
Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Room Assistant

 

2014-2015 FLL World Class NorCal District Championships confirmed!

We believe that we have 3 confirmed tournaments for the 2014-2015 FLL World Class NorCal District Championships.    A huge thanks to the FIRST teams at each site that are hosting the championship at their school.

Silicon Valley District Championship :   Saturday  January 10 at Sobrato HS, Morgan Hill, hosted by FTC Team #6223, Evasive Robotics.

Capital District Championship :  Saturday  January 24 at Inderkum HS, Sacramento, hosted by FTC Team #6052, Tiger Tron.

Peninsula District Championship  :  Saturday  February 7 at Aragon HS, San Mateo, hosted by FRC Team #840 & FTC Team #4345, ART.

Can’t attend  the championship based on date conflict or other reason?
Post to request a swap  or email me  (fll at playingatlearning dot org) that you are declining.

What is Lottery?

We are continuing to receive questions about the Championship Lottery – so here is more info

If your team was announced as advancing and/or your team received the “Advancing to Championship Event” ACE Certificate,  your team is invited to the Championship.  You do not need to concern your team with the lottery at all.  Your team is “in”!

The issue is that the number of announced advancing teams does not quite fill each Championship.   The easiest district to understand is the Capital district which had 11 tournaments, each with 16 teams.   There is no equitable way to exactly fill the 48 team Capital Championship giving every tournament the exact same number of advancing slots (48 /11 = 4.36).  So,  each Capital district QT advanced 4 announced teams plus selected one unannounced team.  A similar issue happened in the other 2 districts as well.

So, we are running a lottery with these unannounced teams to fill each championship.

Which teams were entered into the lottery:   If your team was eligible  to advance (based on being in the top 55% of the robot game performance scores and the overall advancement eligibility criteria defined by FIRST),  BUT was not announced as advancing, the judges then picked one more team (unannounced) and provided that information to Playing At Learning.

We then put all of these for each district together and did a random pick to fill the championship tournament.   List of lottery teams.

There is a chance that if we have teams that decline to participate in the Championship that we will add additional lottery teams and then may even have to open it up to any eligible team

2014-2015 FLL World Class Championship Season approaching

Just started bringing this site up to date with the 2014-2015 season FLL World Class information.

Most of the general information for volunteers and teams has been brought up to date.

We don’t have confirmed dates for any of the 3 district championships this season.

Once we do,

Join Us – all FIRST events are open to the public to attend.
Even better,  volunteer!

 

Championship Teams: update on rubrics

I have completed the review and sorting for all of the Capital and East Bay team rubrics.   They will go out in tomorrow’s (April 8th) mail.

Next up will be the Silicon Valley and Peninsula Championship rubrics  – hopefully I will get these done this week but I am out on business travel for the next few days and then we have a full weekend of JrFLL Expos.

Next up: Peninsula FLL Championship at Aragon HS

We are excited to have Aragon Robotics Team (ART) – FRC #840  and FTC #4345 – our hosting the Peninsula FLL Championship.  See you on Sunday,  February 9th!    Event details – map, directions

NorCal FLL Championship tournaments are free & open to spectators  – Join Us!

General Schedule

8:15am Opening Ceremony
9am to 4:45pm Robot Game Matches
5pm Closing/Award Ceremony

 

We still need many volunteers  – high school and older!   Learn more and sign up here

 

More info   FIRSTFLLNorCal FLL, what is the challenge and this year’s 2013 Challenge details

Next Championship: Sunday 1/19 at Newark Memorial HS

Hope to you see you on Sunday!

 

All NorCal FLL Championship tournaments are free & open to spectators  – Join Us!

Sunday, January 19th East Bay Championship at Newark Memorial HS in Newark
Sunday, January 26th Silicon Valley Championship at Sobrato HS in Morgan Hill
Sunday, February 9th Peninsula Championship at Aragon HS in San Mateo

 

General Championship Schedule

8:15am Opening Ceremony
9am to 4:45pm Robot Game Matches
5pm Closing/Award Ceremony

 

At the January 19th East Bay Championship at Newark Memorial HS,  teams are participating from Fremont and beyond including teams representing Girls Scouts,  local schools and community-based teams.   Full team list

We still need many volunteers  – high school and older!   Learn more and sign up here

 

More info   FIRSTFLLNorCal FLL, what is the challenge and this year’s 2013 Challenge details

NorCal Championship season – starting this Saturday Jan 11th

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is an international program, created by FIRST and LEGO, designed to get children interested in and excited about science, technology and engineering.   Every year, FIRST releases a new challenge that engages the teams in hands-on robotics design and scientific research. The theme for the challenge is different each year, allowing teams to learn about a variety of subjects.

This year’s Challenge theme is all about Natural Disasters.  The challenge name is “Nature’s Fury”!

 

All NorCal FLL Championship tournaments are free & open to spectators  – Join Us!

Saturday, January 11th Capital Championship at InderkumHS in Sacramento
Sunday, January 19th East Bay Championship at Newark Memorial HS in Newark
Sunday, January 26th Silicon Valley Championship at Sobrato HS in Morgan Hill
Sunday, February 9th Peninsula Championship at Aragon HS in San Mateo

 

General Championship Schedule

8:15am Opening Ceremony
9am to 4:45pm Robot Game Matches
5pm Closing/Award Ceremony

 

At the January 11th Capital Championship at Inderkum High School,  teams are participating from Sacramento and beyond including teams representing Boys&Girls Club of America,  Girls Scouts,  local schools and community-based teams.   Full team list

We still need many volunteers  – high school and older!   Learn more and sign up here

 

More info   FIRSTFLLNorCal FLL, what is the challenge and this year’s 2013 Challenge details

Capital teams – one extra day to complete registration

CAPITAL Championship Teams:

Update Monday Jan 6th 8am:  I have 1 extra day from the printer that is doing the tournament program book  (which needs the team and robot picture, and short summary about the team  – items 3,4,5).

New deadline for completion of at least those items is tonight,  Monday,  January 6 at 8pm.  We are only missing 8 teams –  we were really like to have all teams have at least something in the very nice full color tournament program book!

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Sunday Jan 5th 11am:  I am trying to get an extra 24 hours for teams to finish their Team Registration items due to holidays (looks like many school teams did not complete their registration back in mid-December and now are scrambling since school is not yet back from holidays).

No guarantees at this point – I won’t know for sure until Monday at 8am.   Note that it is likely going to cost an extra $100 on the printing – additional donations would be greatly appreciated.