FAQ: Coaching
FIRST® LEGO® LEAGUE

What kind of training resources are available for FIRST® LEGO® League coaches and mentors?

New Coach Information – This document gives an overview of what new coaches need to know.

FIRST® LEGO® League Kickoff Materials from the Microsoft Kickoff Event:

How do I register my team for FIRST® LEGO® League?

You begin the two-level registration process with national FIRST® registration.. When you complete the short process (around 20 minutes) and pay your registration fee, you will receive:

  • An official team number
  • Coaches’ Handbook

Once your team is registered with FIRST® nationally, the coach or team representative must register with FIRST® Washington. Registering with FIRST® Washington will allow you to participate in the event registration process in October and the opportunity to compete in local competitions, qualifiers and regional championships.

Please go to the Get Started page on this site to begin the registration process.

When does FIRST® LEGO® League happen?

Teams generally form and register from May through October.

The FIRST® LEGO® League season Challenge information is released in late August. The project and build season begins after the Challenge is released.

Tournaments begin at the end of November. Tournaments – Qualifier Competitions – determine which teams earn spots at the FIRST® Championship at the end of April

There are also many off-season events in which teams can participate, strategize, hone their skills, learn new technology, meet other teams, and have fun.

 

What are the minimum requirements for every FIRST® LEGO® League team?

Each FIRST® LEGO® League team needs:

  • Two or more adult coaches willing and motivated to guide the team through the discovery and competition season (and beyond) – no special technical experience is required
  • Up to 10 students ages 9 to 14 willing to put in time and do any job the team needs to succeed (There are lots of important jobs available for all skill levels and interests.)
  • A suitable meeting place, either public or private, that can accommodate a 4 x 8-foot playing field table, and has internet access
  • A standard Challenge Set and a common set of rules issued by FIRST® and LEGO®
  • A paid team registration, official team number, and a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set
  • The desire to learn, explore, strategize, build comradery, share ideas and talents, make new friends, be accepted, and HAVE FUN!
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