banner I have been a Lego League coach since 2007. This year, I wanted to document the season to give rookie coaches a resource to help them through to competition. The process can be intense, but it can also be a lot of fun for you and your team.

I hope to cover enough through my posts, but if I leave anything out, please feel free to leave a comment, or contact me.
Aug
25th

How to Use this Site

Author: fllCoach | Files under Competition, Programming, Research Project, Robotics, Teamwork, The Game

Welcome to Lego League Coaching! I put this site together to help first time Lego League coaches to learn the ins and outs of coaching that I had to learn on my own. The site is divided up into sections related to each of the judging criteria. Here is a map of various posts to […]



Aug
17th

Nature’s Fury Mission Models

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

The Nature’s Fury challenge isn’t officially released until August 27th, but many of us have already received the field kits. My team put ours together this week. We took our best guess at where the models go. A lot of them were pretty obvious by the decorations on the mat and others fit perfectly within […]



Aug
1st

Nature’s Fury Mat and Models

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

The Nature’s Fury mat and field kit sets have been shipping for a few weeks now. We got ours quite a while ago. Here’s what the mat looks like: Note that they went back to a rolled up mat, so you won’t have trouble with creases this year. The other significant change this year is […]



Aug
31st

Fostering Teamwork

Author: fllCoach | Files under Teamwork

Fostering teamwork is a tricky thing. With 6-10 personalities that don’t yet know tact, conflicts inevitably arise. I’ve been fortunate that since my second year of coaching, my teams only had one big conflict. I think that has a lot to with the fact that all those teams were all girls teams. My first year, […]



Aug
23rd

Senior Solutions Field Kit

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

I received the new field kit for Senior Solutions a few weeks ago and now finally have time to write about it. In case you haven’t seen the mat layout, here it is: I’m struck by the fact that there are a lot of obstacles this year. Nothing is easy to get to. I’m also […]



Nov
21st

Regional (Qualifier) Tournament Scores

Author: fllCoach | Files under Competition

Minnesota held its first regional (qualifier) tournament this weekend. The state divides our kids up into two divisions: Division 1 (4-6 grade) and Division 2 (7 & 8 grade). We had 16 teams in Division 1 and 9 teams in Division 2. The scores for this early regional were about what I expected. I would […]



Nov
16th

Review : uberprints.com

Author: fllCoach | Files under Competition

Don’t forget that you’ll probably want to buy t-shirts for your team for the competition. It’s a cool “prize” for being part of the team. The kids really enjoy designing their own shirt and seeing it come to life. Over the last few years, I’ve used Cafepress for my shirts, but their web site and […]



Oct
2nd

Android Scoring App – Food Factor

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

I finally got around to finishing the new version of my scoring app. It is now available in the Android market. I had hoped to do a little more with it, but I just didn’t have time. And won’t. But it should still work fine.       The missoin images in this app came […]



Oct
1st

Keep Up to Date on Updates

Author: fllCoach | Files under The Game

It’s hard to believe it’s October already. Hopefully you’ve met once or twice with your team by now. If not, don’t fear, many others haven’t either. But don’t delay too long. There is a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it. One thing you need to make sure you do […]



Sep
9th

The First Meeting

Author: fllCoach | Files under About Lego League

Teams are beginning to get started for the 2011 season, so I wanted to point rookie coaches to my The First Meeting post from last year. The post describes what you should do to get ready for your first meeting and what you should accomplish. To summarize, the first meeting should be an introductory meeting. […]