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Aug
18th

History of a Lego League Coach

Author: fllCoach | Files under About Lego League

I first started coaching Lego League in 2007. I am a software developer by trade, so I was asked to coach a team because of my programming knowledge. That first year was a disaster. I was a rookie coach with a rookie team working on a challenge that was the hardest in recent years. I had a team of six 4th grade boys and I couldn’t keep them focused because my oldest child was a 7 year old girl. I vowed never to coach again.

The following year, my school program asked me to come back. But this time, I was an assistant coach. The head coach had been coaching for many years, and the team was an all-girls team. Needless to say, the second year went much better. The team won their regional tournament and did so-so at the state tournament. At the end of the season, I was feeling much better about coaching and was willing to take on the challenge of coaching my own team again the following year.

Five of the seven girls on that all-girls team were moving on to junior high, so I took the remaining two, added my daughter (who was going into 4th grade) and had them recruit their friends. We ended up with a team of 8 girls who were coached by myself and the dad of one of the girls from the previous year. The team surprised us all by not only winning their regional tournament, but by placing 3rd in Division 1 at the state tournament.


One response. Wanna say something?

  1. Dean Hystad
    Oct 27, 2010 at 15:41:31
    #1

    Most folks won’t have a clue what you are talking about with Division 1 and Division 2. As far as I know Minnesota is the only place that runs FLL that way.

    In Minnesota, 3rd through 6th graders are considered “Division 1”. The older kids compete in “Division 2”. Division 1 and 2 teams compete at the same tournaments, but not against each other. We do FLL this way mostly as an excuse to have more awards. It is also nice that a young team can have success right away, and then go on to face tougher competition.

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