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Teamwork Judging

Author: fllCoach | Files under Competition, Teamwork

The last judging category is in Teamwork. As I mentioned before, in Minnesota’s regional tournaments, the Project and Teamwork judges are in the same room and take turns asking questions. I would be interested to hear if other tournaments are the same way. As with the other judging categories, the rubrics from FIRST are in play.

Here are some questions I’ve heard asked of teams in the past:

  • How was the team organized?
  • How did you determine the organization?
  • Who did what?
  • How did you determine who did what?
  • How did you make decisions?
  • What conflicts did you have?
  • How did you resolve conflicts?
  • How did you divide up tasks?
  • Did you accomplish everything you wanted to?
  • What obstacles did you run into? How did you overcome them?
  • How did team members help each other?
  • What was your favorite part of Lego League?
  • What’s one thing you learned about a team member?
  • What would you do differently if you could do it over again?
  • What is gracious professionalism?
  • How did you exhibit gracious professionalism?
  • What does FIRST stand for?
  • What does it mean?

Amazingly, there has only been one major conflict in my teams the last three years. The judges don’t believe that there are no conflicts so we generally talk about voting on conflicting ideas for the project or robot.

If there is an obvious answer to a question that would reflect negatively on your team, don’t coach them to lie, of course. Just give them another way to look at the question that would give a better answer.

All of your team members didn’t have to do everything. Judges recognize that certain kids prefer certain tasks. It’s ok if one kid solely did programming and another only worked on the research. The point is that they worked together to get everything accomplished.

Most of the answers to all judging questions are already in the kids’ heads. You just have to remind them of their team’s history. As I mentioned in my previous judging posts, make list of points that you are sure you want the team to get across and make sure they are covered during the question and answer sessions.

Good luck!

2 responses. Wanna say something?

  1. Bindy
    Jan 4, 2011 at 22:07:42

    I saw the most inconsistency in this area then I did any other judging area. Another coach in our Va tournament complained to me later as well. My team was courteous, thanked each other, one team member even commented quite loudly at the “brilliance” of another team mate during the project challenge. We got the lowest scores of our day. I have no idea what they thought team work looked like, but they asked only two questions which every player answered and then gave us negative scores on “team participation”?
    I was deeply disappointed.

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