Volunteer for FLL
The success of our season depends on our volunteers! Your help is needed for Regional and State Championship tournaments throughout Virginia and DC.
To sign up, fill out the Volunteer For FLL Form.
There is a position for everyone! We need:
- Referees: Referees are the ultimate decision makers when it comes to the robot performance competition rounds. They also keep the competition going by moving teams through the rounds with ease, smiles and an understanding that this is a tough competition for the children. Consistency is critical.
- Judges: Judges will be assigned to evaluate and score teams one of the other team events: research, teamwork, or robot design/programming. Judges will receive the following from FLL: training and criteria of how to judge the various awards, schedules for the day, and a training packet prior to training. Judge positions are often staffed by local corporate, educational, civic or scientific organizations.
- Scorekeeper: The referee or score runners bring the scores to the scorekeeper who records them in a computerized score spreadsheet and then posts them for the audience.
- Timekeeper: This volunteer is indispensable in making sure teams know when to start and end. Teams also need to know how much time is left, which is usually part of the Emcee’s play-by-play announcing. To help keep everyone on schedule, consider using loud horns to start and end each round. Teams have to know how much time is left in a round so they can determine which of their programs to use.
- Queue Manager: The queue managers help teams line up, or queue, prior to entering the robot competition area. Team queuing is key to keeping the event on schedule.
- Pit manager/runners: Manages the pit and announcements made in the pit area. Ensures teams move from the pit area to the queue area prior to their competition rounds.
- Practice field supervisor: Ensures teams rotate through the practice table in a graciously professional way.
- Competition Field Resetters: These volunteers reset the tables after each round has been scored. They may also double as runners to take the completed score sheets to the scorekeeper.
- General support: If additional volunteers are available, guides, traffic controllers, judging assistance are optional positions that add a lot to the tournament.
NEW COACHES: If you’d like to experience FLL from the other side, volunteer to be a judge at the VA-DC FLL Championship on December 3rd and/or 4th. The experience will help you learn more about what the judges are looking for in each area!