FLL – Getting Started

Important Dates – 2018-19 Season

August – National kickoff

November – Wisconsin regional tournaments begin

December – Wisconsin sectional tournaments begin

February – Wisconsin State Championship

April – World Festival St. Louis

For an explanation of events such as regionals, see Events: Overview and Types from WI FLL

1. Starting a team

FIRST® LEGO® League is a program for students in grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). Teams are typically formed on their own – by kids, teachers, parents, and mentors. There is no league draft, required school affiliation, or league mandated practice schedule.

See: Official FIRST LEGO League Team Resources Page: Includes the first three chapters of the coaches’ handbook, table building instructions, FLL overview, and more.

If you’re trying to get involved but don’t know where to begin, email fllteams@wi-first.org

In order to find local events, please refer to our Calendar.

Here’s a breakdown of the costs to start up a team.

FINANCING OPTIONS

  • School, District, or PTA/PTO pays all or a portion.
  • Donations/Sponsorship/Grants from parents’ workplace or local businesses.
  • Team members split costs equally, as a participation fee.

 

 

First Year Coaching support for you and your team

  • Kids do the work and teams are student lead, however, you will need to provide guidance. Team members may need to learn basic skills; such as programming, robot building techniques, the research process, brainstorming, and presentation skills.
  • Coach calls are available almost every week starting in August. These are a great place for coaches to ask question about anything related to FLL. Check the Calendar for dates and times.
  • Every year approximately 30% of our participants are new to the program, you are not alone!
  • Training materials are available on the FIRST website.
  • Your Coaches’ Handbook is an essential resource.
  • Look for books, videos and other how-to resources on the web, library, or YouTube.

Notice

Please note that FLL or FLL Jr Season Pass teams are NOT eligible to participate in an official event.

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Looking for a Team?

We do not form teams or place kids on teams and cannot share coaches’ contact information. If you are looking to join a team or need more members, check out the FIRST Team and Event Portal. Questions regarding FIRST Team up should be directed to fllteams@firstinspires.org.