The Virginia + DC FIRST LEGO League competition season runs from August to February. Find out more about our season overview and how to register your team for an event!

Updated February 4, 2021

Update: VA-DC FLL will not be using the FIRST Remote Event Hub.
Materials will be submitted through our site.

What’s new for the RePlay season?

Judging Sessions: Consolidated Judging & New Rubrics
Consolidated judging brings all elements of FLL Challenge into the same room in one 30 minute session with judges. The purpose is to create a better experience for teams, streamline the judging process for teams and volunteers, and standardize the awards process. Check out how a judging session works!

These sessions will still be guided by familiar looking rubrics, but there are a few adjustments to the criteria of each rubric. Learn more about consolidated judging and the rubric changes here!

Robot Game: What’s new in the rules?
• The shape and use of home has changed and now includes the launch area.  Check out the RePlay Missions video here to find out more.
• Jigs can extend to the west wall.
• LEGO Education Spike Prime robotics platform is available and allowed
• The launch height limit is removed, but pay attention to rules regarding the size of the robot and equipment.
• The stranded cargo rule is easier to follow and apply.  You now keep objects stranded partly outside home but lose a precision token instead of losing the object.

For all the rules, missions, and updates, check out our Robot Game page.

What’s new in Virginia+DC FLL?

Tournament Format: Due to COVID-19, the structure and format of regional qualifying tournaments will have to change. Virginia+DC FIRST LEGO League will be holding all of the Regional Qualifying Tournaments Championship event in a remote event format. Teams will be virtually competing from their own communities. You can find out more about what that looks like below.


General Guidelines

Teams will be able to participate in a “traditional” FIRST LEGO League event, but will do so from their own communities. 

– Teams must be registered with FIRST
– Teams consist of 2 coaches and 2-10 team members (members must be between the ages of 9-14; students younger than 9 can compete with permission from VA-DC FLL)

Competition Schedule and Overview

Before a Remote Event, teams will…
– Complete the online Youth Registration (including Consent & Release) for each team member
Submit team work & information through the VA-DC FLL website
– Team Information Sheet Word DOCGoogle Doc
– Team Picture
– Innovation Project Presentation video (no longer than 5 minutes)
– 3 Robot Game Round Videos (Optional: 1 Practice Round)
– Sample Code from at least one mission (pdf, jpeg, png)

During a Remote Event, teams will…
– Virtually meet with event judges for a 25 minute consolidated judging session, see overview here (note that during a remote event, team materials will be viewed before judges enter virtual room)
– Receive robot game scores throughout the day 
– Tune in to the virtual opening/ closing ceremony

After a Remote Event, teams will…
– Either pick up locally or receive through mail team ribbons and trophies (if applicable)
– Receive their robot game score sheets and judging rubrics electronically
– Prepare for advancement opportunities (if applicable)

All participants will need to complete the online Youth Registration before participating in a remote event. More information can be found in the sidebar of this webpage.

Robot Game

Teams will submit individual robot game round videos before their event. All materials will be submitted through the VA-DC FLL website.

Practice Round (optional):  17 days before your event, teams can submit one practice event, within 5 days teams will receive feedback from the event head referee; teams will then have 7 days to make any changes based on the feedback
Official Robot Game Matches:  Teams will submit 3 robot game videos to be scored.  On the day of the event, scores will be posted to the leaderboard

Teams will be assessed using the official RePLAY Robot Game Scoresheet

VA-DC FLL Robot Game Filming Guidance
Video Tutorial
Written Instructions


5 Days before your event, teams will need to submit…

– 5 minute Project Presentation Video (mp4
-2.5 Robot Game Match (it will be one of the 3 videos submitted for the robot game)
– 1 page PDF or JPG of a sample piece of code

Before meeting with teams in a virtual room, judges will review the materials submitted by the teams (approximately 5-10 minutes)

Teams will then meet with judges in a virtual room for 25 minutes for Project, Robot Design, and Core Values Judging.  Teams can be in the same or different locations. See overview here (note that during a remote event, team materials will be viewed before judges enter virtual room)

Teams will be assessed on the official FIRST LEGO League Rubrics, which have a new look this season!  Teams will receive their rubrics electronically after the event (similar to an in-person event)

Robot Design Judging

Check out the new Robot Design rubric! The new rubric is similar to the old rubric but now the criteria follows the engineering design process.

Before teams enter the virtual room, judges will take a look at one robot game run and the example code submitted by team.

Teams will have 5 minutes to talk about their robot and then there will be a minute Q&A.

While teams don’t not need to have a formal presentation prepared, teams should think about what they want to share with judges.

Innovation Project Judging

Check out the new Innovation Project rubric! The new rubric is similar to the old rubric but now the criteria follows the engineering design process. Use the rubric when deciding what information to put in the project presentation

Project videos should be very similar to the project presentation at an in-person event. Videos should be no longer than 5 minutes. Because of scheduling, judges will need to stop videos longer than 5 minutes. While this video can be edited, we are not expecting high production or professional editing.

Judges will be watching the video before entering the virtual judging room. During the virtual session, teams will do a 5 minutes Project Q & A with judges

Core Values Judging

Core Values judges will be looking for Core Values throughout the whole presentation (think about all the Core Values skills needed to put together the project and robot game). Check out the new Core Values rubric!

Core Values judges will be looking for examples of FIRST Core Values within the Innovation Project and Robot Design portions of judging. At the end of the the team’s judging session, teams will have a few minutes to reflect on the Core Values. While teams are not asked to submit anything, if the team would like to share anything regarding Core Values, they will be able to share their screen. We ask the teams do not share video or audio elements. Teams could share a quick slide or image if a visual element is needed.

This is a big change from past years (no Core Values activity), but at in-person events there will also be Core Values judges in the pits, practice area, and robot game area.

Team Info Sheet

Teams will need to submit a Team Information with their event materials. The Team Info Sheet needs to be submitted as a PDF.

Microsoft DOC (download)
Google Doc (make a copy)

FIRST requires all youth team members to register. Youth Team Members who have not registered will not be permitted to participate in FIRST remote competitions. 

1. Through the FIRST dashboard, the Lead Coach will invite Parents/ Guardians to register their child.
2. Parents/ Guardians will create an account, register their child, and accept the Consent & Release conditions.

– If you need a Spanish version of the form
– If you have parents/ guardians that cannot electronically register their child

Instructions for Coaches
Instructions for New Parents/ Guardians
Instructions for Returning Parents/ Guardians
Instructions: Parents w/ Mobile Device
Youth Registration Q & A