Part 1: Prerequisites
Part 2: Register with FIRST LEGO League
Part 3: Register with Virginia + Washington, D.C.

Note: Teams can keep their team numbers from the previous year.

Part 1

Part 1: Prerequisites

Please allow at least 1-2 weeks to complete all steps of team registration.

1. Meet Requirements

  • Determine your division
    • If all team members are between the ages of 9 and 11 on January 1st of the competition year, then you have a Division 1 team. However, Division 1 teams may elect to compete in Division 2 by sending an email to questions@vadcfll.org.
    • If at least one team member is 12 years or older on January 1st of the competition year, then you have a Division 2 team. Division 2 teams may not compete in Division 1 under any circumstances.
  • Teams must have at least 3 and no more than 10 members.

2. Find Coaches

Most teams are coached by parents and teachers. No experience is necessary. We recommend having at least 2 coaches per team.

  • Ask parents, teachers, your PTO/PTA, your principal, or members of your school district if they might be interested in coaching.
  • Hold an informational meeting for your school or group in the spring or very early September—explain the program, time frame, costs and the need for volunteer coaches.

3. Gather Team Member Information

  • Gather completed FIRST Consent & Release Agreements for each team member. Use the agreements to fill out team member information in Parts 2 and 3.
    Note: Each team member’s complete information is required for registration.

Part 2

Part 2: Register with FIRST LEGO League

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Deadline: First come, first served. Available slots are usually  filled between September 15th and October 1st.

1. Create a user account

2. Fill out the Create User Account form

  • Fill out the form. Note: A 30-minute timer runs at the bottom of the form.
  • Click the Finished button.

3. Agree to the terms & conditions

  • Read the terms & conditions.
  • Click the I Agree button.

4. Complete screening

  • Two adult coaches per team must be processed against criminal and sex offender screenings through the Youth Protection Program (YPP) background check. This screening occurs in the FIRST Inspires registration system.

  • The results, which may take 3 to 5 business days, must appear in the FIRST Inspires registration system before your team can purchase materials.
  • Here’s how to check your team’s YPP background check status
    1. Log in to your FIRST Inspires account.
    2. Select Team Summary under the Action column.
    3. Click Edit/View for Team Contacts.
    4. You should see a check mark under the YPP column once you’re approved. For more detailed information about FIRST Inspires or questions about YPP, please contact US FIRST at 1-800-871-8326.

5. Pay registration fee

  • Make the $225 FIRST LEGO League Team Registration payment.
  • See the FIRST Pricing and Payment Terms page for details on how to make payments.

What's Next?

1. Join Listserv

  • Stay in the loop about all the latest FIRST LEGO League VA/DC News here

2. Order Materials

  • Once the screenings are complete and teams have paid the $225 fee, a link to purchase materials will be provided in the FIRST Inspires registration system.
  • FIRST LEGO League materials are subject to product availability and must be ordered before registration closes in September.
  • The Field Setup Kit is required and non-refundable, but it can be shared between teams.
  • Go to the page for team costs.

3. Wait to Recieve FIRST Official LEGO League Number

  • You will not be eligible to register with Virginia + Washington, D.C. (Part 3) until you receive your official FIRST LEGO League team number. This may take up to a week while your information is transferred.

Part 3

Part 3: Register with Virginia + Washington, D.C.

FIRST-FLL-VA-DC-vDeadline: October 10th

Important Notes
  • You will not be eligible to register with Virginia + Washington, D.C. until you receive your official FIRST LEGO League team number. This may take up to a week after registering with them (Part 2).
  • Once you receive your official FIRST LEGO League team number, it may take us up to another week to load it into our system. If a week has passed and you continue to get an incorrect team number error message when you enter your team number, please contact us at questions@vadcfll.org.
  • Your browser MUST have cookies enabled to use the Virginia + Washington, D.C. registration system. Use these instructions to enable cookies.

1. Create a Team Manager account

Note: Team manager accounts are deleted at the end of each season. You must create a new Team Manager account every year, regardless of prior year registration.

  • Click Here to create a Team Manager account. Note: This link will take you to the old website.
  • Enter and confirm your email address.
  • Enter and confirm your password.

2. Log into your Team Manager account.

Note: This link will take you to the old website.

3. Add a New Team

  • You will need the following information:
    • Official FIRST LEGO League team number, which is provided after registering in Part 2. Note: You must enter 5 digits in the team number field. Add leading zeros if necessary. For example if your team number is 827, enter 00827. Note: If you are certain you’ve entered your team number accurately using the note above and you receive an incorrect team number error message, we may not have loaded your team number into our system yet. If a week has passed and you continue to get the error message, please contact us at questions@vadcfll.org.
    • Contact information for the coach and basic information about the team. Note: A contact number is required in the “Coach’s Home Number” field, but it does not have to be a home number. Tournament organizers will use this number to contact the team coach for any last-minute changes affecting the tournament schedule. Note: Administrative messages will be sent from an “admin” email list. The manager and coach email addresses you provide will automatically be added to this list.
  • Select Add a New Team from the Manager Options menu to create a new team.
  • Fill out the form that appears.
  • Click Add a New Team. Note: You may add more than one team at a time and will have the option to add other teams later. There are two options for registering multiple teams:
    1. Register multiple teams under the same login and list different coaches for each team.
    2. Share login information with individual coaches so the coaches can update the team information.

4. Pay registration fee

The registration fee is $125 and allows one team to compete in one regional tournament. There are three payment options:

  1. Pay by credit card.
    • Note: An additional $2.50 credit card processing fee will be charged with this option.
  2. Pay by check.
    • Write a check for $125 payable to “JMU”.
    • Write your team number on the check so that it can be credited to your team. Multiple payments may be included in the same check, but each team number must be indicated.
    • Send the check to the address below.
  3. Pay by purchase order (PO).
    • Purchase orders are acceptable from any Virginia or Washington, D.C. school system.
    • Write a PO payable to “JMU”.
    • Write your team number on the PO so that it can be credited to your team. Multiple payments may be included in the same PO, but each team number must be indicated.
    • Send the PO to the address below.
Mailing address for check and PO payments:
James Madison University
800 S. Main, MSC 3516
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

5. Enter Team Member Data

  • Select View/Edit Team Registration Information from the Manager Options menu.
  • Select View/Edit Member Data next to the team you want to modify.
    • Click Delete Member if you wish to remove a team member.
    • Click Edit Member Information to add or make changes to a team member.
    • To add team members, increase the Number of Members and additional slots will automatically change.
    • Modify or complete all fields for each team member as necessary.
  • Click Update Information.
Note: Your division number will be automatically assigned once team member birth dates are filled in, so it is very important that they be complete and accurate
Note: We collect team member demographics, such as race and ethnicity to help us apply for grants. If you prefer not to provide the race or ethnicity of a team member, select Not Reported.
If Not Reported is selected as a racial category for a team member, it must be un-checked before any other category can be selected.

6. Register for a regional tournament by October 10th.

Registration will open on October 1st and will close on October 10th. Log into Team Manager Account to register.

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