- 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 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 FIRST LEGO League: 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.
- The scorekeeper records the scores in a computerized spreadsheet and then posts them for the audience.
- The timekeeper is indispensable in making sure teams know when to start and end. Teams 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.
- The queue manager help teams line up, or queue, prior to entering the robot competition area. Team queuing is key to keeping the event on schedule.
- The pit manager/runner manages the pit and announcements made in the pit area and ensures teams move from the pit area to the queue area prior to their competition rounds.
- The practice field supervisor ensures teams rotate through the practice table in a graciously professional way.
- The competition field resetters reset the tables after each round has been scored. They may also double as runners to take the completed score sheets to the scorekeeper.
- If additional volunteers are available, guides, traffic controllers, and judging assistants are optional positions that add a lot to the tournament.
If you’d like to experience FIRST LEGO League from the other side, volunteer to be a judge at the Virginia + Washington, D.C. Championship in December. The experience will help you learn more about what the judges are looking for in each area!