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Hudson Valley FIRST LEGO League

Hudson Valley FIRST® LEGO® League

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Into Orbit and Mission Moon Challenge
Tournament Registration for tournaments in December 2018 through February 2019
Commences on October 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM
Closes on November 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM for FLL Teams and December 14, 2018 for Jr.FLL Teams

 

Welcome to Hudson Valley FIRST® LEGO® League (HVFLL) and our 11th season!!! For information and networking opportunities among coaches, parents, and volunteers, please check out our webpage: http://www.facebook.com/HudsonValleyFLL. Information about HVFLL is also provided at https://sites.google.com/site/hudsonvalleyfirstlegoleague (You do not need to be a Facebook user or have a Google account to view these pages).

As a not-for-profit organization, we are dependent on the generosity of everyone who appreciates the value of this program for our youth, our future world leaders.  If you are interested and able to contribute, please click here: https://1406.thankyou4caring.org/HVFLL

Registration for HVFLL Regional Tournaments will open at noon on Monday, October 15, 2018 and will close at noon on Thursday, November 15, 2018 for FLL (senior) teams and Friday, December 14, 2018 for Jr.FLL teams.

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Please read the following paragraph carefully to understand our registration policy.

We operate on a first come first served basis. You must register ONLY for the tournament you plan to attend.  Due to the rapid growth of FLL in the region, our registration policy strives to balance the demand on the HVFLL organizers/volunteers with the demand for tournament slots.  With this in mind, we are offering ten qualifying tournaments, each with 12 FLL team slots for a total of 120 slots. There is no wait list on a per tournament basis, therefore the only way to guarantee a spot is to register for an available tournament. In the spirit of gracious professionalism, we ask that teams register for only one tournament.  If a team registers for more than one tournament, all registrations after the first will be cancelled.  We also ask that teams from outside the HVFLL region not register for one of our tournaments until after November 4, 2018. In the same spirit, we ask that if your team is competing elsewhere prior to the HVFLL tournament, that you do not register for our tournament until after November 4. If you were unable to register your team, please email your contact (email and phone number) and team information to Dr. Akins at akins@sunydutchess.edu to be placed on the wait list.  The teams on the wait list will be selected in the order in which they were added, and will be offered a spot at the tournament which has an opening without team preference for location.

Please read all the information provided on this page prior to registering.

For the 2018-2019 season, a total of 10 qualifying tournaments for FLL teams are scheduled. There are 12 senior FLL teams competing in a single tournament insuring that the tournaments are kept to a manageable size and facilitating a high quality experience for everyone attending. All senior tournaments expect teams to arrive by approximately 8 a.m. and award ceremonies are expected to be completed by approximately 3 p.m. Not all tournament sites are planning to host FLL Jr. teams but a Jr.FLL Expo is offered for Jr.FLL teams only. The tournament sites, dates, and teams to be accommodated are listed below and more information is available at https://sites.google.com/site/hudsonvalleyfirstlegoleague/home

Tournament Sites and Dates

Ballston Spa Middle School, Ballston Spa – December 1, 2018 (12 senior teams, no junior teams from outside hosts' school districts)

Shenendehowa High School, Clifton Park – December 8, 2018 (12 senior teams, no junior teams from outside hosts’ school districts)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy – December 15, 2018 (12 senior teams, NO JUNIOR TEAMS)

Yonkers Middle High School, Yonkers – January 12, 2019 (12 senior teams, NO JUNIOR TEAMS)

Crompond School, Yorktown – January 19, 2019 (12 senior teams, NO JUNIOR TEAMS)

Robert E. Bell Middle School, Chappaqua – January 19, 2019 (12 senior teams and 6 junior teams)

Dutchess Day School, Millbrook – January 19, 2019 (12 senior teams, NO JUNIOR TEAMS)

O’Rourke Middle School, Burnt Hills – January 19, 2019 (NO SENIOR TEAMS, 20 junior teams)

LaGrange Middle School, LaGrangeville – January 26, 2019 (12 senior teams, no junior teams from outside hosts’ school districts)

Sanfordville Elementary School, Warwick – January 26, 2019 (12 senior teams and 6 junior teams)

SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Albany – January 26, 2019 (12 senior teams, 8 junior teams)

John C. Hart Library, Shrub Oak – February 2, 2019 (NO SENIOR TEAMS, 8 junior teams)

Due to a change required by FIRST, instead of two semi-final events, qualifying teams advance directly to the regional championship which will support 24 teams. The Regional Championship will be held at Dutchess Community College on February 9, 2019.

Senior teams consist of 2 – 10 members within the ages of 9 through 14 competing in the Into Orbit Challenge. Winning senior teams in each category (robot performance, robot design, project, and core values) as well as an overall tournament champion will receive trophies at each qualifier tournament and at the championship tournament. The top performing teams from each qualifier tournament will advance to the regional championship tournament at Dutchess Community College.

Junior teams consist of 3 – 6 members within the ages of 6 through 9 who participate in the Mission Moon Challenge. FLL Jr. teams are scheduled for group sessions where they present their work to a team of reviewers. All FLL Jr. team members will be acknowledged in the closing ceremony and receive tournament medals.

All of our sponsors would like to invite you to attend any of our events as a spectator to cheer on the teams. Other than our hosts for each qualifying tournament as listed above, our major sponsors are IBM and New York Tech Valley and invaluable support provided by Dutchess Community College Foundation.

The registration fee is $70 for each senior team and $35 for each junior team. In order to register a team, you must have the information listed below. You can only register one team at a time unless registering one senior team and one junior team which you can do in one step.

Please, before you register, you must have the following required information available:

Originating School/ Organization/Association (ex/ “Poughkeepsie Middle School”, “Poughkeepsie Library Group”, or “Poughkeepsie Neighborhood Group”)

Team Name (a final confirmation of team name will be made two weeks prior to tournament)

Accurate estimate of number of team members

Town/City and State Where Team Meets Most Regularly

Official Team Registration Number as assigned by FIRST (this is required for all teams, FLL Jr. and FLL)

Coaches Names, Emails, and contact phone number

Credit Card Information (Mastercard, VISA, Discover or American Express are accepted)

NOTE: The only payment option is by a valid credit card.  If you register and do not provide valid credit card information, your registration will not be confirmed.  Purchase orders are not accepted.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT A CONFIRMATION EMAIL IS SENT SHORTLY AFTER REGISTRATION.  IF YOU RECEIVE THAT EMAIL (look in junk folder if you don’t see it in your inbox), YOU ARE REGISTERED FOR THE TOURNAMENT AS INDICATED IN THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL.  IF THERE WAS AN ERROR IN YOUR REGISTRATION, MOST LIKELY DUE TO AN ERROR IN ENTERING CREDIT CARD INFORMATION, YOUR TEAM IS NOT REGISTERED.  THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL WILL GO TO THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED FOR THE COACHES, AS WILL ALL OTHER COMMUNICATIONS FROM HVFLL. IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR TIMELY COMMUNICATION THAT THE EMAIL ADDRESS OF THE COACH WHO IS ATTENDING THE TOURNAMENT BE PROVIDED. THERE IS ROOM TO ENTER TWO SETS OF NAMES AND EMAILS. IF YOU ARE NOT THE COACH BUT RATHER A CENTRAL ORGANIZER, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AS ONE OF THE TWO COACHES SO THAT YOU ARE ALSO SENT CRITICAL COMMUNICATIONS INCLUDING THE CONFIRMATION EMAIL.

Hudson Valley FLL is an officially sanctioned partner with international FIRST LEGO League. According to international FLL regulations, a FLL team can only compete for awards at the first officially sanctioned FLL tournament in which they participate each season. Teams are allowed to participate in an unlimited number of unofficial tournaments. If an attempt is made to register for two tournaments, the second registration will be deleted.  Payment is non-refundable.

Registration questions (NOT QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TOURNAMENTS) should be directed to:

Dr. Leah M. Akins
Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Technologies Department
Dutchess Community College
53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-431-8421
Email: akins@sunydutchess.edu

Please make sure to carefully and correctly enter all information.

If you have questions about the event between now and shortly before the tournament, please email us at hudsonvalleyfirstlegoleague@gmail.comor look at our public website at http://www.facebook.com/HudsonValleyFLL for the latest news about tournaments or https://sites.google.com/site/hudsonvalleyfirstlegoleague/home for HVFLL information.