TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE IN LOUISIANA:
Qualifying tournaments in Louisiana will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12th and 19th, 2016. Teams may apply to participate in ONE qualifying tournament. The number and location of qualifiers are determined once national registration is closed by the end of September or when field sets run out (whichever is first). The LA State Championship will be held on Saturday, December 10th, at Holy Cross High School in New Orleans and is open to 60 teams who have advanced from a sanctioned LA FLL Qualifying Tournament.
We plan to have enough qualifying tournament spots to acomodate every nationally registered team from Louisiana. Information will be posted as tournaments are confirmed.
Registration for Louisiana FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments opens Thursday Oct. 1st at 6am and closes October 15th, 11pm.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLYING TO A TOURNAMENT: NEW INSTRUCTIONS AS OF SEPT 29!!!!
The FIRST tournament registration system is experiencing issues, and they have just recommended that we use an alternative method for registering teams – which we are working on!!! Our intent is to still open registration on Oct. 1st, but we will have to send you the link to a new registration page when we have it completed.
What doesn’t change is that when you register for a tournament, you are “applying” to that tournament. You will be “accepted/assigned” to that tournament on a first-come-first-served basis if your national registration is paid. “Paid” is defined as FIRST having received a credit card payment, check, or a P.O. (receipt of money from a P.O. is not required for PAID status, but the P.O. must have been approved by FIRST – takes a few days). And first-come-first-served is only if you are applying for a tournament in your geographic region (see below). If you are applying for a tournament outside of your geographic region, assignment is dependent upon available space. The Louisiana tournament registration deadline is October 15th, but don’t delay, as some tournaments fill up fast. The current paid teams are shown at http://lafll.org/CurrentTeams.htm . Tournament “assignments” (acceptance into a tournament) will be shown at http://lafll.org/Tournaments.htm.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR $30 CHECK TO A TOURNAMENT HOST UNTIL YOU ARE OFFICIALLY ACCEPTED INTO THAT TOURNAMENT. We are in the process of completing the table below identifying to whom and where checks are to be sent.
Team selection for advancement to the LA State Championship is determined by the “FIRST Champions Award Criteria”, which is an overall ranking based on team performance in all 3 judging sessions (Core Values, Project, Robot Design) plus performance on the field – see FIRST Judging FAQ. The intent is to have 12-team qualifiers, but sometimes the numbers vary, so advancement is based on a percentage that will be determined from the number of teams we have in Louisiana after national registration is closed. 60 teams will be invited to the LA State Championship. If your team is invited to advance, you MUST register by Nov. 21st at the online link which will be posted on this website. After that date, open slots will be offered to teams on the waiting list.
Number of teams who will be invited to advance from each 2016 FLL Qualifying Tournament:
will be determined after qualifying tournament registration closes on Oct. 15th
Registration for qualifying tournaments will open October 1st through 15th. Teams will be asked to identify their first and second choice for a qualifying tournament, and preference will be given to geographical proximity. Every attempt will be made to give a team their first choice, but the main priority is to assure that all teams who wish to compete have a spot in a tournament. When you receive confirmation of which qualifier you are accepted into (you can check the TOURNAMENT ASSIGNMENTS below), please go to TOURNAMENT FEE PAYMENT INFORMATION at the bottom of this page for information regarding whom to pay and where to send a $30 check. It is payable directly to the host organization, so instructions for each qualifier will be different.
Please confirm your tournament placement above and remit your $30 tournament fee to the appropriate tournament host below:
(Please DO NOT remit any payment until your tournament assignment has been made).