When your local affiliate isn't turning over every stone looking for sponsors, they are turning over every stone looking for volunteers. The growth of FLL is great, but unfortunately it means we need more and more volunteers every season. I read the FLL judges training and had to laugh at the part about judges having to recuse themselves if they have any relationship, even casual, with a team. I Minnesota we wouldn't have anyone left to judge. Many of our volunteers have been involved in the program for 10+ years and do training or mentoring or many other activities in addition to their judging activities. I have yet to judge a tournament where I don't have some aquaintance with two or more of the teams I judge. Even with our fantastic judge retention, and judges working multiple events each year, we almost had to cancel an event this year because of a lack of judges. That is why you hear so many long time FLLers repeat "If you want things to be better, become part of the solution. Volunteer." Volunteering really is the best way to improve the quality of your FLL program. You can have a big impact.
So, at the last minute, your local organizers are busy: Trying to raise money for next year. Filling holes left by volunteers who canceled at the last minute. Managing the hundreds of details that have to be right for a tournament to happen. Working their day job.