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    Are there any rules about the non-technicians being able to communicate with the technicians? i.e. can the rest of the team yell out reminders and instructions or are they expected to stay silent?

  • #2
    There shouldn't be any problem with that. We draw the line when it comes to the mentors or other adults. You might want to check with your tournament organizers though.

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    • #3
      Definitely not "silent!"

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      • #4
        Exactly! At a tournament, the word "coach" is not the same as you might have from a sports analogy. The "coach" is not to call in plays, reminders, and instructions from the sidelines. They should cheer, encourage, and inspire their teams. Not tell the team what to do. Kids do the work.

        But the pit crew or back line or non-technicians....you bet - they ARE the offensive coordinator, the 3rd base coach, the guy up in the booth... - they should DEFINITELY talk and help the technicians in whatever way the team comes up with. Keep an eye on the clock, yell in key reminders, cheer, calm, reassure, motivate, instruct, support....!

        The technicians can get into the zone and get tunnel vision with all the noise and pressure, it is the back line kids that can maintain a more overall posture and awareness of the match.

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        • #5
          The team members are encouraged to support each other in any way required by their game strategy.

          The coach should completely stay out of it, though. Their job on tournament day is to keep the team on-time, well-fed, and locate where all the bathrooms are.
          FIRST LEGO League Mentor and Referee/Head Referee since 2011.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dna1990 View Post
            The technicians can get into the zone and get tunnel vision with all the noise and pressure, it is the back line kids that can maintain a more overall posture and awareness of the match.
            +1

            The back line should be ready to scream "rescue the robot!" when the robot gets stuck and the operators all get discombobulated.

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