General FLL FAQs

Can you tell me what teams are in my area?

No, unfortunately we can’t.  According to FIRST policy, we cannot give out any contact information relating to teams, including name, meeting location, e-mail, etc.  However, you can try to link up with locals teams using the FIRST  Forums by clicking here.  The FIRST website also includes great resources for starting a team.

Should I send Iowa State the names of my current team members?

No, please keep all of your team’s information updated on the FIRST Team Information and Management System (TIMS) here.

When I e-mail questions, I include my team name, but am always asked for my team number.  Why?

The FLL team number is a unique identifier to your team.  While team names may be the same from team to team, the FLL team number is not, which allows us to look up your information quickly and accurately.  Please include your FLL team number in all communications.

I continue to be asked for my FLL team number.  What is this number and where do I find it?

The FLL team number is a unique identifying number, assigned only to your team, after completing the team registration in the FIRST® Team Information Management System (TIMS).  If you do not know your FLL team number, log in to your team’s account here.

My team has not fully committed to a team name.  Who do I contact with our decision and/or what if our team name changes throughout the season?

A form will be posted here that will allow you to do so starting October 1st and it will be open until October 30th. Please note that this form only changes your name for Iowa FLL events.  You will also have to log into TIMS to change your name on your official team registration.

The coach’s e-mail address and/or coach has changed and/or I need to add a co-coach to our team roster, who do I need to notify?

All team information changes need to be made in the FIRST® Team Information Management System(TIMS) –here.  It is very important that this information remains current as FIRST and ISU FLL distribute all important information to team contacts in this database.

What is the Student Team Information Member System?

As of May, 2014, FIRST requires all youth team members of FIRST programs to register in the Student Team Information Member System (STIMS).  This system will allow parents of FLL team members to register their child as being on a team, and electronically sign the FIRST Consent and Release Forms.  Click here to log on.

How can I connect with Challenge-related experts?

Iowa State University College of Engineering and Rockwell Collins will host a “Meet the Experts” event to allow teams a chance to meet with many experts in one location.  Event details will be emailed to all coaches registered in the FIRST team registration system.

Have questions that weren’t answered?  E-mail fll@iastate.edu.