Iowa FLL Qualifier FAQs

My team hadn’t decided on a team name when we registered for our qualifier.  How do I make sure our team name is correct at our event?

You have up until you register for an Iowa FLL Qualifier to decide your team name. After you register for an Iowa Qualifier, the team name used in the Iowa FLL Qualifier Registration Process is what will be used for all events this season.

The coach’s email address and/or coach has changed, who do I need to notify?

All team information changes need to be made in the FIRST team registration system. To access the FIRST team registration system, click here and click either “Sign up” or “Log in” button in the top right corner of the web-page. It is very important that this information remains current as FIRST and Iowa FLL distribute all important information to team contacts in this database.

If your coach information changes from what is listed on your Iowa FLL Qualifier registration form, please email fll@iastate.edu to ensure we have updated contact information in order to ensure your team gets all important information prior to attending an event.

My team owes $80.00 for Iowa FLL event registration fees.  Who do I pay?

All qualifier event registration fees will be paid directly to Iowa State University (not event organizers).

A university bill will be mailed to the Billing Address listed on the team’s FLL event registration form.  Timely payment is expected to Iowa State University. Please do NOT submit payment until a university bill is received. The university bill will include a portion for you to remit with your team’s payment to ensure it is credited correctly. 

What time will my FLL Qualifier event start and end? 

FLL events typically start at 8:00 a.m. and end around 5:00 p.m.  Your team should plan to be at the event for the entire day, however, the total event time depends on the number of teams participating.  You will receive more information from the event organizer. 

Where do I find more specifics about my regional event? 

As the event nears, emailed communication will be sent from Iowa FLL to the coaches’ email addresses listed on the qualifier event registration form.

One of our team members is not able to attend the event.  Can we get an extra event medal for him/her?

Yes, the event host can provide a medal for a team member who is not able to attend the FLL event.

What should I do in the case of inclement weather on the day of an event?

Check out our inclement weather policy here.

Will there be food at my event?

Specific event information will be provided via email.  However, most events offer a concession stand option for purchasing food during the event.

Teams are welcome to bring sack lunches.  However, for safety purposes, teams may not bring crock-pots, popcorn machines, or other ‘cooking’ devices.  Please keep in mind our allergy policy available here.

I am the coach of a team going to an event, what should I bring?

Outside of you and your team, you should bring your robot; snacks (that are not messy); money for concessions; a way to show Robot Judges a sample of your robot’s code/program; “flair” to give away; and whatever you may need for your project.

Things you may bring, but are not necessarily recommended are a laptop for programming your robot.

YOU SHOULD NOT BRING THE FOLLOWING TO ANY EVENT: challenge set; any pieces from your challenge set; your mat; or your FLL table.  Please also leave all of the obvious stuff at home like expensive items, anything dangerous, pets, etc.

How do I turn in my consent forms before the event?

For a team to participate in an Iowa FLL event, consent forms are required for youth team members, as well as anyone coaching or mentoring the team. Parents of youth participants, coaches and mentors need to fill out the Consent and Release Form online: Iowa FLL Consent Form.

Feel free to send this link on to your coaches, parents and mentors for them to submit.

Who do I contact with questions about the FLL Qualifier event?

Logistical questions about the event or general questions about the program may be directed to Iowa FLL at fll@iastate.edu.

What awards are given at Iowa FLL Qualifier Tournaments and how do teams advance to the state championship?

Every qualifier gives out official awards in the core areas (Core Values, Robot Design, Project), Robot Performance, and Champions Award.  Additional recognition may also be given depending on the tournament.

Teams can only receive one core award at a tournament with the exception of the Robot Performance award.  For example, if your team receives an award for Project, you cannot also receive an award for Core Values, but you can win the Robot Performance award for having the highest score in the Robot Game.

The best overall, well-rounded teams will advance to the state championship.  Advancing teams will be evaluated based on performance across all areas (Core Values, Robot Design, Project, Robot Performance). You can view our full advancement policy here.

Participation medals will also be given to every participant.

Have questions that weren’t answered?  Email fll@iastate.edu.