Iowa FLL Qualifier FAQs

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

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

The coach’s email 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 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 Regional 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 regional 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? 

Each event has a regional organizer that leads the event site.  As the event nears, emailed communication will be sent from the regional organizer to the coaches’ email addresses listed on the regional event registration form.

Each event has an event organizer that leads the event site.  As the event nears, emailed communication will be sent from the organizer to the coaches’ email addresses listed on the Iowa FLL event registration form.

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

Yes, the event organizer can provide a medal for a team member 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 regional event?

Specific event information will be provided by each regional organizer 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.

What is the FIRST registration system?

FIRST recommends that all youth team members of FIRST programs to register in the FIRST registration system.  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.  Create an account or log in by clicking here and clicking on either “Log in” or “Sign up” in the top right corner of the webpage.

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?

Consent forms are required for youth team members, as well as anyone coaching or mentoring the team for a team to participate in an Iowa FLL event. If you have already completed the consent forms online through your team’s FIRST account, please provide the FIRST Team Roster showing that all consent forms were completed in the FIRST online system as an attached pdf in Step 2 of the Iowa event registration or email to fll@iastate.edu.

We’re also giving teams another way of doing consent forms!  Since many teams had difficulty completing the consent forms through the FIRST system in past seasons, we have an online form available.  Here’s a potentially simpler option to getting in your team’s consent forms by the deadline: Online Consent Form.

Feel free to send this link on to your coaches, parents and mentors for them to submit. Please note: The consent forms through FIRST and Iowa FLL are consenting to the same things.

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

Logistical questions about the event may be directed to the event organizer, once he/she makes contact with the coaches.

All other questions – general FLL questions/concerns, project questions, robot questions, etc. – should be directed to  fll@iastate.edu.

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

Every regional gives out official awards in the core areas (Core Values, Robot Design, Project), Robot Performance, and Champions Award.  Additional recognitions 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), and teams must score in the top 75% in the robot performance in order to advance. 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.