2021 Western PA FLL Season

Welcome to Another Year of FLL Here in Western PA!

Lets Go!! FLL Is back! Should be a lot of fun and we’re working to finalize the details on the various events that will available for teams to participate in here in Western PA. There continue to be challenges getting venues to provide final sign-off on specific dates given the fluidity of pandemic responses… but we hope to have the full season finalized soon

The Basics: All teams are able to participate in all events this season

In-Person Educational Scrimmages will be hosted on four Saturdays in October at the BrainSTEM Barn (600 Spang Rd., Baden, PA 15005). Each Saturday, up to 10 teams can come and work through 3 rounds of the robot game under the watchful eye of our Referees and The BrainSTEM Robotics High School team members with lots of FLL experience. No teams are very far along yet, so the goal is to let teams try out a few missions and get feedback and ideas from the referees on things to work on. Teams can then use the 40 minutes between rounds to work on those ideas, test them out and get more feedback. Pure fun and a great way to learn a lot and to make some focused progress. Information on signing up for these events will be emailed to teams that have registered their team with FIRST

Three Competitive Scrimmages will be hosted the first 3 Saturdays in November (11/6, 11/13 and 11/20) at venues that are still being finalized. Up to 20 teams per weekend will come to compete in the robot game. Awards will be provided to top performers. Information on signing up for these events will be emailed to teams that have registered their team with FIRST

One Championship Tournament will be hosted in December and will include both full judging and full robot game. Very close to finalizing the facility. All teams that have participated in any other season event in Western PA are automatically registered to participate in this event.

How Events Will Be Conducted: all teams with season passes are able to participate in (and are encouraged to participate in) as many events as they can sign up for. In response to COVID, the current expectation is that all participants will be wearing masks within the event venues. Of course, folks who are experience symptoms of sickness should plan to stay home that day.

How To Participate: To participate, (1) teams need to have a team registered with FIRST (www.firstinspires.org) and to then (2) purchase a season pass for the local tournaments here at pafll.com (link at top of page). Cost of the pass is $200. (3) Sign up for time slots will begin in Mid September. Announcements with instructions will be sent to season pass holders in order to prepare adequately for the time slot selection process.