Join a Team
Contact Local Organizations
While teams do not need to be associated with an organization, CVR has compiled a list of local organizations that sponsor FLL Jr. teams.
Clovis Unified School District
Clovis Unified School District has supported FIRST programs from the beginning. Many of its Elementary and Middle schools have teams active for enrolled students. Contact the school’s principal for more information.
FIRST TeamUp is an community forum run by FIRST where coaches can post openings and parents can find teams for their children. Note that FIRST does not guarantee results from this system, and CVR does not have any ability to monitor the system.
Start a New Team
Participating in FIRST LEGO League Jr. is an amazing experience for both the kids and the adults involved. With your guidance, the children on your team are going to inspire you, and those around you, in surprising ways. If you have no technical background, don’t be nervous. The team members are the ones who do the work. You only need to ask the questions and watch them… GO!
FIRST LEGO League Jr. is a celebration! Coaches help other coaches. Teams help other teams. We want everyone who participates – team member, coach, or event volunteer – to have a fulfilling experience. That’s the reason FIRST built FIRST LEGO League Jr. upon a set of Core Values that guides everything we do.
The following steps will give you an idea of what coaching an FIRST LEGO League Jr. team is all about. The FIRST LEGO League Jr. season is approximately 8-10 weeks, and can be started at any time during the standard season (August to April). We recommend that teams identify an Expo they wish to attend and start their seasons about 8-10 weeks before that Expo.
How much does it cost?
Average Cost for a New Team
Average Cost for a Returning Team
Steps for Starting a Team
Find the Coaches
The first step in forming a FIRST LEGO League Jr. team is to find a set of coaches to lead the team. A minimum of two adults are required to register with FIRST as coaches for each FIRST LEGO League Jr. Team. These two coaches will be screened by FIRST and this screening must be complete before the team is can manage their team rosters. These coaches are expected to be present with the team throughout the season and event day.
In general, most teams get formed by a parent or teacher and that person either becomes the coach and/or recruit others to co-coach. Coaching a FIRST LEGO League Jr. team is not difficult and does not require specialized knowledge, but it does take time and patience. We offer coaches training and can help provide a “bootcamp” start up type of training if there is a need. We would recommend looking for FIRST LEGO League alumni at your area high school to help with mentoring. Many FIRST Tech Challenge and/or FIRST Robotics Competition team members are willing to help FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams as well.
Recruit the Kids
Typically, it is very rare to find a team for a child where there is not already a relationship between the adults and/or the kids (in other words, not made up of “strangers”). Teams form where there is already is a relationship among the young people involved. An example of a prior relationship would be attending the same school, being neighbors, and even going to the same church. Currently, most teams in CVR form as a co-curricular program at their school. However, teams do NOT have to be affiliated with an organization or school. Similarly, an organization or school can sponsor more than one team.
There are a few restrictions when recruiting children to an FIRST LEGO League Jr. Team:
- A child can only be a team member on only one team.
- There is a maximum of 6 children per team.
- Students must be between the ages of 6-10 to participate in the program.
Register with FIRST
With the coaches recruited, it’s time to register the team with FIRST. National Registration is handled through the Account Dashboard on the FIRST website and can be accessed by clicking this link: https://my.firstinspires.org/Dashboard/. Registration opens in early May and runs through the end of September each year (subject to availability, registration may close sooner if all spots are filled).
For schools or organizations with Site Coordinators (called Team Administrators in the FIRST system), the site coordinator can register the team then invite the coaches to join the team. Otherwise, one of the coaches can register the team. Each coach will need to make their own FIRST account and join the team. Teams will not be allowed to pay the Team Registration Fee or purchase any LEGO products until at least two coaches agree to the Youth Protection Program rules and completed the required screening.
Teams will receive their official Team Number once they have paid the Team Registration Fee.
Register with Central Valley Robotics
Once the team has registered with FIRST and has completed the screening requirements, they will be contacted by Central Valley Robotics to register in MyCVR. MyCVR is a locally built web application that manages team information, form submission, event registration, and more for teams in the Central California area.
Coaches can access MyCVR by clicking this link: https://my.cvrobotics.org/.
Start Completing the Challenge
The FIRST LEGO League Jr. Season runs from August to April in the Central California Area. Starting from the Challenge release in August, teams should start meeting to tackle the challenge. See the Challenge page for more information about the requirements of the challenge.