FIRST LEGO League Advancement Policy
FIRST specifics policies that govern how teams advance between levels of FIRST LEGO League events. They are listed below.
FIRST encourages all regions to target a 30% advancement percentage, with a recommended minimum of 10% and a maximum of 50% advancement.
Eligibility Requirements for Advancement
Teams are eligible for advancement if they meet the following criteria as required by the FIRST LEGO League Global Standards and Challenge document. Teams must:
- Have between 2 and 10 members
- Complete all required sections of the Project
- Have no disqualifying (Red-level) Core Values behaviors
- Be competing at their first official FIRST LEGO League event of each qualifying level during the season
- Perform well in all three judged areas (Core Values, Project, and Robot Design)
- Meet the minimum Robot Performance hurdle percentage for advancement
Robot Game Hurdles
The FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Advancement Policy is based on the Champion’s Award criteria. The judges at each tournament have the difficult job of determining which teams will advance to the next level. Teams must be in the top 75% of teams in the Robot Game to be eligible for consideration for advancement.
For the Champion’s Award, teams must be in the top 40% of the robot game rankings, regardless of the number of teams advancing from the event.
Central Valley Robotics Advancement Policies
Central Valley Robotics hosts a 60 team FIRST LEGO League Championship. Our method for determining and distributing the advancement rates and hurdles is detailed below:
- In late October, determine the initial advancement percentage by dividing 60 by the total number of teams registered for events.
- Determine the 75% Robot Game Hurdle for each event.
- For each qualifier event, multiply the both the advancement and robot game hurdle percentages by the number of teams to determine the number of teams advancing and the ranking cutoff for the robot game, respectively. These are then posted on our website for teams to view.
The morning of every qualifier, CVR performs the following:
- Once all teams have checked-in or have confirmed that they are not participating, CVR will perform a final calculation of advancement information (using the process above).
- CVR will use the scheduled number of teams for the event day. No-show and dropped teams will not change the Robot Game Ranking hurdle.
- CVR will then inform the Judge Advisor of the final advancement number and robot game hurdle ranking prior to the Final Coach Meeting the morning of the event.
- The Judge Advisor will announce the total number of teams advancing, and the robot game hurdle during the Final Coaches Meeting.
- Once the Judge Advisor makes the announcement, the number of teams advancing and the robot game hurdle will not change during the course of the day.
Note: In the event of extreme extenuating circumstances during the event day (IE: high disqualification rate), Central Valley Robotics will work with the Qualifier Judge Advisor to ensure that the event advances teams to Championship that meet the requirements of FIRST. This could result in less teams advancing than previously announced. If an event cannot provide enough teams to fill all of its advancement slots, Central Valley Robotics will choose teams from wait-lists at other qualifiers to fulfill the remaining slots at Championship.