Illinois has switched to a three tier structure for events. This means teams will all participate in a Qualifier (December), then a set % of teams will advance to a Sectional (January), then a set % of teams will advance to the State Tournament (February).
Illinois Tournaments are structured to allow more teams to have more plays. Teams register to participate in a Qualifying Tournament. From each Qualifier, a consistant percentage of teams advance to a Sectional Tournament. Each Sectional advances a consistant percentage of teams to the State Tournament, held in Elgin, Illinois.
Teams will participate in some or all of the following events each season:
The Illinois qualifying and championship tournaments will use competition tables with three or four inch walls.
Tables will be between 24 and 40 inches above the floor.
Approximately 30-40% of the teams at a qualifier in Illinois will advance from a Qualifier to a Sectional.
Approximately 48 teams will advance from Sectional Tournaments to the State Tournament.
Teams are eligible for advancement if they meet the following criteria as required by the FIRST LEGO League Challenge Participation and Advancement Policies. Teams must:
There is no required format that teams need to use for their presentations and there is no requirement for posters or other particular visual aids. It is highly recommended that teams have some way to “show” at least some of their code to judges during the judging process.
Illinois will be piloting an alternate judging schedule for the 23/24 MASTERPIECE season in which teams will not be participating in a 30-minute judging block. Each team will have 2 separate judging sessions, one that focuses on the Innovation Project and how the team used the FIRST Core Values while working on the Innovation Project and one session that focuses on Robot Design and how the team used the FIRST Core Values while working on Robot Design.
Illinois Judging Flowchart
The Tournament Coordinator will determine if there will be a delay in the start of the event or a cancellation of the event. Factors can include:
If a tournament has to be cancelled, the tournament coordinator will have 48 hours to secure a back-up date and location for the event. If a new date and location is secured, teams will be notified immediately. Teams that are not able to attend on the new date will not be eligible for awards and will not be considered for advancement to a championship event.
If a qualifying tournament has to be cancelled and a back-up date and location is not available, the following process will be in place:
Please remember that the participation and advancement policies state that the maximum team size is 10 students. Any team that attends an event with more than 10 student team members will be allowed to participate to gain experience, but will not be eligible for awards. Furthermore, since the Participation/Advancement policies state “All work presented at an official event is the work of the children on the team,” if the team at any point during the season had more than 10 students on the team, they must be able to confirm that none of the work presented at the event was work done by students other than the students listed on the team roster, or else the team will not be eligible for awards even if only 10 students are in attendance at the event.
To qualify as a Rookie Team, teams must meet the following criteria: