FLL Registration Overview

Registration Checklist:

 Action Item Cost Link  Opens Closes
Submit National Registration* $225/team and $75 for Challenge Set (Game Mission Models and Mat) CLICK HERE May 10, 2019  Sept. 15-30, 2019
Submit Qualifying Tournament Registration * $150/team CLICK HERE  Mid-July 2019  Oct. 15, 2019
Submit State Championship Registration $100/team   TBD TBD
Verify all coaches subscribe to Mail Chimp  Free CLICK HERE  N/A N/A
Join the Illinois FLL YAHOO! Group  Free CLICK HERE  N/A N/A

* 2019 - 2020 City Shaper Season National Registration opens May 10th, 2019!

There are two registrations a team needs to complete with every FLL season:  National FIRST LEGO League Registration and FIRST LEGO League Illinois Tournament Registration.  If your team advances to the Illinois State Championship, your  team needs to register and pay a $100 fee per team.

  1. National FIRST LEGO League Registration usually opens in early May and ends in late September. To register a team and get started, go to the official FLL registration website by clicking HERE.  Just follow the steps outlined on the website.
  2. FIRST LEGO League Illinois Qualifying Tournament Registration opens in mid-July and ends mid-October.  Click HERE for complete registration instructions.
  3. FIRST LEGO League Illinois State Championship Registration:  Starting with the 2019-2020 season, we are adding a State Championship Fee of $100 per team for only those teams advancing to a State level competition.

Please consider the following before beginning the Illinois registration process:





Registration Starts

Registration Ends



Register Nationally with FIRST

Go to  https://www.firstinspires.org

Set up your team account.

Early May 2019

Late September 2019

$225 +S/H Registration &

$75 +S/H for Field Kit

2 coaches need to be screened through FIRST before your National registration is complete

Register for FIRST® LEGO® League Illinois Qualifying




Mid-July 2019

Tuesday, October 15, 2019


Payable via PayPal or Check

You need your 5 digit national team number to register in Illinois.  If you competed last season, you will use that number.

Complete National and Illinois Consent Forms for all team members

National Form-  https://www.firstinspires.org/node/4141

Illinois Form - https://registration.firstillinoisrobotics.org/Consent.aspx?ConsentID=0&TeamID=0

When Registration Opens

Complete both forms for each member before your qualifying tournament


See our website for details  https://www.firstillinoisrobotics.org/fll/teams/team-information-for-into-orbit-season.html

Subscribe to FIRST® LEGO® League Illinois Coaches List**

FIRST Illinois shares important season related information, deadlines and any changes or updates.



Any time


Register all coaches for each team and anyone else who would like the information.

Join the FIRST® LEGO® League Illinois Yahoo Group***

We will send you an invitation to join the group if you’re not already a member. Illinois coaches communicate with each other using the Yahoo Group.




Optional, but we suggest registering all coaches for each team.

Like our Facebook page and group:

Page: FLL Illinois/FIRST Illinois Robotics

Group: FIRST LEGO League Illinois / FIRST Illinois Robotics Group





State Championship

Registration Fees

Complete when teams register for their State Championship Event

Advancing Teams register after Qualifier is completed

Closes December 30th, 2019

$100/teamPayable via PayPal or Check

Assessed ONLY for Teams Advancing

Illinois Tournament Registration Procedures:

Procedures are below and on our website at this link http://www.firstillinoisrobotics.org/fll/fll-registration-overview.html

Teams must be registered nationally before registering in Illinois. You will need your 5 digit team number which you received when you registered nationally in order to register in Illinois. Illinois Registration Opens in Mid-July.

Screened Coaches:

Each team must have 2 screened coaches.

  • If any of your coaches are new, you must first add them to the team when you register in Illinois.
  • Then the new coach must later ‘sign up’ on the registration site to receive a system-generated email that will provide him/her with the opportunity to create a password.
  • Once the password is created, the new coach will be affiliated with the team.


2 Volunteers for Qualifiers or State Tournaments:

New this season! Each Illinois team is being asked to please provide 2 adult volunteers to support FIRST LEGO League official events. We are asking teams to have two adults (parents, coaches, mentors) volunteer at either a Qualifier or a State Tournament. Ideally at least one volunteer will be trained as either a Judge or Referee. In order to become fully trained, this volunteer will need to complete their training by volunteering at an event other than their “home/assigned” event. More information about this new ask will be sent out to teams as the season begins.


Consent Forms:

FIRST Illinois Robotics is requiring each team complete a Consent Form for each student, coach and volunteer attending (NO EXCEPTIONS – Participation is contingent on submitted consent before the opening ceremonies).

Coaches and team members have 2 forms to complete on 2 separate websites (they are highlighted below):

  1.     FIRST National Website - Go to this link for details:  https://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resource_library/first-youth-team-member-paperwork-2016-2017.pdf
  2.     FIRST Illinois Robotics Website -

Coaches are required to ensure the consent forms are complete online prior to arriving at the tournament and confirm the consents are all complete during their on-site registration.  

DO NOT PRINT PAPER COPIES OF ONLINE CONSENTS. Paper consent forms should be turned in during registration the day of your Qualifier for any participant NOT included in the online consent forms, if necessary.

Brand New Teams:

You must register in Illinois using the sign-up process indicated on the registration page at this link http://registration.firstillinoisrobotics.org/

After completing registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to set up your password.

You will use this password to register all your FIRST® LEGO® League teams in Illinois. Make a note of the email address and password as it will be how you can adjust the team registration later.

If you are registering more than one team, you DO NOT have to create a unique username and password for each team.


Rookie Teams:

If your team qualifies as a Rookie Team, please identify the team as such when you register. Since under the FIRST® LEGO® League participation rules, all work should be done by the youth team members, Rookie Team status is based on the prior experience of the youth team members, and does not consider the past experience of coaches and/or mentors.  Teams registered as Rookie Teams will be recognized at their qualifier and will automatically be considered for the “Rising Star Award” presented at Illinois Qualifying and Championship Tournaments, though this award may also be given to non-Rookie teams.

To qualify as a Rookie Team, teams must meet the following criteria:

o   All youth team members must NOT have participated at a competition as part of a FIRST® LEGO® League team for the past two years.

Returning Teams:

  • You will log in to the registration system using the same user email and password from the previous FIRST® LEGO® League season. You must register your team in Illinois for each new season.
  • You will be asked to fill in the team name and team number. Your team number is the same as last season as FIRST® LEGO® League teams retain their team numbers from year to year.  Remember to make any necessary changes to the names of your team members.
  • Complete the Illinois Consent Forms for all team members (see above for links to the forms).

Illinois Qualifying Tournament Selection:

  • At the time of registration, you can select your top four (4) preferences for the Illinois Qualifying Tournaments your team would like to attend.  You may go back into the system later if you would like to change your Qualifying Tournament preferences, or if you have additional information regarding your team, by accessing the team edit page on the Coach Dashboard.
  • You must select your qualifying tournament preferences before you are able to generate an invoice or pay the registration fee with a credit card using our PayPal account.
  • We anticipate the vast majority of Qualifiers in Illinois will be bunched into two weekends during the City Shaper season: December 7th/8th and December 14th/15th. Please consider this when making plans for your teams. Please do your best to sign up for Qualifiers your team is able to attend. Last minute changes may not be possible. If you experience a scheduling issue any time during the season, please send your team name, team number and specific request to fll-contact@firstillinoisrobotics.org
  • The Illinois Qualifier Event List will become available this July, subject to changes.  Every effort will be made to assign teams to one of their 4 choices.
  • Illinois will host two Northern Championship tournaments in Elgin tentatively on Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th, 2020 and a Central Championship tournament in Champaign- Urbana tentatively Saturday, January 25, 2020.


Illinois Qualifying Tournament Registration Fee:

A team’s registration is only complete when the Illinois registration fee of $150 is received and your team has completed the other necessary requirements listed above.

  • You may pay with a credit card online using PayPal (login is NOT required)
  • You may send a check made payable to:

FIRST Illinois Robotics

PO Box 82

Prospect Heights, Illinois  60070

  • Please note: a copy of the invoice along with the team number must be included with the check. An invoice can be printed on the Payments page when the ‘pay by invoice’ option has been selected.


State Championship Fee:

New for the City Shaper Season:  If your team advances to a State Championship, a State Championship Fee of $100 per team will be assessed. Fees will be collected through the Illinois Registration System. Please be aware, once a team knows they are advancing there will be a short window to complete the payment.

Throughout the season, check your FIRST® LEGO® League Illinois Coaches List e-mails and our website at this link https://www.firstillinoisrobotics.org/fll/teams/team-information-for-city-shaper-season.html for updates.

If you have questions, please contact us at fll-contact@firstillinoisrobotics.org


*   FIRST Illinois Robotics is a non-profit 501(c)(3) responsible for the FIRST programs in Illinois.  We do many things including recruiting, providing support for new teams, organizing the tournaments in Illinois and seeking input so that we can improve the program each year.  We encourage you to visit our website at http://www.firstillinoisrobotics.org/fll or search for FIRST Illinois Robotics on Facebook.  We have a wealth of information there including materials you can use for recruiting, organizing a team, training and other helpful links.