2. Does FIRST LEGO League have an official policy on how teams advance to Championships from Qualifiers?

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2. Does <em>FIRST</em> LEGO League have an official policy on how teams advance to Championships from Qualifiers?

A: Teams are eligible for awards and advancement only at the first official event of each qualifying level attended during season.  In most cases, event capacity within a region limits team participation to only one qualifying event each season.  In some cases, teams may be able to attend more than one qualifying event, but it is important to note that they do so for fun only—they would not be able to win awards or be advanced to a Championship based on performance at a second or additional event.

The qualifier advancement policy is based on Champion’s Award criteria.  As described above, Champion’s Award criteria require that the team, performs well in all three judged areas (Project, Robot Design and Core Values) and receives a Robot Performance score in the top 40% of official Robot rounds among other requirements.

Note if more than 20% of teams will advance from a qualifier to a Championship, the Partner should adjust the minimum Robot Performance Score “hurdle” for advancement (See the official Advancement Policy). Contact your local Partner or Tournament Director to find out what advancement hurdle will be used at the event you are attending.

It is possible for a team to receive a 1st Place Core Award but not advance to Championship if their Robot Performance score is below the top 40% of teams at the event.  Or, a team may win 1st Place in Robot Performance but not advance to Championship due to not having performed well in one or more of the three judged areas.