Judging and Awards

Questions about Judging? Check out the Judging FAQ or email flljudge@usfirst.org

FLL is known around the globe not only for what we do (the Robot Game and Project), but also how we do it, with Core Values at the heart. The rubrics used for judging reflect these three equally important aspects of FLL.

Official tournaments must follow the judging and awards structure determined by FLL. Although the audience mostly sees teams playing the Robot Game at tournaments, teams are also being judged on:

  • Core Values
  • Project
  • Robot Design

The Core Values Poster and the Robot Design Executive Summary are additional tools that may be used to help facilitate discussion in the Core Values and Robot Design Judging sessions at official FLL events.  Your FIRST LEGO League Partner will distribute the instructions to teams outlining the information to be included if your Region plans to require the Core Values Poster and/or the Robot Design Executive Summary at its events. Please contact your FIRST LEGO League Partner (US/CAN & outside US/CAN) for further information. The Core Values Poster and the Robot Design Executive Summary WILL be used as part of the Judging of World Festival.

See also FLL Participation Rules.

pdf_icon  Rubrics (updated July 2015)

pdf_icon  Award Descriptions (updated July 2015)

pdf_icon  Team Profile Sheet
Some regions refer to these as Team Introduction, Team Profile or Team Information Pages; others prefer to use their own form.  As each region determines if/how this form will be used (for example they may collect in advance via email or ask you to bring multiple copies to provide directly to the judges),  please check with your local event organizer if you have any questions regarding plans for use in your area.

About Judging:  

  • Teams must participate in all elements of an FLL competition including the Robot Game and all three judged areas in order to be eligible for any FLL Core Award.
  • Judges use the rubrics to help them determine which teams will receive awards.
  • With the exception of the Robot Performance award, FLL awards are determined by a deliberation process, which is formulated around discussions of team performance in each category.
  • If a team does not exhibit Core Values at a tournament, they will be disqualified from winning any awards – including Robot Performance, no matter how well they scored.
  • Adults are strictly prohibited from directing team members or interfering with the judging process or robot rounds in any way.
  • No team is allowed to win two awards, unless one of the awards is for Robot Performance. Robot Performance is the only category based solely on score.
  • While they may attend other events for fun, teams are only eligible to win awards at the first official event of each qualifying level attended during the season.

FLL Global Innovation
The FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation is designed to encourage and assist FLL teams to further develop their innovative solutions to real-world problems. Submissions to the FLL Global Innovation can only be made by teams officially registered for the current Challenge season.

Note: The FLL Global Innovation is optional and in no way affects the judging outcome of qualifying events or tournaments.