Tournament Schedule and Awards

The Los Altos Robotics scrimmage and tournament are being held at Blach Intermediate School. Last year we changed from two sites to one larger site. The events will be fast-paced to accommodate all the matches in an afternoon of exciting competition.

TOURNAMENT - Local Competition
Sunday, November 23, at Blach Intermediate School

Blach Intermediate School is located at 1120 Covington Rd, Los Altos, CA 94024

The tournament is where 24 teams will compete against each other and certificates will be given for the different categories. Judges will be observing and speaking to each team during the tournament in classrooms at the school. There are four rounds of robot competitions; each team will participate in three of them and go to judging on the other round. Descriptions of the judging categories are in the FLL Team Manual and on the FLL website. Some of the participating teams will qualify to participate in the Northern California State competition to be held in January. Here is the schedule for the tournament:

10:00 Room setup by advance party.
12:30 Coaches meeting – get your questions out for the referees.
12:30 Team check-in. Competition and practice table setup. Teams set up their pit area.
1:00 Opening ceremonies
1:05 Introduction to FIRST and all the teams. Overview of the rules
1:20 Round A (45 minutes )
2:05 Round B (45 minutes and 10 minute break)
3:00 Round C (45 minutes)
3:45 Round D (45 minutes) Judging is completed by the end of this round.
4:30 Break (5 minutes)
4:35 Demonstration (15 minutes) by FIRST High School Robotics teams. Judges will meet and determine award category winners. Some teams may be called back for the judges to settle close ratings.
4:50 Robot demonstrations by best performing and note worthy robots.
5:00 Botball demonstration
5:10 Introductions of each team and presentation of participation award. Teams bring up their robots for the group photo. Certificates are prepared.
5:30 Presentation by team with best project.
5:40 Announce the winners
5:45 Ask for volunteers for next year. Thanks to the volunteers and Blach School.
5:50 Take down the room
6:00 Depart
6:30 Tear down squad closes the building.


  • 1st, 2nd for each of performance, teamwork, design, research project
  • Rookie
  • 1st for Champions award
  • Optional judges choice awards

Six teams will receive invitations to the NCaFLL FLL Championship Tournament based on Champions award calculations.

Tom Sartor
November 16, 2008
November 18, 2008 Updated by Schuh