Kansas City Region FLL Head Referee

This site contains information from the Kansas City's Regional Head Referee about the 2022-23 FLL Challenge Robot Game - SuperPowered. It is intended as an aid for regional coaches, teams, and referees and will be updated throughout the season. No updates will be made after 10 pm on the Thursday before any regional tournament.

Site contents:

The last rules update from FIRST was released on 10/18/2022. It added Clarification 07.

NOTE: Due to the decentralized structure of FLL anything on this page may be different in another region, at Worlds, or in any after-season competition. Everything here holds for any official KC Region FLL tournament and at pre-season tournaments where the refs are provided by KCFIRST. The tournaments where the site applies are:

  • Unofficial virtual scrimmages, if offered

  • Unofficial scrimmage - October 29th - CowTown ThrowDown at Lee's Summit High School

  • Q1 – November 12th - Troost Elementary

  • Q2 - November 19th - Olathe NW High School

  • Q3 - December 3rd - Penn Valley Community College Manual Career Tech Center

  • Q4 - December 10th - Lawrence High School

  • Q5 - December 17th - North Kansas City High School

  • Virtual qualifier - December 17th

  • Kansas City Regional Championships - January 28, 2022 - Crown Center

Remember that any rules updates published by FIRST take precedence over the rules released on August 2nd. All teams need to be checking regularly for updates on the Challenge, Updates, & Resources page on the FIRST web site, and coaches need to carefully monitor emails from FIRST or from KC FIRST. The last rules update from FIRST was released on October 18th, 2022.

Teams will work with the referee at their table to complete their scoresheet after each match. Referees will give teams the Benefit of the Doubt when the situation is unclear. If the team and their referee can't agree then the tournament Head Ref will make final decisions. I use this site to help teams understand how I would make decisions at a tournament.

I'll be updating the page throughout the season as I answer questions from coaches & teams, as rules updates are released, or when I get other information that I feel may be of use to teams. If you have a question that isn't answered here you may email me at kcFLLref@gmail.com. I'll try and answer all questions, but you'll be much more likely to get a satisfactory response if the question is about the rules as opposed to "will this solution legally score on mission XXXX?"

This site is not authoritative for any FLL region other than Kansas City. If you're from another region you should consult your regional partner or head referee instead of relying on the information here.

Michael Hartwig