Kansas City Region FLL Head Referee

This page's update from RePLAY to Cargo Connect is still in process.

This site contains information from the Kansas City's Regional Head Referee about this year's FLL Robot Game - Cargo Connect. 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 6pm on the Friday before any regional tournament.

Currently -- as of 9/20/2021 -- I'm still in the process of converting the site from RePLAY to Cargo Connect.

Site contents:

The last rules update from FIRST was on 8/17/2021

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 scrimmage - November 6th - CowTown ThrowDown

  • Q1 – November 20 - Olathe NW HS

  • Q2 - December 4 - Troost Elementary School

  • Q3- December 11 - Lawrence HS

  • Q4 -December 18 - Summit Lakes MS

  • Kansas City Regional Championships - ????



KC FIRST has a series of videos on YouTube for our virtual coaches' workshop: <Link TBD> These videos cover judging -- including Innovation Project, Robot Design, and Core Values -- and the Robot Game rules.


The precedence order from this year's rule number 24:

  1. Current Robot Game Updates

  2. Missions

  3. Competition Rules

  4. Field Setup

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 (rule 25) when the situation is unclear. If the team and their referee can't agree then per rule 26 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?" As of 9/20/21 the site is still under construction..

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