Kansas City Region FLL Head Referee

This site contains information from the Kansas City's Regional Head Referee about this year's FLL Robot Game - City Shaper. It is intended as an aid for regional coaches and teams and will be updated throughout the season. No updates will be made after 5pm on the Friday before any regional tournament.

Site contents:

UPDATES: The latest update was published today (November 27th). Two updates: RG25, which restates that M12 stacks won't score if ANY of the teams' equipment (including items built to stablize the stack) is touching the stack; and RG26, which provides information about emailing FLL game support. Nothing in RG26 affects a match.

Every team needs to understand rules 10, 14, 22, 23, and 27. Unlike previous years, there is no "Base" area and robots need to return to Home -- not the Launch Area -- in order to be able to touch them without the loss of a Precision Marker. This has been a problem at CowTown, Olathe, and Center MS this year, and teams are racking up a lot of touch penalties because they didn't understand this. If you have any questions about this please contact me at kcfllref@gmail.com (added 11/11/19)

The new update RG22 specifically states this. (added 11/13/19)

City Shaper

ENGINEERING NOTEBOOKS: Everyone should be aware that the rules printed in the Engineering Notebook & the Meeting Guide are NOT COMPLETE. There are missing scoring conditions; without these your team may not be able to score. You should always use the rules in the Game Guide found on the FIRST web site (see the Resources page here). You'll also need to make sure you have the latest updates. (added 9/22).

FIRST has a note to this effect on the Challenge resources page -- www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/fll/challenge-and-resources

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. As of 9/12/2019 the tournaments where the site applies are:

  • CowTown ThrowDown rumble @ Lee's Summit HS - Nov 2
  • Olathe Northwest High School - Nov 9
  • Center Middle School, Kansas City, MO - Nov 16 (Changed from Summit Lakes 9/12/19)
  • Bingham Middle School, Independence, MO - Nov 23
  • Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, KS - Dec 7
  • Lawrence High School, Lawrence, KS - Dec 14
  • Championship @ HyVee Arena - Jan 25, 2020

This site may be considered authoritative in the precedence order from this year's rule number 17:

  1. Current Robot Game Updates
  2. Missions and Field Setup
  3. Rules
  4. Local Head Ref

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?" Anything I update after August 3rd will be marked with the date it was added.

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