Are you having last minute jitters that your team will not be ready for the tournament? Have the team start a checklist of everything they need to have completed, packed, and what should be in the "unforeseen situation prop first aid box. Then remember that all the other coaches in your region are having the same panic attack.
If you need last minute resources check out the following sites:
Make sure you have all of the following materials: Rules of the Road, Challenge rules, clarification form, Tournament Data form for your challenge, Expense Report form, and Declaration of Independence form. Other materials you may wish to have are sample Instant Challenges, Team Manager's Guide, and resource materials your Regional Director has to loan.
Make sure parents, team members and friends understand interference. Give parents things to do so they don't try to solve the challenge. Suggest they provide team treats, places for meetings and prop work, transportation for team members, help clean up at the end of practice, read the rules, bring materials for Instant Challenge, act as Instant Challenge judges for practices, and help find judges for the regional tournament.
If you can't find the Rules of the Road (Basic Competition Information and Rules), check the CD that came with your membership or ask your team Contact person how to access this information on the World Wide Web.
Brainstorm on ways to earn money for supplies; e.g., recycle aluminum cans, have a team work day and rake leaves or shovel walks, or set up a penny jar in each member's home.
Keep your snacks nutritious - try to work snacks into your Instant Challenge time.
Structure Teams: It is NOT Interference to have a parent build your crusher device. The tournament director will provide one for competition. Also if you use any type of "super glue" make sure you have a bottle of releaser on hand.
Please help your school program by recruiting more appraisers (judges). Competitions are the best and more fun when there are enough appraisers for each duty on an appraisal team.
The training workshops are very important for everyone. They help provide consistency in appraising, give apparisers a chance to work through vague areas, and unite the appraisal teams. Remind your appraisers to attend and read the rules carefully.