Hello! I am the head coach of FRC team 6843 from Missouri (this was our second year as a team). I am a recent college graduate teaching math at our school. I am an alumna of team 2346 so I know generally how FRC works, but I am hoping for some coaching/mentoring support and advice from some veterans. As I’ve discovered, coaching is VERY different from being a member on the team.
This season was rough for us; with the crazy snow we got in the midwest, we lost several build days this season and weren’t able to perform as well as we’d hoped. On top of that, our team only has 7 students (only 4 are really committed). I’ve struggled to promote the team and get more students involved and the ones that are haven’t talked it up as much as I think it needs. Our school is in its second year and is still small. We ended up with a decently performing robot at the Central Missouri Competition this past weekend (even though we finished almost last, the students were proud of their work and the robot did what it was supposed to nearly every match), but we are losing half of our members this year because they’re seniors or involved in other things.
So here’s my main question: As a new team, how can I create excitement in our community to get kids involved in our team? How can I be an effective coach and mentor to my students? How can I help my team be more competitive and committed? I realize these questions are VERY open-ended and are common problems, but I want our team to have a better 3rd year in the 2020 season. Thanks for any help you can give!