Jack’s Judgements


Official Rulings by the Australian FLL Head Referee

Last Updated 11:21 pm on 07/09/2023

Important Note:

These are official rulings and clarifications that apply to all FLL tournaments in Australia only. However, they can be overruled by official updates from FIRST (found here). Check regularly for updates. Please note that the Masterpiece season contains rules that are different from previous seasons.

Further questions can be asked at the FLL Australia Help Forum or through the Australian FLL Slack Workspace. Questions can be submitted to the Australian Head Referee by Contacting Us.

Rule Clarification #1: Read the Rules…and don’t forget the Updates

Question: Rules? Updates?

Quick Answers:

  • Official season Rules and Guidelines can be found here
  • FIRST issues regular official updates to Project and Robot Game each year.
  • Official updates overrule anything here.
  • ASK QUESTIONS if anything is unclear or confusing!

Longer Explanation: To quote a section of text that used to appear in the FLL Challenge Guide…

Teams who have read everything:

  • Have fewer questions
  • Have less rework
  • Have fewer surprises at tournaments
  • Score higher
  • Have more fun!


Judgment #1: What is Art?

Question: Can we use any LEGO pieces for the M04 Art Piece, or do we have to stick to the contents of Bag 4? Are there any minimum limits on the Art Piece size?

Quick Answer:

Art Pieces must have 2+ pieces in them. You can use any LEGO pieces to build your Art Piece. You are not restricted to the contents of Bag 4.

Longer Explanation:

Mission 04 does mention use of “Bag 4” and “bricks”. However, this is done in the section of the text that specifically is NOT used for scoring purposes. You can use any LEGO pieces to build your Art Piece, not just those in Bag 4.

Regarding minimum size, there is no rule about how big the art piece needs to be. In the spirit of the game and the phrase “the bricks”, I will require it to be made of at least 2 pieces – a single LEGO brick is not art, by my view 🙂


Good Luck teams!