As a person who loves the creativity of designing a robot I also have a competitive streak in me. As a coach I want my team to do well in the competition but I need to remind myself that it’s not about the scores.
When I am volunteering at events, as a referee, I see a number of parents that are coaching from the sidelines. Admittedly, I have also been a parent that coached from the sideline.
Referee teams have regular discussions to review the rules and how to properly enforce them but that’s not our primary job. Our job is to educate the students on fair play. The Vex design is to advise students before they make an error and to only hold them accountable when there is actual intent to break a rule. I find that many adults get hung up on the rules and the score instead of enjoying the spirit of the competition.
We need to remember that the competitions are what drive our students to learn and make better robots – but that’s it. My preference would be that the coaches and parents hang back and let the teams experience their success and failures on their own. The teams know what they have to do. Maybe they will seek your advice when they have a problem but then again maybe they wont. Either way it’s okay.