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Coach Checklist

LifeSmarts Coaches Monthly Calendar Checklist

We want to help you and your team get the most out of LifeSmarts! This monthly checklist will keep your team on track and remind you of deadlines and special opportunities.
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September

Coach signs back in or registers for the first time
Coach creates new team or teams every fall
Students login or register and join team
Coach chooses one student per team to be the captain
Students take pre-quiz
Students use resources to study
Students take TeamSmarts as a team before end of month
FCCLA / LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl TeamSmarts Quiz & online qualification begins

October

Students take practice quizzes
Students use resources to study
Students take TeamSmarts as a team before end of month
Check state dates for competition and qualifying criteria
FCCLA / LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl TeamSmarts quiz closes
FBLA  LifeSmarts Fall Challenge opens
Toyota Foundation Making Life Easier scholarship deadline

November

Students take practice quizzes
Students use resources to study
Students take TeamSmarts as a team at end of month
FBLA LifeSmarts Fall Challenge ends
Check state dates for competition and qualifying criteria*
FCCLA LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl NLC Qualification Rounds
Some state competitions close

(*Note: Before your state competition closing date, each student on the team should take five category quizzes and the capstone to qualify to advance to the state in-person or online championship, with the opportunity to advance to the National LifeSmarts Championship. Teams may be required to take a state TeamSmarts quiz to determine which teams advance to the state championship or to determine the online state champion. Check guidelines for your state, or contact your State Coordinator for more information.)

December

Students take practice quizzes
Students use resources to study
Students take TeamSmarts as a team at end of month
Check state dates for competition and qualifying criteria*
Some state competitions close
4-H LifeSmarts Challenge
Practice and study over the holiday break

January

Many states with online only competitions close this month
Students take practice quizzes
Students use resources to study
Check state dates for competition and qualifying criteria*
Students take TeamSmarts as a team at end of month
Wild Card Bid Deadline 1
FBLA LifeSmarts Spring Challenge is open

February

Students take practice quizzes
Students use resources to study
Students take TeamSmarts as a team at end of month
Check state dates for competition and qualifying criteria*
Many state in-person competitions are held this month
FBLA LifeSmarts Spring Challenge closes

March

Students take practice quizzes
Students use resources to study
Check state dates for competition and qualifying criteria*
State competitions are completed this month
Wild Card Bid Deadline 2
FCCLA NLC Teams take TeamSmarts quiz
Sarah Weinberg Scholarship deadline
National Coach Zooms

April

Qualified Teams prepare for Nationals
National LifeSmarts Championship
Submit LifeSmarts evaluations and suggestions
Have graudating Seniors sign up for LifeSmarts Alumni Association

May

Wrap up LifeSmarts season
FBLA NLC LifeSmarts Competition
Have graudating Seniors sign up for LifeSmarts Alumni Association

June

Schedule a LifeSmarts Workshop

July

FCCLA NLC LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl
Schedule a LifeSmarts Workshop

August

Prepare for next LifeSmarts season
Schedule a LifeSmarts Workshop

February

Students take practice quizzes
Students use resources to study
Students take TeamSmarts as a team at end of month
Check state dates for competition and qualifying criteria
Many state in-person competitions are held this month
FBLA Spring Challenge is open
Privacy scholarship applicaton deadline

March

Students take practice quizzes
Students use resources to study
Check state dates for competition and qualifying criteria
State competitions are completed this month
Wild Card Bid Deadline 2
FCCLA NLC Teams take TeamSmarts quiz
Sarah Weinberg Scholarship deadline

April

Qualified Teams prepare for Nationals
National LifeSmarts Championship

May

Wrap up LifeSmarts season

June

FBLA NLC LifeSmarts Competition

July

FCCLA NLC LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl
4-H Online Challenge

August

Prepare for next LifeSmarts season