Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the awful tornado in Oklahoma yesterday. We have several teams in the area, and our thoughts are with the members of our extended FIRST family as they deal with this terrible tragedy.
Many people are aware there was a scoring error on the Einstein field, but not everyone knows the details. I’d like to explain what happened and our plans to minimize the chance of this happening again.
I have so muchto talk about regarding Championship! I’m going to break this in to two sections – prosand cons. These aren’t comprehensive lists, but are more along the lines of what I consider to be highlights.
The first full day of Championship is going great! Matches have started smoothly, teams are flowing through inspection, and you can feel the energy in the air. Since all 400 teams are here, we did not need to change the schedule from the preliminary versions released Monday.
There’s no question that all eyes will be on Einstein next week to make sure we don’t have a repeat of the communications issues we had last year. We’re working hard to make sure things run smoothly. We have several changes already in place and a few more steps we’re taking that I wanted to mention today.
Do you ever think to yourself “FRC should have an award for….(fill in the blank)”? We sometimes get suggestions for new awards here at FIRST Headquarters. It’s hard for us to accommodate these, as our current awards slate is very full, and fitting in and judging the awards we currently have is already a challenge. However, this doesn’t mean those suggested awards don’t have merit!