FRC Blogged - FRC Administrative Manual, Award Notes, KoP Early Ordering, and New York City Regional Dates Shift

Blog Date: 
Monday, December 3, 2012 - 14:21

FRC Administrative Manual

The FRC Administrative Manual is now live!  You can find it here:  http://frc-manual.usfirst.org

Award Notes

Some of you have been asking for details on the new Digital Media Award.  You will find the criteria for the award listed in Section 6 of the 2013 FRC Administrative Manual.  Note that this is a Championship-only award for this pilot year of this new award.  We may expand the scope of this award for the 2014 season, depending on our experience in 2013.  We don’t yet have a submission process in place, but you can be sure the submission process will require you to submit a portfolio of your media work, at minimum.  We will update the manual as we finalize the details. 

Also, the Team Spirit Award, sponsored by Chrysler, will be presented during the first day of awards, rather than the second day of awards as we have traditionally done.  We are trying to bring greater balance between the number of awards presented during each ceremony.  Teams winning the Team Spirit Award will be asked to show some of their extraordinary spirit the next day by leading the crowd in a dance, cheer, or other activity during a break in the action.  If you win the award and are at a loss for what to do with the crowd, DON’T PANIC!  Our MC’s will be specially trained this year to help you make this a great experience for everyone involved!

 

KoP Early Ordering

Don’t forget, early ordering for KoP items opens December 10th at Noon EST.  You can find more details here:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/blog-10-25-2012

New York City Regional Dates Shift

 

For folks attending the New York City Regional, please note that the dates for that event have shifted.  The new dates for the event are Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – Saturday, March 9, 2013, rather than Thursday, March 7 – Sunday, March 10, 2013.  Note that this actually brings the New York City event in line with most traditional FRC events, by running Wednesday through Saturday.  For several years, the New York City event has run a Thursday – Sunday schedule. 

This schedule change is a direct result of New York City’s attempt to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.  Events are being rescheduled to try to make up for time lost during the hurricane and the recovery efforts.

 

I’ll blog again soon

Frank

Comments

Section 6.4.2 says, in part:
"However, all teams that received a NASA Grant must prepare a Chairman’s Award submission as part of the grant requirement (even though the team will NOT be considered for the award)."

Does this mean that veteran teams who are supported by a NASA grant cannot win the Regional Chairman's Award?

Non-rookie NASA grant teams are eligible for the Chairman's Award just like all other non-rookie teams. The sentence you quote above is part of a paragraph addressing rookie teams. However, I understand how the wording led to your question. We'll clarify next time we do an update to this section of the manual.

The FRC Manual page says Game manual to be released 1/7/2013. Kickoff is 1/5/2013. Do we need to wait until Monday for Game Manual? Will an encrypted version be released earlier, as in years past?

The date should have been 1/5/2013. It's been fixed. Sorry, thanks for catching that.

I assume an encrypted manual will be posted before the Kickoff. If so, where?

Removal of the Autodesk awards has serious consequences on many teams. Leading the Animation Sub-team myself, my peers and I would either have to find a new sub-team in an area that doesn't interest us, or we would have no position on the team. Autodesk's programs for CAD-ding and Animation are great learning experiences and open up many career opportunities for those of us who are not interested in the physical building aspect.

I agree that this was an unfortunate change. Over the last three years, we have built a very strong animation team, and have enjoyed trophies at our regionals on two occasions. These kids have enjoyed the process immensely, and have picked up valuable skills. Making this a championship award, and having to go up against hundreds of teams, including some that seem to be mentored by Pixar (I'm talking to you 1671!), has taken the wind out of their sails. On the other hand, we won one year at WPI with only 2 other entries. However, I think the thing to do is to encourage more participation.

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