Wild Cards 2013 and the Harlem Shake

Blog Date: 
Monday, February 25, 2013 - 16:07

Hello Teams,

I hope everyone caught up on some sleep over the weekend.  Only a few more days until our first official events of the season, and as we say up here, I am ‘wicked’ excited!

Hey, remember Wild Cards?  I talked about them in the FRC Blog way back in September.  Teams can earn Wild Card Slots as described on the Championship Eligibility page.

Here are the criteria:

If a team who wins a Regional in 2013 – in other words, if a team who is a member of the Winning Alliance – has already qualified for Championship at an earlier Regional in 2013, a Wild Card slot is created at the Regional which they just won.

Wild Card slots are filled in the order of:

1. Finalist Alliance Captain

2. Finalist First Pick

3. Finalist Second Pick

4. Finalist Backup Team

Wild Card slots are passed to the next team in the order specified above only if the team occupying that Wild Card slot has already qualified for Championship at an earlier 2013 Regional. The number of potential Wild Card slots created at each Regional is equal to the number of teams on the Winning Alliance who had already qualified for Championship at an earlier Regional in 2013.   

Only teams on the Finalist Alliance are eligible for Wild Card slots.  It’s possible for a Wild Card slot to go unused. Unused Wild Card slots cannot be replaced or backfilled.

The rules seem pretty straightforward, but it could be easy to lose track of where you are in the process of determining Wild Card status, so we’ve created a step-by-step worksheet to help you ‘play at home’ – or more likely, play at an event.  We’ve made this as simple as possible.  It looks involved, but if you follow it step by step, I promise you’ll get to the right answer regarding Wild Cards at any particular event.  You can find the worksheet here.

Harlem Shake

You may have heard that our friends at AndyMark are hosting a Harlem Shake contest.  We don’t know if the FRC Staff is technically eligible to win, but we decided to participate anyway, just for fun.  Look closely – you may recognize someone you know very well. (Hint:  He’s wearing the flippers!)

I’ll blog again soon.



Alright, I think I have it figured out, but I'm not at all sure...

Would I be correct in saying that championship slots awarded for winning the tournament at a regional event that aren't used are given to the next non-qualifying team in the 2nd place alliance? If so, I don't really see where any complaints are coming from. I feel like I'm missing something...

And to whoever (or whomever) is on the computer to the left in the video, that's terrible posture! Come on, you should know better! :)

For the Wild Cards, it's really best to follow the worksheet step-by-step. When we first talked about these, there was much confusion, and we are hoping a step-by-step worksheet will help make things clear.

The person in the video with the terrible posture is Kate Pilotte, our Kit of Parts Manager. I have spoken to her about this. Her review is coming up, hopefully I will have forgotten about this incident by that time :)

Even if you were eligible I didn't see an AndyMark logo, which would make you ineligible. That was wicked cool! Awesome to see Woodie in there.

The AndyMark logo is on one of our hats, but too small to see! No free t-shirts for us :(

Wow, Woodie! Never knew he could get so into things :D

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