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Posted On:
Thu, 10/25/2012 - 15:21

I’ve got some news I think many teams will be happy with.

As more Kit of Parts items shift from the Kickoff Kit to FIRST® Choice and the Virtual Kit (e.g. Product Donation Vouchers, PDVs), teams will receive fewer items in the Kickoff Kit each year, but have a wider variety and volume of items from which to choose that may meet their specific needs better. However, the added flexibility of FIRST Choice and PDV’s mean that teams may need to plan a little extra time for part selection and shipping.

To help teams plan and prepare for the season, FIRST Choice...

Posted On:
Tue, 10/23/2012 - 12:53

Team Counts

As of 10AM EST on Monday, 10/22, we had 2,166 teams registered or waitlisted for events.  That’s a little more than 18% greater than where we were last season at this point in the registration process.  Note that 2,166 is a larger number than is showing on our ‘What Events and Teams Are In My Area?’ page on website right now, because this page only shows teams registered for events, not those waitlisted.

Kit of Parts Drive System Option

689 veteran teams took advantage of the option to receive an AndyMark...

Posted On:
Thu, 10/18/2012 - 13:37

A good number of veteran teams contacted us after the Noon EST deadline to ask to be included in the Kit of Parts Drive System/Product Donation Voucher option.  So many, that we’ve decided to extend this offer to midnight tonight, October 18th.  If you are a veteran team and would like to receive the Product Donation Voucher from AndyMark instead of the standard Kit of Parts Drive System in your kit, email your request to frcteams@usfirst.org – you will not be able to use TIMS in this case.  Get those emails in before the...

Posted On:
Thu, 10/18/2012 - 09:55

Veteran teams’ ability to choose a Product Donation Voucher (PDV) over the standard Kit of Parts Drive System closes today at Noon EST!  If you are a veteran team, and want that PDV, make your choice in TIMS now!  More details here:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/blog-09-07-12

More soon

Frank

Posted On:
Thu, 10/11/2012 - 13:12

Second District Event Registration

Something I forgot to mention in my earlier blog.  Second District Event Registration opens today, 10/11.  Note this is for District (Michigan and MAR) teams only.  Non-District teams will be able to register for a second Regional on 10/25, as indicated on the FRC Calendar of Events here:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/calendar/

Posted On:
Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:08

Mentor Recognition

Show your team mentors you care!  And get them plugged in to the FRC email blast at the same time, if they want that.  Main and Alternate team contacts in TIMS can invite other mentors to sign up right within TIMS.  Mentors registered in TIMS by Friday, 12/14/12 will receive a recognition certificate and pin during National Mentor Month in January.  They also get the option to receive the FRC Email Blast directly.   

Recruiting posters

Working to get more team members?  Check out these great...

Posted On:
Wed, 10/03/2012 - 12:11

Motor Controllers

You may have noticed that traditional retailers of the Jaguar motor controller have either stopped selling Jaguar or have limited inventory. This blog post is to explain why and what you can expect going forward.

First, what I think you are most interested in knowing: the Jaguar will continue to be an available and legal motor controller for the 2013 FRC season.  Please understand that full, detailed rules will not be disclosed until Kickoff, and supersede all other documentation – like blog posts.  However, you can be assured that Jags will...

Posted On:
Fri, 09/28/2012 - 09:47
brain in a vat

Team Counts

As of midnight last night, we had 1,289 FRC teams registered or waitlisted for events, up from 959 at midnight the first day of initial event registration last season.  That’s a 34% increase.  Is this the start of a trend?  We’ll see.  Also, our first rookie team number this year is 4450.  If you’re at an event, and see a team number equal to or greater than that number, it’s rookie team.  Go up and say hi!

 

Kit of Parts Drive System Reminder

Remember that veteran teams will have an option regarding...

Posted On:
Wed, 09/26/2012 - 09:52

Registration Opening

Initial Event Registration opens tomorrow, that’s Thursday, September 27th, At Noon EST.  Still time to lube up those internet connections to get ready!

 

Bag and Tag

For the 2013 season, all FRC events (including District Events) in the USA and Canada are once again “Bag and Tag”, except Championship.

“Bag and Tag” means teams bring their robots to event venues themselves, rolling them in through the venue doors, sealed in a large bag with a security tag attached.  Bags and tags...

Posted On:
Mon, 09/24/2012 - 14:57

Wild Card Slots II

My post Friday generated a relatively large number of comments.  Rather than answer them individually, let me provide a little more insight here.

The purpose of the new system is to provide broader distribution of merit-based slots in situations where single teams win more than one Championship qualifying award over the course of several Regionals. 

With the limited number of slots we have for Championship, we had to make some difficult decisions regarding how many specific situations we could cover while still notifying teams...

Posted On:
Fri, 09/21/2012 - 12:30

I think this is an exciting one.

We have many veteran teams in FRC who work extraordinarily hard year round to put themselves in a position of being able to attend several Regionals each season.  These teams sometimes also do well when it comes to awards, occasionally earning Championship qualifying awards at more than one Regional.   These teams absolutely deserve all the accolades they receive, and are rightly looked up to and respected.  However, when a single team wins more than one Championship qualifying award over the course of several regionals, it does...

Posted On:
Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:07

The 2013 Beta Test teams have been selected.  Congratulations to the teams below!  These teams will be helping the FRC Control System team review the software libraries and build new code to share with all teams.  Thank you to the 159 FRC teams and 1 FTC team who offered to help with this project.  All FRC teams will be able to communicate with the Beta Test teams on the forums.

Interested in seeing a map locating all these teams?  Check it out here: ...

Posted On:
Tue, 09/18/2012 - 10:27
pool noodle

Blog Info

Lately we’ve been releasing some important season information via this blog.  Some folks have expressed concern about knowing when key season information gets released. 

Any important season-related information will get shared in summary form on the regular team email blasts we send out.  We limit these email blasts to one – or at most two – per week to reduce the chance of email overload, but team Main and Alternate Contacts and any Adult Mentors registered in TIMS who opt-in to receiving email blasts should be receiving them.  If you...

Posted On:
Fri, 09/14/2012 - 10:46

Hello Teams,

Here is the 2013 FRC Season Schedule. 

Week One

February 28 – March 2

BAE Systems Granite State Regional - Manchester, NH

Central Valley Regional - Madera, CA

Finger Lakes Regional - Rochester, NY

Lubbock Regional – Lubbock, TX

Palmetto Regional – Myrtle Beach, SC

March 2-3

Hatboro-Horsham FIRST Robotics District Competition – Horsham, PA

Kettering University FIRST Robotics District Competition – Flint, MI

Traverse City FIRST Robotics District Competition – Traverse...

Posted On:
Fri, 09/07/2012 - 12:06

New FRC Calendar

If you haven’t seen them yet, check out the new FRC Calendars, available in both ‘Month’ and ‘List’ views:

http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/calendar/

http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/calendar/list

 

Kit of Parts Evolution

As FRC continues to grow, we continue to try to find ways to better serve our teams’ needs.  Today, we have...

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