Rookie Alert- Prepare for Kickoff~Understand Bag & Tag~Save Yourself some Trouble
Prepare for Kickoff:
If your team is attending a Kickoff, now is a good time to make sure you are ready.
Everyone attending a FRC Kickoff must provide a signed Consent and Release form in order to enter (for students under 18 the form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian). You must also bring a printout of your Team Roster from TIMS. Don’t arrive without one because you need it to pick up your Kit of Parts (KoP). Go to: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/first-student-team-information-members-system-and-consent-form for more details regarding the Consent and Release form/Team Roster process.
Before you go, discuss your team’s plan for Kickoff with everyone who will be attending:
Who will download the encrypted Game Manual before Kickoff?
Does your school require permission slips from participating students? Or proof of insurance from drivers?
How will everyone get there?
If your local Kickoff is hosting a Robot Quick Build Workshop, have you signed up?
How will team members who are not attending Kickoff view the broadcast?
Who will sign the team in at the Kickoff and who will sign for the KoP? (Must be an adult mentor over 18)
Does your team have access to a dolly or cart to facilitate picking up the KoP?
Do you have a way to get the KoP home? - A KoP will fill most car trunks.
Where and when will your team meet after Kickoff to discuss the game?
Who is responsible for inventorying the KoP once you get it back to your team’s workspace?
Who will complete the replacement parts section in TIMS before the deadline?
Understand Bag and Tag:
All teams MUST stop work on their robot on Stop Build Day Tuesday, February 19th.
Your team will need to place your robot in the isolation bag and complete a robot lock up form on Stop Build Day. You must then arrange to transport the bagged robot to your competition event yourself. If you believe you have no alternative than to ship your robot to a bag and tag event, contact FRCTeams@usfirst.org ASAP. Everything you need to know about the Bag & Tag process is included in Section 5 of the Game Manual: http://frc-manual.usfirst.org/.
Save yourself some trouble:
Rookie teams from previous years suggest you secure a meeting place, obtain tools and set up a system for communicating with your team members, mentors, supporters and school now. Once the game is revealed, you won’t have time to think about anything other than design and build. More details are available in the FRC Handbook: http://www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedImages/Robotics_Programs/FRC/Game_and_Season__Info/2013/2013_FRC_team_handbook.pdf.
If you have any questions, please contact Team Support at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-871-8326, “0” – they are eager to help you during this rookie season!
Did you find this rookie alert helpful?
You can find all of this season’s prior rookie alerts and email blasts here: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/emailblastarchive.aspx.