Please find the link to the PDF files of the 2016 FRC Admin Manual Sections 1 to 6 below. Section 7, 'Team Advancement' will follow shortly. We're publishing them as PDFs now because we wanted to get them to you sooner than we could if we waited to get these documents entered and formatted in our standard FRC Manual system.
I'll admit the Admin Manual isn't usually too exciting*, but you should read it completely through anyway, as it is important, and we do have some items of note this season:
- If you look at Section 4, 'At the Events', under 'Site Restrictions', Section 4.13, you will see we're prohibiting the use of drones and 'hoverboards' at events. Whether or not those hoverboards really have a regular tendency to burst into flames as reported in the news recently, both they and drones can be safety hazards in our crowded event environments.
- I think you'll like this one. We've enhanced our Section 6, 'Awards' to include the guidelines the Judges actually use in determining which teams earn those awards, so you can get a better understanding of what it takes.
- I think you'll like this one, too. Also in Section 6, you'll see we're bringing back written feedback for teams submitting for Chairman's Award. We're still working out the precise details, but teams desiring feedback will once again be able to learn from judges what they did well and what they should work to improve.
We're looking forward to yet another great season!
*Unless you like reading a bunch of rules apparently specifically designed by the man to keep you down. (I'm joking!)