Behind the Lines

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Mentor, Team, Technical, Training
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Behind the Lines is a collaboration between FIRST Robotics Competition and FRC GameSense. The purpose of this series is to make key knowledge and resources available to the community through an engaging hour-long show. The first half will be a presentation by the invited experts, followed by a Q & A session on the topic. Each Behind the Lines session will be hosted by the GameSense Crew.

Who is FRC GameSense?

GameSense is a group of FRC alumni and mentors who are dedicated to creating high quality media productions for the FRC community.
To see their bios and photos, please visit the GameSense About Us page.

To Watch Live Broadcasts:

Go to or the GameSense YouTube Channel
The schedule of upcoming broadcasts and recordings of past sessions will be posted below.

To Submit a Question to Behind the Lines:

In advance:
During the broadcast: Use the chat function or Tweet @FRCGameSense with #FRCBTL [Click to Tweet]

Please note: the views expressed by Behind the Lines hosts and guests are those of the individual, and do not necessarily reflect the views of FIRST or FIRST participants.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 9:00pm (Eastern Time)

"Fundraising 101/Team Marketing 101"

Branding Powerpoint Presentation

Elise Cronin-Hurley, FRC Team 1902
Joyce Walters, FRC Team 1902

This session is geared towards Rookie FRC or new team members. Topics will include fundraising toolkit review, creating business plans, fundraising examples and best practices, branding your team, presenting to sponsors, and maintaining sponsorship relationships.


Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 at 9:00pm (Eastern Time)

"Alumni Programs and Applying for Scholarships"

Alumni and Scholarships PowerPoint Presentation

Michelle Long, FIRST Alumni Program Manager

This sessions is geared toward all FRC teams. Topics will include scholarships and alumni program.


Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 at 9:00pm (Eastern Time)

"Effective Prototyping Techniques"

Effective Prototyping Techniques

Andrew Rudolph, Robot in 3 Days and former mentor for FRC 1902
Dan Richardson, Robot in 3 Days and former mentor for FRC 1902
Paul Ventimiglia, Mentor for FRC 254 and Battlebots Season 1 Champion with Bite Force


Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 9pm (Eastern Time)

"Applying and Presenting for Awards"

Applying and Presenting for Awards Presentation


Kristine Atiyeh, Mentor, Team 125


Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 9pm (Eastern Time)

"Mechanism Design"

Mechanism Design


Lucien Junkin: from Team 118 on Intakes

Allen Gregory: from Team 3847 on Shooters

Adam Heard: from Team 973 on Arms


Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 9pm (Eastern Time)

"Best Practices After Kickoff"

Best Practices After Kickoff

Ken Stafford, WPI and FRC Team 190


The guest expert is Ken Stafford for FRC Team 190, an original and sustaining team.  The show will focus on a great way to maximize your team's effectiveness in the first few days after Kickoff.  Ken will cover game and strategic analysis, brainstorming, and the creative process.



2014-2015 Behind the Lines Schedule & Recordings

Wednesday, September 24

“Things Every FRC Team Should Know”

S01E01 PowerPoint Presentation (featuring additional slides on Team 359's Organization not featured in the broadcast)  

Glenn Lee, Mentor of FRC Team 359
Collin Fultz, FRC Team Advocate

This session is geared towards Rookie FRC teams or new team members. Topics will include fundraising, budgeting, mentor/parent engagement, and what to expect for the FRC season schedule. This session will highlight resources and other information that are helpful for any FRC team.


Wednesday, October 15 at 8 P.M. (ET)

“Introduction to 2015 Control System"

S01E02 PowerPoint Presentation
Victor SP and Talon SRX Information Sheet

Kevin O'Connor, FRC Engineer
Brad Miller, WPI
Greg McKaskle, National Instruments
Mike Copioli, Cross the Road Electronics

This session will highlight the new features found in the 2015 Control System and provide a comparison with the previous system. You will also be able to ask questions from a panel of experts that assisted in the new control system design.


Wednesday, November 5 at 8 P.M. (ET)

"Motor and Gearbox Selection"

S01E03 PowerPoint Presentation (DC Brushed Motors & Power Transmission)
Ken Stafford's 2014 Motor Spreadsheet

Ken Stafford, WPI and FRC Team 190

This session centers around a critical component of every FRC robot: motors.  The expert will cover how to choose the right motors for your robot based on application, motor qualities, and specifications. You'll then learn the fundamentals for getting the most out of your selected motors by choosing the right reductions and gearboxes. There will be plenty of time for Q&A from teams.


Wednesday, November 19 at 8 P.M. (ET)

"Effective Team Communication"

S01E04 PowerPoint Presentation

Andy Baker, FRC Team 3940
Mike Corsetto, FRC Team 1678

This episode will discuss the principles of effective team communication.  Topics covered will include team building, creating expectations around communication, and conflict management.  Our experts will also share their thoughts on effective Drive Coach communication at events.


Wednesday, December 17 at 8 P.M. (ET)

"2015 Control System Beta Teams:  Best Practices"

Mark McLeod, FRC Team 358
Jeff Clements, FRC Team 16
Austin Schuh, FRC Team 971

Join three Beta Test Teams, as they discuss with the 2015 Control System.  These experienced FRC Mentors will share their best practices and advice.  As always, this episode will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience.


Wednesday, January 7 at 8 P.M. (ET)

"2015 Kit of Parts"

Kate Pilotte, FRC Kit of Parts Manager
Jonathan Bryant, FRC Kit of Parts Engineer
Liz Smith, FRC Team 3940
Jerry Budd, FRC Team 3098 and FRC Team 5259

Join our Experts as they discuss the 2015 FRC Kit of Parts and AndyMark’s Drive Base Kit.  These experts will review the contents in the Kit of Parts and discuss how teams can use them during the season.  They will also share recommended resources and best practices.  They will also be covering the philosophy of the KOP, history, contents, and more.  The community will have a chance to ask any questions during the last half of the episode.  Don’t miss it!