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Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Our Mistake and Q612

Jan 21, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

Through Q612 on the FRC Q&A we learned that we made a mistake on the drawing for the Rock Wall. The Rock Wall is actually wider than indicated on the drawing.

Stop Build Day (already?), Achievement Streamers, and the Las Vegas Venue

Jan 19, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

Stop Build Day

Yep, Stop Build Day is coming, and winter (at least for those teams in the Northern Hemisphere – but we love you, too, teams in the Southern Hemisphere!) is already here.

Team Advancement, 2017 Progress, and History Patches

Jan 13, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

Team Advancement

Kickoff and… Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Jan 11, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick


I can tell you that the atmosphere on Saturday at the ‘Mother of all Kickoffs’ in Manchester, New Hampshire, USA was electric. And at the end of game reveal, there were cheers and applause all around. I think I may have even heard a few Champagne corks being popped, though that seemed to be coming from the corner of the bleachers where the FRC Staff was sitting.

From the reaction I’ve seen in the community so far, we may have a winner!

Field Reset

Admin Manual Section 7 and the FIRST STRONGHOLD Logo

Jan 10, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

District Points for Qualification Rounds

Hello teams, hope everyone had a great Kickoff! We'll have more to say about Kickoff in a later blog, but last night I got in an email from Ian Curtis, Mentor from Team 1778, Chill Out, that I wanted to respond to quickly.

Pre-Kickoff Highlights

Jan 08, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

I Just Can’t Get Enough


Jan 07, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick


This is a number Haley Dunn, FIRST PR and Social Media Specialist, posted in this tweet. She intended it to be random, ridiculously large number, not some kind of game hint, though some folks on a few forums think it is a game hint. It’s not. But I expect for some people, me saying it’s not a game hint will be taken as conclusive proof that it actually is a game hint. But it’s not a game hint.



Jan 05, 2016 Today’s blog post was written by Jonathan Bryant, Kit of Parts Engineer.

We’re using today’s blog to tell you about three juicy pieces of information from the Robot section of the Game Manual and the Kit of Parts.

First, R14. R14 – Software and mechanical/electrical designs created before Kickoff are only permitted if the source files (complete information sufficient to produce the design) are available publicly prior to Kickoff.

So, if you already have a design, and you want to use it this year, post it publicly now.

Second, Motors.

Kickoff Broadcast Info, FIRST Updates Now, & Chairman's Award Feedback Forms

Jan 04, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

KOP Drive System Opt Out

Sep 30, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

Please see the update below on the Kit of Parts Drive System Option from the Kit of Parts team:

The 2016 Kickoff Kit will again include a drive base kit, kind of. As we’ve done in recent history, Veteran teams can choose to receive a Product Donation Voucher (PDV) from AndyMark instead of the KOP Drive System at Kickoff. Rookie teams will automatically receive the KOP Drive System.