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Pit Set-Up and Trophies

Oct 13, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

Pit Set-Up at Events

We have heard from some in the community that they would like to be able to set up their pits during what would traditionally be a load-in only period the afternoon or evening before events officially start. After considering this carefully, and getting feedback from the Regional Directors, we’ve decided to make this a local option.

Chairman’s Award Submissions Definitions

Oct 12, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

Hello Teams,

The most prestigious team award in FIRST is, and I believe always will be, the Chairman’s Award. For a team to earn this award, they must be able to describe, among other accomplishments, their initiatives in supporting other teams. In doing so, teams often use phrases like “we started x FLL teams” or “we mentored y FRC teams”. As teams may have different definitions of what terms like ‘started’ or ‘mentored’ mean in this context, it can be difficult for Chairman’s Award Judges to compare accomplishments between teams.

2017 Championship Planning

Oct 12, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

In this blog, I said we were looking for a volunteer from the community to help us plan what geographic areas would be assigned to which FIRST Championship in 2017, and help us find a potential way in which teams may volunteer for and be selected to attend their non-home Championship.

Season Teaser Release Details

Oct 09, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

Hello Teams!

2016 Radio Update

Oct 08, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

Today’s blog comes from Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager for FRC.

I’m excited to announce that we’ve selected a new robot radio for the 2016 season. We will be switching to Open Mesh’s OM5P-AN dual band access point. 

2016 Radio with Pear

Behind The Lines is Back!

Oct 06, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

FRC is pleased to announce we have once again partnered with our friends at GameSense to present Behind The Lines, a series of informative webcasts for the FRC Community.

The first episode will be broadcast at 9PM EST on Wednesday, October 7th. The topic is Fundraising and Marketing Your Team and the expert guests will be Joyce Walters and Elise Cronin-Hurley from Team 1902: Exploding Bacon. They will be covering such items as:

When is a Game Hint not a Game Hint?

Oct 02, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

There are probably a few good answers to this question, including:

1. When it’s not preceded by words equivalent to “This is a game hint”

2. When it’s a video teaser for the season

Answer number one I think many of you are familiar with, as we’ve said something along those lines several times in this blog.

Answer number two is probably new to you.

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.

Initial Event Registration

Sep 29, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

Today's the Day! And New Waitlist Color Coding!

Sep 24, 2015 Written by FIRST Staff

Hello Teams! Today’s the day for initial event registration. I hope everyone’s as excited as I am!

I also wanted to tell you about a new waitlist feature we’re trying out. In prior years, if an event had no open capacity, while teams would be given the opportunity to sign up for the waitlist, they were not given any indication as to how full the waitlist already was. This could lead to teams signing up for events for which there was little chance they would eventually be able to attend.