Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Safety Glasses, Deadlines & Tucson Results

Deadline to Register for Qualifying Tournaments - December 12 at Noon!
Looking for one more Rover Ruckus play this season? We have just a handful of spots left in New Mexico! 

Alamogordo: January 12 - 18 teams registered, 2 spots left
Albuquerque: January 26 - 18 teams registered, 6 spots left

The deadline for registering for any of these remaining spots is Tomorrow at Noon, NOT JANUARY 12 (sorry my mistake!) Trophies for all remaining qualifiers must be ordered on Wednesday. Albuquerque will played as a 1-field event if there are 20 teams or less by then. Teams will still be allowed to join wait lists for any full events. 

January Dean's List Deadline is FRIDAY!
Dean's List Nominations for all January tournaments is coming up on Friday, December 15 at 11:59 PM Eastern TimeFor many of you this is your last opportunity to nominate!!! It's also the last opportunity for New Mexico events! Teams competing in the Alamogordo, Queen Creek, Albuquerque, and Chandler qualifiers must submit their nominations by the deadline via your Dashboard. See the Dean's List resources to the right for more information. 

Reminder - Safety Glasses
Remember, teams are required to provide their own safety glasses for every student, coach, mentor and spectator that comes as a part of the team. Safety glasses are required on the field and in the pit at all times. While the tournament may have a small number of safety glasses available as a courtesy for spectators and other visitors not affiliated with a team, we do not have enough to loan out to teams who forget their own. 

Safety glasses may not be so dark or so tinted that your eyes are not visible through the lenses. Sunglasses and darkly tinted lenses are not allowed. Please review Rule T16 in Game Manual Part 1 for more information. 

Tucson Event Results
Congrats to all the teams that competed in Tucson, and thank you to Team 11980 Team Viper for putting on such an awesome event!

Inspire Award: 8499, RoboHawks
Winning Alliance: 3666, Hawks & 7840, Hawks
Finalist Alliance: 14584, Pioneer 327 & 2944, T-REX
Think Award: 12568 Vibrant Robotics
Connect Award: 10523, Dragons
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award: 14814, Midnight Cicadas 2
Design Award: 10246, Midnight Cicadas
Motivate Award: 14584, Pioneer 327
Control Award: 3666, Hawks
Judges Award: 15135, Lil Vipers

Teams Advancing to the Championship: 
8499, RoboHawks
12568, Vibrant Robotics
7840, Hawks


GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE TEAMS COMPETING IN PHOENIX THIS WEEKEND!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Tucson Live Stream

Good Luck to all the teams competing at the Tucson Qualifier this weekend!

Thank you to the CocoNuts FIRST Robotics Team for providing the live stream! Check out all the action on here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzYVR3se2B8

GO TEAMS!!!


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Glendale Results; Deadline for Qualifiers & Dean's List

Not competing in Tucson? Volunteer for FIRST Lego League!
And now a message from long-time FIRST volunteer & coach Jessica Popham: "AZ friends! Looking for some more help for our 1st QC FLL tournament. This Saturday, December 8th 8-4 pm. Free lunch, free t-shirt. If you like any of the following; fun, free food, kids, robots, Legos, space, NASA... at Queen Creek High School. Let me know if interested."

Deadline to Register for Qualifying Tournaments
Looking for one more Rover Ruckus play this season? We have just a handful of spots left in New Mexico! Don't wait until your team has a blast at their first event and wants to play another...register now! 

Alamogordo: January 12 - 18 teams registered, 2 spots left
Albuquerque: January 26 - 17 teams registered, 7 spots left

The deadline for registering for any of these remaining spots is Wednesday December 12 at Noon. Teams will still be allowed to join wait lists for any full events. 

NOTE: Albuquerque is scheduled to be a 2-field event capped at 24 teams. If it is at 20 teams or less on Dec. 12, it will be played as a 1-field event. The difference between 20 teams and 21 teams at an event is the playoff alliances (2 vs 3 teams), which also impacts the trophies needed for an event. 


Control System Alert!!!
Teams,  this year’s game rule <RS02> says you must have version 4.0 or above for your Driver Station and Robot Controller Apps.  Instructions for downloading the latest versions from the Google Play store can be found here

If you are programming with OnBot Java or Blocks Programming, installing the latest version of the DS and RC apps will not impact your existing programs. They will still reside on your RC app after the installation. 

For Android Studio programmers, you will also need to download the latest version of the FTC SDK (ftc_app-master) on GitHub. Copy your robot programs into the new FTC SDK using the copy/paste function found on Android Studio’s “Project” panel.  

January Dean's List Deadline Coming Up!
You have a student on your team, who above all others, demonstrates leadership, has an entrepreneurial spirit, and is dedicated to increasing awareness of FIRST®. FIRST® Tech Challenge students are changing the world – help the change-maker on your team further their potential and nominate them for the Dean’s List Award.

Dean's List Nominations for all January tournaments is coming up on Friday, December 15 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. For many of you this is your last opportunity to nominate!!! It's also the last opportunity for New Mexico events!

Teams competing in the Alamogordo, Queen Creek, Albuquerque, and Chandler qualifiers must submit their nominations by the deadline via your Dashboard. See the Dean's List resources to the right for more information. 

Glendale Event Results
Congrats to all the teams that competed in Glendale, and thank you to Team 12901 Project: COBRA for putting on such an awesome event!

Inspire Award: 14436, Roaring Robotics
Winning Alliance: 2844, Valley X & 13604, Alumin-nati & 15058,Jaguar Robotics
Finalist Alliance: 14436, Roaring Robotics & 11666 Griffin Robotics & 12884, Bucephalus
Think Award: 12884, Bucephalus
Connect Award: 6174, Automatons
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award: 201, BroncoBotics
Design Award: 2844, Valley X
Motivate Award: 8995, Jaegers
Control Award: 15058 Jaguar Robotics
Judges Award: 15186, Lady Falcons

Teams Advancing to the Championship: 
14436, Roaring Robotics
13604, Alumin-nati
9743, Stingers
15058, Jaguar Robotics
8995, Jaegers


GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE TEAMS COMPETING IN TUCSON THIS WEEKEND!!!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Glendale Live Stream!

Good Luck to all the teams competing at the Glendale Qualifier this weekend!

Thank you to the Cactus High School Media Crew for providing the live stream! Check out all the action on here: https://livestream.com/PSBN3/events/8473174

GO TEAMS!!!



Monday, November 26, 2018

Gilbert Results; Advice from FTAs

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends! We're so grateful for all you do for our teams!!!

Tips from Head FTA Eric
A reminder to FTC Teams that this year's game rules require that your robot have version 4.0 or above for both the Diver Station and Robot Controller Apps. The Driver Station and Robot Controller apps must have the same version number. 

For Blocks and OnBot Java programmers,  you can download the latest apps from the Google Play store. 



Also, we highly recommend that you install the latest Firmware update, version 1.8.2, for the REV Expansion Hub. Information on updating the firmware and improvements can be found here.

Gilbert Event Results
Congrats to all the teams that competed in the first two-field event of the season! 
Thank you to Team 8081 Knights of the Lab Table for putting on such an awesome event!

Inspire Award: 12767, Catholic Master Builders (CMB)
Winning Alliance: 12767, CMB & 3666, Hawks Robotics & 7840 Hawks Robotics
Finalist Alliance: 13082, Omnics & 10348, Gear Masters & 5661, Wolves Robotics
Think Award: 13968, Herberger Howlers
Connect Award: 10348, Gear Masters
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award: 10111, Herberger Javelinas
Design Award: 3666, Hawks Robotics
Motivate Award: 7840, Hawks Robotics
Control Award: 5661, Wolves Robotics
Judges Award: 12604, Tiger Blue

Teams Advancing to the Championship: 
12767, Catholic Master Builders
10111, Herberger Javelinas
3666, Hawks Robotics
13099, San Carlos Braves
8081, Knights of the Lab Table


Reason #12,241 for double checking your electronics prior to competition! Be safe everyone! 

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE TEAMS COMPETING AT THE GLENDALE QUALIFIER THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Gilbert Qualifier Live Stream!

Gilbert Qualifier will be LIVE!


The Gilbert Tournament will play on Saturday November 17 starting around 10 am! Check out all the Rover Ruckus action by tuning into the Live Stream here: 


Thank you to the CocoNuts for providing the stream and to the Knights of the Lab Table for Hosting! 
Good luck to all the teams competing this weekend! 



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Reminders, Game Play, White Mountain Results

REALLY IMPORTANT REMINDERS...
NO REALLY, YOU SHOULD READ ALL OF THIS:
Payment for your qualifiers is due by FRIDAY!!! By Friday your team must have done one of the following, or risk being dropped from your events:
  • Mailed a check to Coconino High School 
    • Address is on your invoice
    • Please send an email to ftc.arizona@gmail.com letting us know when the check was mailed
  • Paid with a credit card to Carrie in the CHS bookstore
    • Directions for paying by credit card are on your invoice
  • Sent a copy of your PO request to ftc.arizona@gmail.com
Please remember to include your team number with all email and phone correspondence. 

Dean's List Nominations for Glendale, Tucson, and Phoenix are due by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Thursday. See the Dean's List page for more details on how to nominate students. 

Your Team Name that is registered with FIRST is the one that the scoring system will use for displays and matches. We DO NOT have a way to change this manually in the scoring computer. Please check your team information on your dashboard at least 1 week prior to your event and confirm your name is spelled exactly how you want it displayed at the event!

Important Game Play Information from your Head Referees
Congratulations to all teams completing this past weekend in the White Mountain Qualifier!  I wish I could have joined in the fun, and am looking forward to the rest of the season! Here a few items of note that we would like to pass along to teams as the competition season gets rolling along…

Latching and Deployed Situations:  
If a team has any questions or is not sure about what constitutes Deployed or Latched for this year’s challenge, please review the following:

Game Manual II, Section 1.4 – Game Definitions for “Deployed” and “Latched”  Note there is specific wording on what constitutes a “Latched” robot – “completely supported…”  “and is not in contact…” is key to the sentence in the definition.

Game Manual II, Section 1.5.1 Pre-Match – 1 “Latched to the Lander” – This is very clearly worded on pre-match starting condition for a latched robot.

Game Manual II, Section 1.5.4 End Game – 1  “Robots Latched” – Note that the first sentence specifies “…Deployed during pre-match setup or in the course of game play…”  see definition of “Deployed”   (i.e. a robot starting the match on the field in the alliance landing zone under the bracket is deployed and eligible for the endgame latching score, and a Robot starting in a latched configuration, that deploys during Driver Controlled period is eligible for the end game latching score, but a robot starting in a latched configuration that does not move or cannot deploy due to some issue is NOT eligible for the end game latching score.

Game Manual II, Section 1.6.3 Game-Specific Rules -  Remember there are specific rules affecting blocking , interfering and latching  see <GS5>, <GS6> and <GS7>.

FTC Forum Q&A:  There are a number of good scenario questions, so make sure to stay updated on the forum posting, but specific to this topic, I would direct attention to the forum Game Rules – End Game Q&A #4 dated 11-05-18 with Subject “Latched Robot - <GS5> Blocking Access to Scoring in the Lander and <GS6> Interfering with Scoring at the Lander”  There is some good feedback on how situations will be called in this post.  Please take time to read through it.

Landing Situation:
Note Game Manual II Section 1.5.2 Autonomous Period – 1.  Landing.  
Specifically, to score a landing, contact with the lander support bracket is a critical piece of the score.  Team need to make sure it is clear to the referees that there is “no contact” with the bracket.  Since we do not enter the field to check scoring conditions, we must rely on what we can see from outside the playing field.  If it “looks” like the robot is touching a bracket to a referee, chances are the landing for autonomous points will not count.

I hope this helps clarify some of the questions that may be in your minds as the qualifiers begin. 

Questions/clarification And as always, please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.  When you are at a tournament, please remember that if you have a question about a call or an issue that arises during the tournament there is a protocol for addressing your concern – send a youth team member to the Question Box to discuss the issue with the Head Referee.  Please do not seek out the Tournament Director or the Affiliate Partner to discuss game rule interpretations, remember they are very busy with the tournament operations at the Big Picture Level, and will send you to the Question Box...

I look forward to seeing teams at Gilbert this weekend and wish all safe travels and a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Best to all,
“Ref Rich”
Rich Gomez

Now that Qualifying Tournaments are underway, a running list of event results and the roster for the Championship is posted under Quick Links to the right. 

White Mountain Event Results
Congrats to all the teams that competed in the first event of the season! 
Thank you to Team 8995 Jaegers Robotics for putting on such an awesome event!

Inspire Award: 10984, Beep Patrol
Winning Alliance: 8081, Knights of the Lab Table & 10984 Beep Patrol
Finalist Alliance: 13517, CPR & 10369 Robosapiens
Think Award: 14571, The Marvels
Connect Award: 12892, Juggerbots
Rockwell Collins Innovate Award: 13517, CPR
Design Award: 12241, Paragon Panthers
Motivate Award: 14436, Roaring Robotics
Control Award: 8081, Knights of the Lab Table
Judges Award: 15158, Rambots

Teams Advancing to the Championship: 
10984, Beep Patrol
12241, Paragon Panthers
12892, Juggerbots


Good Luck to all the teams competing at the Gilbert Qualifier this weekend! 

Safety Glasses, Deadlines & Tucson Results

Deadline to Register for Qualifying Tournaments - December 12 at Noon ! Looking for one more Rover Ruckus play this season? We have just a ...