Freight Frenzy Coach Email Volume 3 9/1/21 – Lots of important information in this email.
Greetings Coaches & Mentors!
If you are new to this email this is the place where you will find all of the Washington specific FIRST Tech Challenge information. Coaches in the FIRST system for the FREIGHT FRENZY season will be added weekly. Every email from me will be numbered and that number lets you know which update it is, if you miss an update you can find it on our website. There is a lot of important information in this email so please take time to read through the entire thing.
Here are the updates I have for you today.
- FTC Kickoff – Saturday, Sept 18!
- FTC Virtual Pits/Social night Sept 15
- FIRST Washington Registration is open
- FTC Tuesdays with Kevin have returned
- Clarification on Volunteer Vaccination Status for Coaches & Mentors
FTC Kickoff – Saturday, Sept 18! In person and remote options available
In Person Kickoff
We are so excited to be able to start hosting in person events again! Our FIRST in-person event (since March of 2020) will be our FTC Kickoff event at Auburn High School!!!
Once again, flexibility will be key this year but we want you all to know that our highest goal for all our programs this year will be to hold in-person events and at this time, that is the direction we are moving. We will still have remote options available, however so we can include anyone (volunteer or team) that would like to participate.
Our in person kickoff will be at:
Auburn High School
702 4th St NE
Auburn, WA 98002
Here is the agenda for the day:
8:15 am – Doors open for 1 coach/mentor to enter and check in teams
8:45ish am – Teams enter building
9:00 am – Kickoff presentation
9:30 am – Q&A at the field
10:00 am – Workshop sessions begin
We may have a second set of workshops at 11, it will depend on event attendance
Because safety is our highest concern, we will have some additional requirements for kickoff at Auburn HS:
- All teams attending will need to fill out the registration form (Link below) by Sept 13
- Attendance will be limited to participants only. Each team may have 1 coach/mentor for every for students attending
- For contact tracing, All members attending must be registered. Please fill out the registration form (link below) no later than Monday, Sept 13 so we can communicate with attending teams directly as to how to finalize registration prior to Sept 18.
- Masks will be required for all participants
- Vaccines will not be required for adults but it is preferred that adults are vaccinated
You will be able to watch the kickoff presentation remotely at 9:00 am pst by going to the FTC Program page of firstinspires.org
From 2:00 – 4:30 pm Saturday afternoon, we will be holding a remote event on zoom that will include a Q&A session as well as workshop sessions. Even if you attend the in person event, feel free to join us remotely as well. Click here to join on Zoom.
Please fill out this registration form whether you plan to attend the in person or remote event. If attending in person, have it filled out no later than Monday, Sept 13.
FTC Virtual Pits and social night, 7:00 pm Sept 15
We are so excited for the season to start and want to see all of you so we have planned a fun social night (with maybe just a bit of pit surfing!) to say hi to all of our FTC friends and help you reconnect and get excited for the season. Click here to join the fun!
FIRST Washington Registration is Open!!
We have shifted gears a bit and changed our FIRST Washington Grant form to a FIRST Washington Registration form. We will still offer grants and there is a spot on the form where you can choose to be considered for a grant. It is important to capture certain demographic for all of our teams so we can continue to raise funds to support our teams as well as our programs which means we need everyone to fill out the registration form. This form will not close but we will be placing teams into leagues the beginning of October, so those who register later in the season will be placed in the closest league with availability (which may not be the closest league to them) Click here to access the FW Registration form.
FTC Tuesday’s with Kevin have returned!!!
The first FTC Tuesday with Kevin will be Sept 7 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. The format this year will be a bit different this year. Find out more by “stopping by” next Tuesday. Coaches, please forward the zoom info to your students, they are really the ones Kevin is targeting though mentors are always welcome. Here is the zoom meeting link. It will be the same from week to week.
Clarification on Volunteer Vaccination Status for Coaches & Mentors
For those of you who missed the communication I sent yesterday, you can read it here
I received a question this morning that made me realize my message to coaches could be interpreted multiple ways. We will be requiring coaches and mentors be vaccinated to attend events. We are not saying they have to be vaccinated to participate with the team. That decision is up to your organization and might be dictated by your school district, 4-H etc… depending on your affiliation.
I look forward to seeing all of you in person this season!
FTC Program Delivery Partner
Director of Programs