Rapid React Coach Email Volume 20: 2-24-22 – Events start in 1 week. Make sure you know what is going on!
If you are new to this email this is the place where you will find all of the Washington specific FIRST Robotics Competition information. Coaches in the FIRST system for the RAPID REACT season will be added once teams are able to register for events. 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.
Here is what I have for you today:
- FRC Event Briefing-recording and slides posted – Make sure you know this info!
- Numbers at events
- Numbers in pits
- Inspection Webinar Tuesday, 2-1 at 7:00 pm
FRC Event Briefing recording and slides posted – Make sure you know this info!
You can find the recording and slides here: https://firstwa.org/first-robotics-competition/
Numbers at events
Our hope is to not have to restrict the number of participants at any event
- This may vary by event so be sure to check the site specific PowerPoint for the final information
At a high level, here are how the numbers will work at events:
- Load in Day 1 (IF you choose to load in day 1) 7 participants. Participants can be students or mentors.
- 8:00 am Load in Day 2: 7 participants. Participants can be students or mentors (IF you loaded in Day 1, still bring 7 participants Day 2)
- 8:30 am Day 2 – Chairman’s Presentation team & Drive team may enter
- 9:00 am Day 2 – Balance of team & spectators may enter
We are staggering entry times to help ensure we are able to get teams in as quickly as possible to set up their pits and start on the inspection process
Though we strongly recommend that teams have spectators and students not needed in the morning to arrive after lunch, we will allow anyone who is at the facility inside after 9:00 am
Numbers in the pits
In prior years, the pits have always been very congested. This year it is important that we keep numbers lower and that teams stay within the 10′ x 10′ confines of their pit. We REALLY don’t want to be the pit police so we are asking for help from all of you.
For week 1, we are not going to set a limitation to the number of participants allowed in the pits. We want teams to be able to:
- Work on their robot
- Pit scout
- Talk to judges
- Support other teams in need
- Have some students roaming the pits checking out what other teams are doing
We can not have the congestion in the pits that we have had in the past so we are asking that you please self regulate your numbers in the pits. If you as coaches & mentors can work with your team to limit numbers on your own, we won’t have to limit them for you. As long as we don’t see congestion in the pits, life will be good!
Each team will be given 5 pit passes at their first event. These passes can be shared among their spectators to allow them access to the pits. You will only get these passes at your first event so please do not lose them.
Inspection Zoom meeting
Because of the shortened amount of time for inspection this year and based on the level of interest from teams, we will be offering an inspection zoom meeting to help prepare teams for the inspection process. Please feel free to forward the zoom link below to anyone you believe would be interested in attending the meeting.
The Inspection meeting will be on March 1 at 7:00 PM
Have a great evening everyone and good luck to those teams competing next weekend!
Director of Programs