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What to Expect In Atlanta

Hey guys, I am a rookie on my team this year. Even though our team has been to the championship in Atlanta 4 out of its 5 years of existence, I am still having trouble grasping what the experience will be like. I have an ever growing amount of questions on almost all topics. I was wondering if anyone could give me a better idea as to how it is in comparrison with regionals and what, if anything, I need to be ready for so I don't pass out.

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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

What are your questions?! Post em up.

First things first is there are four divisions, of the top teams in the world competing. there's four, slightly large regionals running simultaneously. It's hard to grasp until you see it. The winners of these divisions will play on Einstein, to become world champions.


The biggest difference though, in my opinion, is the pits are a half mile away from the arena. It's quite a hike for every match =)
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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

There is no comparison between regional and the Championships. The pits are massive. It is a 5-10 minute walk between the pits in the convention center and the field in the Dome. The experience is one of the best I have had in FIRST
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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

4 extra-large regionals in one venue. Stand clear of the doors when they open, because you'll have tens of thousands of people heading for their pits/the fields simultaneously.

Oh, and throw in FLL and FTC teams for good measure.

When Championships were in Houston, there were two sets of ramps into the pit area. A volunteer reported that he got to the middle of the pits and then the door opened at one set. There was an immediate river of people.
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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

You'll see a lot of copied, ahem, similar uniforms in Atlanta.

Looks like 1730 and 11 will be matching this year.
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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

you will never forget the first time you come through the tunnel into the arena.
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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

Is there a difference between the divisions beyond names or is it just random?
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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

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Is there a difference between the divisions beyond names or is it just random?
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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

Some basics for you

there are four divisons of randomly grouped teams, based on team number. the mix provides a similar level of experience levels in each division. the only difference between the divisions is their name - there is not one that is intentionally better than another.

in the dome, there are 5 fields. the four division fields and einstein.

each division will have about 70 - 75 teams, and you only play teams in your division, unless you get to einstein. you will probably have practice time on thursday, and then about 7 matches friday day and saturday morning. Then, the top 8 select partners, and there is an elimination tourney for each division, with division winners. the divison winners, with one alternate backup, then play in 2 2 team brackets to determine the world champs. these matches are on einstein.

in the pits, teams are arranged by division, and there are two practices fields, two divisions share each one. There are large video screens in the pits so you can watch the action on the field and see rankings.

there is no audio queing - you have to pay attention to match times and the video screens.

it is about a 10 minute walk with the robot to from the pits to the field. make sure you have a cart. only the drive team can go on the robot path, everyone else goes a different way from the pits to the fields.

there are also presentations from FIRST teams and mentors, Autodesk, lus companies and colleges there with materials on display.

and, the hall of fame, with previous years championship Chairmans Award winners and some awesome displays about their teams and their programs.

opening ceremony is Friday morning, awards are mixed in with the final tourney matches on Einstein. There are no awards or closing program on Friday night.

saturday after awards is the closing finale.

hopefully this helps!

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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

As helpful as all comments may be, I am sure you will have trouble grasping what the Championship will be like until you get there and see for yourself. It is breathtaking- thousands of thousands of students in colorful and wacky garb with a passion for engineering will pour down the escalators, flood the pits, and fill the stands. The excitement levels are even greater than your regional competition, if you can believe it. People are louder, competition is tougher, and impossibly, it is even more fun. Four giant, competitive regionals going on simultaneously. Hundreds of teams. Thousands of students. Countless memories. Infinite fun. You'll love it, I promise you that.

If you have any specific questions, I'm sure all of us who have experienced the magic that is the FIRST Championship would love to answer.
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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

You should expect everything!

It's a little scary at first how big it is, the 10 minute walk, the number of people in the stands. But it's just like 3 days of constant energy. And it's amazing the kinds of people you can meet there.

Oh and there's a rockin party on Saturday night hosted by FIRST. It makes the team socials from regional events look so sad...

One thing that is different from some regionals is that because the dome is so far from the pits if you're spending most of your day in the stands scouting matches/cheering you probably won't see your drive team or pit crew much at all during the day.
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Re: What to Expect In Atlanta

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Hey guys, I am a rookie on my team this year. Even though our team has been to the championship in Atlanta 4 out of its 5 years of existence, I am still having trouble grasping what the experience will be like. I have an ever growing amount of questions on almost all topics. I was wondering if anyone could give me a better idea as to how it is in comparrison with regionals and what, if anything, I need to be ready for so I don't pass out.

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Hi Team Driven friend, we, the Broncobots, team 1987, went to Nationals last year and its huge and busy. Imagine a regional times 7. There are sooo many pits and many things going on at once. The pits are detached from the actual field, so get ready to walk if you need something. Also, be prepared to meet lots of new people! It is so much fun.
Here is the area between the pits and the fields.


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in the dome, there are 5 fields. the four division fields and einstein.
Plus one more field for FTC called da Vinci, and the last time I went ('06) Einstein was used for FLL on Thursday and Friday.
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Plus one more field for FTC called da Vinci, and the last time I went ('06) Einstein was used for FLL on Thursday and Friday.
DaVinci has two FTC fields on it, and Einstein is still used for FLL.
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DaVinci has two FTC fields on it, and Einstein is still used for FLL.
The two FTC fields are Da Vinci and Franklin. They are used only Thursday and Friday.

And to be technical, the Einstein field is only put up on Saturday. The space where the Einstein field used for FLL on Friday and Saturday (and maybe Thursday? I don't remember).

Attached is a photo form 2005 of the dome floor. (Kudos to whoever crawled up and took this - it wasn't me!). You can see the six field locations and get a sense of the enormous space.

And don't forget the robot conferences, programming seminars, FIRST store, etc. As rookies you should particularly check out the conferences - lots of good information there. (And not just because I'm helping with one of them).
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