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07-23-2011, 10:17 AM
We are a new FTC team, I am the coach is there a good resource that describes team member roles and responsibilities.

07-23-2011, 11:42 AM
Welcome to FTC! There are resources that I know of. Your question isn't too specific to FTC so you should ask questions elsewhere in the forum.

FTC specific resources:

FTC Robotics: Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Secrets (http://www.amazon.com/FTC-Robotics-Tricks-Strategies-Secrets/dp/1451576927) is a book made by a FTC team which contain advice for all aspects of FTC. It costs $10 but well worth the investment.

Resources from CMU (http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/fire/competitions/ftc/index.php), who make RobotC and has a lot of resources on programming with NXT and TETRIX.

Coaches Manual for FTC teams made by FIRST (http://www.usfirst.org/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Programs/FTC/Game_Info/2010/2010-2011_Coaches_Manual_Rev%203.pdf)

FTC Blog (http://firsttechchallenge.blogspot.com/) by the FTC director.

Also, be sure to keep in touch with your regional director so you know what's going on during the FTC season. And if you can, have your team go to the kickoff event if there is one to meet fellow teams.

07-23-2011, 01:54 PM
We are a new FTC team, I am the coach is there a good resource that describes team member roles and responsibilities.In general, I think you will be pretty lucky finding out what teams need to accomplish, but I don't think you will find any hard and fast rules about how to divide those goals into roles and responsibilties assigned to individual team members.

07-23-2011, 02:53 PM
As a person who went from making the coffee to team leader, you'll find that the roles your students take in the club will be formed around ingenuity, charisma, and skills with their hands or computer.

Those good with their hands will do the engineering and those who can will be code monkies. Also, depending on the number in your club/class, that too will determine who does what. From experience, we had 8-12 people dedicated on an almost daily basis, and the rest participated when they were able to.

As the coach, I highly reccommend you know the rules of Magic: The Gathering to referee the coders, and you have basic first aid skills to bandage the engineers.

All kidding aside, this forum I have used for 3 years as a read reference, and it seems to be the number one place to come for anything FTC related. And if they don't have it here, they know people who can find it, or make it. :)

07-23-2011, 09:35 PM
Thanks for the great feedback and quick response.
The core of our team has been in First for three years and we are eager to help expand FTC into New Mexico.