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FRC Blog - The Teaser and More

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Bender’s stoked for the teaser. And rightly so.

A teaser for the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition, you shall have. If things go as planned, we’ll be releasing it broadly at 8 PM Eastern Time on Thursday, September 14th, on YouTube, FaceBook, and Twitter, at a minimum. If things don’t go as planned, you will hear about it. Then we’ll hear about it.

I want to say more about the teaser, but I shouldn't. OK, just this one thing – it’s different from the teasers that have come before.

Start making those teaser release party plans now!

Event Preferences

ICYM it, we’re moving to a preference system for event assignment. We have an FAQ that attempts to address most questions that folks have asked about it. One additional question and answer has been added to the list today.

The most frequent concern people have expressed is not being able to get into an event they truly need to attend, for financial or other reasons. We understand this concern. As we say in the FAQ, if you can only go to one event, you should put only that event on your preference list. This action guarantees you will at least be waitlisted for that event. Note that this is the same thing that would have happened under the old system if the event was filled by the time you attempted to register for that event. If you are waitlisted, just as before, this does mean there will be a delay in getting your final assignment, as local management – the Regional Director or District Managers – work through the list of teams on the waitlist. My experience is that local management gives very strong preference to local teams when it comes to the waitlist. And as we also say in the FAQ, we sometimes go to extreme lengths to fit in teams that must attend a specific event.

While we have some experience with a preference system like this, as we use it for FIRST Choice, using it for event assignment is uncharted territory. We know this creates uncertainty. We will be doing our best over the coming weeks to explain exactly how the system will work, and as with all new systems, we expect the system to evolve as we learn how it functions in the real world.

FIRST Championship Non-Home Location Attendance

Is it too early to be talking about the FIRST Championship? Maybe, but I did want to get out a little information.

Last year, you may remember we had a mechanism that allowed for Championship qualified teams on their non-home Championship waitlist to get offered slots to that non-home event under certain circumstances. Those circumstances arose for 16 teams last season, and all of those were offered slots at their non-home Championship, but only four teams took us up on those offers. Because this program benefitted so few teams, but added significant complexity to the system, we will not be offering this option for the 2018 Championship.

I’m sure this decision will be disappointing to some, and I’m sorry about that, but I do believe it’s in the best interest of FRC overall.

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Re: FRC Blog - The Teaser and More

For better or for worse, 2018 will have a theme.
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For better or for worse, 2018 will have a theme.
I can't resist.

#WaterGameConfirmed

I'm sorry.
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Re: FRC Blog - The Teaser and More

FIRST: "Teams didn't switch because they didn't want to, not because of our clunky system."

The instant a team qualifies, they should be able to swap with a willing team qualified at the other championship. Why make them wait to be offered a slot off the waitlist?
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Re: FRC Blog - The Teaser and More

In 2019, the Houston championship is on Easter weekend.

I'm sure we're not the only ones with this problem because I've discussed with mentors of other Catholic school-based teams, but if we qualify in 2019 we will not be able to attend Houston no matter what.

Hopefully they will reinstate the championship swap for 2019.
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Re: FRC Blog - The Teaser and More

Not addressing volunteer issues, houston on easter weekend, getting rid of the championship switch.....
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Not addressing volunteer issues, houston on easter weekend, getting rid of the championship switch.....
I think Bender has a catch phrase for this...
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I think Bender has a catch phrase for this...
He does. "I'm 40% dolomite!"
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He does. "I'm 40% dolomite!"
i think "Bite my shiny metal $@#$@#$@#" works better in this situation, assuming Bender is FIRST.
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Re: FRC Blog - The Teaser and More

The removal of the championship swap will definitely affect those teams going to north champs who also do Vex given Vex Worlds is the same weekend.
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Based on the gif used for the teaser announcement, I predict that the game this year will involve a robot in some way.
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The removal of the championship swap will definitely affect those teams going to north champs who also do Vex given Vex Worlds is the same weekend.
Considering the teams that swapped last year... :eyeroll:
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Not addressing volunteer issues
Have you ever seen FIRST move fast? You can't honestly expect them to address some complaining on CD within a week of it happening.
Edit: Color me happily impressed.

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getting rid of the championship switch.....
for all 4 teams that used it.....

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Re: FRC Blog - The Teaser and More

I found the 4 out of 16 offered that switched to be surprising.
148 and 3310 both switched that I know of (non-HOF).
However, there was 1 team that had expressed disappointment this past season that wanted to switch, but was told they couldn't.
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I found the 4 out of 16 offered that switched to be surprising.
We were offered a chance to swap to STL on April 4th, 2017.

We qualified for HOU on March 12th, 2017.

As you can see, we were already 3+ weeks deep into flight, hotel, and other logistics. Swapping championships that close to the event date was not financially feasible for us.

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