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[FRC Blog] Festival of Champions and Four Stars

Posted on the FRC Blog, 7/13/2017: https://www.firstinspires.org/roboti...ur-star-rating

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Festival of Champions and Broadcast



Check out that trophy. Even shinier in person! Goat for scale.



All four teams on the Alliance winning the Festival of Champions will be getting trophies like this to bring home as mementos of their victory. They’ll also be getting blue banners. Note that the full, formal name of the event is FIRST Class 2017: Festival of Champions. But you can call it the Festival for short. And, yep, that emblem at the top of the trophy is the official logo of the event.

Also, we have adjusted our event times. For those folks visiting in person, doors to the SNHU Arena will still be opening at 9AM Eastern Time. However, the main event, and the broadcast, won’t be starting until 10:30AM. This will give a little more time for the many teams we have in the Pacific Time Zone to get changed out of their jammies and grab a breakfast burrito and coffee before tuning in. The event will be broadcast on Twitch. If things go as planned, we’ll be broadcasting on two Twitch channels, one will include cuts between the various cameras and the other will show a static overhead shot. We’ll have more details on channel assignment later. Also, the event is currently scheduled to end at 12:45PM Eastern Time, though it may end sooner if we don’t need all five rounds for both FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge to determine their winners. These are going to be some great matches, I hope you tune in!



Four Stars Again

FIRST doesn’t like to blow our own horn but yeah we do sometimes. For the 12th year in a row, we’ve been given the highest possible rating, four stars, by Charity Navigator, an organization that evaluates thousands of charities with an eye toward helping donors make wise decisions about where their money goes. This 12th consecutive four star rating puts FIRST in the top 1% of all the charities Charity Navigator evaluates. This is good evidence that FIRST, as a nonprofit organization, manages our expenses carefully, is prudent with sponsor donations, and puts the great majority of what we make back into the mission. See the rating letter from Charity Navigator here.



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Re: [FRC Blog] Festival of Champions and Four Stars

Anyone know if they will have a First merchandise store setup like at Champs?
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How come it just says "Festival of Champions" on the engraving if that's not the official name of the event?
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Re: [FRC Blog] Festival of Champions and Four Stars

Consider that the average mature goat should be somewhere between 22.5" and 32" inches tall depending on breed, that's quite a massive trophy. Taller than most humans!
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Re: [FRC Blog] Festival of Champions and Four Stars

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How come it just says "Festival of Champions" on the engraving if that's not the official name of the event?
Because FIRST is so bad at branding that they don't even meet the requirements for the Imagery Award.
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Because FIRST is so bad at branding that they don't even meet the requirements for the Imagery Award.
I think FIRST does a fine job with branding but they are really struggling with marketing these large events.

The split championships is hard enough to explain. Now there's a long confusing name for this, and FIRST is using a "pun" that just guarantees that it's going to be misspelled everywhere as "First Class 2017" because people never understand that FIRST is an acronym.

"Class of Champions" just sounds silly. From my perspective, it looks like they're trying really hard to not call the winners "world champions."

Also, if I showed someone that trophy it would elicit an "oh, that's cool" response. Winning this event deserves a trophy that says "whoa, awesome!"
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I like how they have a picture of a trophy on a trophy....
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Is anyone else as pumped as I am for the FTC matches?
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Pretty screwed up to say this.
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The FTC world champions have worked as hard as our FRC world champions to earn their titles. Both FRC and FTC games have been some of the most technically challenging games in recent memory and all 8+6 teams have definitely earned my respect. Totally not cool to say this.

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Glad they pushed the start time out a bit. Should be easier to organize a watching party for us on the west coast
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No just you.
The FTC game this year was crazy cool. Sad you missed it, or sadder if you just chose to ignore it on preconception.
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Glad they pushed the start time out a bit. Should be easier to organize a watching party for us on the west coast
Good luck and save travels to everyone.
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However, the scoring screens make me ugly cry.
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