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2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

2017 Texas Robotics Invitational

Application
- https://goo.gl/forms/87q9aHVmmBfMupC93
Volunteer Sign Up - https://goo.gl/Rvy7RB

TRI 2017 will be held June 29th - July 1st at Strake Jesuit College Prep and St. Agnes Academy.

June 29th - Field Setup and Team Load In (optional)
June 30th - Workshops, All-Girl Drive Team Tournament, Mentor Tournament, Practice Matches, & Celebration (Optional Day for all Teams)
July 1st - Full Competition (7 Qual matches per team) plus a full playoff bracket.

Application Deadline is May 12th. We will select teams if we have more than 36 applications. Teams will be notified on May 12th if we will be selecting teams, and invitations will go out no later than May 18th.

Registration for TRI will be $300 per team.

More Details about the special Tournaments and Celebration to come.

TRI Benefits - 12’x10’ Pits, Workshops, Free Photo Gallery from the event, Pit Projectors with Live Stream and Ranks, $1 concessions, 4 Team Alliances

www.Spectrum3847.org/TRI
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

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2017 Texas Robotics Invitational

Application
- https://goo.gl/forms/87q9aHVmmBfMupC93
Volunteer Sign Up - https://goo.gl/Rvy7RB

TRI 2017 will be held June 29th - July 1st at Strake Jesuit College Prep and St. Agnes Academy.

June 30th - Workshops, All-Girl Drive Team Tournament, Mentor Tournament, Practice Matches, & Celebration (Optional Day for all Teams)


www.Spectrum3847.org/TRI

What kind of workshops are you guys going to host?
I remember yall did the mentor workshop last year but idr if that was the same time as TRI or not/

would you guys be having a workshop about your sheet-metal fab process?
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

2582 is signed up and hoping for an invite. We have had a great time at TRI the past few years.
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

I've started a draft of the 2017 Rule Changes. Rule Changes will not be final until May 18th.

Here is the current version of the rule changes.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...wJlbbKaKX0CaXw

We are still looking for more teams, volunteers, and presenters for TRI 2017.
www.spectrum3847.org/TRI
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

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I've started a draft of the 2017 Rule Changes. Rule Changes will not be final until May 18th.

Here is the current version of the rule changes.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...wJlbbKaKX0CaXw

We are still looking for more teams, volunteers, and presenters for TRI 2017.
www.spectrum3847.org/TRI

I like the +5lbs weight allowance. I think it can help a lot of teams if they wanted to make their passive gear mech an active drop and will make matches more exciting
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

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G13. A ROBOT with any part inside its opponent’s RETRIEVAL ZONE may not contact an opposing ROBOT. If an opposing ROBOT pushes a team into its RETRIEVAL ZONE with no intention of obtaining a gear. (such as pushing them completely through the zone without stopping or if they already are in possession of a gear) there will be no violation.
Violation: FOUL, if the contact prevents a team from obtaining a gear TECH FOUL. Repeated contact with a robot is not immediately another violation of this rule, Referees may determine how many fouls are warranted for repeated violations. Defensive teams should not intentionally stay in an opponent’s RETRIEVAL ZONE this action will warrant multiple TECH FOULS and may be escalated to a RED CARD. Teams should avoid pushing disabled robots into their RETRIEVAL ZONE if this action appears to be intentional referees will call C08.

The added complication to this rule is to allow referees to determine the effect at which a team interferes with a team loading a gear. Just a bumping a team that is already positioned at the loading zone without causing them to move, would only be a foul. A team preventing an opponent entirely from getting to their loading zone would be a TECH FOUL.
I like the intent here. But, I suspect you're starting to see the issue with writing this rule. The only thing more frustrating than a rule you don't agree with is a rule being called inconsistent. "How was that a tech foul against us when we did it but when they do it, we get called for drawing the foul instead?"

With the added complication, I suspect you'll have a chat with whomever will be HR and they'll pass things on to the other refs to try to remain consistent. But, I think it'd help to define some things a bit more clearly.

What does prevent mean? Are you looking at timing here? One extreme is "it's only preventing if they never get a gear" and the other is the current rule. To be consistent, it'd help to have some explanation of where we want to see that line.

The second part is generally the time we saw C08 called this season. With intent being considered, teams generally get the benefit of the doubt. If it was clear they were pushing just to push, C08 should have been called. With the way the rule is rewritten, I'd be curious how to call this now. With it being stated it's not a rule violation in this case, C08 really shouldn't apply. By doing this, you're no longer drawing a violation so there's no reason to call C08. Without that clause, that action is a clear violation of C08.

I suspect the lack of repeated is meant for the cases where a bot is in the RZ, another comes and makes contact. In spinning to position to grab a gear, they've lost contact and made contact again. Under the current rule, we're looking at 2 calls. With the rewrite, I suspect you'd want each of these extra bumps to be seen as a single call. Do you see this the same whether the offending bot is disabled or enabled? For disabled, this makes a good bit of sense. For an enabled bot, if they're in the zone that entire time it's effectively the same as a disabled bot although they clearly could have avoided the last bits of contact.

I like where the rule is going. One of the worst things I had to do as a ref was call tech foul after tech foul on a robot that disabled itself in auton and had no chance to get out of the RZ. I'm just hoping to help keep things consistent
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

Just a reminder the TRI application is still open.
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

After the application deadline we have had 35 teams apply. I'm leaving the application open if there is one more team that wishes to join us for TRI 2017.

Here is the full list of the 35 teams currently signed up.
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118	Robonauts
441	Devil Dogs
456	Siege Robotics
457	Grease Monkey Robotics
624	CRyptonite
1477	Texas Torque
1912	Combustion
2582	PantherBots
2585	Impact
2587	DiscoBots
2723	Team Rocket
2881	Lady Cans
2950	Harmony Science Academy - Waco | Devastators
3005	RoboChargers
3103	Iron Plaid
3335	Cy-Borgs
3366	Roscoe Plowbots
3481	Bronc Botz
3679	rattlers
3735	VorTX
3847	Spectrum
3999	Shadetree Robotics
4335	Metallic Clouds
4639	Robospartans
5052	The RoboLobos
5070	GEARNOTICS
5414	Pearadox
5427	Steel Talons
5431	Titan Robotics
5806	Basement Lions
5829	Awtybots
5892	Energy HEROs
5986	Iron Fangs
6111	Gear Knights
6488	RoboRams
Volunteers
We are still looking for more volunteers for the event. Want to be our Workshop Coordinator, VIP Coordinator, or more sign up here.

Workshops/Presentations
We are also looking for more teams or mentors to give workshops/presentations at TRI. Do you want to teach teams how to scout, how to write a business plan, program, vision tracking, or anything else sign up here.
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

This was just sent to all the invited teams.

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Thank you all for coming to TRI 2017, we look forward to another awesome event. If there is anything we can do to help make your team's and your experience better please let us know.

1. ASAP: Team Information and Special Tournaments Sign Up
2. Payment
3. Volunteers Needed
4. Help with Setup and Clean Up
5. Workshops and Presenters Needed
6. Song Requests
7. Cancellations
8. Team List

1. Please Complete - Team Information and Special Tournaments Sign Up
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...XHxbA/viewform
Please fill out this brief forum to tell us about your team and also express interest in the special tournaments on Friday.

2. Payment
This year we can accept payment by credit card or check.
Credit Card
You will need to pay $9 to cover the credit card fees. Our school won't let us cover those charges. The total for paying by Credit Card will be $309
Please use this link to pay by CC - https://www.saaconnect.org/texas-rob...istration-form

Check
Make checks in the amount of $300 payable to

St. Agnes Academy
Memo Line: Engineering Team TRI

Mail Checks to
St. Agnes Academy
ATTN: Allen Gregory
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Please have payment in no latter than June 9th. If that doesn't work please contact me and we can make other arrangements.

3. Volunteers
Volunteer Sign Up Form - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...GKjgw/viewform
We still need more volunteers for TRI 2017. Please forward this link to your teams and encourage people to volunteer.

4. Help with Setup and Clean Up
We need help with setup on Thursday and Clean up on Saturday night. If you team is able to help with either please fill out the volunteer sign up form and put in the comments that you will have team members there and what times you can be there.

5. Workshops and Presenters
If you would like teach a short workshop or hold a discussion or presentation please sign up below. We would love to get presentations on Scouting, fundraising, team organization, outreach, programming, etc. It doesn't have to be specifically FRC related. Technology demonstrations, programming workshops, craft tutorials, panel discussions, anything is welcome.
Call for Presenters - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...sLWiQ/viewform

6. Song Requests
Please submit any song request to this link below.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...zsxzg/viewform

7. Cancellations
If you need to withdraw from the tournament, please let me know ASAP.

8. Team List
Here is the list of teams currently registered.
118 Robonauts
441 Devil Dogs
456 Siege Robotics
457 Grease Monkey Robotics
624 CRyptonite
1296 Full Metal Jackets
1477 Texas Torque
1912 Combustion
2582 PantherBots
2585 Impact
2587 DiscoBots
2723 Team Rocket
2848 All Sparks
2881 Lady Cans
2882 Nutz and Boltz
2950 Harmony Science Academy - Waco | Devastators
3005 RoboChargers
3103 Iron Plaid
3335 Cy-Borgs
3366 Roscoe Plowbots
3679 rattlers
3735 VorTX
3847 Spectrum
3999 Shadetree Robotics
4192 Jaggernauts
4335 Metallic Clouds
4587 Jersey Voltage
4639 Robospartans
5052 The RoboLobos
5070 GEARNOTICS
5414 Pearadox
5427 Steel Talons
5431 Titan Robotics
5806 Basement Lions
5829 Awtybots
5892 Energy HEROs
5986 Iron Fangs
6111 Gear Knights
6377 Howdy Bots
6488 RoboRams
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

Looking forward to it.

To help any teams potentially hosting workshops, what kinds of things are of interest to attending teams?

I know for Pearadox, we'd probably be interested in things regarding:
Vision
motion profiling
CAD

and if there's interest, we could probably cover some material regarding things such as:
business plan
imagery
grant writing
what we've done to try to gain support/traction within our district/community (knowing that these things may not be successful in other environments)
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

Mentor tournament? All-girls drive team tournament? Anyone wanna give me some info on those? Sounds like a lot of fun
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

Team Update - 6/16/17

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1. Payments - Please pay if you haven't
2. Girls and Mentors Drive Tournament Rules and Sign Up - https://goo.gl/nrzUBx
3. Friday Night Celebrations - Free Food and Games - RSVP https://goo.gl/Zmr7CF
4. TRI 2017 Rules - Updated
5. TRI Press Release & Social Media Toolkit - https://goo.gl/r2rZ16
6. Concessions and Celebration Volunteer Shifts
7. Friday Workshops - Need more presenters
8. Charity/Recycle Drives - Bring Batteries, Children's Books, School Supplies, Canned Food

1. Payments
We still need payments from about half the teams. If you have not sent in your checks or paid online please do so this week!
I'll be contacting teams individually this weekend if we haven't received your payment. Reply to me before that if you don't want more emails/phone calls.
-Credit Card
You will need to pay $9 to cover the credit card fees. Our school won't let us cover those charges. The total for paying by Credit Card will be $309
Please use this link to pay by CC - https://www.saaconnect.org/texas-rob...istration-form

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Make checks in the amount of $300 payable to

St. Agnes Academy
Memo Line: Engineering Team TRI

Mail Checks to
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ATTN: Allen Gregory
9000 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX, 77036

2. Girls Drive Tournament and Mentors Drive Tournament Rules and Team Survey
Full Rules - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...z66y8vUWU/edit
Sign up on the pre-event survey - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...XHxbA/viewform

We have 6 teams signed up for Girls Drive and 8 teams signed up for Mentor Drive.

These teams have filled out their survey, 3999 457 5427 5070 6377 4639 3679 4335 5414 3997 6488 624, Thank You. Everyone else please do so this week.

3. Friday Night Celebrations (free food and games) PLEASE RSVP - https://goo.gl/Zmr7CF
The plan is to have two events on Friday night, both events are on our campus so your students won't be that far away if you choose to go to the Mentor Dinner.
1. A team social for all teams that are coming to TRI (Students and mentors can go to this).
2. A Mentor/Volunteer Appreciation Dinner (Only Mentors and volunteers who have graduated high school can go to this)

TRI Team Celebration 6:30pm-9:30pm - St. Agnes Academy Cafeteria/Practice Basketball Gym/Courtyard - (For Students, Mentors, & Volunteers)
Food - We will have Cane's Chicken, Pizza, Drinks, Snacks. Please feel free to bring food, dessert, and soft drinks to share with everyone else.
Games - Dodgeball, corn hole, video games, board games. Bring games to play with others.
Mentor\Volunteer Appreciation Dinner 6:30pm-8:00pm - Strake Jesuit Dinning Hall - (Only for Mentors and Volunteers who have graduated high school)
Food - BBQ Brisket and Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Twice baked potato casserole, Salad
Chance to talk to other mentors and volunteers without your students around. Get to know each other, etc.
Both events are free to teams, we will be accepting donations if you wish to help cover the costs of these events.
PLEASE RSVP - https://goo.gl/Zmr7CF

4. TRI 2017 Rules (updated)
TRI 2017 Rules - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...bKaKX0CaXw/pub

5. TRI Press Release & Social Media Toolkit
This toolkit will provide you with thought-starters to inspire your own unique content, ready-to-share content you could simply copy and paste. It includes links to the live stream, hashtags to use for the event and a template press-release you can send to local media.
https://goo.gl/r2rZ16

6. Concessions and Celebration Volunteer Shifts
We need more volunteers to help us run the concession stand, the volunteer hospitality room, and to support the Team Celebration and Mentor/Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. These volunteer roles are much shorter so you can still perform Team roles and help with the event, some are event just 2 hour shifts. If you have parents, or teachers coming with you please forward this to them if they would be able to help with the event.
Sign Up For Shifts Here - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...A2YWA/viewform

7. Friday Workshops
We have 3 scheduled workshops
1. Inspectors view of the Inspection process.
2. FIRST Opportunities After High School
3. Fidget Spinner Engineering with Autodesk Fusion 360 - Presented by TX/RX Labs

We are still looking for more teams to give workshops on Friday. They would be about an hour each and can be on any topic. Some suggestions mechanical, electrical, scouting, outreach, safety, awards, etc
Sign up here - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1F...sLWiQ/viewform
We will provide a classroom with a projector. We can also provide a computer lab with Solidworks if anyone is interested in doing another CAD class.

8. Charity/Recycle Drives
We are collecting items for donation and recycle again this year. Please plan to bring any or all of the below items to the event.
Needed: 1) Batteries (FRC, or any other) 2) Children's Books 3)School Supplies 4) Canned food

9. TRI Local Food and Hotel Guide
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...jClA_gzVCI/pub
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

Videos for TRI are being posted to the @FRC_replay Twitter page as the matches happen, filed under the hashtag #TRIRobots.
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

Anyone else not looking forward to the 3 AM matches
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Re: 2017 Texas Robotics Invitational Jun 29th - July 1st

Well I think the event went pretty good.
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