Over the past few years, Citrus Circuits has been developing our own strategy trainings for our strategy subteam. Here is our refined training template, broken into three sections.
First, we have our students read the game manual and watch the game animation before holding a subteam meeting. At the subteam meeting, the strategy members discuss their findings in small groups. Each group has a veteran member who has studied this game and can provide support or clarify rules. Having done so, the groups fill out the Game Brainstorming questions to the best of their abilities, which are then checked by the strategy mentors and strategy subteam lead.
Once the students have received feedback and edited their responses, they move onto the match strategy section. Each group starts by planning 2-3 auto routines they believe will be advantageous to use, and explain their reasoning behind it. Once these have been approved, the group moves on to completing the match strategy, discussing the specific roles of each robot and the overall goals of the alliance. Once this is complete, the strategy subteam lead and mentors provide feedback to the students on their play designs.
Finally, the students are assigned a homework of selecting three match videos from specific sets of competitions to analyze. Out of each of these, they select one to present to the strategy subteam as we watch and analyze as a subteam. We encourage anyone to speak up to point out actions or ask questions to learn during this process.
This year, we ended our off season by implementing a new mock picklist meeting to prepare our students for picklist meetings at competitions. We simulate a picklist by having everyone watch a selected set of videos prior to the meeting and using our scouting data from a previous competition. This year, we used our 2018 Newton data, where we seeded second.
I hope you enjoy using this in the future, and feel free to ask any questions!