2009 Chesapeake Regional

The questions keep coming. I wish I could be more helpful with pointing the way to some answers, but am going to be out of the loop for a few weeks.

I understand how many factors need to be considered by a team when choosing a Regional.

Please monitor Bill’s Blog for updates and advice. http://frcdirector.blogspot.com/

A volunteer will be updating the Chesapeake Website. This should be the place to find info on logistics and volunteering.

We were looking at the Chesapeake website and we noticed that it had dates for the 2009 regional at the USNA.


I was under the impression that the regional would be taking place somewhere in Baltimore this year because of some sort of problem last year.

Is my memory faulty? Is is still at the USNA?

The Chesapeake Regional will still be at USNA for 2009.



Ok, thanks!

Hotels: PM me if you need the direct phone numbers.

The Annapolis Conference and Visitors Bureau can serve as a clearinghouse to assist the teams seeking hotels. http://www.visitannapolis.org/
• Joyce Baki – jbaki@visitannapolis.org
• Jo McNees – jmcnees@visitannapolis.org
• Melanie Muench – mmuench@visitannapolis.org

Joyce and her team have assisted many teams the past two years. Teams have already started making reservations.
Annapolis has been chosen by National Geographic Adventure magazine as one of the country’s top ten waterfront towns!

Many of our veterans have grumbled that we won’t be making the trip back to Annapolis this year–it was a blast last year (and the year before, when I went as a volunteer and nearly froze my butt off trying to scrape ice off the car). If you’re looking for a fun second regional (or first, for that matter), this is the one. (The team also highly recommends the Doubletree up there–after a few days of spring break sleeping in a New York hostel right before the regional, those beds were -heavenly-.)

Hi all

This is the first time my team is coming to the Chesapeake regional. I was just wondering what is the closest hotel to the venue and how far away it is.



The Visitor’s Bureau (see post above) can be a big help with questions like this. I know the British teams contact has already been talking with them.
There are 2-3 larger hotels less than 1 km, but they tend to be more expensive.

Thanks for that. Also just wondering whether there will be a “Team Showcase.” I saw something on cd about this topic.

The Chesapeake Regional, in the past, has had lots additional details to send out to all the teams on a variety of subjects. Parking, paperwork required to access the “Yard” , bringing in food, load in, student singers, student ambassadors and last year, the Team Showcase.

The Team Showcase got great reviews last year, so the committee will definitely be discussing the feasibility this year, given space constraints, time, and potential conflicts.

Once the planning committee has this sorted out, the information will be posted here and sent to teams and on the website. So stay tuned.

Sent to the main team contacts

December 2008

Greetings Mentors! You are receiving this email because you have registered a team for the 2009 FIRST Chesapeake Regional, March 19-21, 2009 in Annapolis, Maryland

Next update: January 15, 2009. There will be more information coming over the next 3 months to help you plan your trip to Annapolis and the 2009 Chesapeake Regional.

Website: www.chesapeakefirst.org

Schedule: [not yet posted] http://www.usfirst.org/community/frc/regionalevents.aspx?id=430 NOTE: Load-In on Thursday March 19. There is no Wed. night access for teams or early load-in at this event.


* Chesapeake Regional Lingo: http://www.chesapeakefirst.org/regionalcompetition/venueusna.html

* Access to the USNA by bus, van, or on foot, parking, shuttle bus schedule, venue map [more updates to come] http://www.chesapeakefirst.org/regionalcompetition/venueusna.html

* Food [more updates to come] http://www.chesapeakefirst.org/regionalcompetition/venueusna.html & http://www.usfirst.org/community/frc/regionalevents.aspx?id=430

* Tours of the USNA: For tours, please contact the visitor center. http://www.usna.edu/NAFPRODV/VC/

Paperwork needed for the Chesapeake Regional:

* Bus and tool vehicle request forms for entering the USNA. [more details to come]
* Site Info and Consent forms: [not yet posted] http://www.usfirst.org/community/frc/regionalevents.aspx?id=430

Annapolis-hotels, buses, parking in town: http://www.chesapeakefirst.org/regionalcompetition/venueusna.html

· The Annapolis Conference and Visitors Bureau can serve as a clearinghouse to assist the teams seeking hotels, with local bus rentals, or information about parking in Annapolis. . This group has assisted many teams the past two years. http://www.visitannapolis.org/

Shipping & Drayage: [not yet posted] http://www.usfirst.org/community/frc/regionalevents.aspx?id=430


* Still recruiting many volunteers for this event. Sign up here (and be sure to designate CHESAPEAKE) https://my.usfirst.org/vims/logon.lasso?page=logon

Student Volunteers: [More details to come] http://www.chesapeakefirst.org/regionalcompetition/venueusna.html

* Student Ambassadors for VIP tours
* Student Singers
* Chesapeake "Team Showcase" http://www.chesapeakefirst.org/regionalcompetition/venueusna.html

Team Social: TBD http://www.usfirst.org/community/frc/regionalevents.aspx?id=430

See you in Annapolis!

Hang on to your dixie cups!
I am delighted we will have Blair Hundertmark and Andy Grady joining us at the Yard this year! :slight_smile:

out to the teams
2009 Chesapeake "Team Showcase"
Each year the planning committee receives requests from the teams for space to put up a booth or table, to demonstrate a product, to make a presentation on center stage, to show a video, to conduct a charity drive or to give-away cool stuff. We are impressed by the creativity and initiative shown by the teams. However, with 60+ teams at Chesapeake, we have a shortage of space, and need to establish policies that are fair and consistent for all the teams.
Last year we held a successful Team Showcase, and we are pleased to announce the 2009 Chesapeake Team Showcase. The first 20 teams who register will be assigned a one-hour time slot on Thursday March 19, between 9-7 pm, starting on the hour. The team will be allowed a standard 2’ by 6’ table at a site TBD (in the pits). Two teams at two tables will be featured in the Showcase at the same time.
Teams will be responsible for staffing this table during their assigned hour. They may display a banner on the front of the table (need to bring own tape, etc.) They may give-away items fitting the guidelines listed here under Chesapeake Regional-Site Information: http://usfirst.org/community/frc/regionalevents.aspx?id=430 They may demonstrate a product, conduct a training session or run a charity collection drive. No selling of products or selling/giving out food is allowed. The team needs to supply all equipment needed.
To register, send Jenny Beatty jbeatty@usfirst.org

  1.  Team #, 
  2.  Team contact for the Showcase, with their email address
  3.  Brief description of what your team would like to do during your 59 minutes-2-3 sentences max. 

An agenda of the Showcase will be given to all the teams at the Chesapeake Regional and hourly announcements will be made in the pits. We will rely on the cooperation of the teams participating to make it work. We will only be able to accommodate the first 20 teams who sign up.

Chesapeake Update #2 out to the teams attending, including the following:

No Official Team Social

Recruiting for Student Singers

Recruiting for Student Ambassadors

Still space for Team Showcase teams (see post above)

USNA website with required bus forms will be update soon.

Team 2016 is pleased to announce that we will be giving out $200.00 gift certificates for AndyMark products as prizes for our First Annual Eyeglass and Hearing Aid Drive. We will award one certificate to the team that brings in the most items at the New Jersey Regional and another at the Chesapeake Regional.

AndyMark, Inc. is an official supplier of parts for F.I.R.S.T. teams. We felt that any team could benefit from being able to order spare, upgrade, or replacement parts and AndyMark agreed!

As representatives of Ewing High School and Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf, we take great pride in working with the Lions Club International at their New Jersey Regional Eyeglass Recycling Center. This is one of only seven such centers in America, and our students are involved with processing glasses here on our campus as part of our ongoing Community Service Projects.

Please help us get students involved in collecting unused eyeglasses and hearing aids in their own schools and donating them for this worthy cause.

Contact us at: Goteam2016@comcast.net

I look forward to attending this year with 1884, all the way from London. Looks like a good bunch of teams registered this year. Should be a load of fun.


I believe you’ve pick up a bit of an accent, mate.

We are still recruiting volunteers.
Consider the following positions and sign up here: https://my.usfirst.org/vims/logon.lasso?page=logon
Description links found here:http://www.usfirst.org/community/volunteers/content.aspx?id=6090

  • Lead position: Lead Safety Glasses Attendant (Feedback from this person will be very important during Friday and Saturday)

  • Official Scorer

  • Registration System Assistant

  • Field Repair/Reset

  • Robot Inspector

  • Team Queuing

  • Practice Field Attendant

Along with the three England teams, there are a handful of New England teams going as well. There may be a grudge match in order…

Introducing the 2009 Chesapeake Regional Social:


Note: This is not an official Chesapeake FIRST sponsored Event.