The 2016 MAR season is about to begin! One hundred and twenty-one MAR teams are signed up, the same amount as last year (since our 8 rookie teams are offset by 8 lost teams). Fifty-five teams will go to Lehigh for the MAR District Championship and twenty-two teams, plus the three HoF teams (103, 341, and 356), will go St. Louis for the FIRST Championship.
Congratulations to 1257, 5624 and 1676 for winning Mt. Olive!
Also to 1218, 2590 and 5407 for winning Hatboro!
I was at Hatboro and was impressed by a lot of the robots, particularly 834 and 25. Both had very solid low goal scoring robots and excellent drivers.
Inexplicably, the 2016 District ranking points websiteisn’t live for 2016 yet. I’m not sure why, since from what I remember it updated live last year. The Blue Alliance rankings also aren’t giving any points for Alliance Selection, Elims or Awards.
I’m not sure if this is the right place to post this so if it’s not, let me know. Anyway, I am a mentor from Team 5401 and received this e-mail from the Mid-Atlantic Region’s District Advocate:
Hope everyone who competed this past weekend had fun. While I was judging at the Hatboro-Horsham Event, I was made aware of an issue pertaining to Team 87, Diablo from Rancocas Valley Regional High School District.
I am hoping someone will be able to help. They needed to borrow a RoboRio, from Spare Parts, during the competition since theirs had failed and their robot became inooperable. They are still in possession of the borrowed RoboRio, so they can compete at Seneca.
The mentor tried to order a replacement from AndyMark. Unfortunately, it is out of stock.
Is there any team that has an extra RoboRio that they are willing to lend or even sell to them?
I’ll be continuously updating this document ASAP over the next coming weeks of competitions. I’ll also do my best to update it real-time offline at MAR Champs, so feel free to find me there if you’d like a (completely unofficial) preview at your team’s World Championship advancement prospects. Please message me if you find any errors in the document.
Thanks so much to Jack Greenbaum for the template, with credit also given to previous ranking Google Docs created by Scott Meredith and Antonio Papa.
Congratulations 1676! For those who are counting, that’s 21 Championship slots left that will be awarded at Lehigh.
Also congratulations to 11, 225 and 423 for winning Springside-Chestnut Hill! I caught some of the first day on the webcast, and the competition looked intense. I was very impressed with 225’s design, hope to see you at Lehigh!
Finally, congratulations to 2590, 365 and 1626 for winning Seneca. It was nice seeing 365 and 2590 pair up to win Seneca like they did in 2012 when I was on the team. I was very impressed by 365, 1640 and 1089. All three of them had very nice high goal shots from the outer works.
Congratulations to 2590, 365 and 1626 for winning Sennica. You had a excellent alliance and we pushed as hard as we could and brought out the best in both alliances in the finals and put on one heck of a show. Thanks to our alliance partners teams 4573 and 6203 for being our partners. Both were great partners and can only get better as the season goes on.
John Weissman, mentor team 1640
I watched some Seneca footage last night, and I was very impressed with the 2590 & 365 alliance. We definitely have our work cut out for us to make our outer works shots more consistent for Westtown and MAR Champs.
1626 Falcon Robotics would like to thank our alliance partners 2590 Nemesis and 365 MOE for the honor and the opportunity to run with them at MAR Seneca. Thank you for believing in us and taking a chance on us. 1626 will remain part MOEbot and part Nemesis forever. In all, we were aided by almost half of the teams present in our efforts to stay on the field and improve after we broke in our Saturday Practice match. Special thanks to Jack in the MAR machine shop who fabricated about 10 custom parts for us and to Matt and his crew from 1089 Mercury that kept us in ideas, raw materials and manpower. This event showed the Best of the FIRST community and it’s concept of gracious professionalism.
Our friends from 1640 Sabotage,4573 Rambots and 6203 Blue Devil’s were true intense competitors and were genuinely gracious in defeat. We offer them our congratulations and respect. They were true gladiators and warriors.
The Iron Devil’s, 1647, were fantastic hosts and we congratulate them on their well-earned Chairman’s Award. We also can’t thank enough all of the hard-working and dedicated volunteers that make this event special.
We’re thinking the same thing, Ben. We might need to tighten our error angle when we’re > 11ft out. That said, we were pleased with our performance when our machine was functioning. We thankfully got a lot of that resolved, too
Congratulations to the Winning Alliance and the Runner-Ups at Seneca. As always a great event to watch and participate in.
I have one request, if anyone has a good picture of the (unfortunately failed attempt) of the the 816-87 robot stack (aka “Seneca Stack”), can you you please link it or send it to me that would be great.