Beach Blitz 2020 (Virtual) Event Announcement

Beach Blitz is excited to bring the FIRST Community a fully virtual event Nov 5-8th!

The event will feature workshops, panels, a minibot competition, a scouting hackathon, and FRC Trivia!

Check out rules, information, and sign up forms here.

Registration will be open from TODAY (10/9) until 10/23!

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL, we hope to reach and connect with more communities across the world.

Something exciting this virtual format allows us to do is provide high quality workshops and panels to people across the world from some amazing individuals. The full workshop lineup and schedule will be published this weekend, but you do not want to miss any of them!

If you have any questions please let us know by posting on this thread or emailing us at [email protected]


The winning minibot, seconds after its run:


I’m very excited to be a part of Beach Blitz 2020, keep an eye out for that panel/workshop lineup :eyes::eyes::eyes:


so HYPED to have you!

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The students and I already have a few rules clarification questions about the minibot competition:

  1. Per Rule 3.2.2, “Teams may use any motor of choice that falls within cost rules.”
    Are we allowed to use rocket motors that fall within the cost rules?

  2. Rule 3.2.1 – 3S Lipos are “rated” for 11.1V but are 12.6V when fully charged. I assume these are allowed? Also, is there a max current limit on the fuses?

  3. Is there a limit to the number of minibots that a single FRC team can compete with?


Would you mind emailing us your Q + A and we will come back with answers publically in a couple days!


Thank you for hosting this wonderful opportunity. Is there a limit to the number of teams that can compete? We are interested, but not meeting for a bit so I do not want to sign up until we get a commitment.

Thank you for the kind words!

As of now we have not set a capacity.

But, if we feel we have more teams than we can manage we will explore alternative options. That will fully be communicated to all teams once registration closes October 23.

Regardless of the situation we will find a way to make the event memorable for teams!

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If we burn up $3,000 in $30 motors during the R&D process, does it still meet the rules if the final minibot comes in under $100 total? :laughing:

This BeachBlitz stuff sounds cool though. I’m looking forward to seeing what people come up with for these minibots. Thanks for putting this on.

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That’s the sort of loophole you don’t ask and just do.


If John Logrippo had written the rules it would say “electromagnetic motors”. Problem solved! :wink:


But my steam engines… :frowning:
Don’t worry, my lawyering is a load of hot air.


Do you have to budget for the water in those as well?

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A reminder that we needs lots of volunteers* to make Beach Blitz happen! Now that the competition is virtual, we can accept volunteers from any location.

One of the best parts about Beach Blitz is the opportunities we provide to new volunteers and volunteers looking to move into new roles to get experience before official events. If you’re thinking about trying something like judging for the first time, this could be a great opportunity.

* We might need a lot of volunteers. Or maybe we won’t. Still trying to figure out how this pandemic works.


While we are working on finalizing our full workshop and panel lineup, we thought it would be cool to share with everyone a map of currently scheduled presenters.

The full schedule will be coming soon - make sure to get registered so you don’t miss a thing!


We are blown away by the amount of interest in the event!
Make sure to register before October 23 if your team is interested!

We have issued our first Minibot Rule Update + Q/A.
Check it out here.

The game manual has also been updated with the above updates.

As always, if anyone has questions feel free to reach out here or email us ([email protected]).

Make sure to check our website out for latest info (




I am excited to announce our workshop schedule for Beach Blitz 2020! This virtual format has given us the opportunity to hear from people and teams we wouldn’t get a chance to, and we are excited to be able to share all their knowledge with the entire world!

To get Zoom links to the workshops, you must register (for free!)! Please register soon to catch all this great content.

The most updated schedule + workshop descriptions can be found here: Beach Blitz Workshops 2020 - Google Docs

All times are in PST!

Thursday, November 5th

Date/Time Workshop/Panel Name Participants Moderators
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Fundraising and Grant Writing 101 Nikki Stout (FIRST Mid-Atlantic Board Member/1807)
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM PCB Design With Altium Andrew Hartnett (5414)
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM Building a Strong Season With Better Prototyping Richard Medina (968), Kenny Hu (968), Gregorio Ferreiro (968)
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM Resource Auditing for Your FRC Team Kellen Hill (1746)

Friday, November 6th

Date/Time Workshop/Panel Name Participants Moderators
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Seeing 2020 with Custom Vision Solutions Ashwin Gupta (3476)
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM Setting Up Your Manufacturing For Success Pauline Tasci (OCRA Board Member)
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Beach Blitz Trivia Competition

Saturday, November 7th

Date/Time Workshop/Panel Name Participants Moderators
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM CNCing Bear Metal Eliot Q. (2046), Ethan B. (2046)
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Don’t Sleep On COTS James Temple (5254), Max Westwater (5254/6328)
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Helping Girls Gain Confidence in STEM Deanna Clark (6328)
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM Exploring Chairman’s From The Ground Up Karen Kane (3309), Kinney Anderson (1619/498), Fazlul Zubair (4201), Kristine Atiyeh (125) Megan Guttieri (971)
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM Chasing Onfield Success Adam Heard (2135/254/973), Allen Gregory (3847), Allison Kneisler (3538), Kevin Sheridan (254), Mike Corsetto (1678) Karthik Kanagasabapathy (FIRST Canada/1114)
6:00 PM - 6:40 PM The Elephant in the Shop: Promoting Positive Mental Health Culture in FRC PJ Lewalski (3538)
6:50 PM - 7:30 PM The Elephant in the Shop: Promoting Positive Mental Health Culture in FRC Kristine Atiyeh (125), TBA, TBA PJ Lewalski (3538)

Sunday, November 8th

Date/Time Workshop/Panel Name Participants Moderators
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM Introduction to Numerical Scouting Methods Rachel Lim
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM Crafting Your Team’s Story Megan Guttieri (971)
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM Designing Your Robot Around Proper Forces and Loads Bobby Van Ness
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM Acing Your Dean’s List Interview TBA Jared Hasen-Klein (1836)
5:00 PM - 5:50 PM Design From Different Perspectives Andrew Torrance (254), Dylan Smith (179), Jessi Knerr (118), Nick Coussens (33), Rahul Yarlagadda (1885) Scott Nakatsu (3476/687)
6:00 PM - 6:50 PM Getting Pickier With Scouting Brian Maher (333), Katie Widen (253), Shelby Anderson (1619) Saikiran Ramanan (3476)

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