I’m in the process of creating a composite grouping of some examples of the best FRC driving in the history of FRC. As an aspiring driver, I am trying to learn strategies and maneuvers from the best, and haven’t been around the FIRST scheme long enough to know much outside of Stronghold and Steamworks.
I am fairly confident that Cheesy Poofs 2014 is high on that list, along with OP Robotics in 2017, however, I am looking for outside opinions.
What year of what team do you think has the best drivers in all of FRC history?
I was thoroughly impressed by 2767 and 254’s driving on Einstein this year (along with others on my team). Stryke Force’s driver seemed born to drive that swerve, and the Cheesy Poofs seemed to drive just as smoothly with a WCD. There’s a reason they hold both the 2017 qualifications and the 2017 eliminations high score together (un-penalized).
I’ll preface this post by saying that I’m biased as this is my team. The defense played on 846 preventing them from getting to the ball is my favorite example to counter the cliche I often hear that defending is all about pushing people around.
There was a 2016 qual match at Ventura. I forget exactly which team was playing D in their Courtyard when a wheel pod broke off completely, leaving them with a 3-wheeled robot that was leaning on its bumper corner and barely mobile in said Courtyard. (I want to say it was one of the several Chinese teams, possibly Blue Whales.)
How they got out of the Courtyard, through the Secret Passage, under the Low Bar, and onto the Batter in the last 30 seconds of the match, I’ll never know–and I was right next to the field!
Later that season, a swerve-driving team lost a wheel from a pod at an offseason. They came out for their next match with the pod wrapped up in tape, no wheel, and proceeded to play like nothing happened.
That was team 1661 at Beach Blitz 2016. After missing a bunch of matches because of a pile-up of unforeseen issues, the BB volunteer team was trying really hard to make sure they got on the field. In the first match they did make it to, a swerve module broke and the team was crushed after working so hard to make that first match. Rather than call it quits, 1661 worked their butts off to throw together a solution and at least give it their all in the next few matches. They played defense (as their robot was designed to do from the beginning) and I was beyond impressed by their driver running on 3.5 swerve modules.