My favorite shots are the ones 4265 took in the IRI semis. Two of their full court shots bounced off the pyramid into the 1-point goal. They were the only shots of the entire tournament that went into the 1-point goal.
Near the archimedes field, I saw a team watching a video of their robot. They were trying a full court shot, but were blocked by a robot. The adjusted their robot to shoot over the blocker, but hit the pyramid. The next 10 shots they made went over the blocker, hit the pyramid, and bounced into the 3 point goal.
The cheesy poofs also were blocked from the pyramid, and when they fired into the blocker, the disc ended in the two point goal.
During the DC Regional at a practice match, the opposing alliance’s inbounder whammed an epic hammer throw and landed a red frisbee right into our hopper. Robot spat it right back out and scored two points. I so wish I had video of it…
In one of our matches at CORI one of our autonomous shots bounced off the goal and dropped straight into one of our partners’ robots’ hopper.
They had only programmed 3 shots in auto, but when teleop started they went ahead and launched the disc into the goal.
On our practice field at home, we were able to shoot discs through the slot in the feeder station. We had joked about doing this for a while, but one night we were testing some changes and were using the feeder station at a backstop and shot four discs through the slot. We’ve been able to repeat this a few times.
Well, my two favourite plays in FRC aren’t actually from 2013 at all.
One was from a match on Saturday at the 2012 Greater Toronto West Regional.
Human Player threw a shot AT the buzzer, no robots moving (all balanced on bridges), which ended up in the 1 pt goal on the far side of the field to tie the match. The arena went eerie silent, and erupted when it swished. Definitely one of the coolest moments I’ve ever seen in 10 years of FRC. I can’t remember if it was an elim match or not.
In 2004, 1241’s human player had been cherry picked from their school’s basketball team. He was stellar. Preventing their robot from feeding him balls like that is by far one of the most creative defensive maneuvers I’ve seen in 10 years of FRC.
This happed at Wisconsin in 2012. During the eliminations, one of our autonomous shots missed and rolled into 1714s intake, who ran their intake and shooter the entire 15 seconds and made the extra shot. Because they were also being fed by 1306, I think they made 5 shots in that autonomous mode.
Similar things happened to us a few times with both our 2012 and 2013 robots. Kept the intake running, and picked up stray game pieces (our own misses, our teammates’, sometimes even our opponents’) and scored them.
We can also do the same thing. We shoot through the same opening we feed, after all. Those Frisbees actually retain most of their momentum when they are shot through their slot; we nearly took out a few of our trophies that were a few meters back from our feeder station on our practice field when we tried it out.
At 1:54 in this video of the MSC semi-finals, 1918 put a shot right through our arms as we were climbing and into the three point goal. I remember seeing it as it happened and thinking that it was pretty impressive. The video from Detroit Public Television makes it look even better.
Pine Tree Regional Quarterfinals. Our operator prematurely fired a disc while our base driver made a last second adjustment on the line up. This caused our shot to bounce off the angled vertical bar of the pyramid and into the 3pt goal anyway.