CalGames 2019

(I know it’s a bit unorthodox to post about an offseason after it has already happened - long after, at that. But neither I - the event manager this year - nor any of the other planning committee members were able to get around to this prior to the event, so I figured I’d still document it here for posterity now, since most of the other iterations of this event were.)

CalGames 2019 - a replay of the 2019 FRC game, Destination: Deep Space - took place from October 4-6, 2019, organized by Western Region Robotics Forum, hosted by Team 100, and sponsored by Woodside High, Lockheed Martin, Neato Robotics, PODS, and FIRST California.
The winner of our event logo design contest this year was Joseph T., from Team 3045.

Registration was $250 for teams that registered during the early registration period (5/21-7/1) and committed to a volunteer slot, and $400 for teams that registered during the open registration period (7/1-9/1), which did not entail a volunteer commitment.

The following rule changes were in play:

  • Change to G9: One (1) defender at a time. No more than one ROBOT may be positioned such that its BUMPERS break the plane defined by or are completely beyond the opponent’s CARGO SHIP LINE.
  • Deletion of G12: Duck in the HAB ZONES. A ROBOT with its BUMPERS fully in either HAB ZONE may not extend above the ALLIANCE STATION WALL, i.e. more than 6 ft. 6 in. (~198 cm) above the carpet. (Teams are reminded that G15, S1, and S5 will still be enforced.)

36 teams ended up competing:

8
100
114
115
199
253
649
668
670
751
840
841
846
971
1351
1868
1967
2489
2643
3045
4159
4186
4255
4765
4904
5104
5419
5430
6174
6418
6822
6884
6962
7468
7777
8048

And all award winners can, of course, be found on TBA - congrats to them!
Check out our recap video here!

Some highlights outside of the robots:

  • We launched two new awards this year - a Founders’ Award (a rough analog to Chairman’s) and an Innovation Award (recognizing an innovative approach to a (1) partnership, (2) manufacturing method, (3) project, excluding the game challenge robot or (3) use of technology (on the robot or in another project) implemented over the past 12 to 18 months). We also awarded Volunteer of the Year to a high schooler for the first time in CalGames history.
  • We played a mascot match! Thank you to @gellnick for having started a thread about that.

Our media team is still processing photos and videos from the event as of the time of this writing, but they’ll be posted here and on our website when they’re ready!

Thanks to all that attended and to all of our dedicated volunteers!

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