I think the problem here is that the rookie all-star is being confused with the Chairmans award. the rookie all-star, unless in my sleep deprived state I am wrong, does not require a chairmans interview, or for that matter, any interview. Just an outstanding preformance in the way of team spirit and cohesiveness. Good luck with the Rookie All-star though at GA (You guys were fabulous at Chesapeke, I’d miss y’all if you didn’t make it). Best of luck!
Rookie teams are not eligible for Chairman’s. Rookie All-Star does not have anything to do with the Chairman’s Award. Keep that in mind. They do not count if they are submitted, but it is good to have one in. You will not be entered to win Chairman’s.
Listen up everyone.
Rookie teams are not eligible for Chairmans.
Some rookie teams are required to submit a Chairman’s essay because they receive NASA grants and this is part of the obligation. This entry is then sent to NASA per the instructions in the manual.
Rookies may be interviewed in the pits by judges as part of consideration for Rookie All Star and Rookie Inspiration.
Rookie All Star winner gets a slot at the Championship (but no funding to get there.)
If rookies were interviewed other than in the pits at your regional, this was at the discretion of the local organizing committee and they must have been well staffed.
At the Chesapeake, this was not done since it was fairly frantic getting all the eligible Chairmans teams interviewed since there was a field of eligible 18 teams.
If you are a rookie team, and you prepared a Chairman’s essay, you may hand this out in the pits to the judges.
I will work with FIRST to clarify the guidelines next year. I spent a lot of time talking with the rookie teams at Chesapeake about this issue.