Welcome back, CHS enthusiasts! The CHS Platter crew is glad to be back to bring you our classic gouda takes and grate insights.
As CHS returns to normal after single day events in 2022, this is the first time a majority of students will compete in full-sized district qualifying events. They’ll have more breathing room between matches, but more total matches and double the teams to scout.
After Rapid React was majorly dominated by swerve drive, many teams have upgraded to swerve for Charged Up and are putting swerve into production for competition for the first time. Will the growing pains of swerve complexity and the in-event maintenance they require bite any teams this season?
Heading into the 2023 season, here are the top teams in the district:
Preseason Top 20 CHSyness
|Rank||Team Number||Team Name||City||State||CHSyness|
|2||2363||Triple Helix Robotics||Newport News||Virginia||44.55|
|3||1629||Garrett Coalition (GaCo)||Accident||Maryland||30.22|
|6||1111||Power Hawks Robotics||Edgewater||Maryland||25.80|
|8||449||The Blair Robot Project||Silver Spring||Maryland||23.08|
|12||623||Oakton Cougar Robotics||Vienna||Virginia||21.47|
|14||1731||Fresta Valley Robotics Club||Warrenton||Virginia||20.94|
What exactly is CHSyness? We’re glad you asked! We take real district event results (no Championship data, sorry 4099) and merge it with some magic formulas, throw in a little Elo, then mess with it until we like the results. The way we do the calculation is subject to change week to week. Super straightforward? Yeah, we thought so. Just trust us. As we move through the season, the 2023 events will be weighted higher than 2022 events.
For what its worth, the Blue CHSiest team in the district is ranked 27th in CHSyness. You know we couldn’t leave ourselves out.
Number of Registered Teams: 38
TBA page: CHS District Blacksburg VA Event (2023) - The Blue Alliance
Number of Swerves: 18+
Predicted Winning Alliance: 2363 - 1629 - 3939
2363 (44.55) - After last season’s performance winning every official event they attended, amassing 4 blue banners in a single season, it’s hard to overlook Triple Helix. The amount of drive practice they’ve had with their swerve will be sure to help them to the top of the rankings.
1629 (30.22) - A perpetual contender in CHS events, the newest Hall of Fame team’s 2023 robot features exceptionally clean wiring and a smooth swerve drive. What does Garrett Coalition have on top of their swerve? We’ll find out together.
401 (21.64) - This is the most prepared we’ve ever seen Copperhead Robotics for an early season event. Pink arm? Maroon and orange arm? Who cares? This thing is smooth! With a cone, cube, and balance auto mode they’ll look to take the lead in autonomous mode and never look back.
Others to watch for:
422 (12.33) - Mech Tech’s first swerve robot has a fast belt elevator, an Everybot inspired intake, and a variety of auto modes that should take them deep into the playoffs.
971 1731 (20.94) - Swerve drive (are you sensing the trend yet?) and a carbon fiber double-jointed arm that certainly looks Spartan. Hopefully Fresta Valley has the controls to match.
8592 (3.34) - In only their second full season, Newton Squared is rocking one of the shortest bots of the year on top of a swerve drive, and can score at all levels.
There are five rookie teams registered for this event. We’re excited to see what they’ve built. Good luck rookies!
- 9003 TuTu Turtles
- 9033 Ocebots
- 9179 Ballou Robotic Knights
- 9214 Roadstead Montessori High School
- 9235 ThunderBolts
Hot takes from reveal videos and other inside info:
This data was gathered from social media, ChiefDelphi, and other publicly-available means including Week 0 events. These are in numerical order.
1262 (13.14) - The STAGs are bringing another swerve robot to Blacksburg, dressed up in their usual green and yellow. They’ll run a simple, yet very effective, arm with a claw.
3136 (13.09) - ORCA is sporting an angled elevator on a tank drive. Check out their Open Alliance build blog.
3373 - The RoboHawks have a tilted elevator with a claw on… you guessed it - a swerve! But 3373 has had a swerve for many more years than most other teams in CHS, which is demonstrated by how stable their robot is when the elevator is fully extended.
5724 - The Blue Ridge Brawl hosts are rocking a slow and steady thrifty extension arm with a roller claw on top of a fairly quick swerve. Their open frame may make Spartan Robotics a dark horse since it can easily sneak into opponent loading zones for a quick game piece steal.
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