Our team is getting ready for our district event, and we wanted to ask if anyone has a competition checklist? aka the spare things you need to bring to the event (like breakers, cables etc…).
No specific list (and ours is probably different from yours if you’re metric-heavy), but think about your robot. If you take a hard hit, what are you going to need to keep your robot running? Raw materials? Hardware? Bearings? Gearboxes? Motors? Electronics? Tools? Make your list accordingly.
Things you don’t bring extras of should be calculated risks; maybe you’re confident you can find extras quickly, maybe you’re confident it just won’t break beyond repair (or it won’t wreck your strategy if it does). But try to minimize that as much as you can.
Then sprinkle in some extra parts, because it’s always nice to be able to help out a neighboring team if they’re in a crunch.
For tools a good rule of thumb is if you used it to build the robot, bring it(apart from tools not allowed at events). For parts, have the mindset that if it can break, it will break.
Here’s one we put together back in 2016 for a rookie team. Hope you find this helpful!
SAFETY GLASSES (Enough for your whole team plus some extras incase people lose them) They are required at all times in the pits and in the arena
- Allen wrenches
- Drill / bits (with extra batteries and charger)
- Electrical tape
- Rivet gun if using rivets
- Wire stripper / Crimper
- Tool carts if possible
- Wago tool
- (If using pneumatics) Tube Cutter
- Tin snips
- Vice grips
- Hack saw
- Wood saw?
- Polycarbonate - really nice to put sponsors/team logo on. Sponsors are required to be on your robot. Also good for mounting parts that are not load bearing (Electronics)
- Spare parts for the robot
- Extra bolts/nuts/screws/rivets
- Extra pneumatics (cylinders/tubing/solenoids/compressor) (if using)
- Extras of mechanisms
- Extra electronics (probably just speed controllers)
- Extra wires (Different sizes for different uses Battery Connection / Speed Controllers / roborio power)
- Extra connectors
- Note that if you need extras of a COTS part that is common in FRC, it is common practice the borrow parts from other teams (also be open to teams borrowing parts from you)
- Spare robot parts (remember, fabricated parts will need to be a part of the witholding allowance)
- Programming Computer + charger
- Power Strip and Extension Cord
Robot related stuff
- Charger for batteries must have Anderson connectors on it. This is for safety reasons.
- Depending on your robot, and number of batteries you may need more than one battery charger.
- Driver station + charger (hook and loop fastener on bottom)
- Long Ethernet cable (For using the practice field)
- Robot Cart - You will need to transport your robot between your pit and the field
- CAW (cost accounting worksheet) - See rules manual for what needs to be on this. It is required to be shown during the inspection of the robot.
- Printed Roster from TIMS account with all team members listed as accepted. They will not let you into the event without this information.
Business plan or team handbook. Not only will it promote sustainability on your team, but it is also a nice thing to show to judges.
Buttons (optional). These are optional, but it’s something most FRC teams will have.
Banner/Flag: A banner can be hung in your pit so that teams/scouts walking around can easily identify which team you are. A lot of teams also have a flag. The MCs wave these around when introducing teams. All of these would be optional, but something that would be cool to have to show everyone who you are.
Pit Binder (optional): Documentation that keeps all of your information about your team (outreach, build season, off season) in one handy location. This can be used when talking to judges and also is great for staying organized. A nice looking pit binder can also be used for display.
Team photo. Again, this is entirely optional, but since your whole team won’t be in the pit at any given time, it is a nice thing to have to show other teams and judges.
Camera. You may be able to get a team media pass for someone on your team to take pictures fieldside. Taking pictures will be useful to promote your team. They also are fun to look at afterwards.
Stuff for stands
- Spirit stuff
- Case of water (if allowed by your event). It is really easy to get dehydrated.
- Scouting stuff