So here is the deal. You’ve worked hard and built a competitive robot. You’ve advertised yourself and you’ve played the best you could. And still, you don’t get picked at the Championships. I know this has happen to my team and it is certainly not a good feeling. What advice can you offer this FIRST-A-Holic on ways to be better prepared next year? Note: FAHA is a source for people to let out their frustrations and get advice. Please share your wisdom in the right manner as I feel this is a topic that hits home for many teams.
I’d like some feedback from the Chief Delphi community on something that has me puzzled and a little upset. We are a pretty good team, with a pretty good robot, scoring a consistent 40 or more points each match. We ended the day with a 5-2 record, within the top 20, and were usually the top scorer on the alliance. According to our scouting, we were in the top 15 in scoring. We’re also a team that reaches out with our scouting teams, not ‘asking’ teams to pick us for an alliance but providing hard facts and data, they make their own decisions. Note that our performance in all 7 matches was very consistent, except for 3 or 4 times in Hybrid where we did not do as well as usual. We’re also a relatively young team, at 4 years old, and we have never won a regional, so we have not built up a large network of ‘friends’ in the FRC world, although we have some teams near us with whom we communicate regularly. So, being what we think was a very pickable robot, why weren’t we picked? To say we were disappointed is an understatement – we had a darned good robot and were feeling a little bit angry, honestly. This really was the first year we had a robot good enough to be in the finals – in our opinion, at least. All we could think of (and these are guesses) were: - We have never won a regional, so we’re not considered ‘good enough’ - Many of the 8 top seeds didn’t understand scouting and just picked on record - Picking teams didn’t know us - Our scouting teams didn’t get out the message well / properly - Something else. Your thoughts please? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FIRST-a-holic Anonymous mailbox is a place to share your concern and frustration about your FIRST experience anonymously. It is the perfect place if you just want someone to listen, or ask for advice when you don’t know what to do. Submit your letters today at the FIRST-a-holic anonymous mailbox forum. If you wish to respond to this thread anonymously, please PM Beth or Bharat with your response and thread title. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~