**FIRST EMAIL**/2nd Event Registration/San Diego Regional Update/Championship Registr

FIRST EMAIL/2nd Event Registration/San Diego Regional Update/Championship Registration/Robot Shipping Exemptions/Manchester, NH Kickoff Update/Supplier Survey

Greetings Teams:

Second Event Registration Reminder: Teams are now able to register for a second Competition event in TIMS: https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso.

San Diego Regional Update: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the date of the San Diego Regional has been changed to Week One. The San Diego Regional will now be held Friday-Saturday-Sunday March 2-4, 2012. If your team is currently registered for the San Diego Regional and you would like to change Regionals because the new dates do not work for your team, please contact FRC Team Support by email at frcteams@usfirst.org.

Championship Registration: Veteran teams who DID compete at the 2011 Championship can now place themselves on the Championship wait list.

Robot Shipping Exemptions: This year ALL FRC District and Regional Events will be Bag & Tag. Exemptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis, and only if the team would experience substantial hardship in attending the event for which an exemption was requested. We recognize teams attending second and additional events may need to travel some distance to attend those events and we will do our best to accommodate those requests. Bag and Tag exemptions will not be granted to teams participating in FIRST in Michigan or Mid-Atlantic Robotics District Events or Championships, because of their local nature.

Register for your event first, then apply for exemption. Do not wait for exemption approval from FIRST HQ before registering for events. Be aware that not all exemptions will be approved. If an exemption request is declined, FIRST will work with the team to help them resolve the issue.

Teams will be informed by reply email of acceptance or rejection of their request. Teams who ship their robots to events without prior permission risk not being allowed to participate in the event.

For more information on Bag & Tag and how to apply for an exemption, please visit: http://usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/2011-bag-and-tag-faq.

2012 Manchester, NH Kickoff Update: Please refer to Bill’s Blog for updated information on the Manchester, NH Kickoff Event: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/emailblastarchive.aspx.

Supplier Survey: There is a brief supplier survey for teams available here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YDLY3LQ. Please encourage all of your team members to participate.

Go Teams!