**FIRST EMAIL**/FRC Team Mentor Teleconference 102

Greetings FRC Teams:

Mark your Calendars! The FIRST Senior Mentors are pleased to announce they will be hosting the second in a series of important Teleconference calls for FRC Team Mentors and Coaches this coming Thursday, September 25 at 7 pm EST.

FRC Mentor Orientation, 102: Choosing a Competition provides useful considerations and guidelines for making selections and registering for a regional, or regionals, for the new robotics season. This call will be hosted by Senior Mentor Roy Menton Upper New York State with assistance from Senior Mentor Jessica Jankowitsch of Pittsburgh.

We suggest that you bring along you copy of the 2009 Regional Competition schedule as posted at : http://www.usfirst.org/community/frc/regionalevents.aspx?id=430 to the call.

All team coaches are welcome. The call in number is 1-800-503-2899. The Access number is 6663906.

We will have 150 lines available, so lines are on a “first come, first served” basis. The call will also be recorded and available for replay at: http://www.usfirst.org/community/frc/content.aspx?id=10124
A copy of the call outline FRC Mentor Orientation, 102 can also be downloaded from this page.

Once you have accessed the the conference call line, please put your phone on “mute” by pressing " * 6 ". Whenever you wish to speak, press " * 7 " to unmute your line and converse with the speaker.

If your phone has a separate “mute” key, you may press that key to mute your microphone element at all times, except when you wish to speak.

New for this season is the FIRST Senior Mentor Hotline. This hotline provides an effective means and opportunity for teams, coaches, and mentors to direct their questions, and to quickly obtain information and/or to request other assistance from FIRST Senior Mentors. All correspondence and inquiries should be addressed to [email protected].

Please Join Us!

Again, all team coaches & mentors are welcome, especially those attached to rookie teams.

The FIRST Senior Mentors

Just a note to teams - the list of Regional Events on the outline has an error (New York City Regional is actually 3/6-3/8) since the dates were tentative at the time the outline was created. Please refer to the 2009 Regional Competition Schedule link posted above for the official dates and information.

Looking forward to hearing from many of you on the call tomorrow night! :slight_smile:

~Jess Jankowitsch
FIRST Senior Mentor & Volunteer Coordinator, Pittsburgh
[email protected]

NEMO also has a resource paper on “Questions to Consider When Choosing Your FIRST events.”


NYC Regional: Week 2 event March 5th (setup), March 6 (practice) and competition on March 7th to March 8th.
Place: Javits Convention Center, NYC
Open Capacity: 54 (some space are reserved for new rookies from the tri-state area)

I hope to join everyone on the teleconference tonight.

Just a reminder, the conference call will be starting in the next few minutes! Please join in if interested!

Thanks to all those who attended tonight’s call. The recording should be available soon on the FIRST website in the FRC Senior Mentor Teleconference Recordings under Documents and Updates: http://www.usfirst.org/community/frc/content.aspx?id=10124

We addressed a number of valuable points to consider about not only choosing your events, but also covered such essential topics as school administrative approval, cost break downs, attending multiple regionals, and so forth that would be extremely useful to many teams.

Registration opens next Thursday, October 2nd, at noon! Good luck to all teams in registering for your first Regional!

Hi this recording of the call is still not up on the First Website,on what would be Wednesday 1 October, your time.

Any idea when it is going to be? :confused:


The recording is there, at least it was a few minutes ago.