**FIRST EMAIL**/Kit & Kickoff Section in TIMS opens 10-7/Championship Registration

FIRST EMAIL/Kit & Kickoff Section in TIMS opens 10-7/Championship Registration/2012 Scholarship Opportunities

Greetings Teams:

Kit & Kickoff section in TIMS opens 10/7 @ noon EST: The Kit & Kickoff section of TIMS will open on Friday, October 7th at 12 pm EST: https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso. *Please find additional information about choosing your Kit & Kickoff preferences at the bottom of this email.

Championship Registration: Pre-qualified and veteran teams who did not compete at the 2011 Championship may register for Championship in TIMS beginning 10/13 @ noon EST. Please refer to our Championship Eligibility Criteria page to determine if your team is eligible to register for Championship on this date: http://usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/championship-eligibility-criteria.

Announcing 2012 FIRST Scholarship Opportunities valued at over $13.6 million: Find out more about the scholarship opportunities for 2012 and about the new search filters that will help students narrow their FIRST Scholarship search at: http://www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/About_Us/Scholarships/2012_Assets/FIRST%20Scholarship%20News%2010-4-11.pdf

*“Kit and Kickoff Preferences” (in TIMS) is where you indicate how your team wants to pickup/receive the Kit of Parts (KoP) and where/if your team plans to attend Kickoff. Please note the following before you making your selections:

  1. Picking up your KoP at a Kickoff will save your team shipping costs.
  2. If your team chooses not
    to attend any Kickoff, the KoP will be shipped to your Shipping Contact and your team will be responsible for the shipping costs.* Teams that choose to have their KoP shipped can expect to receive it sometime during the week after Kickoff. International teams should be aware your delivery will depend on customs clearance; 1. Your team may attend more than one Kickoff. For example, you can send members to the Kickoff in Manchester, NH, at the same time that other members of your team attend a Local Kickoff in your area. However, you must indicate only one kickoff for kit pickup.
  3. We strongly
    encourage Rookie Teams to send two (2) adult team leaders to the Manchester, NH Kickoff Workshops! Workshop topics and descriptions are coming soon!*Surrogate Kit Pickup Option:
    If your team is unable to pick up its KoP at a Kickoff, and you do not wish to incur shipping charges to have it mailed, an alternate team may pick up your KoP at a Kickoff. You must provide FIRST with an authorization letter, signed by the main contact, on school or sponsor letterhead in order for us to release the kit. You can find a template for this letter here: http://tinyurl.com/69jodt3.

Fax the letter to Team Support at 603-666-3907 no later than 5:00 PM EDT on January 2, 2012, or send a hard copy to FIRST, Attn: Team Support, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101. The letter must include the following:

1.) Your Team Number and the Local Kickoff pick-up location;
2.) The name and team number of the representative picking up the KoP;
3.) Provide a copy of the Surrogate Kit Pickup letter to the team representative picking up the KoP for your team. This representative must bring the letter to the appropriate Kickoff.

Go Teams!