**FIRST EMAIL**/Unrestricted Event Registration/FIRST Award Submissions/Important Lin

FIRST EMAIL/Unrestricted Event Registration/FIRST Award Submissions/Important Links/Regional Wait List Process/Kit & Kickoff

Greetings Teams:

Unrestricted Regional Event Registration Opens TODAY: Teams will be able to register for additional regional events in TIMS starting today (11/3): https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso.

**Please note that teams cannot register for events until they have completed all sections of the team profile in TIMS.

FIRST Award Submissions: Submissions for the Dean’s List, Chairman’s, Woodie Flowers and Website Awards will open on 11/10 at noon EST.

**Important Links:
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As the 2012 Season ramps up, deadlines will be imminent so make sure you bookmark the FRC Season Calendar to keep track of important dates: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/frc-season-calendar.

Did you or someone you know miss a Blog or an Email Blast? Not to worry; they’re all archived on our website here: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/emailblastarchive.aspx.

Teams on Regional Event Wait Lists - please read the following to better understand how the wait list process works:

  • If the event you select is full, your team is added to the wait list;
  • FIRST reserves places for late registering rookie teams for every regional event. Once registration closes on December 2, 2011, if there are any reserved slots left, wait listed teams will then be moved in;
  • A team can only sign up for the maximum number of regionals for a particular registration period (e.g., two (2) regionals per team). This includes being on a wait list;
  • For each event weekend a team can only sign up or join the wait list for one event (i.e., a team cannot be registered/wait listed for two events occurring on the same weekend;)
  • FIRST
    does not issue the wait list. Teams attending any given regional can change at the last moment as their finances are determined, therefore the number of places available can also change. It is also unknown how many late registering rookies there will be. We do not want teams making definite plans based on their place on a wait list when information may be changing.Tip! If you find yourself on a wait list please bear in mind that teams drop out of events for various reasons and many times a wait listed team is able to get into the event of their choice!

Kit & Kickoff section in TIMS: Please complete the Kit & Kickoff section in TIMS https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso if your team hasn’t done so already. **Please find additional information about choosing your Kit & Kickoff preferences below.
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“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 schedule will depend on customs clearance;

  3. 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.
    **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, you may make arrangements to have an alternate team pick up your KoP at a Kickoff. You must register for the Kickoff and 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;
*Go Teams!