**FIRST ROOKIE ALERT**/Upcoming Deadlines/Help is Available/Gracious Professionalism/

FIRST ROOKIE ALERT/Upcoming Deadlines/Help is Available/Gracious Professionalism/Save Yourself Time

Greetings Rookies:

Welcome to the hardest fun you’ll ever have. Here at FRC we are well aware that a team’s rookie year can be overwhelming so we will be sending you Rookie Alerts every other week during the season to highlight important deadlines and to provide timely advice.

Upcoming Deadlines:

Dec 1 event registration closes – in order to play you have to register for an event.Log into TIMS https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso
Complete the Team Profile section (or the system won’t let you register for an event)
Click the Edit/View button in the Event Registration section, click Add Event and pick where you want to go.
financial hint visit here http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/available-frc-grants for grant information.

Dec 2 kickoff registration closes – in order to get a Kit of Parts you have to tell us how you plan to pick it up.Log into TIMS https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso
Complete the Team Profile section (or the system won’t let you register for kickoff)
Click the Edit/View button in the Kit & Kickoff section, click Edit Details and pick where you want to go.
financial hint if you can get to a local kickoff, sign up to pick up your kit there. It will save your team shipping costs (usually in the hundreds of dollars) AND save your team time (having a kit shipped means it will arrive sometime after kickoff – when depends on your location and a number of circumstances beyond our control) PLUS you will meet people from other teams in your area.
Help is available:
If you haven’t already been in contact with your local Regional Director http://www.usfirst.org/regional-contacts or Senior Mentor http://www.usfirst.org/community/volunteers/first-senior-mentor-program get in touch with them now. They can help you with any questions you might have about starting and running a rookie team.

The FIRST philosophy of Gracious Professionalism means other FRC teams help each other throughout the season. Visit http://www.usfirst.org/whatsgoingon to find out if there are other teams near you. Your Regional Director or Senior Mentor can put you in contact with them.

Save yourself some time:
Rookie teams from last year suggest you get your kickoff and competition event plans approved by your school district now to prevent issues later. Find out what kind of permissions you will need from parents to take their kids to these events, arrange transportation to these events, and recruit some help from the school for event chaperones.

Go Rookies!