[FRC Blog] Kickoff: So Close!

Posted on the FRC Blog, 1/6/2022: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/2022-kickoff-so-close

Kickoff: So Close!

2022 JAN 06 | Written by Kate Pilotte, Sr. Kit of Parts Manager, but the product of work by so many!

In just a few days, we will kick off the 2022 season. Things happen quickly so we want to make sure you are prepared.

Here are some January dates you don’t want to miss:

  • January 8 – FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff presented by Ford on FIRSTtv! (noon, Eastern)
    • RAPID REACTSM presented by The Boeing Company game revealed!
    • Kickoff Kits distributed
    • Encryption key posted & unencrypted game specific content posted
    • Replacement parts system opens
    • FIRST Choice Round 2 opens
    • New Virtual Kit items posted on the Virtual Kit section of the Kit of Parts webpage
  • January 12 – Official Q&A opens (details to be posted shortly after Kickoff)
  • January 14 – Missing/damaged Kickoff Kit item replacement part requests due (noon, Eastern)
  • January 20 – FIRST Choice Round 2 ends, priority lists locked (noon, Eastern)
  • January 27 – Digital Animation Award (due 11:59PM ET)
  • January 28 – FIRST Choice open ordering opens (noon, Eastern)
  • January 31 – Payment due for additional events (5pm, Eastern)

Kickoff Kit – Sizing Info

In addition to finding out 2022 season details on Saturday, each team attending a local Kickoff will also receive this year’s Kickoff Kit items. We’re giving a deliberately vague “heads up” about the sizes and weights to expect so you can make accommodations to get the goods back to your build space. This information is also now published in the “Kickoff Kit” section of the Kit of Parts page.

  • Every team receives a Black Tote (~12 in. x 27 in. x 17 in., ~28 lbs.)
  • New (“rookie”) teams also receive a Gray Tote (~12 in. x 27 in. x 17 in., ~68 lbs.) and a set of separate items (6 in. x 6 in. x 48 in.)
  • Teams that did not opt-out also receive a Drive Base Kit (~7 in. x 7 in. x 33 in., ~28 lbs.)

Kickoff Kit - What if Something’s Missing or Damaged?

We strongly recommend that one of the first things you do after Kickoff is to inventory your Kickoff Kit. If anything is missing or damaged 1) we’re so sorry! and 2) you need to let us know and we’ll make it right.

The process we use to get information from you is built into the registration system and available from 1pm (Eastern) on January 8 to noon (Eastern) on January 14.

Please know and understand that we will not process requests that don’t use this system for teams who received their Kickoff Kits on or before January 11, 2022. (If you’re a “MySite” team who received your kit after January 11, please email us at frcparts@firstinspires.org within 2 business days of receipt of your Kickoff Kit with any missing/damaged items.)

To report anything missing or damaged:

  1. Your lead coach/mentor 1 or 2 logs in to your team’s account.
  2. Click on the “Payments and Product” drop down menu and select “Order Replacement Parts”

  1. Enter the shipping information for where you’d like the replacement parts sent.
  2. Use the “Subkit Container” filter to navigate to the parts you need to report.
  3. Click the “Add” button for the item that’s missing/damaged.
  4. Specify the quantity missing/damaged, include an explanation, and click “Save.” The list will auto save when you add an item, so you can come back to it later.
  5. Once your list is complete, hit “Submit Request.” You can only submit once, and you must Submit before noon (Eastern), January 14 for your request to be processed.

FIRST Choice: Round 2

FIRST Choice opens for Round 2 of Priority List orders from January 8-20 (noon Eastern). Emails with what each team is getting will be sent by AndyMark after priority lists are processed. We’ll be employing the same Priority List Process used in Round 1 and issuing additional credits to each team’s account. Any unused credits from Round 1 are carried over. Details on all this are in the FIRST Choice section of the Kit of Parts page.

Pre-Kickoff Downloads

Download encrypted files for the 2022 RAPID REACTSM presented by The Boeing Company season before Kickoff then unlock them with the code that will be revealed at the end of the main section of the kickoff. You can find the files you’ll be interested in listed below. Items are likely to automatically download, and large files, greater than 100 MB, are noted. To decrypt encrypted zip files, you will need a dedicated extractor like 7-Zip, PeaZip, UnzipLite, etc. (the extractor built into many operating systems will fail).

Control System

Documentation – For 2022, the official Control System documentation continues to be hosted via Read the Docs and is found at https://docs.wpilib.org. Users can download a copy of the docs for offline use, as either PDF or HTML, using the Read the Docs menu at the bottom left of the page (direct PDF link). A local version of the docs is also included in the WPILib C++\Java installer. Documentation for other Kit of Parts items will remain on Screensteps for 2022.

Control System Software – Some FIRST Robotics Competition Control System software has been posted (NI LabVIEW for FRC, FRC Radio Programming Tool, and Classmate Images) and is available unencrypted for download and use. You can find a quick guide to what to grab for installation later here. The remaining software is expected to be posted Friday afternoon and will be linked on that page when available.

Good luck this season!

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This is awesome that the xRC people (person?) were able to collaborate with FIRST to get a sim out on day 1. Looking forward to using it on Kickoff!

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In the event rules, it talks about using wireless practice field radios. Does that mean we should make sure our radios are easily swappable? I’d love to go wireless on the practice field.

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“E113. *Make FIRST loud, but with restrictions. Do not invite or bring live bands to play in the audience. Do not play loud music.”

Okay, who is going to ask FIRST for the definition of “loud”?

These have been available at events for a while. If your event has them, they should be on a table near the practice field with a non-robot router on top of it.

Definitely news to me regarding the practice radios. Guess Ontario just hasn’t opted to implement them in recent years :woman_shrugging:

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Any major updates to event rules besides the new numbering they’re doing? I didn’t see much.

Nothing out of the ordinary that I noticed…

Just the one tote for kick-off kits, no extra package for large game pieces.

Yup, I’d guess likely either a foam or inflatable game piece (the overall tote weight is fairly lite too. 5lbs lighter than the 2019 tote).

As a mentor on our team pointed out, the game piece could also be the tote itself :angry: I’m choosing to ignore that option out of fear/optimism.

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This is awesome. Do you think this will need to be hosted, or do you thunk we just download it and connect to an FRC server? I am unfamilliar with this, but excited.

You can put a lot of 1" steel balls in a tote. Just saying.

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Probably due to reduced parts donations as much or more than light game piece[s]. :slightly_frowning_face:

And, of course, no bags or tags. :smile:

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While I certainly do not miss the bag requirement, I will miss the bags themselves when we go through them. They are perfect for moving our robots safely in rainy or snowy conditions.

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You’ve never made a human shield out of students standing on the robot cart while you push it? Hmm :thinking::thinking:

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According to precisionballs.com, there are 6.74861 1" steel balls in a pound. It seems somewhat unlikely that the KOP would have more than a few pounds of steel balls in it, but I simultaneously refuse to believe that there is any other game piece this year. Why else would we need so much 1.25" ID steel pipe? :eyes:

FIRST Marble Run (in memoriam of George Rhoads)?

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Well, as described in the Documentation Iteration post, the conduct rules aren’t in the game manual anymore, so things like the examples from the “Be a good person” (2020 C2) were combined into the Event Rules E102 “Be nice” blue box. (And E102’s box also says twice not to use imagery confusable with vision targets, though editing errors in manuals are nothing new. :smirk:)

But yeah, my quick eyeball-diff just looks like it’s basically just been renumbered, and all the rules marked evergreen.

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Usually there will be a server or two up. It might be a better option to host yourself if you want something with just your team, or if you want to guarantee a spot on the server. The official discord for XRCSim is linked in this page, and there’ll probably be more organization with servers there when the game drops. Playing Field | FIRST

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