[FRC Blog] Week 2, Week 3, and Championship Waitlists

Posted on the FRC Blog, 3/14/17: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/blog/2017-week-two-three-championship-waitlist

Week 2, Week 3, and Championship Waitlists

Written by Frank Merrick, 2017 MAR 14.

Week 2

I’m happy to see that Week 2 events seems to run, for the most part, more smoothly than Week 1. The first ever official FIRST Robotics Competition event in China was a huge success! I attended the Arizona North Regional and had a wonderful time - what a great event!

Thanks to all our volunteers and teams for helping make this exciting, though logistically and technically challenging, game work! FRC Engineering, of course, continues to work on tweaks and enhancements to make the field run even more smoothly.

Week 3**


Yep, there’s a blizzard going on in the Northeast right now. But, our logistics, event management, and volunteer management folks are all over it, and have been for days, working to get people and equipment where they need to be on time or early so the show can go on.

Anytime there is potential disruption to an event, wherever it may be, caused by weather or any other factor, that could lead to event schedule changes, teams should be on the lookout for emails with updates from their local management or FIRST HQ. If you aren’t hearing anything, that’s good news! And of course, teams can always contact *FIRST *HQ with questions using one of the contact methods on this page. We know the anxiety uncertainty can cause, and we’re here to help!

**Championship Waitlists
We will likely start releasing waitlist slots this week.

You may remember this blog, in which we explained how the waitlist/attending non-home Championship process would work.

We have made a tweak to this process, related to non-qualified waitlist teams. Non-qualified teams on their ‘home’ Championship waitlist will now be given priority over non-qualified teams on their ‘non-home’ waitlist. This seems the fairest approach, especially with the very real possibility that qualified teams on the non-home waitlist may not be offered slots, if we can’t offer those slots in a way that supports the qualified team balance between events. Full details can be seen in the updated document here.

We’ve also clarified what we mean when we said ‘As a rule of thumb, qualified teams get priority over non-qualified teams on the waitlists.’ I didn’t want folks thinking qualified teams will always get waitlist invites before non-qualified teams, as this is not the case.

Finally, we have had a few questions from teams about declining offers to the home Championship as a qualified team, with the hopes of getting to their non-home Championship. As explained in this blog, teams have a certain number of days to secure their slot at their home Championship. If they do not secure their slot, that slot is returned to the pool to be used for a waitlist team. So, while a team is free to not secure the slot offered them at their home Championship upon qualifying, they should be aware their ‘guaranteed’ slot is now gone, and they are rolling the dice on being able to attend their non-home Championship. They may, or may not, get one of those slots.

Looking forward to Week 3!


No mention of insane delays at regional(s) (cough San Diego cough)

Or at some districts (cough Hatboro MAR cough)

cough Ryerson cough

And no mention of the great Spring Debacle of 2017.

Do you have any details on this? I keep seeing it mentioned, but without any specifics.

cough West Valley cough

To be fair they brought that back form 3hrs behind to only 45min behind

The “Pegs” at Utah were simply too weak to support a gear unless it was within 2 inches of the carriage. Must sagged by an inch or more. Some were bent near the attachment point to the carriage.

From following the Central Valley Regional, we saw elimination rounds with only one peg per alliance. My understanding is that they just plain ran out of replacement springs.

Sounds like you got to enjoy the experience that teams had at the Southwest Virginia district event. Here is to hoping they fix it by district champs :rolleyes:

There were three pegs on each airship. I think each airship had a “soft” spring, as I termed it, and one of those was crooked by about 10 degrees. But the remaining two good springs went through heavy use without much wear and tear.