Woodie Celebration, Religious Exemptions to Championship Assignment, Beta Testing
2019 NOV 12 | Written by Frank Merrick.
Woodie’s Celebration of Life Reminder
As we said in this blog, teams are invited to participate in person in the Celebration of Life for Woodie on Monday, December 9. Lead Coach/Mentor 1 and 2 received emails last week with invitations to the event. We will not be accepting requests for tickets after midnight ET this Friday, November 15, so please get your requests in soon.
Religious Exemptions to Houston Championship Assignment
As we did last year, we are allowing FIRST Robotics Competition teams to request reassignment from Houston to Detroit if they have a significant religious conflict with the FIRST Championship Houston dates of April 15 – April 18. You may request reassignment to FIRST Championship Detroit in 2020 by sending an email outlining your case in detail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We strongly prefer teams attend their assigned FIRST Championship event out of fairness and to keep assignments balanced. Because of this, teams requesting reassignment must make an extraordinarily compelling case, and few requests will be granted. Your case can be strengthened greatly by providing documentation from your school or other host organization, on letterhead, and with the signature of an official, indicating the entire team will not be allowed to travel to FIRST Championship Houston because of a religious conflict.
The deadline for submitting requests is January 27, 2020, at 5 PM Eastern Time. This is before all teams, except pre-qualified teams, know with certainty that they will be invited to the Championship. If your team will be unable to attend FIRST Houston Championship for religious reasons because of the dates, and your team wishes to request an exemption, your team must request to do so before the deadline of January 27. Late requests will not be accepted.
Beta testing for the 2020 Control System is well underway. A huge thanks to the teams selected this year to participate!
116 Epsilon Delta Herndon VA USA 302 The Dragons Lake Orion MI USA 900 The Zebracorns Durham NC USA 971 Spartan Robotics Mountain View CA USA 1511 Rolling Thunder Penfield NY USA 1831 Screaming Eagles Gilford NH USA 2135 Presentation Invasion San Jose CA USA 2170 Titanium Tomahawks Glastonbury CT USA 2367 Lancer Robotics Mountain View CA USA 2481 Roboteers Tremont IL USA 2714 BBQ Plano TX USA 3229 Hawktimus Prime Holly Springs NC USA 3538 RoboJackets Auburn Hills MI USA 4118 Roaring Riptide Gainesville FL USA 4143 MARS WARS Metamora IL USA 7433 Iona Fusion Port Macquarie NSW Australia
11 MORT Flanders NJ USA 217 ThunderChickens Sterling Heights MI USA 538 Dragon Slayers Arab AL USA 540 TALON 540 Henrico VA USA 604 Quixilver San Jose CA USA 694 StuyPulse New York NY USA 914 Flashpoint Toronto ON Canada 1306 BadgerBOTS Middleton WI USA 1519 Mechanical Mayhem Milford NH USA 1912 Team Combustion Slidell LA USA 2152 SMASH Volusia County FL USA 2177 The Robettes Mendota Heights MN USA 2910 Jack in the Bot Mill Creek WA USA 2974 Walton Robotics Marietta GA USA 3128 Aluminum Narwhals San Diego CA USA 3966 L&N STEMpunks Knoxville TN USA 4414 HighTide Ventura CA USA 4930 Electric Mayhem Buffalo NY USA 4990 Gryphon Robotics Hillsborough CA USA 5190 Green Hope Falcons Cary NC USA 5940 BREAD Belmont CA USA 6300 Northwood School Robotics Lake Placid NY USA 7028 Binary Battalion St. Michael MN USA 7068 Mechanical Masterminds Saint Francis MN USA 8027 Not The Droids You Are Looking For Pittsburgh/Sharon PA USA
56 R.O.B.B.E Bound Brook NJ USA 358 Robotic Eagles Hauppauge NY USA 585 Cyber Penguins Tehachapi CA USA 624 Cryptonite Katy TX USA 1108 Panther Robotics Paola KS USA 1718 The Fighting Pi Armada MI USA 2344 Saunders Droid Factory Yonkers NY USA 2468 Team Appreciate Austin TX USA 2614 Mountaineer Area Robotics (MARS) Morgantown WV USA 4153 Project Y Los Alamos NM USA
Here’s to hoping this year’s approval process will be more transparent and reasonable. I know of multiple teams that submitted in depth documentation of their (valid religious) reasons for requesting a switch from their school or parent organization but the need was not accommodated. These teams did not hear why their request was denied, making the process for this year all the more confusing for those who need it.