My team was hoping to start another FRC team this year and we wanted to hopefully get a number that would align with our team’s number, by my predictions that number should be coming into play that season and I wanted to know if there was any technique people used to get specific team numbers. I know this may be unheard of but one of the teams in my region the Zebracorns who’s team number is 900 registered a new team, Zebracakes, who’s team number is 9000, I highly doubt this is some massive coincidence so I just wanted to know if there’s a technique to achieving this.
You may have trouble getting the number you want depending on how you start the new team. IIRC, 2468 initially announced that their second team, Team Apprentice, would be assigned number 8000 before registration even opened, but they ended up with 2687 (a new number from the 2008 block) after the new team ended up not qualifying as a rookie team.
you could technically be able to time it so that someone registers a team with the number right before the number you want, and then rush in to register the team you want but it would be ridiculously tricky
To ask adjacent to OP. Determining when/how a team is formed is a little confusing. When does a new team get a number? Is it when they register or when they pay for the first regional? Also, if they are rookies initially if the next school year starts before comp can the team lose rookie status if more students/mentors join?
I’m not sure about how team 9000 got their number, but I do know of at least one rookie team that was able to request a specific number: team 8393 (BrainSTEM, from Western PA). BrainSTEM has competed in FTC for many years under the team number 8393, and they’ve consistently been world-class. They decided to start competing in FRC in addition to FTC beginning in the current 2023 season.
Team number 8393 had already been assigned to a rookie FRC team from Onstead High in Michigan in 2020, as can be seen here: FRC Event Web : Team 8393 (2020). This original FRC team 8393 folded after the 2021 season.
I’m don’t know how the logistics worked with FIRST, but BrainSTEM was somehow able to request 8393 as their number for their new FRC team. You can see here: FRC Event Web : Team 8393 (2023) that BrainSTEM is now competing under this number as a rookie team.
Again, not sure how the logistics of requesting a number like this work; I just wanted to show OP that there is precedent for successfully asking for a specific team number as a rookie team.
I know that several years ago, FIRST wanted to promote the whole “FIRST team XXXX” thing and not “FRC Team XXXX” and had a system where if you were registering an FTC team, you could get your FRC number. It’s what happened with my Alum Team, CircuitRunners Robotics and our FRC team, and our first FTC team, both with number 1002. The FTC team was originally assigned a number in the 200s, but it was reassigned to 1002 with the number matching system.