Looks to be a useful presentation. Human Players are almost always important to a match. Since 2005 I can think of only 2008 and 2010 where they weren’t really used much. If your team uses it as a position to just get a freshman on the field then you’re doing it wrong… As a drive coach, human players drove me crazy because they often wouldn’t know the rules, got penalties, and generally don’t know what to do so they just stand around and watch instead of help. Human players on the top teams were always ones that I could count on and would actively find ways to be of benefit to a match. Things as simple as bringing game pieces closer to another HP can have a huge impact (a robot should never have to wait on a human).
If your human player isn’t actively feeding a robot some other things to do:
- Relay balls to the HP that is doing the feeding
- Ensure that you are not hoarding too many balls within the alliance station
- Keep an eye on the clock and call out the time remaining (1 min, 45 sec, 30, 15, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1)
- If vision is difficult for your drivers, position yourself in a place where you have better visibility and can help guide your drivers
Before each match, ask your alliance partners how they load balls in case that you end up needing to feed them during the match. Go over to their pit and look at their robot. Practice loading them if possible. You may not actually be asked to do so during the match, but knowing how to just in case could make or break a match.