Karthik & 1114: Effective FIRST Strategies 2012

With the Championships in St. Louis rapidly approaching, I’d like to remind teams of the FIRST Robotics Conference which will be taking place. At 4:00 PM on Wednesday evening, myself and Team 1114 will once again be delivering our seminar on Effective FIRST Strategies. This year, FIRST has graciously given us 2 hours to present on this topic, which will allow us to cover some topics at a much more in depth level than the past, as well as covering some entirely new topics.

Here are the threads discussing the last three editions of this seminar:


And the abstract:

This presentation focuses on three major areas, Strategic Design, Match Planning/Execution, and Scouting. Rather than spending time on equations and detailed calculations, the Strategic Design gives a more high-level overview of how to design an FRC robot. This portion of the presentation includes sections on such often neglected strategic design areas such as Game Analysis, Chokehold Strategies, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Task Prioritization, and Tradeoffs using a case studies from past games. The Match Planning/Execution section of the presentation discusses effective habits and strategies that will help lead a team to victory. This is a must for those who enjoy the strategic aspects of FIRST. The Scouting section deals with effective techniques to collect information on your partners/opponents, and how to make the most of this data. Advanced statistical metrics analgous to “Sabremetrics” in baseball will also be discussed. The presentation is filled with entertaining and insightful historical FIRST anecdotes from the past 14 years. With the information in this presentation, you can turn your team from a mere competitor to a perennial powerhouse!

Some specific topics that we plan on discussing that haven’t been covered in detail in the past.

  • Why “OPR” is a flawed indicator in Rebound Rumble
  • Alliance selection strategy & the “Do Not Pick List”
  • The “secrets” behind the accomplishments of the great teams

If there are any topics you’d like to discussed in detail, or questions you’d like answered, post them here and we’ll be happy to address them during the presentation.

If you’re really into FIRST strategy, looking to improve your team, curious what it means to “ball so hard”, or just looking for some good FIRST related laughs, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss.

For information on how to register please visit the following link:


I hope to see all of you there!

I know i will be there! I love Karthik’s talks!

Honestly, that’s just crazy. Sadly no one will find me in St. Louis this year.

Hoping to see/hear a recording of this :slight_smile: Pretty please Rolls-Royce?

Only question I have is…


Webcast of the presentation? :smiley:

Team 1114 will be recording this presentation and putting up on our website as part of the Textbook for Success after Championship. If all goes well, it may included on the Simbot mobile app, Simphone.

I’ve wanted to see this first hand for years! Guess I’ll have to wait a little longer…

I’m glad 1114 is recording it this year though! I can’t wait to see it!!

Thank you for everything you do Karthik! You and 1114 are truly role-models in FIRST.

I will be buying a conference pass just to go to this presentation.

Finally, they gave the presentation the amount of time it deserves.

Sounds like it will be a great presentation. Question ~ the FIRST link shows a price for a “single session pass” for a 45 minute conference session. I’m assuming this would still count as a single session even though it will be 2 hours?

HOT Team mentors are registered. Now we just have to leave early enough to get there in time.

Last years presentation was good, but cut short before we got to the good stuff. Hopefully, this year we can cover the more advanced topics.

Thanks for doing this Karthik, looking forward to this year’s presentation…

If I were going to the Championship, I would so be there. Guess I have to settle for watching it online afterward.


I would be interested in a nice little talk about practice. Oh yes, I said PRACTICE.PRACTICE.

The benefits of doing specific skills drills vs. 2 minute match formats.

Full field vs. 1/2 court.

I have had the privelege of watching a few top notch teams practice, and I was impressed with some of the things I saw. I have observed some of the benefits of drills with my own team in 2007, 2010, and 2011.

I’m very happy to see the presentation will be available to us plebians who will not be able to attend. Thanks much for that!

The conference registration page says that the single/individual passes are for 45 minute presentations. Was this just an oversight by FIRST, or do we need a different pass to attend your conference?

I have never been able to catch this presentation. But this year I have booked my flight so that I can get to St. Louis in time to see it. Who needs to go to Wednesday classes when you can go to a lecture presented by Karthik?

I’m assuming it was an oversight, but to be certain you’ll have to check with FIRST.

Can we go to this if we live in the area but are not going to champs?