Hi all, my team (4918 Roboctopi) is the only FRC team in a very small town, and historically we’ve had a very tiny team in comparison to who we compete against. Because of this we have been very flexible with our team members as far as shop hours go, we haven’t had an hourly requirement before. We understand that people have other things to do in there lives and we didn’t want to pressure our members.
However, this past season we had more members than ever, about 20 students registered and maybe 10 regulars in the shop (i know, really small). At first we were very excited about our new members but we soon realized that some people may be abusing their space on the team. Here’s what I mean; They wouldn’t show up during build season for weeks at a time, and when/if they would they were only at the shop for about an hour at a time and would do small tasks such as sorting screws or cleaning, not anything super relevant to the progression of the robot and team. These few students would then expect that we pay for them to go to competition, which we do for all of our members.
Since we are such a small team and money is tight its becoming harder and harder for us to justify paying for them to come to competition, especially when they just come to sit in the stands and watch. All there food, logging, travel etc. My question is this, how do you guys or your teams decide who goes to competition, and if it is an hour requirement is it done by day, week, or the entirety of build season? How did you decide on that?
Obviously things are going to be different this year but I would truly appreciate some input on this matter. Thank you all so much. Stay safe.