Hey guys, was doing some googling and read on a fairly old post from 2009 that you need to make a submission in order to win the rookie all star award? Is this still the case because i see nothing mentioned about on http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/awards
Writing a Rookie All-Star submission is a great way to practice award submission writing styles, and is greatly a greatly beneficial process for a rookie team. It can also be helpful to take to potential sponsors/supporters as a summary of your team’s identity/mission etc. as it effectively summarises your team.
From my understanding, some rookie teams that received sponsorship from a particular sponsor (might have been NASA) were required to submit for the Chairman’s award as part of the sponsorship agreement, despite not being eligible. Hope that helps!
RAS is optional at each event and often replaced by Highest Rookie seed.
The way we won it was we ranked #21 out of 60 our first year and when they interviewed our pit they were pretty amazed at our business plan and the story of how we came into being literally from scratch…that seemingly resonated with the judges.
Come end of event there were “better” performing rookies than us and those with “more spirit” so when we got chosen we all were very surprised, all of us . In fact I left already.
So don’t underestimate the value of the pit visit have a story to tell and documentation to back it up, let the students present/introduce the team to FRC. Don’t leave at end of event even if not selected for elims. It may be you.
As a side note the trip to the worlds that year spurred us to do better. We saw what it took and here we are the selection or the chooser…so far.
It’s not replaced by Highest Rookie Seed. There’s always a HRS, unless there just aren’t any rookies at the event.
The optional part is that if none of the rookies at the event demonstrate the qualities needed for the award, the RAS is not given out. My guess is that this was written so that if there was an event with just one rookie team, that team wouldn’t be guaranteed a RAS award and the advancement that goes with it. They have to earn it.
In all my travels, only twice has no Rookie All-Star award been given out:
-Palmetto 2015 (no rookies present)
-UNC Asheville District 2016 (the only rookie, 5854, had already won RAS at an earlier district event and was thus ineligible to win it there; they won Rookie Inspiration).
If you were at a regional, you’d have qualified for Championship automatically.
But since you’re in the district system, 8 points towards qualifying with the robot. Per Section 184.108.40.206, you are in contention for the Rookie All-Star Award itself at the District Championship regardless of whether the team qualifies to attend with a robot.
Congratulations! As others have stated, you will be invited to attend the NE FIRST District Championships in Hartford (your team leader will receive an e-mail). You will be competing with other NE FIRST District Rookie-All-Star teams for the District Championship Rookie All Star award. One team will earn this award at the District Championship and advance to the Championships in St. Louis at the end of April. You will not be able to compete with your robot unless you have earned enough points to do so.
Excellent. I will wait for the email. If not I will reach out to our regional person. I am not sure if we will make it to Hartford unless we earn enough points to compete with the robot though. We shall see!