This email just went out to registered teams:
Hello, SCRIW XI Teams!
It’s finally the week of SCRIW, and we have so many excellent things to share with you.
1. Updated team list. As of press time, we have 20 robots signed up for SCRIW representing three states.
||N Charleston, SC
||Metal In Motion
||North Gwinnett Robotics
||Blue Devil Mechanics
||N Charleston, SC
||Bots on Wheels
||Mt Pleasant, SC
||Nascent Gwinnett Roboticists
||Viper Sunday Drive
||Azure Devil Mechanics
||N Charleston, SC
2. Got a B-Team? The numbers on the team list above correspond to the numbers we will be entering in the field management system for second robots. This means you should plan on a couple things:
Your bumpers should make a real effort to display those numbers. Referees, FTAs, and field staff will see 999X on their screens, so it is in your interest to make things clear.
You should verify your roboRIO, robot access point, and driver station are all configured for that number and not your normal team number. Test it out at home.
We’re chill about bypassing robots as a general policy, but B-teams are a slight exception. If you show up to the field and the FTA discovers the issue is your team configured something for the wrong team number, we will issue a bypass because we’ve now warned you in bold italic print.
3. Event Schedule! If you’ve attended SCRIW, this should look very familiar to you.
0800: Pits open to teams
0801: Radio checks and field measurement (no practice matches will be played)
0940: Check-in closed, qualification match schedule generated
0945: Driver’s meeting at field side, qualification match schedule released
1000: Opening ceremonies
1010: First qualification match
1200: Lunch break
1235: Resume matches
1500: End qualification matches; alliance selection immediately after
1530: Begin playoffs
4. Playoff Notes. SCRIW playoffs will field four alliances with four teams per alliance. The team that doesn’t play in the alliance’s first semifinal match must play in the alliance’s second semifinal match. For any Semifinal Tiebreaker matches and all Finals matches, it’s the alliance captain’s choice.
Playoffs will otherwise be played to the 2022 tournament rules; while we’re excited by the changes announced for 2023, they aren’t coded into the 2022 version of the field management system.
5. The mentor match is back! Once again, we will have donation buckets at each pit for the seventh SCRIW Mentor Match. Funds collected will be given to the FIRST LEGO League Challenge team that wins the Champion’s Award at the state championship to support their travel to the 2023 World Festival or an Open, depending on where they receive an invite. I shared a flight with the Darth Gators who received it last year; they were quite happy to have the boost!
Buckets will be collected at 2:30 PM, and the top six teams will be invited to participate in the match. The match will be one-and-done after finals, so as to ensure the mentors don’t mess up playoffs for anyone. Student drive coaches are permitted, and probably necessary.
If you’ve never seen one of these in person, trust me: you’ll want to stick around.
6. Workshops! Expect a separate email soon.
7. Volunteers! We have a great crew lined up, and we have a few folks who have verbally committed to people on the planning committee but haven’t filled out the registration form. If you’re one of those, help us out and visit South Carolina Robotics Invitational & Workshops - Volunteers so we can make it official.
8. Parts! The Pandamaniacs have prepared a tote of robot parts that are still in working condition but surplus to their needs. They’ll be at pit admin if you’d like to check them out, or add some parts of your own to the mix. (We were hoping to do this for Kickoff back in January, but Miss Rona thwarted our plans.) Parts are as-is and available under Granddaddy’s dinner rules: “Take all you want, but eat all you take."
9. Call for Totes. Now that we’re part of the Peachtree District, FIRST South Carolina is looking for your empty Kickoff Kit totes to hold all the small items that go along with holding district events. If you have some extras kicking around your shop, bring them to Pit Admin and we’ll happily take them off your hands.
10. A COVID note, because someone asked. As of press time, the CDC reports Richland County is at a Low community level. We are not planning any restrictions for capacity or visitors, and Richland One does not have a mask mandate in place. We ask you to be respectful of anyone still choosing to wear a mask for extra protection. The courtyards will be open for eating and fresh air, and we encourage you to take advantage.
11. Thank you! We would not have made it to the eleventh edition of this event without the continued support of teams near and far. We can’t wait to see you all again.
Matt Hedden, Billfred Leverette, and Elizabeth and Sumter Link
SCRIW Planning Committee