Texas Cup - June 14th-17th 2021 @ Alamodome

Source: The Texas Cup | FIRST in Texas

FIRST® in Texas is proud to announce The Texas Cup, an in-person robotics competition to be held the week of June 15th-17th at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Planned with safety in mind, this will be an inclusive opportunity for teams in the Texas and New Mexico district to compete in a format more resembling a standard FIRST® competition season. The FIRST® in Texas staff alongside our incredible volunteers organized by Lucia Sevcik, have been hard at work ensuring the event is carried out with safety as a top priority.

Who Competes at The Texas Cup?
In a standard year, The Texas Cup will be an off-season event for both FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition. This year, The Texas Cup will stand as an in-person championship for the INFINITE RECHARGE game and will be the only in-person UIL robotics competition for 2021. Students from across the Texas and New Mexico area have worked hard to build their robots this season, this will be a great opportunity for them to get wheels on carpet and show off the fruits of their labor. All eligible students will be allowed to compete if they were classified as a senior or younger in the 2021 season.
The Texas Cup will also host the annual FIRST Access competition, which will be making its debut at the 2021 Texas Cup. FIRST® Access is a collaboration with Special Olympics of Texas, spearheaded by our own Director of Impact and Evaluation, Jess Jankowitsch. To learn more about FIRST® Access, click HERE.
Chris Caddel, Events and Logistics Coordinator at FIRST® in Texas, said this about the event,

Event Schedule
Monday, June 14th
8:00am-10:00pm – Load In/ Final Inspections
Tuesday, June 15th
8:00am-9:00pm – FIRST® Robotics Competition Qualifications
8:00am-6:00pm – FIRST® Tech Challenge UIL Championship
Wednesday, June 16th
8:00am-9:00pm – FIRST® Robotics Competition Qualifications
8:00am-6:00pm – FIRST® Tech Challenge Qualifications
Thursday, June 17th
8:00am-5:00pm – FIRST® Robotics Competition UIL/Texas Cup Championship
8:00am-5:00pm – FIRST® Tech Challenge State Championship

Registration will open March 15, 2021 at noon.

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Source: The Texas Cup | FIRST in Texas

FIRST® in Texas is proud to announce The Texas Cup, an in-person robotics competition to be held the week of June 15th-17th at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Planned with safety in mind, this will be an inclusive opportunity for teams in the Texas and New Mexico district to compete in a format more resembling a standard FIRST® competition season. The FIRST® in Texas staff alongside our incredible volunteers organized by Lucia Sevcik, have been hard at work ensuring the event is carried out with safety as a top priority.

Who Competes at The Texas Cup?
In a standard year, The Texas Cup will be an off-season event for both FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Competition. This year, The Texas Cup will stand as an in-person championship for the INFINITE RECHARGE game and will be the only in-person UIL robotics competition for 2021. Students from across the Texas and New Mexico area have worked hard to build their robots this season, this will be a great opportunity for them to get wheels on carpet and show off the fruits of their labor. All eligible students will be allowed to compete if they were classified as a senior or younger in the 2021 season.
The Texas Cup will also host the annual FIRST Access competition, which will be making its debut at the 2021 Texas Cup. FIRST® Access is a collaboration with Special Olympics of Texas, spearheaded by our own Director of Impact and Evaluation, Jess Jankowitsch. To learn more about FIRST® Access, click HERE.
Chris Caddel, Events and Logistics Coordinator at FIRST® in Texas, said this about the event,

Event Schedule
Monday, June 14th
8:00am-10:00pm – Load In/ Final Inspections
Tuesday, June 15th
8:00am-9:00pm – FIRST® Robotics Competition Qualifications
8:00am-6:00pm – FIRST® Tech Challenge UIL Championship
Wednesday, June 16th
8:00am-9:00pm – FIRST® Robotics Competition Qualifications
8:00am-6:00pm – FIRST® Tech Challenge Qualifications
Thursday, June 17th
8:00am-5:00pm – FIRST® Robotics Competition UIL/Texas Cup Championship
8:00am-5:00pm – FIRST® Tech Challenge State Championship

Registration will open March 15, 2021 at noon.

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has this event been approved by FIRST HQ?

Where are you getting that information? It is supported by FIRST in Texas, not FIRST itself from the information I can find.

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Yes this has been approved by FIRST HQ per a conversation with a FIRST in Texas representative.

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Texas Cup Divisions are out! Very excited to see Texas get 2 divisions.

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118+148 2 vs 148 + 118 2 in finals would honestly make up for the last year

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I bet 3310 will have something to say about that…

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Time for the #spaceHawks to fly again!

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Man, finally some competitive IR matches to look forward to. If the teaser of what competitive matches can look like that 118 and 148 gave us last year was any indication, I am suuuuper excited.

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Ratings are over a year old and B teams won’t all be equal, but ignoring that the divisions look fairly well balanced!

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The Texas Cup organizers sent out changes to the event rules today. The event is 3 weeks away nearly all teams have their transportation and accomodations plans organized and got approval from their schools, teams, parents etc, and paid their registration for 1 or 2 teams based on the previous rules.

Greetings Texas Cup FRC Teams,
Below you will find an information update on the Health and Safety Measures for the Texas Cup.
Health and Safety Measures

  • Attending this event is voluntary and will be hosted according to CDC, Texas Health Department, and City of San Antonio guidelines. Guidance continues to evolve as we get closer to the start of the event and as of now:
  • Teams will be restricted to thirteen (13) in-person students with floor access.
  • The event floor will be organized to allow participant to promote safe physical distancing.
  • Teams and Mentors are encouraged to test for COVID-19 within 7 days prior to the event.
  • All attendees will be strongly encouraged to wear masks, however, they will no longer be required.
  • Guests of teams and spectators will be considered “General Admission” for the 200 level of the Alamodome and will seated on a first come, first served basis. There is no fee for guests or spectators.
    These rules and regulations are a precautionary measure to ensure the maximum level of safety for all involved. More information regarding safety and event information, can be found on the Event Info page at thetexascup.net.
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2nd email this morning.

For a little over a year, FIRST in Texas and all Texans, have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and I think it is safe to say that we all have our stories about how we have all had to adapt and respond to various crises in our daily lives.

Our team of staff and volunteers at FIRST in Texas have been working for more than 11 months on the inaugural FIRST in Texas – Texas Cup 2021 that is scheduled to kick off on June 14, 2021 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. While this event was initially planned as an off season showcase of programs, it evolved rapidly to encompass the University Interscholastic League (UIL) state championship for both FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. As well as our inaugural official state championship for the FIRST Tech Challenge program.

When we announced the Texas Cup, it was decided that based on science and legal restrictions, we had to keep capacity low, fully masked and socially distanced. While most of that is counterintuitive to a traditional FIRST styled event, it was important that we worked collaboratively with our teams and sponsors to deliver an event for students that is well within the relevant safety guidelines at the time of launch.

In the past 20 days, things have started to look much better for Texas and COVID-19 infection numbers continue to drop. As we have all recently seen, our governor has implemented a new Executive Order that now prohibits governments and public schools from mandating mask wearing starting June 4, 2021. With this new order, FIRST in Texas is again having to adjust its guidance to the teams in Texas attending the Texas Cup.

Safety has always been a top priority for FIRST in Texas and we want to make sure that everyone knows that for the Texas Cup a lot of review and honest discussions have occurred before issuance of the new guidelines that will be posted on thetexascup.net website on Monday, May 24, 2021.

As partners and key members of our team, I wanted to make sure that this was communicated in advance so you were aware as some of these changes are significant.

  • All attendees will be strongly encouraged to wear masks, however, they will no longer be required.
  • There will no longer be medical screenings at the entrances of the venue for students, coaches or guests. This includes temperature and symptom checks.
  • We will no longer impose social distancing restrictions but will still display social distancing guidance via signage and messaging.
  • We will open the entire second floor of the Alamodome to general admission. That means that teams can invite as many folks as they wish to fill up that space.
  • We have adjusted the team attendance restrictions (how many can attend) to 13 per team.
  • We will no longer require a COVID-19 negative test or proof of vaccination for attendees.
  • Teams are discouraged, but not prohibited from visiting other teams at their pits.

We are still restricting the following:

  • Teams may not decorate their pits and may only bring essential materials that can be taken in one load-in by team members.
  • Teams may not adjust the pipe and drape for the pits.
  • Teams may not stand around the field to watch the games. The only place teams can view the game are in the stands on the first floor.
  • Media team members may not be around the game floor and will need to be in the stands as well.

We know that these changes are not welcomed by some and applauded by others. We worked very hard trying to find a middle ground that allows us to do as much safety as possible, but also be respectful of some of the positions our public-school teachers are in with the new order from our governor. It is important to also note that the Alamodome is a government owned facility and is subject to that same order.

We want all of our attendees to be safe and respectful of others. Again, we strongly encourage the wearing of a face covering during the event, respect people’s personal space and be Gracious Professionals if asked to move along by staff in an effort to avoid clumping of people in areas. We will still have several hand sanitizing stations around the venue for everyone to use. We will still ask everyone to wash your hands frequently, cover any coughs and respect everyone attending our event.

COVID-19 has taught us many lessons, with some of them having major impacts in our lives. For us at FIRST in Texas, it has changed program delivery for years to come. Please know that we take these changes very seriously and we want all attendees to enjoy their time at the Texas Cup; while respecting the fact that some of our attendees may still be very guarded with their personal safety.

Thank you all for being part of the FIRST in Texas family and without you, there would be no FIRST in Texas. Through partnerships, trust and transparency we will continue to provide a powerful and impactful program for all of our kids.

Jason Arms

Executive Director - FIRST in Texas

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As somebody actually going to the event as a participant I’d consider last week’s changes to the food policy at the Texas Cup extremely relevant to.

They made the change to allow us to bring outside food to the parking lot of the Alamodome when it was previously banned. So yeah, recommendations about where to cater food from and what places are or aren’t open in downtown area compared to the last time we went to the Alamo Regional would be highly relevant.

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