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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I have conflicted opinions about this one. June is three months from now. On the one hand, if the vaccine rollout continues as it’s going and we don’t get any more curveballs we could be good to have a ~150 person event by then. On the other hand, we could just as easily be right back in it by then.

I think it’s a good thing to be planning events in case the future is kind. But it should be clear that holding the event is conditional and there is a chance the event will have to be cancelled and what happens in that event.

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Sir, this is Texas.

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Notably, much of the Texas government has decided to consider COVID effectively over (although the numbers don’t quite agree).

As a result, the state government (and municipal government) would be extremely unlikely to give out the policy direction to cancel this event. That being said, the venue and hosts may choose to cancel at a later date.

I say this as someone who was born, raised, and went to high school in Texas: remember, it’s called the Lone Star State because that’s the yelp rating.

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They didn’t consider it, they declared it.

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Same energy tbh

oml I forgot how full of themselves some politicians are: “…to seize the opportunities our state has to offer.”

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Exactly my point. If we as a community decide that we want to be informed by the science and not politics, we need to be clear on how we will determine when it is truly safe to hold events again, and what we will do if we schedule an event that cannot be safely held. That may mean listening to the local authorities if they show that they are following the science, or it may require the event planners to honestly make that determination themselves. But any event that isn’t willing to cancel itself if it can’t be held safely is at risk of becoming a super-spreader event and getting people infected and killed.

I trust that the FIT planning committee has the best interests of everyone in mind and wouldn’t endanger event attendees if they felt the situation was not safe. But it’s important that they communicate that publicly and disclose what the contingency plans are in case the event can’t take place as planned.

Sports in Minnesota have been going since Jan. (Basketball and Wrestling). Our Governor Just increased large indoor events to 500 ppl. We will be seeing more non FIRST supported events happening this spring and summer.

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You are obviously referring to the Yelp rating for something other than the BBQ :wink:

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has this event been approved by FIRST HQ?

Covid guidelines aside, I’m personally excited to see more matchplay and scout of course! :grinning:

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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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Just wanted to add that your ~150 person approximation assumes (only) 19 FRC teams (I’d expect this to be higher since that’s only 13% of available teams and makes for a pretty long 2+ days of qualification matches), 0 staff/volunteers and ignores the FTC competition happening at the same time.

I didn’t see how many teams they plan to have attend so I was trying to be conservative. A more normal ~30 team event would probably be at least 270 people (not including the associated FTC event).

I take it you won’t be joining us next week? :wink:

On a more serious note, wouldn’t requiring all attendees to be vaccinated/tested negative alleviate some of these concerns, allowing the event to take place?

I assume things are better in Israel, but in the US if you wanted to run an event with everyone there vaccinated you will probably have to run it in a senior living facility, because I don’t know anyone under the age of 18 (or even 21) vaccinated here.

For testing, that could work but finding rapid tests isn’t the easiest (at least from what I heard).

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Infinite Recharge 3, grandparents strike back. I’d watch a bunch of grandmas and grandpas try to drive and operate our robots. What could possibly go wrong?

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This is highly variable depending on where you live. I’m fortunate to live in a state full of sovereign Native American nations who have been kind enough to share their excess supply. I know lots of teens getting the vaccine, and it’s been available statewide for teachers for a few weeks before that.

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