So, by now, most Week 0 events are wrapping up. Robots have been broken, defenses have been breached, and towers have been scaled. What has everyone learned? From participating, viewing, or simply talking about the event. Here are some of my notable facts.
Very few to no robots can damage Category C defenses by themselves.
Very very few robots can scale. (501 managed it in qual 16 in merrimack)
Most shooters at this point are not quite tuned, and struggle to shoot any high goals at all.
I learned high goals will be a lot more rare then expected and that defense is very important. Visibility is as bad as I imagined so make sure you have a camera on the robot. I also learned ball inconsistency is back so make sure to have a way to adjust your shooter to compensate. Tortugas were not as rampant as originally thought so that’s good.
Other then that I learned this is going to be a really fun game.
About defenses: most teams can do most terrain-based defenses, as well as the low bar. The category A’s seemed to be more of a challenge, as very few people attempted either the portcullis or the cheval de friese. The drawbridge/sally port I did not see anyone attempt at Suffield, though, to be fair (did 181 do the drawbridge? I’m not sure), I wasn’t exactly sitting in the stands and watching the whole time.
Shooting: Ooh, big one. High goals are hard. Really hard. I think we learned that it may be beneficial to shoot low instead of high, simply for the higher success rate (substantially), and less time wasted on aiming/defenders blocking your way. I think low goals are the way to go, especially if you’re going for a capture.
Thanks to Aces High for hosting Suffield Shakedown!
The individual matches have been uploaded to the FRC GameSense Youtube channel.
I just would like to take this time to highlight Frank Merrick in the bottom right corner of this video, celebrating 501’s successful climb. After being near him through a pair of competitions, I’ve begun to see how much he truly wants every team to succeed. He’s great for FRC.