The Texas Cup - August 4th-6th 2022 @ Irving Convention Center

The Texas Cup is happening!!!

The 2021-2022 robotics season has come to a close and teams have begun many of their off-season activities. The team here at FIRST® in Texas is no exception. We have been working tirelessly to put together an off-season event to be remembered for years to come and we are ready to share it with not just Texas, but the world. We are proud to officially announce the 2nd Annual Texas Cup, set to take place at the Irving Convention Center from August 4th – August 6th.

This event will feature both FIRST® Robotics Competition – Rapid React™ and FIRST® LEGO League – Cargo Connection ™ competitions. There are 64 available slots for FRC teams and 22 slots for FLL teams. The Texas Cup is open to all teams registered to compete in the 2021 – 2022 season, whether they be from Texas or anywhere else in the world.

FIRST LEGO League - Challenge (FLL-C)
August 6, 2022
This in person day of Cargo Connect game play will showcase the best of the best teams from across Texas and the world. Teams are encouraged to bring their pits to show the hard work done on their projects.
NOTE Out of state teams will need to contact us so we can add you manually to our registration system before you can register. Contact us here
$100.00 per team (before May 31)
$125.00 per team (after June 1)

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
August 4-6, 2022
Join us for three days of FIRST Robotics Competition in person game play at the Irving Convention Center. More information will be posted in the coming days.
This Rapid React off-season invitational is open to all teams currently registered with FIRST.
Load-in: August 4 at 5pm CT (Full 10×10 pits)
NOTE Out of state teams will need to contact us so we can add you manually to our registration system before you can register. Contact us here
$1,500.00 per team (before May 31)
$1,650.00 per team (after June 1)

Event Schedule
Thursday, August 4, 2022
5:00pm – 8:00pm: Team Load-In
5:00pm – 8:00pm: Practice Field Open, Inspection Starts
5:00pm – 8:00pm: Robot Connection Tests, Field Open for Calibration and Measurement
7:45pm: Practice Field Closes
8:00pm: Pits Close
Friday, August 6, 2022
7:30am: Team Check-In
8:00am – 11:30am: Practice Matches, Practice Field Open
11:30am – 1:00pm: Team Lunch
12:40pm – 1:00pm: Open Ceremonies
1:00pm – 6:00pm: Qualification Matches Continues
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Pit Time for Teams
7:00pm: Pit Closes
Saturday, August 6, 2022
7:30am: Team Check-In
8:00am – 11:30am: Qualification Matches, Practice Field Open
11:30am – 1:00pm: Team Lunch
1:00pm – 3:00pm: Qualification Matches Continues
TBD
**Schedule subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of rounds.

Event Awards for FRC Teams at the Texas Cup
Loud ‘n’ Proud Award – Celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm & spirit through gracious professionalism and teamwork
Team Choice Award – Celebrates a team for their accomplishments in robot design and strategy
Coolest Play Of The Day – Celebrates a team for their accomplishments in gameplay
Highest Rookie Seed – This is self explanatory and will be awarded to 2022 FRC Rookie Teams (does not include teams with a number 9000 as they are add on teams)
Each winner will receive a $1,000 team registration grant towards their 2022 season.

FRC Event Q&A
Q: What game rules are we using?
A: We are using the rules in the 2022 Rapid React Game Manual. We will be posting any updates for teams here before the event.
Q: What robot inspection form are we using?
A: We are using the the 2022 Rapid React Game Manual.
Q: Will we have robot inspection at the Texas Cup?
A: Yes. We will expect all teams to self inspect (using the official event form above). We will have robot inspectors onsite verifying compliance as in traditional years, but we will not require a BOM (Build of Materials) for this event.

Q: Can we decorate our pit?
A: Yes. We encourage you to decorate your 10×10 pit.
Q: Can we bring in our own snacks and drinks?
A: No, the Irving Convention Center does not allow any outside food or drinks inside.
Q: When do we get our Division assignments?
A: This is a single division event.
Q: How are we getting updates during the event?
A: During the event, we will be using SMS messaging to notify teams of important announcements. Data rates and surcharges for SMS apply by your carrier.
Q: Will there be a machine shop / parts depot?
A: We will have spare parts, but we will not have a machine shop for this event.

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Jesus… why so expensive for an offseason event?

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Because everything’s bigger in Texas. Including the registration fees! :cowboy_hat_face:

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Last year, it was $2,500 per team to register

Interesting that FLL is in and FTC is out for this event. Any explanation given to why this was the case? IIRC the FTC event last year was an official UIL event so assuming that would not be the case this year but not not still include it?

This sounds like fun! :thinking:

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I do think it was because last year was a UIL event but also, the Irving Convention Center isn’t as big as the Alamodome. This is the same convention center that hosted the FiT Irving District Event. This off-season is also a 1 division competition, not 2 like last year

I got asked a question I can’t answer: Much of our team this year consists of Seniors who will graduate in a few weeks. Which means they are no longer officially “high school students” according to FRC. That means if we go to the Texas Cup, we’ll have to go with a new Drive Team right? (Our graduating seniors would love to compete again of course…) Anyone know?

So yes u should let ur non graduating members drive as it will be good practice for next season. That being said, idk that anyone will be checking IDs.

I remember last year, they had a part in the Q&A saying something along the lines of “Students that just graduated may still compete” or something. That’s how I was able to compete last year since I graduated the May before 2021 TTC

FYI: I got a reply back from Jason (Texas Cup) who tells me that any students registered for this past season are still eligible for out of season events including the Texas Cup. But we’re thinking it’ll be good practice for a new drive team too. Now to see if our team wants to do it… it’s a LONG way to Irving from Los Alamos (and back) and we’re a pretty small team.

If the Senior drive team wants to drive, you guys could switch between both drive teams. But of course, first figure out if your team is able to go