As you know the Fall Classic is 10 days away. We currently have six teams that have registered and paid. There are a few other teams that have said they will help with various aspects of the event. If we do not have at least 12 teams that have confirmed they will attend by Monday October 2, we will cancel the event.
The following teams have paid:
The following teams have volunteered to support the event
We have phone numbers for all of these teams. We do not have a phone number for most of the other teams in the Southern California area. We would like to contact each team. Due to the short timeframe we will have to do so by phone. If you have a phone number for the main contact for a team in Southern California, could you please send it to me in a PM? It will not be distributed to any telemarketers or other undesireables.
WHen we had problems getting teams for the Rah Cha Cha RUckus we asked nearby teams to donate their robot for creating faux teams (Thank you again 378!) using students who aren’t on the their team’s dricve team and want to drive. It’s better than nothing.
I don’t know if this have been considered, I am sure it has, but I want to bring it up anyway. Have you gone to the FIRST website and found all the teams who attended the Southern California Regional? If they do not have a team website, have you looked at their school website and call their numbers to find out how to contact their FIRST team? How about looking at that list of teams and PM/e-mail members of this forum from those teams?
Contacting team is a very difficult task. It tooks us a while to contact all the Northern California teams about Cal Games. It took so much work that we have a registration group just for it. And thanks to Phyllis Schmit of team 1351 and her daughter Stephanie, we were able to contact a lot of teams because of #1 old contacts from previous Cal Games, WRRF workshops and other previous WRRF contacts, #2 through the FIRST website and contacting schools about this, #3 asking every team we are able to contact to pass on contact info for other teams they know, and #4 having students contact other students because they tend to get connected through Chief Delphi and AIM during competitions.
Posting on Chief Delphi is not nearly enough to get all the attention you need.
We struggled for a long time for this because of unreliable contacts and people neglecting their e-mails. Took us almost 3-4 months to rebuilt our contact list, and even then it’s not perfect (We are missing most of the rookie teams). It’s a lot of work, and I honestly don’t know how much you can do with a little more than a week away.
Good luck with this, I hope it works out for you guys.
[quote=Ken LeungHave you gone to the FIRST website and found all the teams who attended the Southern California Regional? If they do not have a team website, have you looked at their school website and call their numbers to find out how to contact their FIRST team? How about looking at that list of teams and PM/e-mail members of this forum from those teams?
4 Lake Balboa
362 Los Angeles
580 North Hollywood
589 La Crescenta
597 Los Angeles
606 Los Angeles
634 Van Nuys
696 La Crescenta
702 Culver city
812 San Diego
974 Los Angeles
1070 Woodland hills
1148 Studio City
1160 San Marino
1266 San Diego
1452 Los Angeles
1515 Beverly hills
1644 Los Angeles
1661 Sherman Oaks
1692 Los Angeles
1722 la Canada
1759 El Segundo
1836 Los Angeles
1851 Sun valley
1925 West Hills
1972 El Centro
now, I have no idea how far away some of these are, I just put all the California teams from the socal regional … but a lot are pretty close to the south bay. PM me if you want to try to split up contacting them, I’ll help if you need me to.
One thing we learned the hard way when you are doing an off-season event it is very different from a regular season event and teams that are even from that area may not participate for whatever reason. So you can’t really count on the team list from a regional and assume those teams will sign up for your off season event. There are just teams that don’t do the off season.
we have tried a lot to get contacts to teams. So far, a lot of teams havent responded, dont have a working contact on websites or on FIRST, and dont check the SCRRF newsletters that are sent to each team (as well as many team mebers). I personally probably spent a good 20 hours in the past month and a half trying to find contacts to teams in SoCal with little to no sucess. Nancy cant give me the contact stuff as its againt FIRST to give out other teams personal information without their consent. Trust me, 599 has tried good and hard to get people to notice there is an event. Its also hard since on the West Coast, this forum is not as popular as it is on the East Coast. oh well, SCRRF also has a tendency to sign up late. Well, these next 6 days are crunch times to sign up for Fall Classic. What is ironic is that this, acording to a meeting with Tarek and Chris, is the most organized Fall Classic yet, as we have been planning this event for a while and got a lot of prep done for this day. oh well.
oh, to answer how long we have been planning. umm. Chris talked to me about it over the summer. I took on planning the event with a team mate of mine about early august. Registration has been open for about a month. If you look at the Fall Classic thread on this forum section, it should show you this sort of stuff. We have been planning for a while.