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Nothing is worse than arriving at a FIRST Robotics Competition and finding out you've left things back in the workshop. One of the best ways to find the power tools or extra battery you forgot to bring to competition is to ask other teams! Be sure to look for us in the pits. The Green Machine is committed to ensuring that every team, whether rookie or veteran, has a great experience at competition.
Don’t be Shy, Ask for Help
One of FIRST’s most important concepts is Gracious Professionalism, meaning that all teams help each other out so everyone can do their best. If you run into a technical problem or don’t have a part you need, talk to the Pit Admin and staff. FIRST supplies events with a crate of spare parts, plus veteran teams are always willing to lend a hand, a wrench, fresh batteries, or help you program your robot.
Scouting and Game Strategy
After qualifying rounds, the top 8 seeded teams will each pick 2 more teams to join them in an alliance for elimination rounds, and if you end up in the top 8, that means you will need to be ready to choose! Just in case you are fortunate enough to be one of the top teams, you will need to prepare a list of robots you will want on your alliance (seeds 1-16 should prepare such a list!) keeping in mind that a robot can only be chosen once. Websites like The Blue Alliance can be helpful for this, or just having team members in the stands taking notes on other teams’ robots. However, the more organized you are, the better. Ideally, you would collect pictures of all robots competing and notes on each robot detailing their points scored and lost in multiple matches, as well as any distinguishing features. The Blue Alliance is the place to go when it comes to all things scouting. It is without a doubt one of the most important resources to have when it comes to competition season. Excellent for scouting and strategizing, TBA provides statistics on all FIRST teams in official competitions as well as video of matches. Many FRC teams have developed Scouting Apps. Check out this Scouting App created by Team 2052-KnightKrawler for Android.
Your Team’s Safety Manual
You may feel pretty decked out with your safety glasses, close-toed shoes, hair ties and safe practices around machinery, but no pit is complete without a current season FIRST Safety Manual. Judges and Safety Advisors love safety and the more you can show them you’ve been thinking about it, the better. Make sure your team is well aware of safety rules and regulations for every competition.
Get your team’s name out
If your team doesn’t make it into the top 8 seeds, don’t pack up the robot just yet! The competition may not be over for your team. Throughout the Thursday practice rounds and well into Friday’s qualification matches, you should be talking to other teams as well as the top contenders, possibly providing them with a flyer about your robot’s competitive advantages, stats, and picture of your robot. The more other teams know about you, the more likely they are to pick you when it comes to alliance selections.
Be loud and be proud! Getting your team name out there is one of the most important things to do at competition, so deck your pit out with your team name, number and colors; a good looking pit always pays off. FIRST has some rules & regs about how its brand name is presented; read those and download high-resolution artwork from their site.
An Example of Giveaways
An Example of Giveaways
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Even though only a select number of teams can move on from any given competition, the truth is that every team that reaches a competition deserves to be a winner… so make it happen! Many teams make awards to hand out to other teams at competitions, such as “Most Creative Robot,” “Fastest Robot,” or “Best Rookie.” Other teams prefer to give away buttons or chains. This is a great way to foster friendship with other teams and get yourself noticed in a good way at competition.
Everyone Needs a Job
Just because the robot is out of the crate doesn’t mean you can sit back and relax. There is a lot of work to do at the competition. Get organized before you get to the arena: check out a sample job list from NEMO, the Non-Engineering Mentors Organization.