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FTC Florida News - August 18, 2011

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FTC Florida News - August 18, 2011

Post by Admin on Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:29 pm

Hello Teams,

This is the first official Florida FTC team email blast for the 2011-2012 season. Please share this and all other team email blasts with your team. Unless you have made other arrangements with me, the only people on your team that receive this email are the main and alternate team contacts that are listed in the FIRST Team Information Management System that was used to register your team with FIRST. All of the Florida FTC team email blasts are placed in an email archive on the www.flfirst.org web site.

Topics in this email include:

1. Season Kickoff
2. Tournament Structure
3. Qualifying Tournament Hosts
4. FTC Workshops at the FRC Off-Season Tournament Tempest N Tampa
5. Florida FTC Social Networking


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1. Season Kickoff

The 2011 Florida season kickoff will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011. This free event is sponsored by FTC & FRC teams 1902, Exploding Bacon and it is open to the public. We will offer technical workshops that directly relate to the new robot game, reveal the game, display the playing field for teams to explore, and hold a game Q&A session. The kickoff event will be held at the Orange County -University of Florida/IFAS Extension Education Center located at 6021 South Conway Road in Orlando. The web site for the education center is found here: ocextension.ifas.ufl.edu/

Teams attending the kickoff will receive sample game elements to jump-start their robot design efforts. Send an email to Michael.Coleman@flfirst.org with your team number(s) and the estimated number of attendees so that we can assure that we have sufficient seating, refreshments, and game elements. Also let me know if your team is attending the workshops and game reveal or just the game reveal.

Lunch is not provided at the kickoff. Snacks and refreshments will be provided between the workshops and the game reveal.

If you attend the kickoff, please ask your team to keep the game confidential until 3:00 p.m. That means, no pictures posted, no tweets or FB updates with game information, etc.

Schedule:

12:15 p.m. - Check-in

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Sensor Workshop. Sensor use during game play is instrumental in building a high scoring robot. Hans and Carson Wolf from the 2010 Florida Inspire Award Winning team FTC 1369 (Minotaur) will instruct teams on how to use sensors with the ROBOTC programming language.

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. - Mechanical Design Workshop. This workshop covers robot mechanical design topics that specifically address the challenges presented in the new robot game.

2:30 p.m. - Game reveal and teams explore the playing field.

3:30 p.m - Game Q&A


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2. Tournament Structure

The Florida FTC program runs a two tier tournament structure. FTC teams host qualifying tournaments where 12 to 16-teams compete to earn an invitation to the Florida Championship. The number of teams from each qualifying tournament receiving invitations to the State Championship depends on the total number of qualifying tournaments, the number of teams attending a tournament and the capacity of the Florida Championship. In general, two or three top performing teams plus the team hosting the qualifying tournament earn invitations to the State Championship. Tournament advancement criteria are specified in section three of the 2011-2012 Game Manual.

Registration for qualifying tournaments will be performed through the Florida FTC web site (www.flfirst.org) starting in late September.


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3. Qualifying Tournament Hosts

Our goal is to have sufficient qualifying tournament capacity so that each team has the opportunity to attend at least two tournaments. To achieve this goal, we need to hold nine or ten qualifying tournaments if the number of teams grows by our typical 20%. We currently have four confirmed tournament dates, one tentative tournament and two tournaments that are working on selecting dates. If all of these tournaments are confirmed, we will need at least two more teams to host qualifying tournaments. Visit the Florida FTC web site for a list of confirmed and tentative qualifying tournaments: www.flfirst.org/Florida_First_Tech_Challenge/Events.html

Tournament Hosts provide a facility from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening (a Saturday-Sunday tournament is also an option), volunteers, volunteer lunch and snacks, trophies, and a practice field. I provide the competition playing field, electronics, referee shirts, robot sizing box. I can also provide PA and video systems for some tournaments. I will help with tournament setup and volunteer on tournament day. We also have several awesome volunteers that can fill key roles such as referees, judges, Field Technical Advisors, and robot inspectors.

As a thank you for running a tournament, Tournament Hosts receive an automatic invitation for one team to attend the Florida Championship and priority registration during the first phase of qualifying tournament registration for all of the host's teams.

Please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in hosting a qualifying tournament. I would like to finalize the tournament schedule prior to the season kickoff on September 10, 2011.


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4. FTC Workshops at the FRC Off-Season Tournament Tempest N Tampa

Tempest N Tampa (TNT) is the FRC off-season competition held in Tampa on Saturday, September 17th. The FTC program will offer workshops at TNT covering game strategy and scouting, what to expect on tournament day, sensors, and mechanical design. It is unlikely that we will setup a playing field for the new game at this event. A detailed workshop schedule will be in the next team email blast.


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5. Florida FTC Social Networking

The Florida FTC program offers several online social networking options that facilitate team-to-team communication. These are great forums to share your team's best practices, ask for help, organize informal scrimmages, or to keep in touch with your FIRST friends. Checkout Florida FTC online today:

Web Site: www.flfirst.org
Forum: flftc.forumotion.com
FTC Twitter: twitter.com/FLFirst
Facebook: www.facebook.com/FloridaFTC


Michael Coleman
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