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FTC Florida News - September 21, 2011

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FTC Florida News - September 21, 2011

Post by Admin on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:02 am

Hello Teams,

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 web site.

Topics covered in this email include:

1. Qualification Tournament Registration
2. Rookie Team Grant Opportunities
3. TETRIX Part Discount for FTC Teams
4. ROBOTC Training
5. LabVIEW Training

Attachments: Tournament Policy, Coaching Guidelines

1. Qualification Tournament Registration

The key aspects of registering for Qualification Tournaments are listed below. They are followed by more detailed information.

- Registration will consist of several rounds.
- Teams can register for only one tournament per round.
- Round 1 registration opens on Wednesday, September 28th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
- Round 2 registration opens on Wednesday, October 5th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
- Round 3 registration opens on Wednesday, October 12th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
- The online registration system is located here:
- It is a first come, first served registration system.
- Teams receive immediate registration confirmation.
- Read the Tournament Policies prior to registering:
- Read the Coaching Guidelines prior to registering:
- A few competition slots at the tournaments held on January 28th and February 4th will be reserved for late registering rookie teams and teams that would like an additional shot at qualifying for the Florida Championship. During the early registration rounds, these tournament will show a team capacity lower than their actual 16-team capacity.

Additional details concerning registering for Qualification Tournaments are as follows:

Qualification Tournament Registration opens on Wednesday, September 28th at 8:00 p.m. Teams hosting officially sanctioned events may register during an early registration window prior to September 28th.

The registration start page contains a table listing the tournaments, date, participation fee, team capacity and number of teams registered. The registration form requests the following information:

- Team name
- Team number
- School or organization
- Number of boys on the team
- Number of girls on the team
- Number of Mentors
- Team contact name, email address, cell phone and mailing address
- Confirmation check boxes accepting the Coaches Guidelines and Tournament Policies documents

Prior to registering or a tournament, teams should have a strategy for selecting tournaments and have read the Coaching Guidelines and Tournament Policies in order to avoid delays in completing the registration form. Pay particular attention to the policy concerning team no-shows and withdrawals from tournaments. I feel strongly that teams should live up to commitments and withdrawing or not showing up for a tournament sets a poor example for students and is not in the spirit of Gracious Professionalism. Further, Tournament Hosts put a lot of time and effort into running tournaments. Team withdrawals and no-shows add unnecessary burdens on tournament organizers. Even if your robot isn't functioning, teams are expected to attend tournament they have registered for. If you need help, ask for help as soon as your team arrives at the tournament. Our technical volunteers and FTC team mentors form other teams will be happy to help you get your robot running and through inspection.

Tournament Hosts will contact teams directly concerning topics that may include additional registration information, instructions for paying the participation/registration fee, etc.

Tournament registration will be conducted in several rounds. Teams may register for exactly one tournament in each round. Failure to register during a round is a lost opportunity that can't be recovered. We have planned enough competition slots for teams to attend two tournaments so long as most of the tournament slots are filled at all events. We believe that we have additional team capacity so that some teams will have the opportunity to attend up to three tournaments. The exact number of extra slots will depend on the number of teams in total, the number of teams that choose to attend only one tournament, and the number of unused competition slots.

Teams that fail to register for a qualifying tournament in rounds 1 or 2 run the risk of not participating in a tournament this season. I recommend that teams register early and register often.

Feel free to send an email to Michael Coleman at if you have questions about the tournament registration process.

2. Rookie Team Grant Opportunities

Three grant opportunities are available for rookie FTC teams.
- Rockwell Collins Rookie Team Grant valued at approximately $1,000. This grant is restricted to FTC teams in Florida.
- FIRST Need Based Grant for Rookie Teams valued at approximately $689.
- FLL to FIRST Tech Challenge Pathway Grant for rookie FTC teams pays the FTC registration fee valued at $275. This grant is for rookie FTC teams that have one or more students that participated in the FLL program. This grant can be combined with either the Rockwell Collins or FIRST Need Based grants.

To be eligible for the Rockwell Collins and FIRST Need Based grants the team needs to be approved for the grant prior to ordering the FTC kit-of-parts.

Contact if you are interested in applying for any of these grants.

3. TETRIX Part Discount for FTC Teams

FTC teams can purchase most TETRIX parts at a 30% discount by shopping here:

4. ROBOTC Training

The Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy is offering a free ROBOTC training course for FTC teams. This course covers how to program a TETRIX robot and also highlight the new features found in ROBOTC 3.0 such as the Samantha Wireless System and 3rd party sensors. Register for the training course here:

5. LabVIEW Training

LabVIEW training videos and other materials are located here:

Michael Coleman
FTC Affiliate Partner for Florida
Web Site:
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