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FTC Florida News for Teams - October 29, 2013

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FTC Florida News for Teams - October 29, 2013

Post by Admin on Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:37 pm

Hello Teams,

Our first League Meets of the season are just around the corner! Is your team ready to play FTC Block Party? If your answer is “no,” don’t be concerned; most teams feel this way before their first tournament of the season. You will be surprised at how your team will rise to the occasion and have a fun competition day. Today’s email topics are focused on helping teams have a successful competition day. As always, please share this email with everyone on your team.

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Topics in this email include:

1. Robot Pre-Inspection
2. Equipment List
3. Inspection Procedure
4. Robot Match Procedure
5. Qualification Matches #1 and #2
6. Qualification Matches Immediately After Lunch
7. Security
8. Safety
9. FIRST Consent and Release Form and STIMS


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1. Robot Pre-Inspection
Robot Construction Rule requires that teams conduct a self-inspection of their robot and submit the completed hardware and software inspection forms at tournament check-in or at another designated place. Perform a robot inspection one week or more prior to competition day using the checklist in the Game Manual Part 1. Download the game manual from the FTC website: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/game


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2. Equipment List
Mandatory Equipment for Competitions:
- Safety glasses for all students, coaches, and mentors. Bring extra safety glasses for guests that would like to visit the Pit Area.
- Closed toed shoes are required in the Pit Area and around the playing field.
- Samantha Communications Module with its power and USB A-B cables.
- Notebook computer containing the team’s driver-controlled and autonomous programs, and ROBOTC or LabVIEW installed.

Recommended Equipment for Competitions:
- Disposable or individually chargeable batteries for the NXT to backup your primary NXT battery in the event there isn't sufficient time between matches to keep it charged.
- Spare 20 Amp mini-fuses for the external battery pack.
- Power strip and power extension cable
- Written Checklists: 1. Pre-match robot check; 2. Robot match setup; 3. Post-match robot check.


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3. Robot Inspection Procedure
Robots are required to pass robot hardware and software inspections before they are allowed to compete in a match. The Tournament Host or the Lead Robot Hardware Inspector will assign teams to specific Hardware and Software inspection times. Tournament Hosts will email the robot inspection schedules prior to tournament day so that teams can plan ahead for their busy tournament day morning.


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4. Robot Match Procedure
- Monitor match progress on the playing fields. It is extremely important that we strive to stay on schedule. Our goal is to stay within +/- one match of the published match schedule. Once we reach +/- two matches, we will modify procedures to speed-up or slow down match turn times.

- Queuing Instructions:
--- Arrive in the queuing area adjacent to the competition playing field approximately 15-minutes prior to the expected start of your match. The expected match time may be slightly different from the time shown on the Qualifying Match schedule if the tournament isn’t running on schedule. The expected match start time can be either earlier or later than the schedule.
--- Pay attention to the action on the competition playing field. Move to the alliance station at the playing field when directed by a volunteer. Delays in setting up will contribute to schedule delays.

- Competition Playing Field Instructions:
--- Teams are required to stand in their assigned Alliance Station Position (i.e. Red-1, Red-2, Blue-1, or Blue-2) so that they are using the Logitech Gamepad Controllers assigned to their robot. Alliance Station assignments are specified on the Qualification Match list.
--- Blue Alliance robots are placed on the field first.
--- Red Alliance robots are placed on the field after the Blue Alliance robots are on the field. The Red Alliance may waive their right to place robots on the field after the Blue Alliance by simply placing their robots on the field early. There is no need to notify the referees.
--- Perform the following checks (as a minimum) each time your robot is placed on the playing field. 1. Pre-load the Autonomous Block; 2. Turn-on the switch for the external battery; 3. Turn-on the NXT; 4. Select and execute the autonomous program on the NXT.
--- Pay attention to instructions from the Referees and Game Announcer. Delays in responding to their instructions will contribute to schedule delays.
--- Don’t hold the Logitech Gamepad Controllers during the autonomous portion of the match. The Gamepads should remain on the floor, outside the playing field perimeter wall.
--- The game announcer will start the autonomous and driver-controlled portions of the match with a countdown: 3-2-1 Go.
--- Drivers may pick-up their Logitech Gamepad Controllers at the end of the autonomous period.
--- Referees will announce when teams may remove their robots from the playing field. Clear the area as quickly as possible so that teams for the next match can setup. The coach and one student driver should leave the playing field as soon as possible at the conclusion of the match, unless two students are needed to safely remove a hanging robot from the Pull-up Bar. The remaining student driver(s) should remain behind to remove the robot from the playing field.
--- Return the alliance flag to the queuing area and leave the game elements (plastic blocks) on the playing field.


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5. Qualification Matches #1 and #2.
Teams participating in qualification matches #1 and #2 need to report to the playing field with their robots by 9:50 a.m. to setup robots prior to the start of the Opening Ceremony. Members of the drive team for match #1 will setup their robots on the playing field and watch the Opening Ceremony from the sidelines near the playing fields. Members of the drive teams for match #2 place their robots on the queuing tables and they will watch the Opening Ceremony with the audience. Teams participating in match #2 should report to the queuing area immediately at the end of the Opening Ceremony. The first match starts directly at the end of the Opening Ceremony.


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6. Qualification Matches Immediately After Lunch
Teams participating in the first two matches after the lunch break need to report to the queuing area at 12:50 p.m. so that we can start match play at 1:00 p.m.


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7. Security
Teams should never leave anything of value unattended. For added protection, I recommend teams use security locks/cables to attach computers to a large object such as a table. Please label all robot batteries, battery chargers, Logitech Gamepad controllers, power strips, tools, etc. with your team number. Turn in lost and found items to the Information desk in the Pit Area.


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8. Safety
Everyone is required to wear safety glasses in the Pit and around the playing fields. Bring enough safety glasses for your students, mentors and guests.

Power tools may not be used inside the venue. Teams may use battery powered screwdrivers in the pit area as long as they are not used to drill or grind.

Closed toed shoes are required for everyone in the Pit Area and around the playing field.


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9. FIRST Consent and Release Form and STIMS
STIMS summary reports and/or FIRST Consent and Release forms are required for student team members, coaches, and mentors attending the tournament. Consent and Release forms are not required for spectators.

All of the students, mentors, and coaches on your team should be entered into STIMS and have an approved status. Bring a copy of the STIMS summary report and turn it in to the check-in desk upon arrival. Visit this web page for information about STIMS: www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/stims

Student team members, mentors, and coaches attending the tournament that don’t appear as approved on the STIMS report, are required to turn in a completed FIRST Consent and Release form at check-in. The FIRST Consent and Release form is available for download from the FIRST web site: www.usfirst.org/sites/default/files/uploadedFiles/Robotics_Programs/Consent_and_Release_Form.pdf


That's all for now.

Take care,


Michael Coleman
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