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Thanks and Reflection

Thanks

Wow, what a season we had! From a very different FRC game that had its own unique strengths and weaknesses, to running over 10,000 matches at nearly 100 events, to the addition of two new Districts, to significant changes to awards, to all sorts of changes at Championship – and I could go on - we’ve had a wild, and fun, ride. 

Forgot One!

I forgot an issue at Championship I wanted to be sure to mention. When the Alliances in the finals were asked to shake hands, the fourth team in the Alliance was excluded. This was not good. We wanted to make sure all teams on the Alliance were treated as equally as possible, and this was a miss on our part. We’ll get this fixed for next year. All four teams on each Alliance will be invited to shake hands with the other Alliance.

Frank

2014 Championship Pros & Cons

I hope everyone who attended the FIRST Championship is recovered from all the activity!  

As I did last year, I wanted to list initial impressions on what went well at the FIRST Championship from an FRC perspective, and what could use some work. Just like the lists last year, these aren’t intended to be exhaustive. Also, note that these pros and cons are for the Championship itself only, not about the game or any other aspect of FRC or FIRST this season.

Pros

FedEx Innovation Challenge


See some exciting information below from FIRST Strategic Partner and FRC Crown Supplier FedEx:

Your team could win $10,000 in the FedEx Innovation Challenge

Hashtags and robots and prizes – oh my!

This year at FIRST Championship, there’s some new fun thrown into the mix for FRC and FTC teams.

Entry and Seating at the FIRST Championship

We want to make sure everyone attending the FIRST Championship has a safe and enjoyable experience. We’ve made a few changes to entry and seating we think will help improve things this year.

One Additional Entrance Open

Orlando Incident

At the Orlando Regional, the number one ranked alliance was retroactively disqualified for two matches because of a failure to be re-inspected after a modification had been made to one of their robots, the robot of Team 1902, Exploding Bacon. I received a phone call from the field on this incident before the disqualification was announced, and supported the recommendation of the disqualification based on the information I had available at the time. 

Guest Blog from FedEx

I'm pleased to present a guest blog from FedEx, a FIRST Strategic Partner and Crown Supplier to FRC:

Scott Evans, FLL Engineer, and David Nelson from FedEx

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