Rookie Alert- Upcoming Deadlines~Help is available~Save yourself some time

11/12/13

Greetings Rookies:

Welcome to the hardest fun you’ll ever have! We are well aware that a team’s rookie season can be overwhelming, so we will be sending Rookie Alerts periodically during the season to highlight important deadlines and provide timely advice. 

Upcoming Deadlines:

Kickoff Registration closes Thursday, 12/5/13: In order to get a Kit of Parts (KoP), you must select your Kit and Kickoff preferences in TIMS:  https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso Once logged in, click the Edit/View button in the Kit & Kickoff section to select your team’s Kit and Kickoff preferences

Tip! We encourage teams to attend a local Kickoff, as this will save your team shipping costs (usually hundreds of dollars). Additionally, this will save time (having a KoP shipped means that it will arrive sometime after Kickoff – exactly when depends on your location and a number of circumstances beyond our control). Also, attending a Local Kickoff will allow you to meet people from other teams!

Event Registration closes Thursday, 12/5/13: To register for an event, please login to TIMS:  https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso. Once logged in, complete all fields in the Team Profile section (or the system won’t let you register for an event). Next, click the Edit/View button in the Event Registration section to register your team for event(s).

Tip! Looking for grant information? Please visit:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/available-frc-grants.

Initial Event Registration Payment deadline Friday, 12/6/13: Detailed information on Registration Payment Terms can be found here:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/frc-payment-terms.

Help is available:

Local Contacts: If you haven’t already been in contact with your local Regional Director http://www.usfirst.org/regional-contacts or Senior Mentor http://www.usfirst.org/community/volunteers/first-senior-mentor-program, we encourage you to get in touch with them now!

Save yourself some time:

Rookie teams from last year suggest you get your Kickoff and event travel plans approved by your school district now to prevent issues later.  Find out what kind of permissions you will need from parents to take students to events, arrange transportation and recruit some help from the school for event chaperones.

We’re here to help:

If you have any questions, please contact Team Support at frcteams@usfirst.org  or 1-800-871-8326, “0” – we are eager to help you during this rookie season! (If you are calling from outside the United States, please dial +1.603-666-3906, “0”)

 Go Rookies!