Rookie Alert- What if you can’t make it to your scheduled Kickoff?~How to ask Game Questions~Plan Ahead~The FRC Administrative Manual is now available

12/24/13

Greetings Rookies:

What if you can’t make it to your scheduled Kickoff?

If your team signed up to pick up its Kit of Parts (KoP) at a Local Kickoff and your team’s travel plans have fallen through, you may ask another team in your area to pick up your KoP for you. You must provide FIRST (in Manchester, NH) with a surrogate kit pickup letter. Details on the process, along with a copy of a surrogate kit pickup letter, are available here:  http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/kickoff.  All surrogate kit pickup letters must be received at FIRST by December 30, 2013

How to ask Game Questions:

The FRC Q&A system will open on January 8, 2014 for teams to ask questions about the 2014 Game and Game Manual.  Your team’s Q&A login information will be available on the right-hand side of the Team Summary page in TIMS. The Q&A system is the only place to receive an official answer to your Game Question. Your posted questions will be reviewed by the appropriate moderator and answered in a timely manner.

Plan Ahead:

Now is a good time to visit the http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc website in order to become familiar with the resources available online.  Click on “Game & Season Info” in the left navigation bar to find the Competition Manual, Team Updates and more.  These pages will be invaluable during the season.  Team updates are official messages from the Game Design Committee that concern the current game and season.  You MUST assign someone from your team to visit this page http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/team-updates twice weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) during the season in order to keep on top of any changes.

The FRC Administrative Manual is available:

It’s a good idea to download and read the Administrative Manual now:  http://frc-manual.usfirst.org/. The Administrative Manual contains information that you will need during the season, so familiarizing yourself with the manual now will save time and trouble in the future.

Save yourself some trouble:

Rookie teams from last year suggest you hold strategy meetings NOW.  If you’ve discussed and prioritized your team’s goals before Kickoff, you’ll save valuable time during build season!

We’re here to help:

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

Did you find this rookie alert helpful?

You can find all of this season’s Rookie Alerts here http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/emailblastarchive.aspx.

Go Rookies!