Important Team/Robot Information:
Inspections will take place between 8:00AM and 10:00AM day of event. There will be two stations set up, one for each inspection. Although there will be a tentative schedule for inspections, please feel free to have your robot inspected at any time the tables are open.
A few general reminders:
1. Please ensure that your robot has a flag holder easily accessible near the top of your robot.
2. Team numbers need to be large and visible on two opposing sides of the robot for ease of identification.
3. Match lists will be available as soon as all teams have:
a. Checked in
b. Passed hardware inspection (Bill of Materials no longer needed, however ensure parts are legal as outlined in Game Manual Part 1)
3. You can use this link to prepare for the competition and inspections prior to the event. Being prepared makes the morning less stressful.
Make sure your team has the most current game manual and information by using the resources provided by FTC, here.
the following is adapted from PA FTC event checklist….
Robot and Field Inspection Checklists
The FTC Robot will be required to pass Robot and Field inspections before being cleared to compete. These inspections will ensure that all FTC Robot rules and regulations are met. Initial inspections will take place during Team check-in/practice time. The official FTC “Robot Inspection Checklists” are located in FTC RES-Q Game Manual Part 1
Appendices A and B. Teams are required to conduct a self-inspection of their Robot and submit the completed Robot Inspection forms to the Robot Inspectors. See FTC RES-Q Game Manual Part 1
section 6.0 Robot Inspection
To help ensure the wireless communications are operating properly and consistently for all teams during events, RES-Q Tournament Rules <T3>, <T4> and <T5> will be strictly enforced. At the event Teams will be provided with the Wi-Fi channel or channels they may use for their robot. Use of other Wi-Fi channels is prohibited. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Please ask the FTA for assistance with wifi connections, as well as proper phone and code names.
RES-Q Tournament Rule <T3>
No Team, Team Member, or event attendee is allowed to set up their own Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz or 5GHz) wireless communication in the venue. Non-allowed wireless communications include, but are not limited to:
- Cellular Hotspots (e.g. cell phones, tablets, MiFi).
- Ad-hoc networks.
- Nintendo DS peer-to-peer.
- Bluetooth communication with Robots in the Competition Area.
No Team, Team Member, or event attendee shall interfere with a Team’s Wi-Fi Direct® communication with their own Robot.
The Penalty for violating rule <T3> is disqualification of the entire Team from the Event and their removal from the venue property. Teams may not appeal the penalty and no refunds will be given for registration fees, pre-paid meals, etc. FIRST may conduct a post-Event review and determine if any additional penalties are to be imposed upon the offending Team.
Teams are encouraged to report wireless security vulnerabilities to the Field Tech Advisor at an Event. Teams should always keep in mind Gracious Professionalism™, and therefore only report valid and verifiable violations of this rule. After the FTA is alerted of a potential rule violation, he/she will confer with the Head Referee. The FTA and Head Referee will further investigate the potential violation of this rule. The final decision will be made by the Head Referee if rule <T3> has been violated, and to disqualify the offending Team.
RES-Q Tournament Rule <T4>
Wi-Fi Direct® connectivity between the Android devices used as the Robot Controller and the Drivers Station is allowed. No other wireless communication is allowed.
The Penalty for violating rule <T4> is disqualification of the entire Team from the Event and their removal from the venue property. Teams may not appeal the penalty and no refunds will be given for registration fees, pre-paid meals, etc. FIRST may conduct a post-Event review and determine if any additional penalties are to be imposed upon the offending Team.
RES-Q Tournament Rule <T5>
Team members may be asked by the Event Director to use a specific Wi-Fi channel on the Event day. It is the intent of this rule that Teams must comply with the request of the Event Director if asked to use a specific Wi-Fi Channel.
Since this is a FIRST event, gracious professionalism and courtesy is expected from every attendee at all times. Please be kind to one another, assist others when needed, and be gracious in all you do. Remember, you are representing your school/team/town, and you want to leave the best impression behind.