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Beaverton League Meet Zero Update

Beaverton League Play Participants,

Our Week 0 event will be here before we know it.  A few reminders:

When:  Saturday, Nov 5 from 2pm-6pm.  We will start checking in teams at 2pm.  We will need to finish by ~5:30 so we have time to cleanup since the venue closes at 6:00pm.

Where:  Conestoga Recreation Center, 9985 SW 125th Beaverton, OR 97008

Food:  The Conestoga Rec Center has a policy of no food or drink in the gym (water is fine).  Please plan accordingly.

Safety Glasses:  Safety glasses are required in the Pits, in the near vicinity of the Pits, and surrounding the competition field.  Since the Pit Tables will be arranged around the edge of the gym with the competition field and audience seating in the middle, we will need YOUR HELP to both provide safety glasses for all of your team members and coaches/mentors, as well as to police the use of safety glasses in these spaces.  We will NOT be providing extra safety glasses.  If your team shows up without safety glasses, we will ask you to send an adult from your team to retrieve or purchase safety glasses before you will be allowed to check in.  Thanks for your understanding of this very important point.

Schedule:  We will be starting at 2pm sharp.  For this first event, we will not be having a full competition.  Besides learning from each other and getting familiar with the Velocity Vortex challenge, the goal of this first event is to make sure everyone is up and running with the new technology, and to get a jump on inspection.  We will try to get each team to be able to participate in a couple of scrimmages.  Expect ~15 minutes to get setup, ~90 minutes for hardware/software/field inspection, and then scrimmage matches for the remainder of the event.  Remember, there are no championship brackets at League Play for any of our four events, as well as no judging or awards.

Beacon Upgrade:  For those of you who have beacons from last season, please bring them to the event because we will be able to reprogram them for this year’s challenge.

Prior to the Event:  Please walk through the robot inspection checklist with your team to both familiarize them with the requirements, as well as to have the team critically inspect their robot for violations.  Robot Inspection Checklist:    The Field Inspection Checklist can be found in Appendix C of the Game Manual Part 1.

Goal:  Our goal is for every team to be allowed to play.  For League Meet Zero, inspection is only to point out problems, not to prevent play.  The only exception will be if we find something unsafe about a particular robot.

What to Bring:

Teams MUST bring PRINTED copies of the following items to all FTC League Meets. Teams will provide these items at check-in.

Team Roster as printed from STIMS (if available).
Completed Consent and Release Form for each student or mentor who has not completed the consent forms electronically
Please label anything you bring so that it is more likely to make it home with you after the event.  I know I’m missing something, but here’s a start:

  • Safety Glasses
  • Batteries for robot and a powerstrip to plug them into
  • A copy of the Game Manual to reference during inspection
  • Laptop for programming
  • Spare parts/tools to use to make repairs to your robot in the Pit
  • Safety Glasses (did I already mention that?)

Please let me know if you have any questions.  My contact information is shown below.

I look forward to meeting all of you and kicking off an exciting new season!

Craig Barton

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