Does anyone have any tips for a beginning teams first competition we would appreciate it.
Aside from the technical robot building things, I would recommend you and your team take some time to try to get to know your competition and connect with them. Some teams are more than willing to connect with and provide help. It’s a busy day for everyone, but you might be able to start conversations when you go to talk about strategy with teams you are with.
Bring a highlighter and highlight all of your matches. Keep track of time so that you are able to attend matches and fit in skills runs.
Relating to the game, remember that the autonomous win bonus isn’t too great if you are gonna lose matches, so if you have a fast robot compared to competition try to get neutral goals during the autonomous period, if not, do the autonomous win point.
Don’t get nervous when people interview you! They just want to get to know you for alliance reasons.
If the competition is chaotic, make sure to keep track of your times. (Whatever you do DO NOT MISS YOUR ROUNDS) The competition may sound like a long time (Typically 9-10 hours) but it goes really fast when your concentrating.
Don’t hesitate to talk to other people. If you’re confused about something, ask a referee. If you want to pick around for alliances, you can scout around other teams.
I know it may be a bit nerve-racking but its really fun once you get the hang of it! (i hope this helps-)
You should bring some chairs with you into your pit to sit on between matches your feet will thank you.
Slightly off topic but Do your pits not have chairs normally?
This may not be the same for @LoggieOggie, but from what I have seen pits often do not have enough seating for an entire team. Most events have adequate seating for team members to take turns/sit in the stands or other public seating, but this can be an issue at some tournaments.
That’s really interesting! I’ve never been to a tournament where there hasn’t been enough seating. Where I’ve been it’s always either been tables with 4-5 chairs or those like school lunch tables with the benches that seat 4 people on either side.
Yeah, I have been to quite a few tournaments like this, but I have also been to a lot of tournaments that do not have enough seating. Most have enough, but some don’t.
Use bearing flats anywhere you have an axel.
cough @Landen_Ampersand I’m looking at you
Like at Worlds - your team is provided with a work table and two chairs. That is a standard. My approach is to leave chairs in a rack - first come first serve… and wait for it, the team that does not take chairs is a good indicator of a team that has all members working the event, scouting, ready for judge interviews, Pit crew making sure batteries charged…
Sore feet? that is next day feeling of job well done!
No not at all, Of the 6 In person events I have attended only one had chairs in the pits. Most events just have a table. The one event that did have chairs was because the pits were in the school cafeteria .
Huh thats really interesting. All of the ones I’ve been at either had like benches on the table or they had chairs at the table or stacked in the corner/on a rack, for you to grab and bring over to your table. All of them had some form of seating so it’s interesting that some don’t. I would love to hear an EP’s thoughts on this as well as why you do or don’t have chairs in the pits at your events.
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