Sign up for your Qualifying Tournament while there is still room.
3. Qualifying Tournaments:
Chandler (Nov. 22,2014) --- 4 open slots
Phoenix (Nov. 22, 2014) ---5 open slots
Flagstaff (Dec. 06, 2014) ---3 open slots
New Mexico (Dec. 13, 2014) ---6 open slots
Laveen (Jan. 24, 2015) ---3 open slots
Goodyear (Feb. 07, 2015) ---11 open slots
Open slots in Qualifying Tournaments as of October 27, 2014.
Arizona & New Mexico can now sign up for a second Qualifying Tournament.
October 7, 2014 Qualifying Tournaments are open to all Teams.
5. Tips from "Ref" Rich
Here is this week's input:
“Are you ready to go autonomous??? What “ghoulishly delightful tricks” have you got planned for a strategy?
Placing the Autonomous Balls?
Remember that points are awarded for placing a ball in a tube, at this
point height does not count (that is counted at the end of the match).
Look at the scoring details to maximize autonomous
points during this 30 second period. (too bad Punkin Chukin is not in
the game… but be careful if you “Chuk” one of the balls too high or too
Playing defense? How is your robot
going to maneuver to prevent the other alliance from getting points?
Pay close attention to the rules and definitions here so you don’t have a
penalty flag fly! (be careful not to send
a robot to the cemetery as a result of running too hard…)
Planning to move your rolling
goals? There is much discussion on the forums re. contact with the
tubes. Each week I am seeing questions about what constitutes
“inadvertent” touching of the tubes… you might want to check
out the replies from GDC. I foresee the tubes being a big penalty item
this year unless you are careful. (just like a mad scientist is
careful around test tubes, please be careful handling the rolling ghouls
… oops, I meant goals)
The qualifying tournaments are just around the corner. Hope you all are doing well and making great progress…
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns!
Submit Ref questions to
SGarduno@USFIRST.org and Rich will answer all he can in the weekly ARIZONA FTC BLAST
In addition to a winning robot this is the award that all teams hope to earn. It is an all-around award that looks at
of the team, from engineering know-how, to
fundraising and Gracious Professionalism within the team and with
competitors. The team that received the Inspire award will have a strong
robot, clear documentation on the evolution of their robot,
excellent communication as a team and shown participation in the
greater community. Receiving this award also provides the highest
possibility of being offered a spot at next level of competition.
7. Donation Destination
Deadline is NOVEMBER 2, 2014
The 2014 EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer Program Sponsored by 3D Systems and Coca-Cola!
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