16 Oct

Introducing the MAR Newsletter!

Jim Carr, MAR Executive Director, has put together a newsletter to discuss the various changes that are occurring within our organization and to highlight team outreach activities. The first issue can be downloaded here.

To have a story or advertisement of your own featured in the next newsletter, email jcarr@midatlanticrobotics.com

14 Oct

You’re Invited! Donald Bowers’ Retirement Celebration

All MAR members are cordially invited to attend a celebration of Donald Bowers’ career with FIRST and MAR as he retires as Regional Director.

The event will take place on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Spain92 restaurant located at 1116 Rt. 202 South in Raritan, NJ. The cost is $42.50/person.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP with a check made payable to Mid-Atlantic Robotics by November 3rd. Checks should be mailed to

Joe Giardina
DSI RF Systems, Inc.
26H World’s Fair Drive
Somerset, NJ 08873

Download the invitation and menu here.

08 Oct

Waitlist Practice for 2015 District Events

MAR has scheduled seven District events for the 2015 season. The minimum capacity for each event is 31 teams, which will provide space for 108 teams. Each event also has a reserve capacity to accommodate team growth. With 8 rookies and nearly 88% of 2014 teams already confirmed to return, we expect to utilize much of the reserved capacity while still providing room for additional plays by MAR and non-MAR teams.

MAR and the four other FRC District Model regions will work to balance team registration for 2015 across all of the events in each region. Experience has shown that when the attendance at two events differs by more than four teams, the competitive outcome of the events may be affected.

To achieve this balance in attendance, any team that attempts to register for a MAR event that has reached its initial capacity of 31 teams will be placed on the waitlist for that event. We will not begin admitting teams from waitlists until all events have filled to minimum capacity, and we reserve the right 1) to limit the number of waitlisted teams for any event, and 2) to achieve these limits, if necessary, by dropping teams from event waitlists (in reverse order of sign-up). These limits will be determined based on multiple factors including actual and projected net team growth, and may change up or down as registration progresses. The planned practice for 2015 represents a departure from registration practice in earlier seasons, but we believe it is consistent with lessons learned on enhancing the competition experience for all teams.

We strongly encourage all teams to avoid waitlist status for MAR District events by choosing their first and second events from among those events with open capacity. A waitlisted team can contact FIRST at any time to drop the waitlisted event and switch registration to an event with open capacity.

Regular registration for first and second MAR District events closes on November 24. MAR will strive to have every team registered for two District events as soon as possible after this date, and before registration opens for additional District events on December 11.

Questions on MAR team registration should be directed to Ed Petrillo, MAR Vice Chair, 609-651-6337 or epetrillo@midatlanticrobotics.com.

04 Sep

Important Youth Protection Program Reminder

Today, FIRST issued the below email blast containing an important reminder about the screening requirement for lead mentors as part of the new Youth Protection Program.

As of Tuesday (9/2), about half of our PA teams and more than half of the teams in DE and NJ had yet to complete the process for one or both of the listed mentors.  If you are in anyway affiliated with one or more FRC teams, please reach out to your team’s lead contacts to ensure your team will not be at a disadvantage when registration opens.  Each team must have two listed mentors who have completed YPP screening.


**FIRST EMAIL**/Screening Requirement for Lead Mentors in the U.S. and Canada/Extended Team Support Hours/2015 FRC Season Calendar

Greetings Teams:

Screening Requirement for Lead Mentors in the U.S. and Canada: We strongly encourage your team’s Main (Lead Mentor 1) and Alternate (Lead Mentor 2) contacts to complete the Youth Protection screening process as soon as possible. The screening must be completed for the Main and Alternate contacts before your team can register for competition events.

In most cases, it takes 1-2 business days for the screening to clear. However, we suggest that your Main and Alternate contacts complete the screening no later than Wednesday, 9/10 to ensure that your team is ready for initial event registration on Thursday, 9/25 at 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern Time.

As the screening process takes time, you will not be able to complete and pass the screening on the day of registration, so we encourage you to complete the screening as soon as possible.

For details on the screening process, please visit: http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/youth-protection-program.

Extended Team Support Hours: Team Support will be available on the evening of Wednesday, 9/10 from 5:00-8:00 pmEastern Time, in addition to regular business hours (Monday-Friday from 8:30 am- 5:00 pm Eastern Time). Team Support may be contacted by phone at 1-800-871-8326, ext. 0 or by email at FRCTeams@usfirst.org. Additional extended hours for the month of September will be communicated in next week’s email blast.

2015 FRC Season Calendar: Please visit the FRC Season Calendar for important 2015 season dates and deadlines:http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/calendar/list. We will continue to add to this list, so please check the calendar periodically for additional information.

Go Teams!

20 Aug

2015 District Event Schedule Announced

The Mid-Atlantic Robotics Competition Committee is pleased to announce the 2015 MAR District schedule as follows:

Week 1: Feb. 27-March 1 – Hatboro-Horsham, Horsham, PA
Week 2: March 6-8 – Mount Olive, Flanders, NJ
Week 3: March 12-14 – Springside-Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA
Week 4: March 20-22 – Seneca-Lenape, Tabernacle, NJ
Week 5: March 27-29 – Bridgewater-Raritan, Bridgewater, NJ
Week 5: March 27-29 – Upper Darby, Upper Darby, PA
Week 6: April 2-4 – North Brunswick, North Brunswick, NJ
Week 7: April 8-11 – MAR Championship, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA

Please welcome our two new District Events for the 2015 Season: Upper Darby & North Brunswick!