Welcome to the Mid-Atlantic FRC Region Championship! Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments along the way at Hatboro-Horsham, Springside-Chestnut Hill, Rutgers, Lenape Seneca, and Mt. Olive!
This is not your grandfather’s Regional Event! This is the first-ever Mid-Atlantic Region Championship, featuring the 54 top teams from our five District events competing for 12 slots at the FRC Championship in St. Louis. Just as at the District events all teams will play 12 qualification matches before alliance selection and finals. Be prepared for some surprises and special guests as well! As noted below, the event schedule will include two rounds of qualifying matches on Thursday afternoon. Our inspectors and volunteers are prepared to help every team be ready for practice and qualifying rounds. If you have any questions about the schedule or other details, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We appreciate your patience as we have been working until the last minute to make final plans for MAR’s first Region Championship.
The public agenda is attached. Please note the following:
a. Loading dock will be open from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM for robot delivery.
b. Up to 5 team members can come to off load your equipment. We will start allowing teams into the loading dock at 6:00 PM. Teams will only be allowed to deliver their equipment, no un-bagging or work on the robot will be allowed.
c. Please respond ASAP with your intentions to deliver on Wednesday or Thursday.
2) Thursday (Pit Day)
a. Loading dock will be open at 7:45 AM for robot delivery. Those teams that did not come Wednesday evening will be allowed to bring their equipment in at this time.
b. Driver’s Meeting at 3:45
1) Team Safety captains and drive teams must be present.
c. Practice Matches will be from 1 to 3:30 PM.
d. Seeding Matches will begin at 4:00 PM and run until 6:00 PM.
1) We would like to get 2 complete rounds in.
3) Friday – doors open at 8:00 for all
a. Open from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM (approx)
b. Opening Ceremonies at 8:30.
4) Saturday – doors open at 8:00 for all
a. Open from 8:00 AM until 6:30 PM (approx)
b. Opening Ceremonies at 8:30.
c. Mentor Parade before Award Ceremony.
Chairman’s Award Winners:
a. There will be tables set up in the pit area for each district winner to exhibit their Chairman’s Award presentations. These will be in addition to your pit area and you should make sure you have team members to staff them.
Bag & Tag:
a. Please remember that there will be NO additional build time prior to this event. As it is a regular 3-day FRC Region event, the 2-day district rules that we have been following (up to 6 hours of additional build time one week prior) no longer apply.
b. Reminder! Please make sure that everyone on your team has safety glasses. You will need to bring extras for your invited guests.
c. The carrying of heavy items down the stairs to the arena floor will NOT be allowed. Only small, lightweight items should be carried this way.
d. IMPORTANT! We will be using the loading dock to bring heavy items into the arena.
e. Please remember to fill in your guests on the proper attire for a FIRST event. No open-toed shoes, no sandals, etc.
a. Did you have a chance to invite your team sponsors and school VIPs to the NJ FRC? It is not too late!
b. See attached from Ernie DiCicco.
a. It is not too late to pre-order box lunches for your team. Please see the attached form.
b. The deadline is this Friday – 4/6/11. I know this is short notice but please make every effort to get these forms in.
a. Copies will be available in your team packet.
a. We are looking for a team willing to webcast the event, please reply if you are interested
a. We are looking for a singer or singers willing to lead us in the national anthem, please reply if you are interested
Good Luck to all,
Ed Petrillo – MAR Chair
Donald Bowers – FIRST Regional Director
John Giardina – Event Coordinator