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Tallahassee @FAMU Spin Up VRC Tournament (MS & HS) - February 4, 2023

Date
4-Feb-2023
Event Code
RE-VRC-22-8505
Program
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Tournament
Capacity
24
Spots Open
50%+
Event Region
Florida - North/Central
Standard Registration Opens
1-Oct-2022 19:11 EDT
Registration Deadline
21-Jan-2023 19:12 EST
Price
$75.00

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General Info

Welcome! Thank you for registering for the Tallahassee Spin Up Tournament. We look forward to your participation. Our aim is to have a smoothly run event where the teams can proudly participate in the Matches or Skills Challenges. 

Notebook submission is done online, A notebook can be photographed or scanned in, put into a google doc, or on a website, and then the link would be added to Robotevents.com. 

Notebooks are not required but make a team eligible for certain awards if well done.

Before you arrive, please have all consent forms for team members and adults involved uploaded. http://www.robotevents.com/consent

Check in for teams is from 8:00 to 9:00.

Upon arrival, enter the Al Lawson Arena and take the elevator to the lower floor. Locate your pit table.  Have the team Sponsor/Coach register the team and pick up your envelope of information such as inspection check lists, etc..

Get your team inspected and then participate in the Skills Challenges.You get 3 chances, at the most, for both types.

Check in for teams is from 8:00 to 9:00.

At 9:00 sharp all will gather for an opening ceremony and the team meeting,

The matches will begin promptly at 11:00 AM.  But the first teams on the schedule should be ready by 10:45 and on the field!

The judges will be visiting your team in your pit in between your matches.  

Lunch will be from 12:00 to 1:00. Please bring your lunch or arrange to have it delivered.

Snacks and beverages MIGHT be available for purchase.

Each team is expected to provide one adult volunteer for the Tournament.  In order to assign each a responsibility, please have them sign up at VOLUNTEER LINK.

Competition Preparation

This event is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting event. All teams should come prepared for competition. Here are a few steps that every team should take to ensure that they are prepared.

Read up online about: How to run a team, do your engineering notebook, and the steps to build your robot.

1. Review the rules and run through the inspection checklist about a week before the competition so that there is ample time for adjustments. The inspection checklist can be found here.

2. Check the official VEX forums for rule updates and changes.

3. Carefully read all of the information contained in the tournament posting on RobotEvents.com

4. Pack for the event the day before the day of departure. Here are a few items that you don't want to forget.
* Goggles/Safety Glasses
* Spare parts & tools
* Batteries and chargers
* Programming cable
* Power strip
* Laptop computer
* Engineering notebook (if you have one, helpful for Judges, Design and
Excellence Awards )

*Practice items - we are unable to have a separate practice field for you.
* Banners and other decorations for your team pit
* Giveaways if you have them

5. Be sure to read 101 Things You Should Know Before Your First VEX Tournament.

6. Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament.

7. Prep for your interviews with the judges. Check the awards tab to see what awards will be given during the tournament.

8. Remember that safety comes first, please don't bring tools that pose a safety risk to your team, or others nearby as the venue is a very tight fit. Also, remember no grinding or other actions that create sparks.

9. Understand how the game will be played. VEX participants are more than welcome to watch the referee training videos before they attend a tournament. The referee training videos can be found here.

10. Read through the Robot troubleshooting guide.

11. Ensure that you have the latest version of firmware.

LINK TO TEAM RESOURCES:  https://www.roboticseducation.org/competition-teams/vex-robotics-competition/

12. Online Challenges---compete against the world here.

SKILLS CHALLENGE

THREE attempts of each type of skill match are allowed.

VEX Curriculum
.If you are still working on your robot design and have questions about integrating your various systems or want to ensure that you have powered your robot properly, refer to the Autodesk VEX Robotics Curriculum.

 

 

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Qualifying for State:

Teams that qualify for a Florida State Championship Event in Florida will be responsible for the Central/North Florida State Championship.

Qualifying Criteria..https://www.roboticseducation.org/resources_library/qualifying-criteria/

When you win a state championship spot from a qualifying competition, you will have two weeks to register and pay for the state championship. Yes--you only can play in one state championship. Failure to register and pay within two weeks of the competition date where the state championship spot was earned forfeits your teams state spot--so be sure and plan ahead to register and pay on time and determine in advance the appropriate state championship you plan to attend.  

Teams are responsible to have teams registered and fees paid two weeks following earning the state championship spot, unless of course your event you win a state spot is the final two weeks before states, in which you must be prepared to pay immediately following that event.  

**The State qualifying Skills score cut off will be two weeks prior to the state championship.  The number of teams coming qualifying from the skills list is based on open spots after all events have completed two weeks prior to the state championship.  While teams at events now fill double qualified spots from skills at the event, there will still be teams winning spots from multiple competitions, these additional spots come from the top combined skills scores to teams who have not yet won a spot for a state championship as in previous years.  Teams that qualify from the states skills list will have a short time to registered and pay for the state championship, please plan accordingly and be prepared for a potential invitation two weeks prior to the state championship (either one).

Teams that move on to the World Championship will be responsible for registering for the World Championship event promptly as they will only have ONE week to register AND pay before their invitation to Worlds is lost!  Hint--Plan to win--plan for success--Plan accordingly with your teams from day one to win state spots, win a spot at states and play in worlds!!  Plan to win both in spirit and financial planning!!  Understand the awards and all rules.  Contact Ashley Phipps if you need any assistance on understanding awards or qualifying for states or the worlds championships.  Ashley_phipps@roboticseducation.org

The teams coach who is officially listed in robotevents as the primary contact receives all team emails, so read the email titles and content carefully.  

All attendees are expected to abide by the code of conduct  .

All participants are expected to complete the participant release form . (also available in Spanish)  Once per season covers all events

Note: Ensure your IT does not block emails from robotevents.com and roboticseducation.org   

 


Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Eligible Teams:

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 4-Feb-2023

Venue/Location:
ALFRED LAWSON JR. MULTIPURPOSE CENTER
1800 Wahnish Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
United States

Contact Information

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Agenda

7:30 Doors open

8:00 Team Registration and Inspection

8:30 Skills Challenges

9:00 Opening Ceremony and End of Registration

9:15 Team and Event Meeting

9:30 Resume Inspection and Skills Challenges

11:00 Qualification matches begin, Judging

12:00 lunch

12:00 Qualification matches continue

3:00 Alliance Selection

3:30- Elimination Matches 

5:00 Awards

Volunteer

Get Inspired and Have Fun!

Be a part of the excitement by joining a team of volunteers who help in a variety of ways to make this event a success for the students involved.

Volunteer Coordinator Contact:

Jane McDonald tallyrobotics1@gmail.com

Each team is expected to provide one adult volunteer for the Tournament.  In order to assign each a responsibility, please have them sign up at VOLUNTEER LINK.

Experience level:

No previous experience is needed for most volunteer positions, and you can even bring your kids for a family activity (for example, Field Resetter is an ideal position for young children).

Time Commitment:

You can register for an entire day, or just a portion of the day as your schedule permits for most positions.

Meals:

A continental breakfast and Lunch are included for volunteers.

Volunteer Positions Needed:

  • Set up:  until done. (No previous experience required)
  • Other positions are on Day of tournament: 
  • Judges (no previous experience required – all day commitment)
  • Referee/Scorekeepers including Skills Referee (previous experience preferred)
  • Field Resetters (no previous experience required)
  • Volunteer Check In – (Should train on Friday PM but no experience required, be detail oriented)
    • One or both shifts: 7:30 to noon or noon to 5:00
  • Team Check in-Should train on Friday PM but no experience required, be detail oriented)
    • One shift: 7:30-11:00
  • Practice Field Official:
    • One or both shifts: 7:30 – noon or noon to 5:00
  • Tear Down: 3:00 until done. (No previous experience required)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to find out more about these volunteer roles and expectations? Visit the REC Foundation website at RoboticsEducation.org/volunteer to check out position descriptions and find volunteer training materials.

 

Once you have an assigned volunteer role, please carefully review all guides and training materials posted on the Volunteer Resources page before the event at RoboticsEducation.org/volunteers/volunteer-resources/

 

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to register for this event today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

The event will be conducted inside, so weather should not be a problem. If some extremely unusual weather prevents the tournament from occurring, we will let you know at that time.

Refund Policy

Refunds can be made up to 2 weeks before the tournament minus the $5.00 processing fee.

Health and Safety Policies

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.


Date: 4-Feb-2023
ALFRED LAWSON JR. MULTIPURPOSE CENTER
1800 Wahnish Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
United States

Travel Info

ALFRED LAWSON JR. MULTIPURPOSE CENTER
1800 Wahnish Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
United States

Travel Info

 

Local Hotels near FAMU

 https://www.hotels.com/de1710416/hotels-near-florida-a-m-university-tallahassee-united-states-of-america/?

 

Directions to FAMU: https://www.famu.edu/about-famu/maps-and-directions/index.php

Map of FAMU; Al Lawson Arena and Multipurpose Gymnasium  Building #315.

Map:  http://168.223.1.35/bootstrap/apps/sacs/uploads/2.11.2%20[1]%20-%20Main%20Campus%20Map%20Legend._1.pdf

 

Judging Format

Notebooks are not required but make a team eligible for certain awards if well done.

  •  Electronic Engineering Notebook Submissions: Team interviews will be conducted in-person at the Event. Engineering notebooks will be submitted electronically for evaluation. 
  • The notebook must be photographed or scanned into a program such as google docs or a team's website.  A link will then be uploaded at Robotevents.com. 

Documents

Participation Consent Forms
.A completed form for all participants must be turned in during check-in. Team leaders will need to collect the completed forms for all team members attending the event and turn them in to the registration desk when checking in. Download the VEX/ REC Foundation Consent & Waiver Form.  http://www.robotevents.com/consent

 




 

Map

 

ALFRED LAWSON JR. MULTIPURPOSE CENTER
1800 Wahnish Way
Tallahassee, Florida 32307
United States

Travel Info

 

Local Hotels near FAMU

 https://www.hotels.com/de1710416/hotels-near-florida-a-m-university-tallahassee-united-states-of-america/?

 

Directions to FAMU: https://www.famu.edu/about-famu/maps-and-directions/index.php

Map of FAMU; Al Lawson Arena and Multipurpose Gymnasium  Building #315.  Teams please enter through the front doors and take the elevator to the ground floor. Spectators simply go down the stairs into the seat area.

Map:  http://168.223.1.35/bootstrap/apps/sacs/uploads/2.11.2%20[1]%20-%20Main%20Campus%20Map%20Legend._1.pdf

Parking is available by Bragg Stadium 

Lunch Options

Lunch Options:

Concessions may be available. Working on getting concessions!

Bring your own lunch!

Order and pickup pizza.  

We are currently trying to bring some food trucks.

 Use google map or other app to find local  restaurants - many are nearby

Check out other nearby restaurants on Grubhub:  FAMU zip is 32307

https://www.grubhub.com

The FAMU cafeteria will NOT be open for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waitlist

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