We know there will be a lot of questions from SCRIW newcomers and veteran teams alike. We've compiled what (we think) are the most common questions below; contact us if you have any other questions.
How much is registration?
Registration for SCRIW is just $400 for FRC teams if you register and pay by October 15. After that, the fee is still just $500. If you've got an older robot that still runs, you can enter that one as well for a pre-rookie team or for a B-team. Pre-rookie teams compete for free with your entry, while B-teams compete for $250 with your regular entry. B-team registration opens September 1 as space permits, but you can let us know early.
Pre-rookies? B-teams? What's the difference?
A pre-rookie team is a team of students whose school or organization is new to FRC (e.g. they intend to register as rookies for the 2022 season). A B-team would be comprised of members of your own team (e.g. your freshmen you want to give driving experience to). We rely on your gracious professionalism to know the difference.
What should I bring the day of?
For FRC teams, we suggest:
If you haven't paid, your check for the team registration fee
Charged robot and power tool batteries
Your red bumpers
Your blue bumpers
Your driver station
Your battery chargers--every one you have!
Safety glasses for your team and guests
Power strips and extension cords labeled with your team number
Hand tools and parts that would be likely to break
When should I get there?
Pits open at 8:00 AM. We generate the match schedule based on teams that are checked in by 9:40 AM. And no, we won't regenerate the match schedule.
What's the traffic pattern?
As with many projects, we aim for improvement. We will post the official traffic pattern in September.
What is an off-season competition?
Off-season competitions are a chance for teams to have a little bit more fun with their robots, to train new students, and bring in members of their communities to see what they do. The first off-season competitions were held in the late 1990s with the Rumble at the Rock competitions in Massachusetts; over the years, the concept has grown across the country.
Do we have to build a new robot?
No, you don't; you compete with your 2020 (or 2021) robot. We'll also spot you five pounds on the weight limit (meaning 130 pounds without bumpers and battery) to allow you to make your robot more robust.
Do we have to bag and tag our robot?
C'mon, the bag is dead!
Are we playing the same game?
We will be playing the 2021 game, Infinite Recharge. You may want to reread the competition manual, as FIRST did make some minor adjustments to the game compared to 2020.
Do the second FRC robots need to meet all the rules?
Yes and no. We're pretty flexible with many things, but we'll be looking for a few important things:
For the sake of other robots expecting them, bumpers must be present and at least protecting the corners of the robot. The color and number rules still apply, though we won't mind if you use cheap stick-on house numbers.
Keep to the weight limit
No sharp edges
Seriously, no sharp edges!
If you want to use a control system other than the official roboRIO controller, please contact us ahead of time.