**FIRST ROOKIE ALERT**

Prepare for Kickoff:

If your team is attending a Kickoff, now is a good time to make sure you are ready.

Everyone attending a FRC Kickoff must provide a signed Consent and Release Form in order to enter. (For students under 18 the form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.) You must also bring a printout of your Team Roster from TIMS. Don’t arrive without one. Go to http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/first-student-team-information-members-system-and-consent-form for more details regarding the Consent and Release Form/Team Roster process.

Before you go, discuss your team’s plan for Kickoff with everyone who will be attending.

· Who will download the encrypted game manual before Kickoff?

· Does your school require permission slips from participating students? Or proof of insurance from drivers?

· How will everyone get there?

· If your local Kickoff is hosting a Robot Quick Build Workshop, have you signed up?

· How will team members who are not attending Kickoff view the live broadcast?

· Who will sign the team in at the Kickoff and sign for the kit of parts? (Must be an adult mentor)

· Does your team have access to a dolly or cart to facilitate picking up the kit?

· Do you have a way to get the kit home? – A kit of parts will fill most car trunks.

· Where and when will your team meet after Kickoff to discuss the game?

· Who is responsible for inventorying the kit of parts once you get it back to your team’s workspace?

· Who will complete the replacement parts section in TIMS before the deadline?

Understand Bag and Tag:

All teams MUST stop work on their robot on Stop Build day Tuesday February 21, 2012.

Your team will need to place your robot in the isolation bag and complete a robot lock up form. You must then arrange to transport the bagged robot to the event yourself. If you believe you have no alternative than to ship your robot to a bag and tag event, contact frcteams@usfirst.org ASAP. Everything you need to know about the Bag & Tag process is included in Section 5 of the Game Manual http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc/competition-manual-and-related-documents.

Save yourself some trouble:

Rookie teams from previous years suggest you secure a meeting place, obtain tools and start meeting with your team now. Once the game is revealed, you won’t have time to think about anything other than design and build. More details are available in the FRC Handbook. http://www.usfirst.org/uploadedFiles/Community/FRC/Team_Resources/FRC Handbook.pdf

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