Updates

1. The Team Member Registration System is now opened for youth to register for teams. Goto your FIRST Dashboard to start the process. Need help using the registration system….see THIS DOCUMENT for coaches, parents and students.

2. FedEx will be hosing a kick off here in Memphis (stay tuned for more info on this)

3. Teams should have been notified of their first Regional by now. But according to yesterday’s blog:

Event Assignment Issues
Written by Frank Merrick

We found a bug in the software that was used today to assign teams to events. I apologize for this. Approximately 5% of teams were not assigned the correct event.

We kept the lottery numbers teams had been assigned during the first run of this process and re-ran the process with the bug corrected. We then compared the first-run results with what the results would have been if the bug had not been present.

The majority of the teams affected would have been assigned to events higher on their preference lists. A handful would have been assigned to events lower on their preference lists.

We will be making no changes to teams who would have been assigned an event lower on their preference list.

We are currently reviewing the data for teams that would have been assigned an event higher on their preference list if the bug had not been present. We intend to work to find space at the events those teams should have been assigned to and offer those slots to teams. As we expect some teams may be fine with staying at the event where they are currently assigned, we will be making no re-assignments without permission.

The re-assignment process will take time as we work through the data, find space, and offer slots to teams. We will have more information tomorrow.

I apologize again for this. We are working hard to make it right.

Frank

If your team as affected, the coaches will be notified via email….not there will be a short response time on the email so coaches check your email!

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Event Preferences – Have you entered your first round yet?

By now, I hope everyone has heard that we are moving to a preference-based system for event assignment and knows that we have an FAQ devoted to the topic.

We’ve gone through several rounds of testing on the new system, and it seems to be performing as expected. We’re currently finalizing a user’s guide which will walk you through the steps, using screenshots, of submitting your preferences. We plan to post that guide tomorrow.

Preference submission will open at Noon Eastern time this Thursday, September 21st, and close at Noon Eastern time next Thursday, September 28th. There is no advantage in event assignments to getting your preference submission in early, and you can change your preferences as often as you like, without penalty, before the deadline. But please don’t wait until the last minute to submit your preferences. As we’ve said several times, the best way to guarantee you will be on time is to plan to be early. Power outages and network interruptions happen all the time, and if they happen to you five minutes before the deadline, and you haven’t submitted yet, you will not be in a happy place.

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FIRST News Updates

Special Hurricane Harvey Relief

The devastation from Hurricane Harvey was exceptionally hard for a lot of FIRSTers that filled the George R Brown Convention Center not all that long ago. FIRST in Texas created the Harvey Fund to offer grants to help sustain FIRST programs in southern and central Texas areas that were hit by this massive hurricane.

Exclusive FIRST POWER UPSM Downloadable Content (DLC) AvailableDLC Pack 1 includes:   

Recruitment Poster #1

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Watch “The Lady Cans: An All-Girls Robotics Team” on YouTube

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Want to Join a FRC Team?

The MechWarriors (FRC Team #6815) is accepting application to join the team. They meet at Cloud901 in the main branch of the Memphis Library (Poplar Ave). See poster for details (click on the poster, to download pdf)

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