FAQs for Teams

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.

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 battery chargers–every one you have!
  • Safety glasses for your team and guests
  • Hand tools and parts that would be likely to break
  • Lunch money!

When should I get there?

Pit opening and registration closing times are to be announced, but please help us start on time!  FRC teams in particular will want to arrive early enough to perform a field connection check before competition matches start.

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 2017 FIRST STEAMWORKS robot.  We’ll also spot you five pounds on the weight limit (meaning 125 pounds without bumpers and battery) to allow you to make your robot more robust.

Do we have to bag and tag our robot?
No–we know you have demos to do between April and October!

Are we playing the same game?
We will be playing the same 2017 game, FIRST STEAMWORKS.  We reserve the right to make tweaks to the game if we think it will make the event better for teams; these are generally small tweaks that reduce penalties or simplify rules.

How much is registration?
Registration for SCRIW is just $350.00 for FRC teams if you register and pay by July 1.  After that, the fee is still just $400.00.  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 $200 with your regular entry.  B-team registration opens August 1, as space permits.

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 2018 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.

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.

When can we register for SCRIW?
Registration is open now! Sign up here.

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