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Tournament and Meet Checklist


Overview

Teams MUST bring PRINTED copies of the following items to all Pennsylvania FTC Tournaments and Meets.  Items 1, 2, and 3 will be presented at Team Check-in. Items 4 and 5 will be presented at Robot and Field inspections:
  1. TIMS Team Roster
  2. Completed US FIRST Consent and Release Form for each student or mentor who has not completed the consent forms electronically
  3. Completed Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics FTC Program Consent and Release Form for each student and adult affiliated with the team at the event. This is required once per person per season. Note: Coaches may NOT sign this form on behalf of the student's parent or legal guardian.
  4. Robot Inspection Checklist with the Team column completed
  5. Field Inspection Checklist with the Team column completed
Also remember to bring:
  1. Safety Glasses - Safety Glasses are required in the pits and on the competition field. No exceptions.
  2. Engineering Notebook - The Team's Engineering Notebook will be collected at their Judges' Interview and returned before the Awards ceremony (Tournaments only).
  3. Power Strip - A single power outlet will be provided at the team's pit table. Bring your own power strip for multiple outlets.

Wireless Communications 
To help ensure the wireless communications are operating properly and consistently for all teams during the Tournament, RES-Q Tournament Rules <T3>, <T4> and <T5> will be strictly enforced at all Pennsylvania FTC events.  At the event Teams will be provided with the Wi-Fi channel or channels they may use for their robot. Use of other Wi-Fi channels is prohibited. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Details

Team Roster
The Team Roster is a document that lists the student team members and mentors for an FTC team. Main and Alternate contacts can access and print the Team Roster in TIMS. Team Leaders must bring a printed Team Roster to registration at the event. If any students or mentors are not listed on the Team Roster electronically, the Main or Alternate Contact must “pencil in” the names of the students and mentors on the bottom of the Team Roster (blank lines are provided). Team Leaders must attach a completed paper copy of the consent form for each student or mentor who has not completed the consent forms electronically.

US FIRST Consent and Release Form
A US FIRST Consent & Release Form is required for student participation at all FIRST events. Participation at any event is not guaranteed until a completed FIRST Consent & Release Form is submitted for every team member (mentor and student). Team mentors and students attending the FIRST events must complete the FIRST Consent and Release form each season. This form covers participation at any FIRST events this season.  Student Team members under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian's signature on their form. If students or mentors have completed the consent form electronically, you do not need to bring a printed copy of the consent form for those team contacts, as the Team Roster indicates the form was completed online. If a student or mentor chooses to complete the form on paper, the team leaders must bring the signed paper consent form with the Team Roster to the event.

A completed PAPER FIRST Consent & Release Form is required for:
  • FTC Adult Team Mentors who have NOT completed the electronic consent form
  • FTC Student Team Members have NOT completed electronic consent form
  • Students under the age of 13 (students under 13 cannot complete the electronic Consent and Release form in STIMS
Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics FTC Program Consent and Release Form
A Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics FTC Program Consent and Release Form is required for each adult and student affiliated with the team who is present at a Pennsylvania FTC Event. A completed form is required once per person per season. This form includes a Pennsylvania Child Protection compliance clause. Note: Coaches may NOT sign this form on behalf of the student's parent or legal guardian.

Robot and Field Inspection Checklists
The FTC Robot will be required to pass Robot and Field inspections before being cleared to compete. These inspections will ensure that all FTC Robot rules and regulations are met. Initial inspections will take place during Team check-in/practice time. The official FTC “Robot Inspection Checklists” are located in  FTC RES-Q Game Manual Part 1 Appendices A and B. Teams are required to conduct a self-inspection of their Robot and submit the completed Robot Inspection forms to the Robot Inspectors. See FTC RES-Q Game Manual Part 1 section 6.0 Robot Inspection for details.

RES-Q Tournament Rule <T3>
No Team, Team Member, or event attendee is allowed to set up their own Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz or 5GHz) wireless communication in the venue. Non-allowed wireless communications include, but are not limited to:
  1. Cellular Hotspots (e.g. cell phones, tablets, MiFi).
  2. Ad-hoc networks.
  3. Nintendo DS peer-to-peer.
  4. Bluetooth communication with Robots in the Competition Area.
No Team, Team Member, or event attendee shall interfere with a Team’s Wi-Fi Direct® communication with their own Robot.

The Penalty for violating rule <T3> is disqualification of the entire Team from the Event and their removal from the venue property. Teams may not appeal the penalty and no refunds will be given for registration fees, pre-paid meals, etc. FIRST may conduct a post-Event review and determine if any additional penalties are to be imposed upon the offending Team.

Teams are encouraged to report wireless security vulnerabilities to the Field Tech Advisor at an Event. Teams should always keep in mind Gracious Professionalism™, and therefore only report valid and verifiable violations of this rule. After the FTA is alerted of a potential rule violation, he/she will confer with the Head Referee. The FTA and Head Referee will further investigate the potential violation of this rule. The final decision will be made by the Head Referee if rule <T3> has been violated, and to disqualify the offending Team.

RES-Q Tournament Rule <T4>
Wi-Fi Direct® connectivity between the Android devices used as the Robot Controller and the Drivers Station is allowed. No other wireless communication is allowed.

The Penalty for violating rule <T4> is disqualification of the entire Team from the Event and their removal from the venue property. Teams may not appeal the penalty and no refunds will be given for registration fees, pre-paid meals, etc. FIRST may conduct a post-Event review and determine if any additional penalties are to be imposed upon the offending Team.

RES-Q Tournament Rule <T5>
Team members may be asked by the Event Director to use a specific Wi-Fi channel on the Event day. It is the intent of this rule that Teams must comply with the request of the Event Director if asked to use a specific Wi-Fi Channel.