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  • The Field, The Tournament, Judging and Advancement - Answer Thread

    You'll find the answers to the questions you posted about The Field, The Tournament, Judging and Advancement in this thread.

  • #2
    White Lines

    Originally posted by FTC1001
    The video shows white lines radiating from the center goal. These do not appear in the manual or the field setup guide. Will there be white lines on the field? If so, how long are they measured from the center of the field.
    A: The video was made early in the game design process and is incorrect. There are no white lines on the official field.

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    • #3
      Compass Award Nominations

      Originally posted by FTC1000
      My team would like to nominate our team mentors, together in one submission for the Compass Award. Is this allowed?


      Hello Team!

      While a team may only submit one nomination, the nomination can be for a single mentor, a pair of mentors or a group of mentors. A precedent has already been set for this - in the first season that the Compass Award was presented at the World Championship, it was awarded to John and Marion Brooks - a pair of mentors who truly deserved the recognition.

      Good luck with your submission!
      Last edited by JoAnn; 10-27-2014, 05:17 PM.

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      • #4
        The Field, The Tournament, Judging and Advancement - Answer Thread

        We have been looking in all of the Field Assembly instructions, drawings, etc. and we can't find ANYWHERE the details on mounting the IR beacons for this year's challenge. They look like the same mounts as last season, but we can't find official confirmation. Could somebody please post dimensions, or instructions for the IR Beacon mounts? We actually destroyed ours from last season. We are using the NEW IR beacons as well.

        Thanks!
        Hortonville Robotics

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        • #5
          Kickstand Setup Changes?

          Originally posted by FTC7445
          We have noticed that the kickstand can become locked into the cutout in the base and will not Release by driving into it. In fact, in several cases the robot has spun around facing the center goal assembly and drove up the kickstand and flipped over. On page 13 of the "Field Assembly and Setup Guide", it states (including typo) in step 4 that, "Kickstands are positioned to hold up ball tray with the bottom of the pipe sitting (type, missing language) the base cutouts." When the kickstand is centered in the base cutout it is difficult and sometimes impossible to dislodge even in Teleop mode. It seems to me that the intent of this game element especially during Autonomous mode is to be able to navigate to the kickstand and bump it out of the base and not to have to lift the kickstand out of the base once there. Could the setup instructions allow for the kickstand to be positioned on the outer edge of the base cutout or include a plate under the base to keep the kickstand from sinking into the foam floor. This, or a similar modification/clarification, would allow for a consistent "Release" of the kickstand across venues, during Autonomous mode and quicker release during Teleop.


          A: There will be no modification of the setup for the Kickstand. The lower end of the Kickstand should be placed within the circular cutout in the Center Field Structure baseplate.

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          • #6
            ball caster

            Originally posted by FTC5559
            I've notice our the bearing ball casters on the rolling goal are starting to get rusty, making it difficult to roll the goals around.

            Will new bearing ball casters be used for each event?
            Please see the following recommendation from AndyMark for ball casters that become rusty, as ball caters will not be replaced from event to event:

            1. Remove the plastic cap holding in the steel ball by using a flat head screwdriver. Place the screwdriver in the seam between the cap and the plastic base.
            2. Pry the cap away from the base until it comes loose and is removed from the base.
            3. Remove the steel ball from the socket.
            4. Put a small bit of light oil, such as mineral oil, on a rag.
            5. Wipe the oily rag over the steel ball, applying pressure to the rusty area.
            6. Rust or marks from rust may not be totally removed, but the ball should be smooth when finished.
            7. Use a second rag, one that is dry, to wipe the oil from the ball
            8. Place ball back into the socket
            9. Reattach plastic cap

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            • #7
              Center Pivot Plate

              Originally posted by FTC3258
              In a reply to an early post on game play there was the following statement:
              "The Center Structure is bolted to a plate located beneath the tile floor."
              There was another reference to the otherwise unused holes in the bottom of the center structure as being access holes for mounting the center structure.

              We have tried to do our due diligence and research this mounting plate but have been unable to find any other reference to it on the AndyMark instructions or other documentation. Maybe we can't read.
              Can you give some more specific information about this center mounting plate. How is it incorporated into the floor system? What is it made of? How tightly is the center structure bolted down to the plate so to keep it from rotating. Overall dimensions of the plate and what it is made out of?

              Thank you for pointing us in the direction of this information.
              A: References to the center pivot plate and isntructions for assembly can be found on pages 5 and 13 of the Field Assembly and Setup Guide.

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              • #8
                Recording the Judging Session

                Originally posted by FTC5875
                Are teams allowed to video their judging session?
                Thanks for the great question!

                A student member of the team may record the Judging session only if:

                The team intent is to use the recording for its value as a learning opportunity
                The recording process is unobtrusive and is not disruptive
                The event organizer allows this at their event
                Last edited by JoAnn; 10-27-2014, 05:18 PM.

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                • #9
                  Center Goal

                  Originally posted by FTC0037
                  We are assembling our field, and at one point in the directions it calls for the use of a standard stapler to staple one piece of plastic to another. We are discovering that the plastic involved is too thick and heavy for a stapler to penetrate -- even a heavy-duty stapler. Is drilling a hole and using a rivet an acceptable alternative?
                  Drilling a hole and using a rivet is an acceptable alternative, however a washer must be used to secure the rivet in place.

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                  • #10
                    Center Goal Rotation

                    Originally posted by FTC7503
                    How far in each direction do they turn the center goal? Is it a whole 180? or just 90?
                    A: The total rotational movement between locations 1 and 3 is 90 degrees.

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                    • #11
                      Engineering Notebook - Notebook Style

                      Originally posted by FTC7673
                      Hi,
                      We want to double check this because it’s a change, and we don’t want to have our notebook wrong.
                      1. 4.0 Engineering Notebook - Section 4.3 Under Handwritten: it says, “or you may use the binder supplied by Rockwell Collins delivered to you in your Registration and Welcome Kit”.
                      So that means we can use the Rockwell Collins 3-ring binder and use loose leaf graph paper pages and the notebook will be a format equally acceptable to judges as bound handwritten notebooks or electronic printout notebooks( as long as we follow the Engineering Notebook entries rules (page numbers, no blank spaces, entries initialed and dated, etc.). Are we reading this correctly?
                      Thank you so much for your help.
                      Kyle Dragon FTC7673


                      Hi Kyle,

                      Yes, a three ring binder with loose leaf paper is an acceptable format for the Engineering Notebook, provided all the other guidelines are followed.

                      Thanks for the great question!
                      Last edited by JoAnn; 10-27-2014, 05:18 PM.

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                      • #12
                        League Judging

                        Originally posted by FTC1000
                        Hi,

                        Can you explain how Judging works at League events, please?

                        Thank you!


                        League Meet judging happens in two ways:

                        At the Event: Pairs of Team Interviewers will visit each team at their pit area. The Judges will ask you about your team, your robot, your community service, etc. They will send what they learn to the League Championship Judge Advisor, who will add it to the body of information that the League Championship Judges have gathered about your team.

                        Before the League Championship: Teams are required to submit a 2 to 3 minute Video Judging Presentation. Your local event organizer will provide you with deadlines for your video and information about where to submit your video. A group of Video Judges will review your submission, and forward their feedback to the Judge Advisor for the League Championship, who will add it to the body of information that the League Championship Judges have gathered about your team. It's important to note that the content of this video is more important than the quality of the video, but, the Judges should be able to see and hear you well enough to learn something about your team.
                        Last edited by JoAnn; 11-04-2014, 04:36 PM.

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                        • #13
                          IR Beacon Mode

                          Originally posted by FTC8045
                          The Field setup guide has vague language implying that it might be ok to run the New beacons in 360 mode instead of 180. Which mode are the new style beacons to be set at for official events?

                          I thought it was mentioned, but can't seem to find it now, is the holder for the new beacon the same as for last year?
                          The IR Beacon should be set to 180 mode and not 360 mode. Please see the most updated version of the Field Setup Guide at www.usfirst.org/ftc

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by FTC6981
                            We have been looking in all of the Field Assembly instructions, drawings, etc. and we can't find ANYWHERE the details on mounting the IR beacons for this year's challenge. They look like the same mounts as last season, but we can't find official confirmation. Could somebody please post dimensions, or instructions for the IR Beacon mounts? We actually destroyed ours from last season. We are using the NEW IR beacons as well.

                            Thanks!
                            Hortonville Robotics
                            An updated version of the Field Assembly and Setup Guide has been uploaded to www.usfirst.org/ftc. The updates to the guide include build instructions for the IR beacon mounts for both types of IR beacon.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FTC7655
                              Video on the FTC Game page shows white tape on the gray soft tiles. Page 18 of the Field Assembly and Setup Guide Rev 1.4 does not indicate white tape should be applied to the gray soft tiles. Is the white tape part of the official FTC playing field and if Yes what are the tape dimensions/locations?

                              Please confirm that for the Center Field Structure as shown on Page 19 of the Field and Setup Guide Rev 1.4 above the number 1 within a circle the blue and red shown are the Red and Blue Diverter Pipes and not tape applied to base of the Floor Plate of the Center Field Structure.

                              Relative to the IR Beacon
                              -IR beacon (FTCBCN-Oldstyle) as shown on Video (3:58) on the FTC Game page does not match orientation or mount as shown on Page 15 of the Field and Setup Guide Rev 1.4. What is the correct orientation and mount for FTCBCN IR beacon relative to the Center Field Structure? Where can I find the instructions/dimensions for the mount the FTCBCN attaches to?
                              - Where can I find the instructions/dimensions for the HBK2100 IR Beacon mount?
                              - Instruction/Picture on Page 13 of the Field and Setup Guide Rev 1.4 states to use a 10-32 X 1.000 to hang IR beacon on. To hold the bolt perpendicular to the side I have the bolt through the side panel with a 10-32 nut on each side of the side panel. Is this the correct way to attach the bolt the IR beacon hangs on to the side panel? In this arrangement when I put the HBK2100 on the bolt (HBK2100 wood mount from last years FTC Challenge) the IR beacon sits on the bolt head due to thickness of the mount not as shown on inset picture on Page 20 of the Field and Setup Guide Rev 1.4 and thus is easily knocked off if a robot hits the Center Field Structure. Should the HBK2100 mount sit on the bolt head? Is a longer bolt needed? Is the wood mount for the HBK2100 beacon different from last years FTC Challenge?

                              Thank you
                              Center Structure Locations: Teams must follow the Field Assembly and Setup Guide for Cascade Effect official setup guidelines. The video was filmed prior to the official release of this guide.
                              IR Beacons: Please see the updated Field Assembly and Setup Guide for updated instructions on IR beacons and beacon mounts.
                              The bolt should be assembled as shown in the assembly guide, the beacon hangs on the threaded portion of the bolt, not on the head
                              Last edited by Giorgio Tsoukalos; 12-22-2014, 01:37 PM.

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