State Championship
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
By FIRST North Carolina
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Hello Teams!

Congrats on your advancement to the FIRST North Carolina State Championship this weekend, April 6-8, 2018. This is a long email with lots of important information so please take a moment to read it all the way through.

MAPS AND AGENDAS
The following information can be found on our website here:

  • Livestream Link for Webcast
  • Public Agenda
  • Parking Map
  • Campus Map
  • Team List
  • Team Agenda

TEAM ROSTERS
ALL teams MUST turn in an official FIRST team roster at check-in on Friday.  In order to compete, your team MUST have this paperwork turned in at check-in.  Hand-written or typed rosters will not be accepted.  If you have any questions, please contact us asap. Please turn in any paper consent and release forms at that time. 

TEAM BADGES
Please remember your team badges from your prior events.  They are needed for entry each morning. And the judges have appreciated the easy identification of student team members.

SAFETY GLASSES
Please remember your safety glasses!!  Our safety glass table stock is for guests - parents, sponsors, media, etc…. Team members will not be allowed to sign out safety glasses.

Remind your team that safety glasses must be worn at all times in the pit and playing field areas.  Thanks for helping to keep our events safe!


MOBILE MACHINE SHOP
Yes, the Mobile Machine Shop will be on site and staffed by two machinists on Friday and Saturday while pits are open.  It will be open on Sunday until noon. 

SCOUTING BUTTONS
Yes, we will be providing each team with 3 scouting buttons.  Once again we will have a dedicated seating area for scouting. Please encourage collaboration and sharing of buttons and data between your teams.

EVENT TICKETS
Please have your parents, sponsors and friends get their ‘tickets’ early.  EVERYONE who attends the event will be given a button to use for admission.  Tickets can be obtained here.

FOOD
We have had challenges during events where teams have been allowed to bring in outside food.  Our event last weekend where no food was allowed was our least stressful event.  Challenges have included:

  • Trash
  • Messes that have not been cleaned up before vacating the building each night
  • Disrespect to volunteers monitoring the food areas
  • Teams bringing in items requiring power, open flame or other sources of heat

With that said, we also recognize the challenges specific to this venue with a lack of nearby food options and no concessions in the arena.  Add to that the weather forecast and we understand that picnicking outside is likely not viable.

Teams will be allowed to bring in outside food.  We will provide 16 tables - 1 table per two teams for storage.  Teams are allowed to eat in the arena.  We ask that you respect the facility and not leave trash in the seating areas, aisles or concourse.  We also ask that you respect the area designated for team food and not extend further into the concourse area.

Please help us be good guests and keep the team food area clean at all times.  Thank you.

TEAM SOCIAL SPONSORED BY CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY
We are excited to share that Campbell University will be hosting a Team Social on Saturday night for all teams.  The social will begin at 6:30 pm in the arena concourse with a boxed dinner of a 5" sub and chips for all team members and mentors.  Desserts will be scattered around campus in various buildings that will be open for tours and demos throughout the evening.  Please join us in thanking Campbell University for their generosity!


GENERAL RULES AND COMMENTS
• Per FIRST Rules: NO NOISEMAKERS!! Only hands and voices making noise in the stands.
• Please, do not hold up signs during match play. Be respectful of those around you so that they can also see the match action.
• NO SEAT SAVING

If you are thinking of arriving early on Friday to help with set-up, please note this:
ONLY volunteers who have registered in VIMS will be admitted into the facility to assist.  We do NOT need any additional volunteers for any positions for this event.

We are looking forward to an amazing event next weekend and look forward to seeing each and every one of you and your teams.  If you have any questions at any time, please ask.

HAVE FUN and GOOD SKILL to ALL TEAMS!!!!

Marie and Julia

 
Forsyth County Event Information
Monday, March 26, 2018
By FIRST North Carolina
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Hello Teams!

We are excited that you will be competing at the Forsyth County District Event this week, March 29-31, 2018.  This is a long email with lots of important information so please take a moment to read it all the way through.  All of this information can also be found on our blog here.  
 
MAPS AND AGENDAS
The following information can be found on our website here:
  • Livestream Link for Webcast
  • Public Agenda
  • Team List
  • Team Agenda
  • Public Parking Map
  • Volunteer Parking Map
  • Team Load-In Map
  • Pre-order Box Lunch Info
 
TEAM YEARBOOK
Please take the time to enter in the information requested for the Team Yearbook that is printed for the judges.  To do this:
- Log in to your team dashboard
- Click on ‘Team Information’
- Click on ‘Team Spotlight’
- Enter all requested info
This report will be pulled and printed on TUESDAY, MARCH 27 at 12 noon.
 
TEAM ROSTERS
ALL teams MUST turn in a team roster at check-in on Thursday.  Please turn in any paper consent and release forms at that time. 

TEAM BADGES
Please remember your team badges from your first event.  They are needed for entry each morning.

TEAM ENTRY
The venue has agreed to waive the bag check for our initial opening each morning.  Those people with badges will be allowed in without going through a bag-check.  Everyone without a badge will be admitted through a different door where bags will be checked.  They will be checking for food and drink as well as weapons so please let your parents know about this policy.
 
SAFETY GLASSES
Please remember your safety glasses!!  Our safety glass table stock is for guests - parents, sponsors, media, etc…. Team members will not be allowed to sign out safety glasses.
Remind your team that safety glasses must be worn at all times in the pit and playing field areas.  Thanks for helping to keep our events safe!
 
DRESS WARM
Please encourage everyone to dress warmly.  We are playing on an ice-rink and the ice will still be down in the arena.  It will be covered with the arena's material as well as our foam tiles over top of that.  Even with this insulation, it will be chillier than our other venues.  We suggest warm socks, long pants and long-sleeves under team t-shirts.  Also, be sure to store materials up off the floor overnight.

MOBILE MACHINE SHOP
Yes, the Mobile Machine Shop will be on site and staffed by two machinists on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until about 2 pm.  
 
SCOUTING BUTTONS
Yes, we will be providing each team with 3 scouting buttons.  Once again we will have a dedicated seating area for scouting. Please encourage collaboration and sharing of buttons and data between your teams.
 
ALUMNI RECEPTION
Please encourage any FIRST Alumni you may know to join us for an Alumni Reception on Friday.  All graduating seniors are encouraged to join us as well.  RSVPs are required.  Please share this link.
 
EVENT TICKETS
Please have your parents, sponsors and friends get their ‘tickets’ early.  EVERYONE who attends the event will be given a button to use for admission.  Tickets can be obtained here.
 
FOOD
Concessions will be available in the arena.
NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK.  Team are welcome to tailgate in the parking lot or on the grounds outside.  There is NO team food room in this venue.
 
GENERAL RULES AND COMMENTS
• Per FIRST Rules: NO NOISEMAKERS!! Only hands and voices making noise in the stands.
• Please, do not hold up signs during match play. Be respectful of those around you so that they can also see the match action.
• NO SEAT SAVING
• We have tried to message this out to teams as we have visited this season.  But we realize that not everyone may have received the message.  We have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for racist and sexist behaviors at our events.  Please help remind everyone in your sphere that we practice Gracious Professionalism at all times when with our FIRST family.  We want to make sure ALL of our students feel WELCOMED and SAFE and INSPIRED.  
 
If you are thinking of arriving early on Thursday to help with set-up, please note this:
ONLY volunteers who have registered in VIMS will be admitted into the facility to assist.  As you all know, sometimes too much help is as bad as too little.  Angie and Ann, our amazing and patient and organized Volunteer Coordinators, will let you know if your help is needed.  So yes we want your help.  We just need all volunteers to be properly registered.  Thanks for helping us manage the chaos (at least on paper).
 
We are looking forward to an amazing event next weekend and look forward to seeing each and every one of you and your teams.  If you have any questions at any time, please ask.
 
HAVE FUN and GOOD SKILL to ALL TEAMS!!!!
 
Marie and Julia

 

 
UNC Asheville - Updates
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
By FIRST North Carolina
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A few updates to help the event run smoothly.

1)  UNC Asheville has a strict bag check policy.  The policy is posted on our website here.   Absolutely NO outside food or drink will be allowed in the main public entrance to the arena.  This is strictly enforced.  Concessions will be open.

2)  UNCA has generously worked out an arrangement for teams to bring in their own lunch, water and snacks.  We have 2 classrooms for storing and eating that are outside the arena proper.

ALL team food MUST come in the team entrance and be carried by someone with a team badge (student or mentor).  No exceptions. For teams that have already competed at an event, please bring your badges with you.  We do not provide a second set of badges.  For teams that have not yet competed, we will have your badges ready for you when you check-in at Pit Admin.

It has come to our attention that some of the teams have made arrangements with outside vendors to deliver lunch to your teams.  Please note that you MAY NOT HAVE IT DELIVERED TO THE ARENA.  Please arrange a location to meet outside the venue.  Food delivered to the arena will be turned away and seriously jeopardizes our ability to allow teams to eat in the classrooms provided.

Finally, UNCA has a very strict recycling and composting policy.  They have agreed to provide the necessary containers to help us follow this policy.  Please make sure your students are aware of and respect the recycling and composting bins.  Details can be found here and here.  Feel free to bag your own trash and remove it from campus on your own.

3)  Only badged participants will be allowed through the team entrance and no bag checks will occur.  Everyone without a badge must go through the main entrance and follow the bag-check policy found here.

 
UNC Asheville District Event - Final Details
Saturday, March 17, 2018
By FIRST North Carolina
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Hello Teams!

We are excited that you will be competing at the UNC Asheville District Event next week, March 23-25, 2018.  This is a long email with lots of important information so please take a moment to read it all the way through.  All of this information can also be found on our blog here.  
 
MAPS AND AGENDAS
The following information can be found on our website here:
  • Livestream Link for Webcast
  • Public Agenda
  • Team List
  • Team Agenda
  • Public Parking Map
  • Volunteer Parking Map
  • Team Load-In Map
  • Campus Map
 
TEAM YEARBOOK
Please take the time to enter in the information requested for the Team Yearbook that is printed for the judges.  To do this:
- Log in to your team dashboard
- Click on ‘Team Information’
- Click on ‘Team Spotlight’
- Enter all requested info
This report will be pulled and printed on TUESDAY, MARCH 20 at 10 am.
 
TEAM ROSTERS
ALL teams MUST turn in a team roster at check-in on Friday.  Please turn in any paper consent and release forms at that time.  Team badges will be issued upon receipt of your roster and verification of all Consent and release forms (FIRST HQ and FIRST NC).
 
SAFETY GLASSES
Please remember your safety glasses!!  Our safety glass table stock is for guests - parents, sponsors, media, etc…. Team members will not be allowed to sign out safety glasses.
Remind your team that safety glasses must be worn at all times in the pit and playing field areas.  Thanks for helping to keep our events safe!
 
MOBILE MACHINE SHOP
Yes, the Mobile Machine Shop will be on site and staffed by two machinists on Friday, Saturday and Sunday until about 3 pm.  
 
SCOUTING BUTTONS
Yes, we will be providing each team with 3 scouting buttons.  Once again we will have a dedicated seating area for scouting. Please encourage collaboration and sharing of buttons and data between your teams.
 
ALUMNI RECEPTION
Please encourage any FIRST Alumni you may know to join us for an Alumni Reception on Saturday.  All graduating seniors are encouraged to join us as well.  RSVPs are required.  Please share this link.
 
EVENT TICKETS
Please have your parents, sponsors and friends get their ‘tickets’ early.  EVERYONE who attends the event will be given a button to use for admission.  Tickets can be obtained here.
 
FOOD
Concessions will be available in the arena.
Teams may bring in outside food to the team food area only!  Please remember to PACK OUT your OWN TRASH.  Also, UNCA has a STRICT recyling program in place.  Please help us respect those rules!
 
GENERAL RULES AND COMMENTS
• Per FIRST Rules: NO NOISEMAKERS!! Only hands and voices making noise in the stands.
• Please, do not hold up signs during match play. Be respectful of those around you so that they can also see the match action.
• NO SEAT SAVING
• We have tried to message this out to teams as we have visited this season.  But we realize that not everyone may have received the message.  We have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for racist and sexist behaviors at our events.  Please help remind everyone in your sphere that we practice Gracious Professionalism at all times when with our FIRST family.  We want to make sure ALL of our students feel WELCOMED and SAFE and INSPIRED.  
 
If you are thinking of arriving early on Friday to help with set-up, please note this:
ONLY volunteers who have registered in VIMS will be admitted into the facility to assist.  As you all know, sometimes too much help is as bad as too little.  Angie and Ann, our amazing and patient and organized Volunteer Coordinators, will let you know if your help is needed.  So yes we want your help.  We just need all volunteers to be properly registered.  Thanks for helping us manage the chaos (at least on paper).
 
We are looking forward to an amazing event next weekend and look forward to seeing each and every one of you and your teams.  If you have any questions at any time, please ask.
 
HAVE FUN and GOOD SKILL to ALL TEAMS!!!!
 
Marie and Julia

 

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UNC Pembroke - Final Details
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
By FIRST North Carolina
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TEAM LOAD-IN - Friday starting at 5 pm
Please be sure to have all of your drivers who are unloading equipment look very carefully at the map found here.  We ask that everyone unload onto the sidewalk and move their vehicles as quickly and safely as possible.  This will allow us to keep traffic flowing and to not block the public road more than necessary.  Consider arriving to unload at 5:15 or 5:30 to avoid the congestion.

SAFETY GLASSES
A reminder to have your safety glasses ON when you arrive to load-in.  There will not be any safety glasses available to borrow.  Teams MUST supply their own.  No safety glasses, no entry to the Pit Area.

FOOD
Teams are allowed to bring in food.  However....unlike last weekend where we had a large space for storing and eating, at this venue the space is a classroom.  There will be plenty of room to STORE your food but there really won't be enough space for all the teams to eat in there at the same time.  We are working with the venue for other possible eating locations.  Consider plans for eating outdoors, weather permitting, or eating in shifts.  Just wanted you all to know in advance.
 

NO SEAT SAVING!
A reminder that it is a FIRST rule that teams may not save seats in the stands.  Please share this message with your parents.  We had complaints from a team sponsor that dropped into the event last weekend and was not allowed to sit in a section that was being "saved" by a team.  Keep in mind that guests are only sitting in the seats for a few matches.  And it's really not GP (Gracious Professionalism) to not allow someone to sit in an empty spot.  Help us spread the FIRST ethos of GP at all times at our events.

 

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