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Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Coaches, Volunteers, and Sponsors:
The 2022-23 FIRST Tech Challenge season has officially started with the game announcement last Saturday, September 10, 2022. If you were not able to attend the Florida FTC Season Kick-off event, it is available on the FIRST in Florida YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/Tr1B8WBvFOQ). The following topics in this email newsletter provide you with information on how to learn more about the season:
The following are the topics covered in this Florida FTC newsletter:
- How to Find POWERPLAYSM Game Information
- Florida Championship T-shirt Design Contest
- League Event Dates & Locations
- How to Find POWERPLAYSM Game Information – The best place to find the POWERPLAYSM game information is by going to the “FIRST Tech Challenge>>Game & Season Material” web page: https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/ftc/game-and-season-info. Game Manual Part 1 & 2 and the game animation video are located on this page as well as all documentation related to the POWERPLAYSM Please review the “Traditional Events” version of the document as we will only be hosting in-person traditional events throughout all of the 8 Florida leagues. The web page also has all of the information you need to build and setup the POWERPLAYSM field. My final recommendation is that I also encourage all teams to also review Game Manual Part 1 as there are several important changes to the robot rules such as including your team number on your red and blue alliance markers.
Teams that would like to order a POWERPLAYSM field, please go to the FIRST Tech Challenge part of the AndyMark website (https://www.andymark.com/pages/first-tech-challenge)
- Florida Championship T-shirt Design Contest – This is your opportunity to get a guaranteed invitation to the Florida Championship on March 3-4, 2023. All Florida FTC teams are eligible to submit a volunteer t-shirt design no later than November 30, 2022 and the winner will be announced on by December 30, 2022. The following are the detailed requirements for the t-shirt design:
- The design must be a high-resolution JPG file
- The JPG design file must be a two-color design only
- The t-shirt must include the following: “Florida Championship 2023”
- The t-shirt design should include the official POWERPLAYSM presented by Raytheon Technologies game logo.
The winner of the Florida Championship volunteer t-shirt design content will receive an automatic invitation to the Florida Championship (if your team also received an invitation from your league championship than the team will receive a $200 credit to cover the registration fee) and two Rev Robotics t-shirts.
- League Event Dates & Locations – We will start officially publishing league meet details on the Florida FTC website event management system (flfirst.org) in the coming weeks. The following are some additional league meets that have now been finalized (please refer to previous Florida FTC email newsletter for previously announced league event dates).
- Orlando Robotics League Events:
- October 29, 2022 –Team Workday and Scrimmage at Lake Highland Preparatory School
- November 5, 2022 – League Meet #1 at Lake Highland Preparatory School
- December 10, 2022 – League Meet #2 at Lake Highland Preparatory School
- January 14, 2023 – League Meet #3 at Lake Highland Preparatory School
- February 4, 2023 – League Tournament/Championship at Lake Highland Preparatory School