FIRST Championship Houston

FIRST® Robotics Competition Addendum

2019 FIRST® Championship Houston

Table of Contents:
Alliance Selections
Awards and Ceremonies
  • Awards Schedule
  • Chairman's Award Finalists Seating Area - Minute Maid Park
  • Minute Maid Park Access
Driver's Meeting & Safety Captain's Meeting
  • Field Measurement
  • Practice Fields
  • Robot Sensor Calibration
  • Chairman's Award Interviews
Load In and Load Out (robot shipping)
  • Packing for Championship
  • Load In
  • Load Out
  • Crate Weight Complaint Resolution Times
  • Robot Carry-Out Request Process
  • Shipping your Robot Home
  • Crate Delivery Expectations
Match Play
  • Buttons (drive teams, media)
  • Division Breaks
  • Einstein Championship Final Matches Competing Teams Seating Area
  • Einstein Field Access
  • Einstein Round Robin Tournament and Fields
  • Einstein Round Robin Tournament Competing Teams Seating Area
  • Sub-Divisional Team Viewing
  • Pit Administration
  • Pit Cable Specifications
  • Sub-Division Playoff Pit Spaces
Quiet Room
Robot Service
  • Machine Shop
  • Robot Service Center
  • Spare Parts
Team Check-in

Alliance Selections
Teams must be prepared for Alliance Selection. Immediately following the Awards Ceremony, Alliance Selection will take place on each Sub-Division Field. Alliances will compromise of 4 teams. More information can be found in the Game and Season Manual.

Saturday, April 20, 7:30am, George R Brown Convention Center Level 1, FIRST Robotics Competition Playing Fields

Each team will need to send two (2) representatives to the floor in front of their assigned field by 7:15am. One (1) of these two representatives will be responsible for Alliance Selection.
Awards and Ceremonies
Awards Schedule
Friday, April 19, 12:00pm – George R. Brown, Grand Ballroom C
  • Dean’s List Award

Saturday, April 20, 7:30am – George R Brown Convention Center Level 1

Division Awards (2 Team Representatives accept award)
  • Highest Rookie Seed Award
  • Safety Award sponsored by UL
  • Imagery Award, in honor of Jack Kamen
  • Gracious Professionalism® Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson
  • Team Spirit Award sponsored by FCA Foundation
  • Rookie Inspiration Award sponsored by National Instruments
  • Autonomous Award sponsored by Ford
  • Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox
  • Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation
  • Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors
  • Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation
  • Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi
  • Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Judges Award
  • Rookie All Star Award
  • Engineering Inspiration Award (note: full team comes down to floor for award)
  • Chairman’s Award Finalists (note: full team comes down to floor for award)
Saturday, April 20, 1:00pm (or when Sub-Division Playoff Matches end) – George R Brown Convention Center Level 1 Sub-Division Playoff Awards
  • Finalist
  • Winner
Saturday, April 20, 2:30pm-4:30pm – George R Brown Convention Center Level 1
  • FIRST Robotics Competition Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Woodie Flowers Award
Saturday, April 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm – Minute Maid Park
  • FIRST Robotics Competition Outstanding Volunteer Award Recognition
  • Chairman’s Award
  • Finalist
  • Winner
Chairman's Award Finalists Seating Area - Minute Maid Park
We have reserved 40 seats per team for each of the 3 Chairman’s Award Finalists teams at Minute Maid Park. The reserved seats are in Sections 114 and 116 lower level. Teams will need to obtain the wristbands from the field Volunteer Coordinator.

Minute Maid Park Access
All officially badged participants will enter Minute Maid Park without going through metal detectors. All participants should limit the bags that are brought to Minute Maid Park as bags slow the entry process.
Driver's Meeting & Safety Captain’s Meeting
Driver's Meeting
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Galileo Field – drivers report to stands

Safety Captain’s Meeting
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Turing Field – Safety Captains report to stands
Field Measurement
Wednesday, April 17 - 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Competition Fields Open to Teams for Measurement

Practice Fields
There will be two (2) complete Competition Fields, as well as several carpeted areas of Practice Fields available to teams. Safety glasses are required at all times on all Practice Field spaces.

Remember that teams must pass inspection prior in order to go to any of the Practice Fields. Please note the complete Practice Competition Fields will be modified slightly: There will be no Sandstorm. There will be no field sounds. Please see the insert in your Team Registration Packet for more information about the Practice Fields.

Teams may only practice with their robots in their pits or in designated practice areas. Teams may not set up their own practice elements outside their pits.

Remember that teams are required follow all Event Rules. Teams should also read the Expectations for events found here.

Robot Sensor Calibration
Thursday, April 18 - 7:30am – 8:30am
Competition Fields Open to Teams for Robot Sensor Calibration
Qualification matches begin at 8:30am on Thursday, April 18. Teams should start the inspection process as soon as possible on Wednesday, April 17. Weigh and measure your robot early to help the inspection process move faster. The Inspectors often spot problems and provide suggestions for correction. Robots must pass inspection prior to competing in Qualification Matches.
Chairman's Award Interviews
Chairman’s Interviews will be from 11am to 4pm on Thursday, April 18 and 9am – 11am on the Friday, April 19. Chairman’s Award Interview sign-ups will be on Wednesday, April 17 from 4pm to 7:30pm in the Hall of Fame booth. Interview times and locations are filled on a first come, first served basis. There will be three Chairman’s Award Interview rooms. To avoid schedule conflicts, Chairman’s Award Interviewees are not recommended to be drive team members. Swapping interview times is not encouraged, but if you must change your time, switch with a team (once you have their consent) that is assigned to the same interview room as you and notify the Judges through the "Judge Assistant/Chairman's Room Runner", who will work with the teams and keep Judges apprised of changes.
Load In & Load Out (robot shipping)
Packing for Championship
Please see this document for helpful tips as your team prepares for Championship.

Load In
Teams cannot unload on Chartres Street. Teams cannot leave vehicles unattended at any time. Please see this document for Load In information.

Load Out
Please be respectful of other teams and the public in your departure, leave your area clean, and be safe. Please see this document for Load Out information.

Crate Weight Complaint Resolution Times
After your crate has been emptied, notify Shepard Exposition Services (SES) that your crate is ready for storage. Any weight above 400 lbs. will be assessed at a specific price per 100 lbs. by SES. Before opening your crate, check the weight on the Bill of Lading on the side of your crate. If you feel that the weight is incorrect, please go to the SES desk as they will weigh the crate in front of you for clarity.

Robot Carry-Out Request Process
Teams may request to carry out their robot and robot crate from the FIRST Championship venue, rather than have their robot and crate shipped home. The Robot Removal Request Form is here.Requests may also be made at the FIRST Championship with the FIRST Ship Desk. Approved teams must send an adult mentor to the FIRST Ship Desk Thursday or Friday of Championship to collect their Load Out Ticket. The Load Out Ticket will be checked and collected by the volunteers at the Dock Bay Doors on Saturday to confirm the removal of the robot is approved. Teams that Carry-Out their robot must also carry-out their crate or request their crate destroyed by Shepard Expo Services for a fee of $150. Crates will not be shipped without the team’s competition robot.

Robot removal requests are due by Friday, April 12, 2019.  

Shipping your Robot Home
Step 1: An adult mentor from each Team must visit the FIRST Shipping Desk located in the Pits either Thursday or Friday between 9:00AM to 5:00PM each day. The mentor will confirm and sign the FedEx Bill of Lading (BOL) and receive a copy of the BOL for tracking the crate during transit. The mentor will also receive a Load Out Ticket and Zone Sticker.

Step 2: After completing the FedEx Shipping documents, the mentor must visit the Shepard Exposition Services Desk to pick up a Shepard Payment Authorization form and a Shepard Bill of Lading. Fully completing both forms are required by SES.

All teams except the eight teams competing during the Finale and Closing Ceremonies must have all shipping preparations done by Close of Pits at 3:00PM.

Step 3: An Adult mentor must notify the SES Desk when the team is ready to accept the Robot Crate at their pit. Once the Crate arrives, pack the Crate securely and remove Shipping Labels and Documents that were used for the Transit to Championship.

Step 4: Once the crate is packed and sealed, the mentor must return to the SES Desk to turn in the completed Shepard Payment Authorization form and all copies of the Shepard Bill of Lading.

Step 5: Attach the Zone Sticker to the completed robot crate, facing the walkway. This signals to FIRST and Shepard that your crate is ready for collection.

Crate Delivery Expectations:
Teams in the United States can expect to receive their robot crate within 2-4 weeks. International teams should expect transit of 4-8 weeks due to potential customs and export delays. Tracking numbers do not automatically become active after Championship; it may take up to a week or more before a crate’s tracking number is activated as FedEx Freight will only be able to accept a limited number of team crates per day from the Drayage Site.
Match Play
Wednesday, April 17
6:00pm – 8:00pm             Practice Matches

Thursday, April 18
8:30am – 5:00pm             Qualification Matches

Friday, April 19
8:00am – 5:30pm             Qualification Matches

Saturday, April 20

9:30am – 1:00pm             Sub-Division Playoff Matches
2:30pm – 4:30pm             Einstein Round Robin Tournament
6:30pm – 8:30pm             Einstein Final Matches – Minute Maid Park

Buttons (drive team, media)
Each team will receive five (5) Drive Team buttons in its registration packet. Replacements are not available. These buttons allow the wearers access to the playing field and designate:

  • One (1) Coach (this button has a blue banner on it.)
  • Three (3) Drive Team Members
  • One (1) Technician
Pit Crew Buttons for Playoff Rounds:
During the playoff rounds, extra team members are often needed to move the team robot from the pit station to the queuing area and playing field. Each Alliance Team can have three (3) additional Pit Crew members to help with necessary robot repairs and maintenance. These buttons provide access to the field. FIRST distributes the buttons to Alliance Captains during the pairing selection process on the sub-division fields. All teams should assume they could be chosen for an alliance. Each Alliance Captain must set a logistics plan for button distribution prior to the pairings to distribute the buttons to the Pit Crew members.

Safety Captain Button: Each team will receive one Safety Captain Button for this voluntary position. Listen carefully for announcements about Safety Captain Meetings.

Media Passes:
Each team will receive one (1) non-transferable Team Media Pass and related instructions/caveats in its registration packet. Media representatives are permitted in designated media access areas around the playing field only during their team’s Qualification and Sub-Division Playoff Matches. The directions of Playing Field Supervisors must be followed at all times. Team Media are not permitted on: the actual playing field surface; in areas marked off for human players; in any private venues or VIP, Volunteer, or Judges’ areas, or the FIRST Media Center for professional, bona fide media. Mascots will not be recognized as an official team media person. Due to space constraints and limitations, Team Media will not be allowed on the field or pit area before or during Einstein Championship Matches.

Division Breaks
Each division has been assigned a 2-hour break on Thursday and Friday. Please use this time for lunch. Also take time to visit the Innovation Faire, Scholarship Row, Sponsors, and other FIRST Programs.

Thursday, April 18, 2019
11am – 1pm Carver-Newton Break
11:30am – 1:30pm   Galileo-Roebling Break
12pm – 2pm   Hopper-Turing Break

Friday, April 19, 2019
11am – 1pm Galileo-Roebling Break
11:30am – 1pm Hopper-Turing Break
12pm – 2pm Carver-Newton Break

Saturday, April 20, 2019
1pm – 2:30pm All Fields Break
4:30pm – 6:30pm Break to move to Minute Maid Park

Einstein Championship Final Matches Competing Teams Seating Area
We have reserved 40 seats per team for each of the Energy and Mass winning alliance teams at Minute Maid Park. The reserved seats are in Sections 114 and 116 lower level. Teams will need to obtain the wristbands from the field Volunteer Coordinator.

Einstein Field Access
Beginning at 2pm on Saturday, April 20, additional security measures will be in place for the Einstein fields. Immediately following Sub-Division Playoff Matches, Division Champion drive teams and robots need to report to the Einstein Energy and Mass fields. A special access badge will be issued.

Einstein Round Robin Tournament and Fields
The six (6) sub-division alliance winners are known as Division Champions. These teams will compete in the Einstein Round Robin Tournament to determine the winning alliance for Energy and Mass. The Galileo field becomes the Einstein Energy Field and the Roebling field becomes the Einstein Mass Field for the Round Robin Tournament.

The conclusion of the Einstein Championship Final Matches will take place on the competition field at Minute Maid Park on Saturday evening. The Energy and Mass winning alliances will compete in the Championship Final Matches to determine the Alliance Championship Winner and Alliance Championship Finalist.

Einstein Round Robin Tournament Competing Teams Seating Area
When the sub-division alliance winners are announced, each team will receive 40 wristbands to designate special seating for the Einstein Round Robin Tournament. Division Champion alliance teams will be seated in the bleachers (loading dock side) for the Energy (Galileo) and Mass (Roebling) fields. Teams will need to obtain the wristbands from the field Volunteer Coordinator. We will be clearing the bleachers (loading dock side) for the Energy (Galileo) and Mass (Roebling) fields starting at 12:30 pm on Saturday (or at the conclusion of the Sub-Division Playoffs Matches). Anyone sitting in these sections will be asked to move. These sections are reserved for the Division Champion alliance teams competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition Einstein Round Robin Tournament.

Sub-Divisional Team Viewing
In an attempt to improve match viewing for teams during matches, a designated viewing area in the bleachers (loading dock side) will be available for the six (6) teams in the current match. We ask that teams leave the viewing area promptly following their matches in a gracious manner, to allow the next set of teams to view. The viewing area will be monitored by event staff and volunteers to help ensure fair access to all.
Pit Announcements
Parts requests will be grouped together and announced every 15 minutes. To submit a request, write your division, team number, and needed part on a piece of paper and give it to the Pit Administration staff. Additional announcements will be made at half hour intervals. Personal and irrelevant announcements will not be made.

All parts requests will also scroll across the bottom of all Field Channels available in the pits. Please see Pit Cable Specifications below for more information.

Pit Closing
For safety purposes, be respectful of the pit closing time each day. On >Saturday, April 20, only essential team members are allowed to disassemble and pack items in pits. Aisles must be kept clear for freight movement and team load out.

Pit Hours
Wednesday, April 17
12:00pm – 4:00pm          Team Load In – 6 Team Reps Only
4:00pm – 8:30pm             Pits Open

Thursday, April 18
7:00am – 5:30pm             Pits Open

Friday, April 19
7:00am – 6:00pm             Pits Open

Saturday, April 20
6:45am – 3:00pm             Pits Open

Remember that teams are required follow all Event Rules. Teams should also read the Expectations for events found here.

Pit Cable Specifications
Each pit will be provided with an RF Cable Drop. 12 channels will be available to watch in each pit: 6 Sub-Division Field Channels, with parts requests scrolling across the bottom, and 6 Sub-Division Rankings Channels. Additional information on pit cable specifications.

Sub-Division Playoff Pit Spaces
There will be assigned pit spaces for FIRST Robotics Competition sub-division playoff matches to be shared by 4 team alliances. Alliances must work together to share the space accordingly including tools and equipment. Any pit structures cannot exceed 6 feet in height.
Teams are responsible for knowing their match times and are expected to queue 30 minutes prior to their matches without the help of an announcer. Teams need a minimum of 15 minutes to travel from their pit space to the playing fields. Please leave extra time to get back and forth between the pits and playing fields.

For qualification matches, FIRST will make every effort to keep close to the published schedules. Keep close watch of the pit display for any moment-to-moment changes. There will be no audio queuing.
Quiet Rooms
A Quiet Room will be available for those participants who need a quiet space to de-stress and take a break from the business of the competition. In Houston, the Quiet Room is located in 332F.
Robot Service

Machine Shop
Once again, NASA is graciously sponsoring and managing the FIRST Robotics Competition Machine Shop Trailers. The machine shop is located in Hall E of the George R. Brown Convention Center near the spare parts area. The machine shop is open Wednesday, April 17 from 12pm-8:30pm, Thursday, April 18 from 7am-5:30pm, Friday, April 19 from 7am-6pm and Saturday, April 20 from 6:45am-3pm. There is no grinding, braising or welding in team pits; those requests must be completed by the machine shop.

Robot Service Center
This Robot Service Center is an opportunity for you to seek and get support from Suppliers during the competition (e.g. technical help, spare parts, or assistance with repairs). It is located in the FIRST Robotics Competition Pit area.


Who? What? When?
Hours - Wed. Hours - Thurs. Hours - Fri. Hours - Sat.
Analog Devices Providing support to teams having issues with their IMUs and gyros from ADI. This includes code support, debugging/troubleshooting, and education on ADI's various FRC sensors and the difference between them. 4pm-8:30pm 9am-5:30pm 9am-7pm End of alliance selections/awards -12:30pm
AndyMark, Inc AndyMark will provide service to teams seeking information about AndyMark products for FRC robots to help them compete effectively. We will also seek customer input on product improvements. 4 - 8:00 pm 7 am - 5:30 pm 7 a - 7 p 7 a - 12:00 noon
Automation Direct Providing spare parts. Offering hands-on demos to improve wiring techniques.  Showing teams how to save weight on their robots. Inspiring students with eye-catching automation demonstrations.  Displaying a 3D-printed Deep Space field. 4pm-8:30pm 7am-5:30pm 7am-7pm 6:45am-12:30pm
CSAs see National Instruments
CTRE Product support and robot troubleshooting. 4pm-8:30pm 7am-5:30pm 7am-7pm 6:45am-12:30pm
Digilent Inc Our booth will be staffed by our applications engineers (we all love robots) and have supplies for teams to troubleshoot robots (including wires, shrink wrap, soldering irons, and extra DMC60 motor controllers). We will also be helping perform measurements that cannot be performed with a digital multimeter with the Analog Discovery 2 We will be able to help with troubleshooting unpredictable sensors, checking for noise that is hurting the design, checking wires that you can’t see easily, monitoring the battery voltages over time and checking your CAN/PWM signals to and from your motor controller. The booth will also have a few fun giveaways like sticker sheets to decorate your robot! 4pm-8:30pm 7AM-5:30PM 7AM-7PM 6:45am-12:30pm
Innovation First International Providing spare parts & small giveaways, and displaying new & current products. 4pm-8:30pm 7AM-5PM 7AM-7PM 6:45am-12:30pm
Kauai Labs Technical Support and Troubleshooting for use of navX-MXP, navX-Micro, VMX-pi and SF2 in preparation for and during competition matches.  Includes providing replacement hardware when necessary. 6-8 p.m. 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. 7 a.m. - 12 noon
National Instruments The National Instruments booth will serve as the CSA hub for FRC support in Houston and Detroit. The booth will have at least two tech support kiosks set up, and be the "home base" for all CSAs while they are supporting teams. 4pm-8:30pm 7AM-5:30PM 7AM-7PM 6:45am-12:30pm
REV Robotics REV will provide replacement and new parts to teams. We will also have our technical staff on hand to leand assistance to any teams in need.

Also cool stickers!
4-8:30 7-5:30 7-7 6:45-12:45
Ruland Manufacturing Ruland will have spare parts and provide on-site technical support to teams. 4:00-8:30 7:00-5:30 7:00-5:00 N/A
UL LLC The Safety Advisor Table will be a landing spot for Safety Captains and team members to interact with Safety Advisors.  Team members and spectators can ask questions about safety at the events. We will be supplying support if a team feel that there is a safety concern that they would like to report. 4-8pm 8am - 6pm 8am - 6pm 8am - 12pm
WPI WPILib and programming support 4pm-8:30pm 7am-5:30pm 7am-7pm 7am-12:30pm



Spare Parts

The pit map shows the Spare Parts location. Parts are available on a limited basis. The attendant will be able to contact a FIRST Technical Advisor or Lead Robot Inspector if you need approval for any of the applicable components.

Schedules will be available on the Championship website and in the Championship App. The FIRST Championship App can be downloaded from our website or you may search for "FIRST Championship" in the App Store or Google Play Store. Install and open app. Tap on the Houston or Detroit guide from the home screen.
Team Check-in
In addition to registering teams at the Registration Booth, teams must check-in at Pit Administration. Team’s Lead Coach/Mentor 1 or 2 must check-in to receive the Team Registration packet. This packet includes important documents and buttons. Check-in times are:
  • Wednesday, April 17, 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 18, 7:00 am - 8:30 am