University of Vermont

FIRST at UVM

Overview

Teams MUST bring PRINTED copies of the following items to all UVM FTC Tournaments and Meets. Teams will provide this material at Team Check-in.
  1. Team Roster
  2. Completed Consent and Release Form for each student or mentor who has not completed the consent forms electronically
  3. Hardware Inspection Checklist with the Team column completed
  4. Robot Bill of Materials
  5. Software Inspection Checklists with the Team columns completed

Also remember to bring:

  • Safety Glasses - Safety Glasses are required in the pits and on the competition field. No exceptions!
  • Power Strip - An extension cord or one outlet will be provided at each of the pit tables. Please bring your own power strip for multiple outlets.

Wireless Communications

To help ensure the field electronics are operating properly and consistently for all teams during the Tournament, Cascade Effect Tournament Rule <T7> will be strictly enforced at all UVM FTC Tournaments. Please inform your guests of this Tournament rule. 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.

Consent and Release Form
FIRST Consent & Release Forms are 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)
Hardware Inspection Checklist
The FTC Robot will be required to pass hardware inspection before being cleared to compete. This inspection 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 Hardware Inspection Checklist is located at The 2014-2015 FTC Game Page | USFIRST.org Teams are required to conduct a self-inspection of their robot and submit the completed Hardware Inspection Checklist form at tournament check-in.

Robot Bill of Materials
Teams must present a bill of materials (BOM) listing any parts used on their robot along with the rule or Q&A post that allows the part. LEGO, TETRIX, and MATRIX parts as well as fasteners do not need to be included in the BOM. It is not necessary to list the quantity of each part in the BOM. The Robot Bill of Material Template is a good starting point.

Software Inspection Checklists
The FTC Robot will be required to pass software inspection before being cleared to compete. This inspection 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 Software Inspection Checklists (Queuing Area Checklist and Field Inspection Checklist) are located at The 2014-2015 FTC Game Page | USFIRST.org Teams are required to conduct a self-inspection of their robot and submit the completed Queuing Area Checklist and Field Inspection Checklist forms at tournament check-in.

Cascade Effect Tournament Rule <T7>

<T7> 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:
  • Cellular Hotspots (e.g. cell phones, tablets, MiFi)
  • Ad-hoc networks
  • Nintendo DS peer-to-peer
  • Bluetooth communication with Robots in the Competition area
No Team, Team Member, or event attendee shall interfere with a Team's wireless communication with their own Robot. This includes illegal interference with the Wi-Fi system for the Competition Fields, Practice Fields, and the Scoring System.
he Penalty for violating rule <T7> 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 <T7> has in fact been violated, and to disqualify the offending Team.

Last modified October 09 2014 12:28 PM