SEASON UPDATES

Welcome to the 2022 FIRST Robotics Competition Season!

We are both excited and anxious to experience the 2022 FRC competitive season. It has been more than 20 months since we last met in person at an FRC event, where we enjoyed opportunities to share stories, celebrate the achievement of our teams while marvelling at the impact of FRC on our youth.

Building on FIRST core values, our FRC stakeholders, including our ever-important volunteers and alumni, are all contributing to building the foundation where positive, supportive and innovative leaders grow. FIRST Robotics Canada is here to support your team and your 2022 season while encouraging you to reach out to us anytime to provide support and keep you informed.

Go, Teams!
John Hobbins, FRC Program Director/William Neal, FRC Program Manager

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Greetings FIRST Canada teams! 

The 2022 FRC Season is well underway with teams facing the exciting challenge of building a robot and preparing awards submissions for Rapid React, presented by the Boeing Company. January 18th was the final deadline for teams to pick up their kit and confirm participation in the season, and we were thrilled to see that 79 teams in Ontario will be competing this season. We know all teams were faced with a tough decision in light of the pandemic and continued restrictions. We understand that some teams found themselves in a position where they were not able to compete this season in light of the aforementioned ongoing challenges. We look forward to these teams rejoining in the future at 2022 off-season events and/or the 2023 season. 

EVENT UPDATES 

In light of the current registration numbers, last week we let teams know that we had to make the tough decision to cancel the Durham College District Qualifier and the Victoria Park District Qualifier. After evaluating the final team registration numbers we are now cancelling or consolidating the following events: 

  • Georgian College District Qualifier – Week 3 – Canceled
  • Windsor-Essex Great Lakes District Qualifier – Week 5 – Consolidated into one single day event, taking place on the Saturday
  • North Bay District Qualifier – Week 5 – Consolidated into one single day event, taking place on the Sunday

With Windsor-Essex Great Lakes and North Bay each being consolidated into one single day event. These two events will have shared awards, with judging and awards being combined across the two events. This means that teams competing at both events would be competing within the same awards pool, much like two sub-divisions within a division at the FIRST Championship. 

For all events, the judging schedule is as follows: 

  • Ontario District Dean’s List Award Interview Dates: Feb 21 – Feb 27, 2022
  • Ontario District Chairman’s Interview Dates: Feb 28 – Mar 2, 2022
  • Ontario District PIT Interviews: 2 weekdays of the Event Week (Monday and Wednesday)

Information about submitting your documentation will be sent to each team’s two lead mentors as listed on your team’s Dashboard. Please ensure you reach out to your two lead mentors for this information. All Ontario teams that submit for Chairmans will receive feedback after their event.

Finally, with 79 teams registered to compete in Ontario we should have enough teams to support the capacity of the remaining events. While we do not foresee any more event cancellations in order to accommodate current team counts, adding a 3rd play to your event schedule, if possible, will help ensure the stability for all of our events and help us to avoid further cancellations. 

ACTION ITEM 

We recognize that these changes to events mean some teams won’t be able to compete at their first choices and we apologise for that scenario but we will do our best to support you as you transition to another event and appreciate your understanding. Teams who are affected by these cancelations/consolidations need to reach out to John Hobbins at john.hobbins@firstroboticscanada.org so he can work with teams to get them registered for replacement event(s) that best suit their season schedule. 

3RD PLAYS! 

FIRST Canada wants to help make the 2022 FRC regular competition season even more rewarding by offering an additional single play to our teams at NO cost. As available spots may be limited, interested teams are asked to contact 

John.Hobbins@firstroboticscanada.org to secure a spot at one of the qualifying events as a third play event. It’s important to remember that it is your first two events played that count for your District points towards qualification for Provincials. 

EVERYBOT SUPPORT 

Due to school and community based restrictions, we know many teams are still unable to meet in person. Recognizing the challenges faced by teams this year, FIRST Canada has organized a remote Everybot build. This event, developed in collaboration with Team 118, NASA and Humber College, is an opportunity for teams to quickly get a competitive robot up and running. We revealed the 2022 Everybot last night on FIRST Canada LIVE! and the show has already been viewed over 2000 times! You can watch the archive here. More details on how to sign up for the Everybot build can be found here. For all the details on the Everybot including the Bill of Materials, Robot CAD, and Build Instructions, please visit their website at: https://www.118everybot.org/ 

Once again we would like to thank all of our teams, whether you are competing or not this season, for your incredible efforts to inspire your students and keep our communities safe. The impact all of you have is truly immeasurable! 

In appreciation of the steadfast determination and untrammeled spirit of the FIRST community, 

FIRST Robotics Canada

 

FIRST Robotics Canada recognizes the challenging times with which teams are grappling right now.  The unpredictability created by the Omicron variant is making the timing of this decision to register even harder. We wanted to reiterate to teams that we will continue to do everything we can in order to have a viable competitive season for those who are able to register.  Our event protocols will be updated as events get closer with any public health updates at the time but the current plans can be reviewed here. We feel that these protocols offer us the best chance to safely host events.  We will host these events as safely as possible if we are allowed to do so by the province and our venues.  

We also wanted to let teams know before the deadline of January 18th, that we have worked with two off-season event hosts in Hamilton and Windsor to ensure that if the season is canceled, up to 2/3 of event spots at these Offseason events may be allocated to 2022 registered Ontario teams, ensuring that a good number of you will be able to compete in those events. There is the possibility of other Offseason events in Ontario that have no registration-related restrictions as well.  In the event that the season is canceled, FIRST Canada ALSO plans to host its own off-season event at some point (dates TBD) which would be open to registered Ontario teams as well.  To help us with the planning for an Offseason event, please fill out this form to indicate what month you’d prefer to see the event held.  We hope these assurances will help teams with the decision to register and commit funds to this season.  If you are still unable to participate this year, we understand and look forward to welcoming you back next season.  

Additionally, FIRST Canada wants to help make the 2022 FRC regular competition season even more rewarding by offering an additional single play to our teams at NO cost. As available spots may be limited, interested teams are asked to contact John.Hobbins@firstroboticscanada.org to secure a spot at one of the qualifying events as a third play event. It’s important to remember that it is your first two events played that count for points.

Lastly, due to low team registration and teams who have already dropped, we will need to cancel some events at which teams are currently registered.  We understand that this is not ideal in the least, and ask that everyone please bear with us while we attempt to make the best of some difficult decisions.  Many factors play into these decisions, but in an attempt to provide teams with a bit more clarity leading into the January 18th deadline we’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel the Durham College District Qualifier and the Victoria Park District Qualifier.  We will not shuffle teams who were in those events to new events until the close of January 18th as there may be a need to cancel other events due to additional teams not picking up their KOP and venue considerations. We will do our best to accommodate teams as best as we can.  

In appreciation of the indomitable enthusiasm and unwavering support of the FIRST community,

FIRST Robotics Canada

Event

Pit 

Interviews

Chairman’s Interviews*

Dean’s List Interviews

Awards Ceremony

Humber College

Feb 28 & Mar 2 (5-9pm ET)

Feb 28 – Mar 2, 

(5-9pm ET)

Feb 21 – Feb 27

March 8

University of Waterloo 

Mar 21 & Mar 22 (5-9pm ET)

Feb 28 – Mar 2, 

(5-9pm ET)

Feb 21 – Feb 27

March 29

York University

Mar 21 & 23 (5-9pm ET)

Feb 28 – Mar 2, 

(5-9pm ET)

Feb 21 – Feb 27

March 29

Windsor Essex Great Lakes

Mar 28 & Mar 30 (5-9pm ET)

Feb 28 – Mar 2, 

(5-9pm ET)

Feb 21 – Feb 27

April 5

North Bay

Mar 28 & Mar 30 (5-9pm ET)

Feb 28 – Mar 2, 

(5-9pm ET)

Feb 21 – Feb 27

April 5

St. Mary C.S.S.

Apr 4 & Apr 6 (5-9pm ET)

Feb 28 – Mar 2, 

(5-9pm ET)

Feb 21 – Feb 27 

April 12

* Teams will each receive one single Chairman’s interview for all of their District Qualifying Events

Remote Pit Interviews

Pit Interviews will take place remotely. All teams will be interviewed on the dates listed above. Teams will each receive two (2) Interview days for each of their Ontario District Qualifying Events.

These interviews are hosted via Zoom video conference, but a call-in number can be provided if needed. A date and time will be assigned by FIRST Canada and an email will be sent to the two (2) Lead mentors with the Zoom logistical details.

Teams are invited (though not required) to send additional information to FIRST Canada. Documentation will be submitted via a Google Form to FIRST Canada.

The 1st Interview:

Remote “pit” interviews are limited to 25 minutes total; up to 10 minutes for the team’s presentation (which includes set-up) and 15 minutes (and any unused time from the presentation) for Q&A with the judges. Please refer to the following document to ensure you are prepared for this interview. (please note interviews will be conducted via zoom [not MS Teams] as mentioned above).

The 2nd Interview:

This interview will be held remotely and is limited to 15 minutes total. No preparation or additional documentation is required by teams for this interview. This will be a Q&A dialogue between the judges and the teams.

Remote Chairman’s Interviews

Teams eligible for the Chairman’s Award will be interviewed remotely. All teams will be interviewed from February 28 – March 2, 2022. Teams will each receive one single Chairman’s interview for all of their District Qualifying Events

These interviews are hosted via Zoom video conference, but a call-in number can be provided if needed. A date and time will be assigned by FIRST Canada and an email will be sent to the two (2) Lead mentors with the Zoom logistical details.

  • Chairman’s Award interviews are limited to 12 minutes total; up to 7 minutes for a presentation by the team (which includes set-up) and the remaining time (5 minutes) is for Q&A led by the judges. If teams use less time than 7 minutes for their presentation, judges may use the remaining minutes (out of 12) for Q and A. 
    • Teams are permitted a one (1) minute buffer before the interview officially starts to allow team members to join the call. 
  • Chairman’s Teams must provide the Chairman’s Video to FIRST Canada prior to the interview. 
    • Chairman’s Teams will be required to submit a Chairman’s Award Video via a Google Form to FIRST Canada prior to the interview by February 26. Teams will be asked to provide links to their video. 
    • Teams are encouraged to upload the video to a video hosting site (such as YouTube or another site) and ensure the sharing settings allow others to view this link prior to submitting to the judges. 
  • Teams are invited (though not required) to send additional information to FIRST Canada. Documentation will be submitted via a Google Form to FIRST Canada prior to the interview by February 26. Additional information must be formatted as follows: 
    • no more than 2 pages, if a team wants to submit the Chairman’s Documentation Form  it will count as part of the 2 page limit teams are given for the Chairman’s Award,
    • no larger than 8.5 in. x 14 in. (~21cm x 35cm) (either portrait or landscape orientations), 
    • readable at 100% zoom, 
    • does not include links or redirects to additional content 
    • PDF format, and 
    • no larger than 10 MB. 
      • This page size applies default settings used by most word processors and slide decks. Teams may use whatever file type they like as long as the submission is uploaded as a PDF and it meets the above requirements 
  • Interviews are conducted in English 
    • Teams needing a translator or sign-language interpreter may include an additional person to act as that translator/ interpreter. This individual does not need to be a team member. In this case, the team is granted up to 2 additional minutes for the presentation and up to 3 additional minutes for the Q&A portion.
  • Teams may share their screens and use video as part of their presentation. 
  • No more than 3 student team members are allowed to present information or answer questions from the judges. 
  • At least 1 adult mentor/parent must attend the interview. 
    • Only the students are allowed to present information or answer questions from the judges. The adult may observe and later provide feedback to the team, but the mentor is not allowed to provide any assistance during the interview. If the mentor provides any assistance during the interview, the judges should respectfully remind the mentor of the rule. 
    • Exception: If necessary, the adult mentor may provide translation services for students needing foreign language or sign language translation. This person does not count as the adult mentor observer 
  • Recording video, audio or taking pictures (including screenshots) are prohibited during the interview. 
    • In addition to FIRST prohibiting recording, there may be other legal restrictions governing recording. 

Chairman’s Feedback: Each Chairman’s team will receive a Chairman’s Award Feedback Form after their interviews. The feedback form will be sent to the 2 Lead mentors of the team. 

Remote Dean’s List Interviews

Students eligible for the Dean’s List Award are interviewed remotely. All Dean’s List students will be interviewed February 21 – February 28, 2022.  These interviews are hosted via Zoom video conference, but a call-in number can be provided if needed. A date and time will be assigned by FIRST Canada and an email will be sent to the two (2) Lead mentors with the Zoom logistical details.

Please refer to the guidance on interviews that is already published on the Submitted Awards page under the Dean’s List section. 

If you decide not to participate in the season following team registration, please reach out to john.hobbins@firstroboticscanada.org ASAP.

100% of the Initial Registration Fee will be refunded if the refund request is submitted to FIRST Canada before the Team receives the Kit of Parts (KOP). Lead Team Mentor needs to send an email by January 18 to john.hobbins@firstroboticscanada.org on the refund request.

After you have received your KOP, Initial Registration Fees will not be refunded under any other circumstances, even if the FIRST Robotics Competition season is canceled, in whole or in part. 

SUBJECT: Urgent – FIRST Canada Kickoff Update and Response to New Provincial Restrictions

Greetings teams and Happy New Year!

It is understandable that Monday’s Provincial announcement regarding new gathering restrictions and shift to remote learning until January 17th has generated some questions about the upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition season in Ontario. 

FIRST Canada can confirm that we are moving forward with kickoff and kit distribution in addition to executing a relatively normal district competitive event season and potential Offseason events. We understand that teams not being able to meet for the first 11 days of the season is a difficult challenge on top of other challenges presented by the pandemic. Uncertainty continues to exist as the pandemic evolves and restrictions change. Our plan is to do what is needed to ensure events run this season as long as it is safe to do so. Our COVID-19 protocols for this season are available and will be updated as we get closer to events. Ongoing collaboration with our host venue planning committees ensures that we will deliver safe experiences for our teams. If there are any event cancellations, details will be communicated as soon as we have them. 

Regarding scheduled Kickoffs this Saturday, January 8th, please note that all kickoffs will now move to a “Drive Through Kit of Parts Pick up” format. All teams are asked to check emails for further information and communication from your local kickoff coordinators.

Kits will only be given to Lead Team Mentors and/or identified team members listed on the Surrogate form. Please make sure that you communicate this process with the person who will pick up your kit. It is important that team leads complete a surrogate form and submit this to firstroboticscompetition@firstinspires.org if your lead mentor is not picking up the robot. You can find all the latest information here on FIRST Canada 2022 FRC Season webpage.

We understand that some teams may find themselves in a position where they will not be able to compete this season in light of the aforementioned ongoing challenges. As per our policy, 100% of the Initial Registration Fee will be refunded if the refund request is submitted to FIRST Canada before the team receives the Kit of Parts (KOP). Due to the current extenuating circumstances with the shift to remote learning until January 17th, we have discussed with FIRST HQ and they have approved us extending the deadline to pick up your KOP, and thereby the refund deadline, until January 18th. A Lead team mentor must send an email refund request by January 18 to john.hobbins@firstroboticscanada.org.  After you have received your KOP, Initial Registration Fees will not be refunded under any other circumstances, even if the FIRST Robotics Competition season is canceled, in whole or in part. Teams who do not pick up their KOP will be contacted as a response will be required to confirm your team registration by 9pm on January 18. To accommodate this extension, we will be offering KOP pick up dates on both January 8th and January 18th.

With the minimum event size for single day events being 14, FIRST Canada may be in a position to consider cancelling or consolidating certain events if any of the final registration counts after January 18th are below this minimum size. All teams who commit and pick up their kit on January 8th, will be given priority if any event reassignments are necessary.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to a FIRST Canada staff member for additional assistance.

 

We’re almost here! 

Watch the Game Reveal & Kickoff Celebration Broadcast

Saturday, January 8, 2022 | 12 pm ET on FIRSTtv | Preshow starts at 11:30 am twitch.tv/firstinspires

Please note all kickoffs will now move to a “Drive Through Kit of Parts Pick up”. All teams are requested to check your emails for further information and communication from your local kickoff coordinators.

Kits will only be given to Lead Team Mentors and/or assigned members on the Surrogate form. Please make sure you communicate with who will pick up your kit. It is really important that you complete a surrogate form and submit this to firstroboticscompetition@firstinspires.org if your lead mentor is not picking up the robot.Thank you to all Ontario Teams for choosing a kickoff location. Please reach out to arti.javeri@firstroboticscanada.org if you need any information on kickoff.

  1. CANADA-ON-BRESLAU-WOODLAND CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL KICKOFF
  2. CANADA-ON-KINGSTON-QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY KICKOFF
  3. CANADA-ON-LONDON-AMIT CHAKMA ENGINEERING BUILDING KICKOFF
  4. CANADA-ON-MILTON-CRAIG KIELBURGER SECONDARY SCHOOL KICKOFF
  5. CANADA-ON-MISSISSAUGA-STUDICA – GTA WEST KICKOFF
  6. CANADA-ON-WINDSOR-ST CLAIR COLLEGE KICKOFF

Last updated Jan 28, 2022