Hello Team 4293!
As many of you know, the regional competition is getting close. In fact, we've got a week until competition day! This means we've got some important updates and team information.
Official FRC Colorado Regional website: www.coloradofirst.org/coloradoregional.htm
All students on the driving team (drivers, human players, coaches/potential coaches) need to be there all 3 days, as well as any students who volunteered for duties like Pit Ambassador or Safety Captain. We’d like all students to attend all 3 days to cheer on the team (and all teams, really).
Also, parents, feel free to attend on any day; we welcome your enthusiasm and support! If you can’t attend and are planning on picking up your student at the end of the day, please be aware that pick-up times are quite flexible due to activities going on, but please make your latest possible pickup time at “pit closure” (or 10pm on Friday, if your kid is going to the social).
The competition will be at the Denver University Ritchie Center. I would personally suggest going by light rail, its generally cheaper and easier. The E, F and H lines all take you directly to university station. If you're coming down the C or D lines, you'll need to transfer at Broadway or Alameda. A friendly reminder that all students get discount fares on the light rail. Remember to select "Discount Fare" when buying tickets for students.
A google map of the Ritchie Center area can be found here:
Parking is available at lot 108 (across Univesity to the Northeast for $10, or a pass for $7 if you buy one on Thursday before 8:30am at the Ritchie Center Loading Dock (or at the Pit Admin desk after that). Exact change or a check to “Colorado FIRST” is necessary. Alternatively, you cas use the light rail parking lot which is either free or $4 a day, depending on if your car is registered in-district or not (http://www.rtd-denver.com/HowToPark.shtml# tells you if your license is registered).
The main competition portion of the event will be held in the Magness Arena, the central area of the building. We don't yet know where the pit area will be this year, but chances are it will be in one of the other arenas or gyms.
A bit more on the plan for each day:
Now, some more information on the team social. There will be team parents as chaperones for this event. Not a lot of people stay all the way until 10pm, so make sure you coordinate your pickup time with your ride. Regardless of how late you stay, I strongly encourage you to go. From a personal standpoint, I had a ton of fun, and there was free food. Who's gonna turn down free food? Additionally, if you're afraid of having to socialize, or if you just don't want to deal with people (understandable) you should still come. Its hard to be more asocial than I am and I STILL managed to have fun, so really, come.
A couple of final things. First off, we have a flyer for you guys to advertise with. Feel free to print this out and place it around town, or email it to your friend's and family. (download below)
We will be meeting this week, and we'll have a meeting on Saturday from 9am-2pm.
I can't wait to see you all at the competition, come prepared to have fun!
Grayson Gerlich is a senior on the team and our webmaster. He also manages outreach content and team graphics.