2022 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does it mean for judging if my event changed from Hybrid to Remote?

A:  REMOTE events have all the submission requirements (Project Video, Core Values video and Robot Design artifacts) that were outlined for ALL judging.  This has not changed. Judging is virtual and will be conducted the same way for all events.
Q: What do teams in Remote events do for the Robot Game?
A.  REMOTE events, whether originally planned as remote or changed last week, require an additional submission of video(s) for Robot Game.  The guidelines were provided in the last email, and the exact number and more details will come out this week (probably 2 runs in 2 videos). 
Q: Why are some teams competing in person for the robot game, and other submitting selected runs as video? How is that fair to the teams?
A: All teams in a given event are either in person, or all are remote. So competition at an event is based on the same situation for all the teams in that event.
Q: When are the submissions due? 
A: All submissions are due by 8 pm on the Thursday prior to your event weekend.  Due dates are not, therefore, the same for all but this deadline is the same for all tournaments.  Thursday evening will also be the time for a Coaches Meeting for all teams attending a given event.
Q:  What can I do if none of my coaches are getting the Newsletter?
4.  It is clear that not all coaches are getting the Newsletter. There could be any number of reasons, and efforts are being made to get everyone connected.  In addition, the full content of the newsletters and summary guidelines are here
Q: What do I do if I have not been contacted about my upcoming tournament?
A.  Your Tournament Director, using the email in your FIRST dashboard for Coach 1 and Coach 2, should contact you within 4 weeks of your event. If you have NOT been contacted, email mdflltournament@gmail.com with your name, team number and assigned tournament.
Q:  Could the date of my event still change, or could the event shift to remote at the last minute?
A:  Events on the weekend of 12/13 February and later MAY change to fully REMOTE before the end of January.  Teams should be notified at least two weeks prior to a change to REMOTE.
Q: What do I need to submit prior to the event date?
A: For all events, submit an Innovation Project video, a Core Values video and Robot Game artifacts.  See the newsletter Issue 1 from December for more. For REMOTE events, submit Robot Game video.
Q:  The Robot Game video guidelines seem to be from 2021. Is that correct?
A:  Yes, and teams that submitted last season will recognize the guidelines. They are the same.