This event will be fought outdoors in the side parking lot of Electronic Parts Outlet. There will be 3 weight classes consisting of 150 gram, 1 lb, and 3lb. The arena will be 6 ft x 6 ft with a wooden floor and sufficient ventilation for internal combustion engines. The event will be on as long as there isn't a crazy (for Houston) storm. Those mostly hit around April through September, so we should be fine. We are going to limit to 36 bots total with no more than 16 per class. This is due to time. I will shuffle allocations around as needed, so be sure to register quickly if you want to lock in your spot. If we hit capacity, there will be a waitlist with distibutions in order of signup. I will use the system to change people's status from waitlisted to accepted.
Safety will begin around 10:00 AM. Event set up will start at 9 AM should you want to help. Matches are planned to start at Noon with brackets on Challonge. If you want to compete, you need to be in the parking lot by 11:00 AM.
The robots are to meet the SPARC robot construction requirements. We will not specifically require a power light, but there needs to be some means of identifying when the robot is powered on such as noise or light. http://sparc.tools/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2019/SPARC_Robot_Construction_Specifications_v1.3.pdf The scale will be +/- 2 gram precision with calibration weights available. I allow shufflers and non-wheeled drivetrain weight bonuses. Examples include Droopy, bristlebots, and non-wheeled varations on No Fly Zone. I'll also allow flamethrowers with pre-approval as to fuel choice. I'm also going to do 100% knockout required rule for multibots to encourage their use.
It is suggested that you bring your own table and chairs. There won’t be enough for everyone given the advised distancing requirements, and several teams are flying in. Also, only about half of the pit tables will likely be under the overhang/eaves. If you have a canopy, I suggest bringing it. The bathroom is back inside the store behind the counter on the right with the oscilloscopes and stuff on it.
The venue is power-limited. There will be a soldering area inside the store and a battery charging table outside with AC. (No AC powered heatguns allowed but torches are to be provided for heatshrink, etc.) If you would like to charge your batteries at your pit table or run other equipment, please bring a battery to power your stuff. Additionally, the last matches of the day might happen after dark though I don't plan on it. There is lighting over about half of the pit area, but headlamps or battery powered worklights may be a very good idea if you expect to do well.
The arena will be the same as the last event, but I'm bringing a Swiffer to clean the sawdust off the polycarbonate. For people with low profile bots or forks, please be aware that plywood floors develop deep gouges that can trap bots or leave them stuck. I'll also try to elevate it by a couple inches, if I have the time. The floor is going to be the same floor just flipped over.
Chris, the manager of EPO, was excited about having lunch available again, but I have received no details at this time. Information will likely be available after the workshop on January 16th.
Mask wearing is required in the store and next to the arena during matches and while crowded around the arena. Don't be rude.
Prizes are undecided at this time. I am planning to go after gift cards this time, so I need people to actually register.
The brackets themselves are subject to change until the tournament starts. This includes reshuffling of participants in a non-random fashion.
The brackets will be hosted on Challonge and will be linked here. Volunteers: If you want to judge, announce or referee, please let me know. We would appreciate the help.