Tactical Updates

BattleCry SITREP 3, dtg 4Jun19/1115Z

“Arrival Info, etc.”

ALL ROBOTS MUST BE DROPPED OFF ON FRIDAY!  Limited exceptions available for Saturday AM drop-off.  Must email for pre-approval by Thursday at 1700 to be considered.

Upon arriving to campus Saturday, all cars should proceed to park in the Park Ave Garage, on the street, or in any WPI lots.  Buses must find their own street parking (suggestion is on Washburn Way by WPI’s Gateway Park).

TRAILERS: Do NOT plan to leave trailers on campus Friday-Saturday.  They will be towed without warning.  Saturday unloading teams will be given specific instructions if they have a trailer.

Rules of Robot Unloading:

  • DO NOT PULL ONTO THE QUAD.  There is no parking on the Quad and no drop-off on the Quad of materials or people. 
  • When you arrive for material drop-off, be patient, wait for direction by a volunteer, and stay within the coned lanes.
  • Drivers MAY NOT leave their vehicle unattended at any time.  This means be sure there is someone with them to help move the materials into the building.
  • Unload your vehicle quickly and safely.
  • Once the vehicle is unloaded, the driver should immediately proceed with vehicle to the Park Ave Garage. 

Please consult our event map (http://goo.gl/maps/c9yLn) for additional details or ask a staff member to direct you to parking. 

Upon Arrival Saturday Morning:

  • Check your team in
  • Pay any remaining balance due (credit card or cash preferred)
  • Receive your pre-purchased event t-shirts and BBQ tickets.
  • Bring your robot to the designated location to update your WPA key before going on the field.
  • Report to Pit Boss table in pit area for any needed assistance.

Food Options

  • BBQ Lunch (Sunday) will be available for those who ordered them in advance.  Limited extra BBQ passes are available at Pit Admin for $13.
  • Additional food purchase locations will be open on Saturday and Sunday including:
    • Dunkin in the Campus Center – Saturday 0700-1600
    • Food Tent on the Quad (next to the Bartlett Center) – Saturday 1000-1600
    • Campus Center Food Court (Lower Level) – Sunday 0800-1500

There will be a limited number of BattleCry T-shirts (BC20 and 20 year anniversary) for sale @ $10 in the Harrington Lobby or Pit Admin  These will not be available for sale until after all teams have checked in.

BattleCry SITREP 2, dtg 30May19/0952Z

1. Field Rations

As part of your entry fee you get 10 free Sunday BBQ.  This includes your choice of two hamburgers, veggie burgers, or hotdogs, as well as rolls, potato chips, watermelon, salad, and drinks.  BBQ will be available from 1130-1430 on Sunday to those who requested tickets. 

Concessions will be available during the day on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday, teams may visit the Food Tent located next to the Bartlett Center (across the Quad).  On Sunday, teams may visit the Food Court located in the lower level of the WPI Campus Center.

Additionally, Dunkin’ (inside the Campus Center) will be open on Saturday from approximately 0700 to 1600.

2. Human Player Contest (Air Superiority Award)

During the Saturday lunch break (at approx 1430), there will be a special, on-field contest for Human Players.  More details will be provided at the event.  One designated Human Player per team should report to the field at 1420 if your team wishes to participate in this contest.

3. Video

There will be multiple video cameras running throughout the event under the control of our mixing crew.  The entire competition will be streamed on Twitch.  We will capture and split the video to post online soon following the event.


BattleCry SITREP 1, dtg 20May19/1530Z

1. Registration

Please confirm your plans as soon as possible. We have many teams on the ready reserves list and out of courtesy to them, would like to update their status ASAP.

All registered BC20 Challengers need to completely fill out their registration information (sent via email on 20-May). This includes additional food and t-shirt requests.  The deadline for ordering and paying for additional items is 31-May at noon.

Please note, although 10 t-shirts and meals are included in the registration fee, if your team does not fill out the request for these items you WILL NOT receive them.

2. Robot Drop-off

  • Team MUST drop off their robots/tools by Friday evening. The venue will be open all day Friday, and if you wish to drop-off earlier in the week, just let us know when and we will coordinate.
  • If it is a significant hardship to drop off your robot before Saturday morning, contact us ASAP. We can offer very limited unloading for teams on Saturday morning before 7AM.
  • Teams whose robots are not on-site by 9:00PM on Friday, excluding those pre-arranged for a Saturday drop-off, will not be placed in the match schedule.

3. Parking and trailers

  • Given the partnership with TouchTomorrow, parking on Saturday will be extremely limited.
    • We are asking all teams to consolidate and carpool as much as possible.
    • Local teams especially are asked to have parents drop-off students and otherwise to not allow individuals to transport only themselves.
  • If you plan on bringing a trailer, plan on bringing it home on Friday night and returning with it on Sunday. We need all available spaces on Saturday for the events.
    • If you do need to leave a trailer, the ONLY location they may be parked is in the Coughlin Electric Parking Lot (map will be provided). This is approximate a 1-mile walk to the Rec Center.
    • If you leave a trailer anywhere on campus Friday night or Saturday, it WILL BE TOWED without additional warning.
    • On Sunday, trailers and vehicles may park in any campus lot or on the street.

4. Game Tweaks

See Rules of Engagement

5. Awards and Decorations

By Battlestaff decry, the following have been established for BC20:

  • Campaign Medals (60) – One per each team that arrives on scene
  • Medal of Honor (1) – BC’s highest team award. Judges’ award for the team that goes “above and beyond” the expectations of all FRC teams.
  • Silver Star (1) – Judges’ award for machine design elegance as demonstrated throughout the campaign.
  • Distinguished Controls (1) – Judges’ award for inspired robot-operator interaction as demonstrated through interface and/or programming excellence.
  • Special Operations (1) – Judges’ award for outstanding robot performance or unique strategy of play during the sandstorm period.
  • Phantom Fighter (1) – Judges’ award for the team and robot that is unusually adaptive and effective in supporting others.
  • Noncombatant Service (1) – Judges’ award for most outstanding team spirit or support displayed during the elimination matches by a team eliminated prior to the quarter-finals
  • General Staff (4) – Judges’ special recognition awards, criteria TBD
  • Best BattleCry (1) – Emcee’s award for best spirit shown by a team during combat
  • Air Superiority (1) – To the team that fields the top Human Player(s) in the Sunday contest
  • Top Gun (1) – To the number one seed in qualifying
  • Runners-Up (4) – To each team on the three-team alliance defeated in the final match
  • Victors (4) – To each team on the three-team alliance that wins the tournament
  • BattleCry STAR – Special Team Appreciation & Recognition award, adult mentor award presented by team selected by STAR reviewers (see below)

6. BattleCry STAR

Student team members are encouraged to submit nominations for their outstanding adult mentor. These nominations are due by 30-May at 0900 (electronic format required to stafford@wpi.edu, 500 words or less) and will be reviewed and judged by past STAR winners. Student members of the winning team will be notified before the event and offered the opportunity to publicly announce their champion during the awards ceremony.