Tactical Updates

BattleCry SITREP 2, dtg 20May22/0000Z


1. COVID Protocols

For BC22, masks and face coverings are optional, except as listed below. All in attendance are highly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including any recommended booster shots. There are no limits on the number of team members that may attend, and spectators are welcome.

We encourage all in attendance to be tested for COVID-19 in the 48 hours prior to attending. All American households are eligible for up to 16 free at-home COVID tests, available here.

Per the current CDC guidelines, all attendees must abide by the following:

You may not attend the event if:
    • You are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, including:
      • nasal congestion and runny nose
      • sneezing
      • sore throat
      • headache
      • fatigue
      • fever
      • cough
      • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
      • loss of taste or smell
      • shortness of breath or trouble breathing
    • You have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past five days.
    • You are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous five days, regardless of your symptoms or lack thereof.
  •  You may attend the event but must wear a well fitting surgical, KN-95, or N-95 mask at all times if:
    • You tested positive between 6 and 10 days ago and all of the following are true:
      • You are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations,
      • Your symptoms have improved, and
      • Have not had a fever for 24 hours
        Otherwise, you may not attend the event.
    • You were exposed to someone who had COVID-19 within the last 10 days, are up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, and are not experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.
    • You were exposed to someone who had COVID-19 within the last 6-10 days, but you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and are not experiencing any of the symptoms listed above (if you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations and were exposed to COVID-19 in the last five days, you may not attend the event at all, as described above).

2. Field Rations

As part of your entry fee, teams receive 10 free Saturday evening BBQ tickets. This includes your choice of hamburger, veggie burger, or hotdog, as well as potato chips, watermelon, and drinks. Teams must request their tickets, including any additional tickets they wish to purchase, per the instructions in the email sent to the team’s contact. The BBQ will be available from 1800-2000 on Saturday to those who requested tickets.

Concessions will be available during the day on Saturday and Sunday at the food court located in the lower level of the WPI Campus Center from 1000-1400.

Additionally, Dunkin’ (inside the Campus Center) will be open on Saturday and Sunday from approximately 0800 to 1500.

3. Human Player Contest (Air Superiority Award)

During the Saturday funtivities (at approximately 1900), there will be a special, on-field contest for human players.  Each team may have one human player participate in a contest to see who is the fastest and most accurate at scoring cargo into the hub. Full details of the challenge will be given prior to the human player contest. The overall winner will receive the Air Superiority Award.

4. Webcast

The event will be webcast at twitch.tv/wpirobotics. Matches will be archived on Twitch and YouTube after the event.



BattleCry 22 SITREP 1, dtg 09May22/2100Z

1. Registration

Please confirm your plans with your team members 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. Payment is due no later than 10-May.

Each BC team will receive 10 BC22 t-shirts and 10 BBQ tickets*. Teams should monitor their email for information on how to confirm and purchase additional t-shirts and BBQ tickets*.

*BBQ is subject to availability of our on-campus catering staff.  More information on BBQ status will be posted soon.

2. Robot Drop-off and Friday Practice

Official load in begins at 1600 on Friday. Teams may arrive earlier in the day, but we cannot guarantee your pit will be fully setup (table and power) until 1600. We HIGHLY encourage all teams to load in on Friday. Load in opens at 0730 on Saturday.

Teams should proceed to the load in area located at approximately 97 Institute Rd. (see noted area on venue map). Teams will be directed by volunteers on where to stage their vehicle while they are unloading. The driver is required to stay with the vehicle at all times during load in. Once the vehicle is finished unloading, they should proceed to a parking area as described below.

Filler line practice rounds will be held on Friday night from approximately 1730-2100, with calibration starting at 1700. See the Operations Order for a detailed schedule.

Teams who have not checked in by 0830 on Saturday will not be placed in the match schedule.

3. Parking and Trailers

All parking is free of charge. Reference the parking map here.

    • Drop off: Vehicles may unload and drop off passengers at the Park Ave. parking garage traffic circle.
    • General parking: WPI Park Ave. Garage – use 151 Salisbury St Worcester MA for GPS address
    • Over-height vehicles and trailers: Hackfield St. lot
    • Buses: Buses can drop off and unload at the traffic circle adjacent to the Park Ave. garage, then park on Salisbury St., Institute Rd, or along Washburn Way, located near the WPI Gateway Park.

4. Game Tweaks

See Rules of Engagement.

5. Awards and Decorations

The following have been established for BC22:

  • Campaign Medals (64) – One per 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 autonomous 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 sportsmanship
  • General Staff (3) – 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 Saturday evening 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 should be 500 words or less, and are due by 30-May at 0900 by emailing gr-bc-star@wpi.edu. Submissions will be judged by prior year STAR Award 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.