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Main Season Competitions

2024 Crescendo

Central Illinois & Seven Rivers Regionals

Our Central Illinois Regional (Peoria) Web Page

Our Seven Rivers (La Crosse) Regional Web Page

In General…​

Families generally travel with their students to events. A family is welcome to foist their student onto another family for transport and supervision. However, if another family is supervising a student overnight, a Travel Consent Form will need to be completed and provided to the team directors (Brent, Brian, Tressa, or Ron). If a family can’t afford to send their student to a competition, please let one of our team directors know and we will see what can be worked out - we want every active student to be able to attend at least one of the main season competitions.

Please note that each family will need to make their own reservations. We’ve obtained group rates at both locations. Check the Central Illinois and Seven Rivers pages for specific hotel information. We encourage, but do not require, families to stay at the hotels we’ve made arrangements with as doing so will foster greater camaraderie (and coordination) among team members and families. Students are expected to attend any team meetings at the “team hotel” regardless of where they may be staying, though.

Our Engagement Team plans to organize team lunches during the competition days if there is sufficient interest and participation. More information we be available as we get closer.

Only needed if student is staying with another family.

Typical Event Schedule

Here’s an example of a typical event schedule for a main season competition based on experience from prior years. Specific event schedule information is provided on the Central Illinois Regional and the Seven Rivers Regional.

Wednesday

Five individuals are permitted to do a Wednesday evening load in of the team robots and equipment. Depending on the event, pit set-up may or may not be permitted. Load in is typically 6:00 - 8:30 pm. The five individuals involved are on an invitation only basis - i.e., this is not a full team activity. Do not appear for load in unless you are one of the five individuals. Extra people get in the way and slow things down. However, other families are welcome to make a hotel reservation for Wednesday night if they prefer not to travel on Thursday.


Thursday

Thursday is a set-up and practice day. There will be some practice matches, but most of the time will be spent on getting the robot and pit ready. Only those directly involved with the robot and safety need to be there that day. More specifically, drive team, programming team, pit crew, and safety need to be there. However, others are welcome to come as Thursday is usually the best day to check out other teams. It’s a relatively relaxed day. Doors typically open at 8:30 am. The team will be kicked out at 7:30 pm or so.

Parents have been known to send their student with another family traveling Thursday morning, and then travel after work on Thursday. It’s okay to make friends and take advantage of car pooling.

We will have a team dinner available in the hotel from 5 pm to 9 pm. Stop in and get some food when you have time. Families traveling Thursday afternoon are welcome to go directly to the hotel, grab some food with us, and relax.


Friday

Friday is a full day of qualifying matches. We encourage everyone to attend to cheer our team on! The schedule is typically:

  • 8:00 am - doors open (earlier for the Seven Rivers Regional in La Crosse)

  • 8:30 am - opening ceremony with matches beginning shortly thereafter

  • 12:00 pm - lunch

  • 1:00 pm - qualifying matches continue

  • 5:45 pm - awards ceremony

  • 6:30 pm - we get kicked out

Families are on their own for dinner - typically we’ve seen enough of each other by this point. We will likely have a short team meeting at the hotel in the evening.


Saturday

Another day of matches! Again, we encourage everyone to attend to cheer our team on. Typically, the schedule is:

  • 8:00 am - doors open (again, earlier for the Seven Rivers Regional in La Crosse)

  • 8:30 am - opening ceremony with matches beginning shortly thereafter

  • 12:15 pm - alliance selections

  • 12:30 pm - lunch

  • 1:30 pm - final rounds

  • 4:30 pm - awards ceremony

  • 6:30 pm - we get kicked out

Central Illinois Regional

Seven Rivers Regional

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Roaring Robotics at 2022 Central Illinois Regional

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