The 2007-2008 season was our first season in the FIRST robotics competition. There where 54 teams at the Minnesota Regional, on March 27 through the 29th.
This challenge was called the FIRST Overdrive, it is played on a 54' x 27' track divided by a fence into a Red side and a
Blue side. The fence is crossed by an overpass making the red and blue finish lines. Two three-team alliances race around the
track in a counter clockwise direction manipulating Trackballs.
The game is made up of town scoring periods, The first 15 seconds of the play is the Hybrid period in which robots are
autonomous, and may also respond to digital signals sent by team robocoaches stationed at the corners of the track.
During the Hybrid period, robots traveling in a counter clockwise direction score:
8 Points for each of their Trackballs knocked off or passed over the overpass.
4 Points whenever their Trackball crosses their finish line.
2 Points whenever their Trackball crosses their finish line.
The next two minutes of play is the Teleoperated period. At this time, robots are radio controlled by team operators standing
at either end of the field. During the Teleoperated period, robots traveling in a counter clockwise direction score:
2 Points whenever their robot Trackball crosses their finish line.
8 Points whenever their Trackball passes over their overpass
Alliances score an additional 12 points for each of their Trackballs that are positioned anywhere on the overpass
at the end of the match