This past Saturday, about 20 members of Huskie Robotics attended the R2OC, or Rock River Off-season Competition. 22 teams competed in the event, including several we had seen before at Midwest Regionals, like Ctrl-Z, Wildstang, Pwnage, Gear it Forward, and Winnovation (to name a few).
We had three goals for this event:
- To let team members practice being on field as driver, shooter, coach, and human player: during competitions like Midwest, not everyone gets to actually compete on the field, and because there was no consequence to winning this one, the team focused on giving everyone an opportunity to try out being on the field and discover if they liked any of the positions/were talented at certain roles.
- To socialize with other teams: because many teams participating in the competition also compete in Midwest, members of our team tried to make an effort to get to know people from other teams. As Mr. Schmit put it, “the friendships we make now will become alliances later”.
- Hang out as a team: Unity was last year’s theme, but it’s still just as important to us this year. For a successful season, it’s important that the team is united, and attending an off-season competition together helped with that.
When we got to the competition, we set up our pit and made a schedule of who would be part of the drive team for each of the nine matches we would play before eliminations. Most people got to be a certain role twice, which was great because they could learn from their mistakes the first time.
By the time eliminations came around, we had done pretty well and were ranked fifth. We selected teams 4096 and 4655 for our alliance (Ctrl-Z and State-Line Robotics, respectively), and were part of the fourth seeded alliance (the 1st and 2nd seeded teams had joined together). This competition was different from the regional in that all of the teams moved on to the elimination rounds.
We lost our first elimination match by a ridiculously close margin (only three points!) but still did very well, earning a score of 100 points. Sadly, Sally tipped over in our second elimination match, leading us to lose and be eliminated before the semifinals.
Despite the loss, we were pretty successful at the R2OC. After all, we accomplished the goals we set out to, and the practice everyone had yesterday will pay off at the actual regional competitions. Sometimes, winning isn’t everything.