FRC Update: Manual Q&A System/KoP Inventory/Replacement Parts Process, and More!

Greetings Teams:

As all of you know, the 2012 FRC Kickoff is this Saturday, January 7th!  We have lots of important Kickoff and Season Information to share with you, so please read carefully and be sure to subscribe to the RSS feed of our 2012 FRC Season News and Email Blasts Page for the most up-to-the-minute information this season!

FRC Manual Q & A System: FIRST recognizes that teams may have questions about game rules, robot construction, event logistics, and more.  FIRST asks that teams use the Question & Answer System (Q&A) to post questions pertaining to a specific section within the 2012 FRC Game Manual.  Your posted questions will be reviewed by the appropriate moderator and answered in a timely manner (usually within 2-3 business days). The 2012 Question & Answer System,, will go live on Wednesday, January 11th at Noon EST.

In order to access the Q&A system, your team’s specific login info can be found on the Team Summary page in your TIMS record. Please assign one individual from your team to act as the Team Rules Expert and only share your team’s unique Username and Password with him/her. This Team Rules Expert should be the only person responsible for posting questions to the Q&A System.

Before posting a question on the Q&A System, we encourage teams to look for the answers to questions first within the 2012 FRC Game Manual and Team Updates. You can review these documents here:

**Time Sensitive** Don’t forget to take inventory of your Kit of Parts (KoP) after Kickoff:After receiving and checking all items in your Kit of Parts (KOP), should you determine you are missing a part(s), or need a replacement part(s) you must use the FIRST “Replacement Parts Request” system to order replacements.

Parts requests will be handled through this online system only.

The Replacement Parts Request system will be accessible at noon (Eastern Time) on Monday, January 9th.

To begin the process of submitting a Replacement Parts Request, team Main or Alternate contacts will:

  • Login to TIMS
  • On the right side of the Team Summary page, under the “What’s New” header, click on the link to “Submit a Replacement Parts Request HERE”
  • Follow TIMS instructions to complete a Replacement Parts Request


This is a “one time only” opportunity to submit a Replacement Parts Request. Please make sure your request is both accurate and complete prior to pressing the “Confirm Request” button.

Once the request is submitted and confirmed there can be no changes to it.

Replacement Parts Requests will be processed and shipped to teams in a timely manner. Please make sure your Shipping Contact information is accurate and complete in TIMS as this is to whom the parts will be shipped.

Please note the system will not allow teams to request a quantity of parts higher than the number originally sent with the KOP. This system is also not to be used to order additional or purchased parts.

Deadline Date and Time: All requests must be placed by noon EST on Friday, January 13th, 2012.

Encrypted Sections of the 2012 FRC Manual: The encrypted sections of the FRC 2012 Game Manual are available for download.  Please find the FRC Game Manual page here: To download the encrypted sections, you will right-click on the .pdf file and select “Save Link/Target As…”.  The password for accessing these documents will be available at the end of the Kickoff broadcast.

Prior to Kickoff, make sure that your computer has the proper software by following the instructions for the 2012 Decryption Test found here:

Consent and Release Forms: If you haven’t done so already, please consider which 2012FIRST Consent and Release form your team members will be submitting this season.  Remember, electronic Consent and Release forms “cover” individuals at all 2012 FIRSTcompetition events (students and their parents access the electronic form in STIMS; adult mentors in TIMS ).

If anyone on your team opts to submit a hard-copy Consent and Release form instead, please download at: and follow instructions for submission located in the “Process Overview Document”.

Michigan (FiM) and MAR (Mid-Atlantic Robotics) teams will find instructions specific to their Consent and Release form submissions in the “Process Overview Document” as well.

Print your Team Roster! No matter which method you choose (electronic or hard-copy), you MUST print off your Team Roster from TIMS and bring it with you to your Kickoff, and your initial Competition event.  To print the Team Roster:

1)    On the Team Summary page in TIMS, scroll down to the “Student/Roster” field.

2)    Click “View” next to Team Roster.

3)    Click Printable Roster.

4)    If you have any students/mentors who are providing hard-copy forms, please write in their names on the printed roster and attach their consent and release forms.

For more information about the 2012 Consent and Release Form, including FAQ’s and a helpful Process Overview, please visit:

FRC Team Support Available on Kickoff Day: Team Support will be available the day of Kickoff from 9:00 am-1:00 pm EST.  For assistance, please call 1-800-871-8326 x 0.

NASA: FRC Kickoff Broadcast:  For those of you who will not be attending a Kickoff this weekend, NASA will broadcast the event live on their site.  Here is the link that you will need to view the broadcast:

FIRST Choice: FIRST Choice is a menu of items available to registered 2012 FRC teams, for free, as part of their Kit of Parts. On January 9, 2012, teams may log in to the FIRST Choice site, hosted by AndyMark, and use a set number of credits to select items they wish to receive. For more information on the program, please visit:

FIRST® Virtual Technical Advisor: Are you looking for help with your robot? Do you have technical experience and want to help a team? We have the solution! FIRST Virtual Technical Advisor is here to help! Sign up to find/give support from anywhere in the world!

Go Teams!

FRC Team Support


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