FRC Update: Unrestricted Regional Event Registration Open, FIRST CMP Waitlist Registration for Veteran Teams that DID Compete at the 2012 FIRST CMP Opens 11/8/12 at 12 noon ET

Greetings Teams:
Unrestricted Regional Event Registration Now Open – teams can register for additional regional events in TIMS: https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso.
FIRST Championship Waitlist Registration for Veteran Teams that DID Compete at the 2012 FIRST Championship opens Thursday, 11/8/12 at 12 pm (noon) ET: At this time, veteran teams that DID compete at the 2012 FIRST Championship will be able to waitlist register in TIMS:https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso.
Teams on Regional Event Waitlists – please read the following to better understand how the waitlist process works:
  • If the event you select is full, your team is added to the waitlist;
  • FIRST reserves slots for late registering rookie teams for every regional event.  Once registration closes on Thursday, 12/6/12 if there are any reserved slots left, waitlisted teams will then be moved in;
  • For each event weekend a team can only sign up or join the waitlist for one event (i.e., a team cannot be registered/waitlisted for two events occurring on the same weekend);
  • FIRST does not issue the waitlist. Teams attending any given regional can change at the last moment as their finances are determined, therefore the number of places available can also change. It is also unknown how many late registering rookies there will be. We do not want teams making definite plans based on their place on a waitlist when information may be changing.
Tip!  If you find yourself on a waitlist, please bear in mind that teams drop out of events for various reasons and many times a waitlisted team is able to get into the event of their choice!
Steele Meetings Hotel Program: This year, 47 FRC Regional Events are participating in the FIRST hotel program. Please visit:http://www.firstchampionshiphousing.com/ for reservation information.
New Lower Bulb Pricing For Fundraising: More great news, teams! To help make it easier than ever before to raise team funds from our ongoing FIRST Green e-watt saver light bulb program,FIRST is announcing NEW PRICING on the 800-lumen bulb —now just $8.50 per bulb, or $204 per case! That’s a price drop of over 40%! PLUS…we’ve lowered the retail sales price to just $20! That means your team profit remains unchanged ($11.50 per bulb minus shipping), but you can attract more customers with this new, lower price. This is a great opportunity to reach new customers while reconnecting with people who declined to buy at the higher price point. Everybody loves a bargain, so take advantage of this new pricing by stocking up today and getting out there with the good news! 

For complete details, please visit: 
www.usfirst.org/e-wattresources. Order today and happy selling!
Kit & Kickoff section in TIMS is open: The Kit & Kickoff section of TIMS is open. If you haven’t done so already, team main and alternate contacts can select your team’s Kit & Kickoff preferences in TIMS now: https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/site.lasso.
Please note: Picking up your Kit of Parts (KoP) at a Kickoff will save your team shipping costs. If your team chooses not to attend any Kickoff, the KoP will be shipped to your team’s shipping contact and your team will be responsible for the shipping costs. Teams that choose to have their KoP shipped can expect to receive it sometime during the week after Kickoff.  International teams should be aware that delivery date will depend on customs clearance.
Bag & Tag Exemptions:  If bringing your robot to a competition event presents your team with a substantial hardship – for example, if your team needs to travel a great distance or cross an ocean to get to your event – you may request a bag and tag exemption by sending an email to: frcteams@usfirst.org
In your request, please include as much detail as possible to support why an exemption is required. Please use the subject line: Bag and Tag Exemption Request, Team XXXX, with your team number in place of “XXXX” in your email. Exemption requests must be submitted by Friday, 12/7/12.
Go Teams!
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