ACCELERATING COMPETITION READINESS
2023 Sussex Scrimmage
February 19, 2023
hosted by Charger Robotics
The Sussex Scrimmage is an annual "Week Zero" FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) scrimmage hosted by Charger Robotics the week before the official FIRST Robotics Competition events begin.
This scrimmage allows teams to accelerate their competitive readiness by
artificially shortening the (now endless) build season
providing a forum for training, idea-sharing, and knowledge transfer
offering inspection stations and match play to test machines, practice driving, and catch issues early
boosting team member enthusiasm and morale with a fun atmosphere
This year marks the 23rd annual event, with approximately 24 Wisconsin FRC teams in attendance.
The Sussex Scrimmage is free and open to the public.
Hamilton High School
W220N6151 Town Line Rd
Sussex, WI 53089
FREE & open to the public!
Individual attendees do not need to purchase tickets to gain entry and see the exciting activities and events Charger Robotics and other area teams will be demonstrating.
Spectators, the general public, and individuals not assisting with loading in their team's robot and pit materials should find parking and enter either the East "Main" Entrance or the South "Cafeteria" Entrance.
Event Map & Activities
There are a variety of activities to keep guests entertained in addition to the FIRST Robotics Competition Week Zero Scrimmage in the main Gymnasium. Participate in robot scouting discussions, create some STEM Crafts for kids, drive some FIRST Tech Challenge Robots, listen to teams practice and discuss their Chairman's presentations, and participate in a state-wide raffle; it's all part of the fun!
Schedule of Events
Sunday, February 19, 2023
7:00 AM: Charger Robotics Crew arrives
8:00 AM: Teams arrive and set up their pits
9:30 AM: Building opens to the public
Scouting discussion begins ("H" Informational Media Center)
10:00 AM: FRC field opens for practice ("G" Main Gym)
11:00 AM: Scouting discussion ends ("H" Informational Media Center)
FLL & FTC Demonstrations begin
11:30 AM: Lunch break
12:00 PM: FRC matches begin ("G" Main Gym)
Dean's List practice begins ("H" Informational Media Center)
1:30 PM: Dean's List practice ends ("H" Informational Media Center)
2:00 PM: Chairman's Exchange begins ("H" Informational Media Center)
5:00 PM: FRC matches end ("G" Main Gym)
Chairman's Exchange ends ("H" Informational Media Center)
Drawing for the Mini-Regional Raffle ("G" Main Gym)
Field tear down
6:00 PM: Pits close
8:00 PM: Facility closed, doors locked
The schedule is subject to change. All times are estimated based on the flow of events. See Pit Administration for updated times.
Concessions & Food
The Charger Robotics Booster Club will be running a concession stand in the cafeteria. Meals and individual items will be available throughout the day.
Cash transactions are encouraged.
Teams attending the Sussex Scrimmage can submit an order by Wednesday, February 12, 2023 to help keep your students and mentors fed without waiting in line.
Charger Robotics Boosters will pre-pack and label your team meals for fast and easy distribution.
We have capacity for approximately 24 FRC teams to participate in the Sussex Scrimmage this year.
Team registration fee is expected to be $300 (helps offset event facility, rental, and custodial fees). Charger Robotics will contact teams with payment details in January.
2023 Sussex Scrimmage Teams (21/24)
#537 - Charger Robotics (Sussex, WI)
#706 - Cyberhawks (Hartland, WI)
#1716 - Redbird Robotics (De Pere, WI)
#1792 - Round Table Robotics (Oak Creek, WI)
#2077 - Laser Robotics (Wales, WI)
#2202 - BEAST Robotics (Brookfield, WI)
#2506 - Saber Robotics (Franklin, WI)
#3381 - Droid Rage (Valders, WI)
#4531 - STEMpunk (Manitowoc, WI)
#5096 - Teutonic Force (Germantown, WI)
#5586 - Bond Brigade (Kiel, WI)
#6223 - Arsenal Engineering (Menomonee Falls, WI)
#6381 - Red Raider Robotics (Sheboygan, WI)
#6421 - WarriorBots (Muskego, WI)
#6574 - Ferradermis (Whitewater, WI)
#6823 - USM Robotics Wildcats (Milwaukee, WI)
#7103 - Robo Remedy (Manitowoc, WI)
#7619 - Illumiboti (Manitowoc, WI)
#7900 - Trial 'N Terror (Racine, WI)
#8701 - GRAFFITI (Greendale, WI)
#8744 - Pablo Center Robotics (Eau Claire, WI)
Join the Waitlist
Didn't register in time? Contact email@example.com to join our waitlist or attend as spectators!
Can't make it?
Build season is tough on a lot of teams, and sometimes things don't come together in time to participate (or break right before our event).
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your team is unable to attend so that we can issue refunds and allow a waitlist team to participate in your place.
Team Load-in & Load-out
Please remember your Gracious Professionalism and be courteous to others who are trying to load-in or load-out.
Teams are encouraged to arrive between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. This will minimize the number of teams attempting to navigate HHS hallways with heavy materials, toolboxes, and robots around the general public.
Teams are asked to Stage & Load-In from the East side of the building (Main Entrance). Charger Robotics members will be available to direct teams to their pit locations and assist with unloading pit materials and robots in the loading area if needed. Teams are asked to quickly move their busses, trailers, and team vehicles following load-out to minimize wait times.
We ask everyone to be patient and work with us as we try to move everyone through the process as efficiently as possible.
Pits & Work Areas
Up to 24 teams will have their pits in the Auxiliary gymnasium.
"P1" pit Sizes
10 feet x 10 feet. Max height = 10 feet.
All pit spaces will have access to power outlets and will be within the range of Pit Admin announcements.
Teams will also be provided a table upon request. These tables may vary in size and construction due to the number of teams attending. Charger Robotics requests that teams respect the table surfaces to minimize the likelihood of damage.
Teams are asked to please bring your own safety glasses for your own team members. Charger Robotics will have a limited amount of Safety Glasses available for guests and VIP's.
Charger Robotics is offering machine shop services to teams in need of manufactured items during the event.
Simply go to Pit Administration and a Charger Robotics crew member will escort you to the Machine Shop (marked with an "M" on the event map).
Local Hardware Stores
As this is the first event most FRC teams are participating in this season, design limitations or forgotten components are often discovered for the first time. It is not unusual for teams to be in need of parts and supplies.
Due to the anticipated number of teams participating this year, there may not be any space available for additional practice elements at the event.
Historically, the practice field remained largely unused as teams are typically still spending the majority of their time working on their robots in the pits.
There are no locations in which team banners can be hung or displayed in the facility.
We ask that teams respect the facility and refrain from hanging or otherwise affixing signs, banners, and other promotional material to facility surfaces and structures.
Scouting & Data Analysis Session
The purpose of the Scouting Discussion is to give teams the opportunity to share ideas, understand the value of different intelligence gathering, data acquisition, and data analysis methods, and to participate in Q&A sessions with other teams.
The Scouting and Data Analysis Discussion will be in the Informational Media Center (IMC) between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
Dean's List Session
In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding secondary school students, the Kamen family sponsors awards for selected 10th or 11th grade students known as the FIRST Robotics Competition® and the FIRST Tech Challenge FIRST Dean’s List Award.
The purpose of the Dean's List Practice is to give individual students who were nominated by their teams for the Dean’s List Award the opportunity to share ideas, practice their interview skills, and participate in Q&A sessions with other teams and previous Dean's List nominees.
The Dean's List Practice will be in the Informational Media Center (IMC) between 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM.
Impact Award Session
The Impact Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST. It was created to keep the central focus of FIRST Robotics Competition on the ultimate goal of transforming the culture in ways that will inspire greater levels of respect and honor for science and technology, as well as encouraging more of today’s youth to become science and technology leaders.
The purpose of the Impact Award Exchange is to give teams who are applying for the Impact Award the opportunity to share ideas, practice their presentations, and participate in Q&A sessions with other teams.
The Impact Award Exchange will be in the Informational Media Center (IMC) between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.