Day of Event Information

Driving to East Ridge

For those driving trailers, be advised we strongly urge you to use the BAILEY ROAD entrance to the school. We are planning pull-through parking which is MUCH easier to access from the Bailey Road entrance. Additionally, East Ridge is surrounded by roundabouts, entering via Bailey Road bypasses most of the roundabouts.

Trailer Load-In/Parking

Dedicated pull-through trailer parking will be available on the day of the event.

Load in access is via doors at the gym floor level indicated on the map below. Load in from the parking spaces as to not block traffic. East Ridge recently refinished the gym floors. Please help us keep the floors looking “new”; during load in please be sure to stay on the mats so as to not scratch the floor.

Preferred Human access is via the doors labeled “ACTIVITY ENTRANCE”, but the load-in doors will also be open.

The shop will be open on an as needed basis (not the whole time). During load in please be sure to stay on the mats as to not scratch them. Please reference the parking map below for load and parking information.


Special Awards

This year we will have some extra awards with cash prizes, similar to the awards handed out during normal competitions:

Mentor Moment Award ($100 giftcard for mentors personal use):

Student Moment Award (100$ VISA giftcard for team tools/parts):

EMCC Pit Award (100$ VISA giftcard for team tools/parts):

EMCC Best Cheer Award (100$ VISA giftcard for team tools/parts):


Things to Remember

We will have a carpeted driving practice field area – the size is TBD, as is the availability of field elements. Don’t assume we’ll have an autonomous-ready-setup, but you will be able to drive your bots there.

We will be offering two shirt options (T for $10) and Raglan for ($20) and an EMCC pennant ($8) – see them here:

There will be inexpensive concessions – please take advantage of these so we can invest in making this event even better next year.


EMCC concessions in 2019 include pizza for lunch at $3 per slice or two slices for $5.

  • Gluten free pizza will be available.
  • Canned pop is $1 as is candy and other stuff.
  • We’ll also have vendors (setting their own prices) for mini donuts and Maui Wowi drinks including hot and iced coffee.

Pit Stuff

Pits will be the usual 10×10′ size – you are welcome to be as elaborate or as minimalist as you choose but remember there is no power in the pits.

There will be power to charge batteries, but no power drops in pits.

No pit tables provided – so please bring your own table if needed.

As these events are used for training purposes – to bring new volunteers up to speed for next years competition season, we encourage you to ask for robot inspections but they are completely optional. We know some teams have been working on improving robots over the summer, please feel free to use this event as an opportunity to see how these mods work in real gameplay. You still can’t violate any game rules, but rules compliance is honor-system based. As usual weight restrictions are lax also. This event is more about having fun and introducing new team members and the public to FIRST.

There will be access to a shop with tools – it will be ‘open as needed’ so if you need help with something see pit admin and they will direct you how to get there and get someone to help navigate and find things.

Thanks to the wildly popular Mentor Match done at the Gitch, we will shamelessly copy this at the end the day.