2017-18 Illinois League Play FAQ

FAQ Question and Answers about league play in Illinois 2017-18

The FIRST® Tech Challenge in Illinois values gracious professionalism and iterative engineering process. After 3 years, we believe league play supports these values. 2017-18 All teams will be assigned to a league but teams have the choice to play in one, two, or three different meets before their League Qualifier.

 

  1. Overall philosophy of FIRST® Tech Challenge leagues in Illinois
    • The goal is to provide more plays for more teams, to allow teams to iterate the engineering process, to encourage more local volunteers to develop technical skills, and to generally develop the additional volunteers needed to support an expanding program.
    • An FTC league meet typically includes inspections and 5 matches played over a 3-4 hour period, uses one game field, and an optional practice field. The meet can occur after school (just like a basketball game or swim meet) or on Saturday or as needed, but rarely - Sunday.
    • Leagues and Meets create more gameplay capacity for teams in a state, without creating an increasing burden on the state's FTC leadership team.
    • Is league play good for my team?
  2. All of the Illinois teams that qualified for the 2016-17 North Super Regional in Iowa were involved in league play.
    • Most league play coaches/mentors felt league play was valuable and confirmed this again through our postseason meetings throughout the state.
  3. What happened to the traditional qualifiers?
    • Traditional qualifiers are one event and you're done, and traditional qualifiers do not support the iterative engineering process.
    • We are not holding traditional qualifiers.
  4. What if my team cannot attend all 3 league division meets?
    • All teams are encouraged to play at 3 meets: November, December, and January
    • Teams may miss any number of league division meets and still participate in the League Qualifier. But these teams will not have as many QP or RP as teams who have participated at all meets, so their team ranking will suffer.
    • Teams may choose to only play November and December meets- and skip the League Qualifier, too.
    • Skipping the League Qualifier means the team is ineligible for the State Championship.
  5. Is inspection done at league meets?
    • We will require Robot and Field Inspections at every single meet.
    • However, it is likely that inspection could be "less rigorous" than at a traditional qualifier, as robot inspection may be 'self-organized' at the league division level with online training offered to league organizers and inspection volunteers.
  6. Will meets have access to 800 number to call Manchester directly?
    • Calls should first go to the appropriate state key volunteer, but the 800 number is ok to pass out
  7. How uniform will league division meets be?
    • The Illinois State FTC Organizing Committee will do our best to monitor meets. There are three levels of volunteers: State Key Volunteers, League/Qualifier Key Volunteers, and Qualifier/League Volunteers. Training for these volunteers lies ultimately upon the League and Qualifier Key Volunteers, who will be assisted by State Key Volunteers. While an added level of events means less uniformity due to a different set of volunteers, adding another level of Key Volunteers is an attempt to create more uniformity. League Key Volunteers will be heavily assisted by the State Key Volunteers.
    • We would like to note that even Regional Qualifiers have natural variations between each qualifier, events also vary from State to State and from State to Super Regionals to World Championships.
  8. How involved is the State FTC leadership team? What does the State provide, and what do Leagues provide?
    • This will continue to be developed. The main requirements of leagues is to be able to recruit local volunteers and plan and host meets for league member teams. The major things the state provides is a set of regulations for how leagues should function, and training for key volunteers, as well as assistance in training volunteers.
    • The State FTC Leadership Team will provide a meet organizers/hosts $500 stipend to cover volunteer food and custodial or other services.
    • The State FTC Leadership Team will provide League Divisions one-half of the field elements $300
    • The State FTC Leadership Team will cover $100 of incidental expenditures for each League Division.
    • The State FTC Leadership team will provide referee shirts for each League Division.
  9. How many leagues are there? See also #10
    • We expect to have 5-6 leagues (24-36 teams each) which will meet at a their "League Qualifier" where some teams will advance to the State Championship.
  10. How do team league division rankings affect a team's League Qualifier ranking?
    • Once a team has played more than 10 meet matches, the scoring system only uses the data from the teams best 10 meet matches to determine the team's division ranking.
    • Then at the League Qualifier, all the league's divisions meet scoring data is combined, and the scoring system creates the League Qualifier team ranking before any League Qualifier matches are played.
    • At the League Qualifier, the final team ranking- just before alliance selection- is determined by the match data from the team's best 10 of 15 meet matches plus the match data from the League Qualifiers 5 qualification matches.
  11. What about teams not in densely populated areas?
    • This year everyone was able to play in leagues even in the less populated areas.
    • FYI-Teams in rural Oregon, eastern Washington, and Iowa are all involved in League Play
  12. More information on judging.
    • Judging is not done at individual meets.
    • Individual leagues or divisions may choose to do "informal"/practice judging at meets.
    • The League Qualifier will have formal judging and award ceremony
  13. Volunteer requirements differ from league meets to qualifiers.
    • Primarily, each league meet will have 2 to 3 refs, 1 to 2 FTAs(could double as Field Inspectors), and 2 Robot Inspectors (could double as referees), and 1 to 2 Scorekeepers. About 4 or 5 additional volunteers could be added to help with queuing, team check-in, and run other aspects of the meet. So likely a total of 10 to 15 volunteers per meet.
    • Qualifiers are more intensive for volunteer recruiting, requiring almost 40-70 volunteers.
    • Each league will need to provide the volunteers needed to produce a successful event.
    • We believe the FTC Illinois Planning Committee should see its primary role in leagues as providing training and certification.
    • The host team may choose to provide volunteers with lunch/breakfast or not, but water and snacks should be provided for volunteers.
  14. How are team league/division rankings determine?
    • Team league/division rankings are based on a team's Qualifying Points(QP) and Ranking Points (RP). The scoring system uses the data collected from each meet the team attended.
    • Our league format will have 15 matches spread over 3 meets. The teams final standing is based on the best 10 matches from the division meets PLUS the 5 matches they participate in at the League Qualifier.
  15. How do team league division rankings affect a team's League Qualifier ranking?
    • Once a team has played more than 10 meet matches, the scoring system only uses the data from the teams best 10 meet matches to determine the team's division ranking.
    • Then at the League Qualifier, all the league's divisions meet scoring data is combined, and the scoring system creates the League Qualifier team ranking before any League Qualifier matches are played.
    • At the League Qualifier, the final team ranking- just before alliance selection- is determined by the match data from the team's best 10 of 15 meet matches plus the match data from the League Qualifiers 5 qualification matches.
  16. How do teams advance to their League Qualifier?
    • Every team who was assigned to a league division advances to their league's qualifier
  17. What happens at a League Qualifier?
    • The League Qualifiers will include a scheduled team judging session(approximately 15 minutes=10 minutes Team Presentation & 5 min. Q&A), robot and field inspections, opening ceremony, 5 qualification matches, followed by alliance selection, elimination matches, and awards ceremony.
    • League Qualifiers are all day events, 8-12 hours
  18. How do teams advance to the State Championship?
    • A team's advancement from the League Qualifier to the next level of competition, the FTC Illinois State Championship, is based on the advancement order in Game Manual Part 1.
    • The number of teams advancing from an Illinois league qualifier is based on the number of teams competing at the State Championship and the number of teams competing on the day of the League Qualifier.

 2017-18 Proposed Leagues - adjustments may need to be made as teams register

Chicago League

North Division
Central Division
South Division
League Qualifier Chicago:

North Suburb League

East Division
Central Division
West Division
North Suburb League Qualifier: Crystal Lake

West Suburb League

West Suburbs
West North - Rockford Division
West South Division

South Suburbs League

South East Division
South West Division
League Qualifier South/West Suburbs:

Downstate League

Western Central League
Western Illinois Division
Western Illinois Central Division
League Qualifier West Central: Peoria

Southern Central East League

Southern Illinois Division
Central East Division
League Qualifier South Central: Either Metro-East or Decatur

 

  • Northern IL League - League is comprised of 29 teams from the North and Northwest suburbs of Chicago and teams from the Rockford, IL area.
  • Chicago League - is comprised of 24 teams in, or very near the city limits of Chicago.

Each league will operate independently, but share the following characteristics:

  • League: A league is composed of approximately 24 teams, grouped in two similarly sized divisions. Each division stages a number of league meet events. The standings from the league meets carry forward and all league teams meet in a league championship.
  • League Meets: League meets are shorter events (3-4 hours) that are staged throughout the entire competitive season. Compared to traditional qualifiers, each league meet will have inspections and qualifying matches, but no judging sessions or formal ceremonies. Standings from the league meets are cumulative and guide alliance selection at the league championship.
  • League Championship: The League Championship is similar to a qualifying tournament in structure. There are opening/closing ceremonies, formal judging sessions, qualifying matches, alliance selection, and finals. The key difference is that results from the league meets are carried forward and affect alliance selection at the end of qualifying.
  • Qualifying standings and effect on alliance selection: At each league meet, each team will have a minimum of 5 qualifying matches within their division. On the day of the league championship, the league will stage an additional five qualifying matches with alliances randomly selected from across the entire league. At the end of qualifying matches, alliance selection for the entire league proceeds based on the cumulative standings. The team rankings for alliance selection are calculated by the scoring system based on the best 15 results from all qualifying matches played.
  • What about Gracious Professionalism at league meets? All coaches, mentors, team members, and volunteers share the responsibility of upholding and modeling GP. Referees and field staff will be watching for GP. Some game penalties are designed to encourage gracious professionalism on the field. Reports of gracious professionalism or lack thereof will follow teams through the league system.
  • Advancement: The league championship counts as a qualifier in the state of IL. The advancement criteria follows the guideline in Game Manual part 1 The number of teams advancing to the state tournament from a league championship depends on the number of slots at the state tournament and the number and size of other tournaments staged in the state.
  • League committees: Leagues and league events are run by league committees. These committees are established by the member teams and Illinois FIRST Tech Challenge. This committee reports to the Illinois State FTC Planning Team. U.S. and Illinois FTC will help train volunteers to ensure consistency.
  • Timeline:
    • September -  League application and selections
    • October - League meet event planning
    • November-January - League meets
    • February -  League Championship

Northern Illinois League

Schedule of Northern Illinois League Meets

Meet

Location

Date

Address

East Division Meet 1 Lake Forest High School Saturday Nov 14, 2015

1285 N McKinley Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045

West Division Meet 1 Guilford High School Saturday Nov 14, 2015 5620 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 6114
East Division Meet 2 Lakes Community High School Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 1600 Eagle Way Drive
Lake Villa, Illinois 60046
West Division Meet 2 Guilford High School Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 5620 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 6114
East Division Meet 3 Science Academy of
Chicago
Saturday Jan 16, 2016 501 Midway Dr
Mt Prospect, IL 60056
West Division Meet 3 Guilford High School Saturday Jan 16, 2016 5620 Spring Creek Road
Rockford, IL 6114
Northern Illinois League Championship McHenry County College Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 8900 US Highway 14
Crystal Lake, IL

 

Northern Illinois League

East Division

 

West Division

Team # Team Name Team # Team Name
3786 Beastie Bots   6007 Octopi
4442 Thunderbots 7627 Breaking Bot Robotics
5199 Duct Tape and a Prayer 7715 Robotic Lions
5452 Robot to Knee 8003 Rockford RoboTECH
5495 Iron Eagles 8685 Boone County 4-H Techno Tamarins
6200 Engineers With Attitude 8698 RoboVikings
7351 Dynamic Signals 8706 KISS Robotics
8608 Shockwave 8708 E-rabotics
9113 Blue (Lake Forest) 8709 Roosevelt High School
9115 Gold (Lake Forest) 8817 Fruit Salad
10091 N.Y.A.N Robotics 9239 WOW Robotics
10363 Knights of Tech 9411 Rolling Thunder
10415 Warbots 10326 Johnsburg High School
10450 Scouts (Lake Forest) 10482 Chasewood Red
    10505 Minivation

 


Chicago League

Schedule of Chicago League Meets

Meet

Location

Date

Address

North Division Meet 1 DeVry Advantage Academy Saturday Dec 5, 2015 3300 N Campbell Ave
Chicago, IL
South Division Meet 1 Horizon Science Academy Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 2245 W Pershing Rd
Chicago, IL
North Division Meet 2 DeVry Advantage Academy Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 3300 N Campbell Ave
Chicago, IL
South Division Meet 2 Horizon Science Academy Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 2245 W Pershing Rd
Chicago, IL
Chicago League Championship Benito Juarez Community Academy Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 1450 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60608

 

Chicago League

North Division

 

South Division

Team # Team Name Team # Team Name
4337 DeVry Daemons   329 Chicago Squires
4965 Animatores Romanes 2813 CHOICES Robotics
5209 Operation: BisonBot 3507 Robotheosis
7006 RoboTitans 3758 Aztec Eagles
9082 Demon Bot 1 7007 TechKnow Bots
9162 ITW David Speer Academy 7030 RoboMinds
9373 Demon Bot 2 9635 Teen Girl Squad
9775 LMNTRIX 10138 Newton Busters
10240 Shambot Green 10226 Masai Lions
10308 High Voltage Bandits 10253 Bobcats Robotics
10481 ShamBot Gold 10387 Techanators
10510 I'm BOTman TBD PUSH Excel FTC Team
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