Blog - October 2019

Chezy Champs 2019

A Brief Summary

As part of an eventful weekend, we hosted Chezy Champs, our annually hosted offseason tournament at Bellarmine College Preparatory, in our hometown of San Jose, CA. We had a great time jumping back into action with our robot, Backlash, before the start of the 2020 FRC Season. Alongside, Team 3647 Millenium Falcons, Team 971 Spartan Robotics, and Team 5700 SOTA Cyberdragons, we were able to win the tournament!

Team 254 and alliance partners Team 971 climb the HAB at the end of an elims match

Event Summary and Highlights

Robot Performance

Backlash scores cargo into the rocket shop during a quals match

Throughout our qualification matches, we sought to earn the maximum number of ranking points, which meant prioritizing scoring in the rocket in every match to get the rocket RP, as well as climbing and scoring enough points to win. We employed a new rocket RP scoring style that allowed us to utilize our partners well. Since opposing defense was much better at Chezy Champs, we focused on the top two levels of the rocket and let our partners score on the first level. The HAB RP was a bit harder because of the increased point requirement. Thus, we made sure to always climb successfully and also get our partners to park on the platform. We consistently scored double climbs in our matches.
By the elimination period, we focused on simply winning our matches. We scored as many points as possible by scoring as many cargo balls as possible since they were worth more than hatches. We wanted to score enough hatches such that we had multiple points to score at any moment and avoid getting caught up by defense. We ran our cargo ship autonomous program to place hatch panels on the first two side slots of the cargo ship and then filled the rocket during most of our matches. Sometimes, we switched between the task of scoring hatches and cargo with Team 971 to confuse defensive opponents.

Alliance Selection

Going into the elimination period, we chose to form an alliance with Team 3647 Millenium Falcons, Team 971 Spartan Rootics, and Team 5700 SOTA Cyberdragons.

Team 254 representative, Safwaan Khan, poses with our chosen alliance partners

A Special Thanks

At Chezy Champs, we would not have been able to be so successful without the amazing teams that we were able to work with during our matches. Also a special shout out to our pit crew and drive team for properly maintaining our robot during the tournament. We would also like to highlight the efforts of our alliance readiness crew to keep our alliance partners ready throughout the tournament. Team 254 would also like to thank all the volunteers and judges that made this tournament an exciting experience, and all of our mentors, teachers, and parents who supported us and helped us succeed in this tournament.

Members of Team 4183, Bit Buckets Robotics, hold up their newly acquired Chezy Champs swag

254 member, Safwaan Khan, in action as a scorekeeper

Drive team members, Jack Gnibus and Marcus Ma, enthusiastically clean up the field during a lunch break