Even during the off-season, we remain busy. On September 24 and 25, our team competed at Chezy Champs. Hosted by Team 254 The Cheesy Poofs, at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, the competition featured 43 teams attending from all over California, as well as three teams from the Pacific Northwest and one from Texas.
Our team was ranked second after qualifying matches and was part of the winning alliance with Team 971 Spartan Robotics, Team 604 Quicksilver, and Team 2135 Presentation Invasion. In addition to winning, and making the high score of the competition with 267 points during semifinals, we were awarded the Quality Award for the design and operation of our robot. This event was a great experience for new recruits, and was attended by more than 40 new team members.
Capital City Classic
Our team had a blast co-hosting the off-season competition Capital City Classic with our good friends 3859 Wolfpack Robotics and 2073 Eagleforce. We tried to create a friendly and educational atmosphere by helping other teams and teaching through our annual fall workshops.
Our lead technical mentor Michael Corsetto acted as the General Event Manager, and many of our students worked as volunteers to ensure that the event ran smoothly. We'd also like to give a big thanks to 3859 Wolfpack Robotics for providing Consumes Oaks High School as the competition grounds for Capital City Classic.
Our third annual fall workshops featured a myriad of topics that explored the mechanical, electrical, programming, and marketing aspects of FRC. These workshops were held concurrently with competition, and many of the topics were instantly applicable to the competition at hand.
We lent out our practice robot to Team 299 Valkyrie Robotics, a pre-rookie team from Cupertino who had no robot to compete with. We competed with them for a few qualification matches, and they even subbed in for PiRobotics in our alliance for the last finals match.
Our exciting year of Stronghold draws to a close with the final offseason competition MadTown Throwdown, hosted by Team 1323 MadTown Robotics in Madera, California, on November 10th to 12th. We went all out at this competition, bringing our enlarged scouting team and all three robots: 1678, our main competition robot used in the 2016 season, 9678, our practice robot, and 8678, an offseason project dubbed as “minibot”.
The most exhilarating part of the competition, however, was the final showdown between our team and 9678 in the finals, where these two practically identical robots clashed against each other for three intensive matches. The tension exploded in the second match, when we lost all of our points due to a foul and transformed their unbroken winning streak into a deadlock. However, in the end, our team triumphed with its partners Team 971 Spartan Robotics, 5817 Uni-Rex, and 4171 BayBots.