If you are new to the FIRST Robotics Competition and are interested in starting a team, the best place to start is FIRST’s own Start an FRC Team page. FIRST provides handbooks and mentoring guides, as well as contact information for the Regional Director in your area.
RINOS (Rookies In Need Of Support)
Started by Team 25 in 2004, RINOS is a program designed to get new FIRST Robotics Teams through their initial season. In brief, new teams are mentored by veteran teams and are guided through their first build season by them. As years pass these RINOS rookies themselves become the mentors for new generations of FIRST teams. Here are some of the key resources developed by the RINOS program:
- RINOS Team Development Manual for Rookies – This comprehensive manual touches upon topics ranging from fundraising, to getting through the initial build season, to what to expect at competitions.
- RINOS Team Development Manual for Mentors – This manual covers topics such as sources of new teams, starting pre-rookie teams, and mentor functions.
- RINOS Fortune 500 Project – Links to the community relations and charitable giving pages of most of the Fortune 500 companies. Use these in your search for sponsorship.
- Grants for schools and teams – A list of corporations and foundations offering educational grants.
Additional resources compiled for teams, by teams:
- Team In A Box – by Team 341, Miss Daisy – An instructional DVD featuring interviews and explanations about the many facets of FIRST from many well respected members of the community.
- MOEmentum First Year Infobase – by Team 365, The Miracle Workerz (MOE) – A week-by-week newsletter containing tips and information to help new teams organize their build season and not overlook any details.
- Textbook For Success – by Team 1114, Simbotics – A series of workshops, documents, and tutorials covering topics such as strategy, running a team, programming, and design.