Don't panic. If something goes wrong with your robot, stay calm because chances are, there's someone around you that knows what's wrong with your robot.
Not everything will always go as expected. Prepare yourself for the worst.
Wear your safety glasses! Bring a lot of safety glasses in case you lose some or if others want to borrow a pair or two.
Plan out who your drivers are before the competition starts. The qualification matches are not a time to try out new drivers.
Practice driving a lot before the competition! Practice will help reduce stress and allow you to perform better.
Keep your area organized at the competition. It'll help you do repairs easier and will make a good first impression on the judges when they come to interview your team.
Assume that every part of your robot will break at the competition. Bring replacements for everything!
Shake your opponents' hands afterwards and say good game! Do this no matter how good or bad the match was.
Keep track of time. You don't want to miss out on your match because your team wasn't keeping track of the time.
Accept that no matter how friendly your opponents are, they will do whatever they can to win. Everyone wants to win, and as long as what they're doing is legal, there's nothing you can do about it. Don't get too caught up about it.
Label all your stuff. Often times, other teams will ask to borrow materials, so labeling things prevents them from getting mixed up with other teams' stuff.
Take lots of videos and photos during the competition. You can post these on your social media accounts later (and maybe even subtly brag if you win)!
Develop good communication amongst your drive team. When you practice before the competition, practice having a member from the drive team communicate with the driver about what to do.
This way, everyone can get familiar with the whole system.
Communicate with your own drive team and your allied drive team about a strategy. Try to stick with this strategy for as long as possible.
Check all systems before every match. Better to be safe than sorry.
Change batteries often. Have a battery charging station and put one person in charge of changing the batteries for the entire competition.
Double check if you are using the correct code. Try it several times in the practice fields before the actual match.
Make sure you turn the robot on before the match. This is super important! It won't hurt to check one more time.
During the competition, scout for potential allies. Assign one person on the team to take notes on other teams and report back about which teams would be the best alliance partner.
Judges are people too! They are probably rooting for you, so don't be too nervous. Tell them all about your robot. They'll love it.
Practice for your interview. Make sure everyone knows what they're talking about. Also, make sure to talk slowly and coherently to the judges. Sound confident! You got this!
Talk to other people at the competition! You can teach them a thing or two and vice versa. Plus, more friends, right?
Sell your team. The competition is no time to be humble. Otherwise, you might have a hard time getting picked by a good team.
Wear your club or team shirt. You're representing your team and club. You want others to know what organization you're part of!
Always back up your teammates. When things go wrong, don't attempt to blame it on your team members.
Don't be afraid to check out other teams! Ask them questions and learn from them.