Saturday, October 22, 2016

2016 Flapjack Challenge --SPROCKET LEAGUE!!!

Sprocket League


  • Place Soccer balls (28” circumference) into team specific scoring box
  • Hang on 1” O/D rod


Earn points by scoring the regulation soccer balls into the designated scoring Boxes at the end of the field opposite your driver's station. In the end game, earn points by hanging from a metal rod that spans the width of the field.

Soccer Balls

  • Each ball pushed through the scoring hole and completely in the scoring box is worth 10 points
  • Balls must be scored by going through the hole, and will not be scored if dropped/shot in over the top of the scoring box.
  • Alliances may score only on the opposing end of the field
  • Balls will be inbounded by a 2nd member to the of the drive team (the Human Player). The human player will stand in a taped-off 3ft.X3ft. zone on the other side of the field wall from the scoring box.
  • The human player will return a scored game piece onto the field by removing it from the scoring box and throwing it onto the end of the field in front of their driver’s station - i.e., on the opposite end of the field from the Human Player.
  • Balls are NOT designated to a certain alliance. As there are 3 balls on the field at a time there will be robot to robot contact as fighting for game pieces occurs.
  • If a ball leaves the playing field, it may be thrown back onto the field in a random fashion by any spectator.

  • Hanging may be done in the last 20 seconds of the match.
  • The rod is a 1 inch OD metal rod directly above the bump, spanning the width of the field, the center of the bar 20 inches off the ground.
  • The robot must be supported by the bar and only the bar with nothing touching the carpet or the bump, for three seconds after the match ends, for a successful hang.
  • A successful hang is worth 50 points. (Will be scored at the end of the game)


  • Sprocket League is played on an approximately 141” x 141” carpeted field (FTC Field).
    • Walls are approximately 1 foot tall
    • Playing surface is indoor/outdoor carpet, similar to an FRC field.
  • In the middle of the field there will be one standard 2X4 “bump” that will span the entire width of the field.
    • Made with 2X4; It will lie with a 4 inch face on the carpet
  • One Driver for each team will line-up in driver stations, which are at either ends of the field. The drivers’ station does not include the Human Player station; drivers should stay out of the Human Player station; they may walk on either side of or behind the Human Player station.
  • Robots must start contacting the driver station wall and their respective side wall
  • The scoring zone for each team is opposite the team’s driver station
    • The scoring box is 2X2X2 feet, centered left to right, and against the wall opposite the driver station. There is a 1X1 foot scoring hole, contiguous with the playing field, in the wall facing the center of the field. The scoring box is made of plywood.
  • There will be a total of 3 balls put onto the bump at the center of the field before the robots are placed in the starting zone. The balls will be randomly scattered on the bump. All balls are random color
  • A single match is 2 minutes and 30 seconds long.
  • Matches are 2 vs. 2.

The Robots

  • Robots may not exceed 18 inches x 18 inches x 12 inches tall at the start of the match.
  • Robots may not exceed a weight of 25 pounds ( this does not include battery).
  • Robots are not allowed to contain any CIMs, Mini CIM, or 775PRO motors.
  • Robots must use a 12V Battery
  • Robots may not pose a threat to general safety (generally kids are near field, we want to keep them safe.)
  • Robots may have extensions that move out an unlimited distance; any extensions must stay within the playing field at all times.
  • The game piece may not enter more than 3 inches inside the robot perimeter.


  • Robots may not pin any other robot for more than 5 seconds (10 point penalty).
  • Robots may not intentionally harm other bots (15 point penalty). After repeated fouls the referees may disqualify the offending robot.
  • Robots may not damage any part of the field (15 point penalty only if intentionally done)
  • Team members may not contact field components or robots during the match (75 point penalty).
  • No extensions of robots may pass outside of the field (15 point penalty). After repeated fouls the referees may disqualify the offending robot.
  • Robots may extend out of their start configuration but only after match starts
  • Robots may not intentionally harm game pieces (50 point penalty) After repeated fouls the referees may disqualify the offending robot.
  • Robots may not linger in front of the opponents’ goal. A robot that blocks their opponents’ goal and prevents them from scoring will receive a 10 point penalty.

Game Piece

The soccer ball used in professional leagues and in the FIFA World Cup is called “size 5." The following are the specifications of an official size 5 soccer ball:

  • Circumference: 27 to 28 inches (69 to 71 cm)
  • Weight: 14 to 16 oz (400 to 450 grams)
  • Official pressure: between 8.5 to 15.6 PSI
  • Diameter: 8.6 to 9 inches (22 to 23 cm)
  • Radius: 4.3 to 4.5 inches (11 to 11.5 cm)

Questions about the game?

Email Questions and responses will be posted to the team website at and highlighted on the team’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

2016-17 Fall Team Kick-off!!!

Thinking of joining Winnovation,  FIRST Robotics Team 1625??  Wondering what we do, learn, and compete in?  Join us Mon, Sept. 19, at 7pm in the Winnebago High School Cafetorium. We will share stories of our history and our expectations of the coming season.  Winnovation is open to all high school aged students who are interested in brainstorming, troubleshooting, drafting, machining, programming, marketing, public speaking, organizing fundraisers, meeting sponsors, the list goes on and on. We run like a small business focusing on building a robot for competition with teams from around the world!!! You will have the opportunity to build international friendships!  At our meeting, on Sept 19, we will distribute team handbooks to new members, discuss participation hours requirements, family commitment, our fall training schedule, and upcoming demonstration dates. We look forward to seeing you there!!!!  Questions, please email

Friday, July 29, 2016

Rock River Off-season Competition is HERE!!

32 teams from Wisconsin and Illinois are gathering at Rock Valley College PE Center, 3301 N. Mulford Rd, Rockford, IL to compete at STRONGHOLD!!  Opening Ceremonies will be at 8:45am on July 30, with qualifying matches starting by 9:15am.  Admission is free!  Exhibits in Discovery Center, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and plenty of Legos to build with.  The event is being streamed at   IF you can join in on the fun, please wear closed toe shoes so you can visit the Pit area and see the robots up close!  The Match List will be posted in the morning!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kids' Camp

Summer Camp Sign-up Is Here!

This year, Winnovation will be hosting the 7th annual summer day camp. Kids in grades K - 8 will have the opportunity to have fun, make friends through teamwork, and learn thinking skills that will benefit them outside of camp.Students attending the afternoon camp will have a chance to learn about coding.
  • Dates: June 20-24th Sessions:
    • Incoming K - 3th graders attend  9am - noon
    • Incoming 4th - 8th graders attend 1pm - 4pm
  • New Location: Winnebago Public Library (on Elida Street)
  • Cost: $85 for first child in family; $55 for each additional child in family.

To register click here.Questions? email

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Winnovation Playing at Champs in St. Louis

FIRST Team 1625 is in St. Louis this weekend competing at the FRC Championship event. We're playing in the Carson Division with teams from across the US, including our friends FRC 3352 Flaming Monkeys from Belvidere, and teams from Canada, China and Turkey. Qualification matches begin at 8:30am Thursday morning and end around 5pm Friday evening - Winnovation will be in the first match and the last match!

There are several ways to follow the action: