The best in the west
Chezy Champs is an annual off-season FIRST robotics tournament hosted by Team 254. The tournament takes place in late September, at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, California. This fall, Team 254 is hosting the fifth annual Chezy Champs, a premiere off-season FIRST Robotics competition event. 40 teams will come together in San Jose to battle it out to determine the best in the west.
Chezy Champs is free and open to the public.





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Chezy Champs features an entertaining show, competent volunteers, and a focus on the team experience. There will also be 254-style photo shoots for all robots Friday evening, blue banners and awesome trophies, and rule changes.

When: Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30, 2018 (With Friday night load-in)

Where: Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, California

Registration: $300 ($600 for field-side pit)


Chezy Champs has two parking areas which are not directly connected to each other:

Friday, September 28
6pm Venue Opens to Teams
6-9pm Team Load-in
7-9pm Open Practice Matches
9:30pm Venue Closes
Saturday, September 29
8am Venue Opens
9-9:30am Driver Meeting
9:30-9:45am Opening Ceremonies
9:45am-12pm Qualification Matches
12-1pm Lunch Break
1-7pm Qualification Matches
7:30pm Venue Closes
Sunday, September 30
8:30am Venue Opens
9:15-9:30am Opening Ceremonies
9:30-11am Qualification Matches
11:45am-12pm Alliance Selection
12-1pm Lunch Break
1-4:30pm Elimination Matches & Closing Ceremonies
6pm Venue Closes

Chezy Champs will be played under the FIRST Power Up rules with the following modifications:


There will be no robot inspections conducted, and teams are allowed an extra five (5) pounds weight for repairs and minor modifications. Event organizers may conduct ad-hoc inspections at any time; violations identified must be corrected before the robot can participate in subsequent matches, and teams may be retroactively disqualified from past matches for egregious violations that resulted in a competitive advantage.

Gameplay (changes to existing rules are underlined)

In general, minor violations of game rules that, in the best judgement of the REFEREES, meet ALL of the below conditions, will not be penalized:

  1. Are accidental
  2. Do not pose a safety hazard
  3. Do not change the difficulty of the game for either alliance

G09. Launching POWER CUBES is okay. Robots may launch power cubes without restriction, so long as doing so would not also violate S01, G20, G21, G24, or G25.

G22. One POWER CUBE per ROBOT. ROBOTS may not control more than one (1) POWER CUBE at a time, except when breaking the plane of their own EXCHANGE ZONE.

G25. PLATES are moved by POWER CUBES, not ROBOTS. Except via the weight of placed POWER CUBES, ROBOTS may not directly or transitively cause or prevent the movement of PLATES to their ALLIANCE's advantage. Movement, or prevention of movement, of PLATES because of momentary ROBOT action resulting in minimal PLATE displacement is not a violation of this rule. A ROBOT forced to affect the position of a PLATE because of contact by an opponent ROBOT either directly or transitively through a POWER CUBE or other ROBOT (e.g. a ROBOT wedged underneath the SCALE by the opposing ALLIANCE either intentionally or accidentally) is not a violation of this rule.

A04. Stay out of your opponent's side of the FIELD. During AUTO, no part of a ROBOT'S BUMPERS may pass from the NULL TERRITORY to the opponent's side of the FIELD. Violation: FOUL. If contact is made with an opponent ROBOT in their side of the FIELD (either direct contact or transitive contact through a POWER CUBE), TECH FOUL and YELLOW CARD. If the contact prevents the opponent ALLIANCE from achieving the AUTO QUEST, the associated Ranking Point will be granted automatically.

Alliance Selection

Chezy Champs will use four-team playoff alliances. All rules governing their selection and operation will be identical to those for Championship playoff alliances in section 10.11.1 in the official manual.