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Thanks to:

Thanks for all the members of FIRST who worked so hard to make this scrimmage a success.

Special thanks to Team 571, Team Paragon, for volunteering to clean up after the event. Their assistance after two VERY long days of preparation for the event was appreciated.

On behalf of Shelton High, thanks to those who contributed to their food drive collection. We collected many boxes of food to help restock their shelves. It was wonderful to see the FIRST community support the efforts of one of our teams.

Additional thanks to:

For the past 5+ years, Jx2 Productions, LLC ­ Entertainment & Event Services (former members of Rosie Robotics Team 839) have graciously provided music and sound for the scrimmage.  The event wouldn't be the same without them.

Thanks to Team 230 from Shelton, CT, the scrimmage was viewed around the world via the web.  Thanks to the Gaelhawks for again providing this service to the FIRST community.

Several items were left behind:

  • Rust colored waffle weave long sleeved shirt (size XL)
  • Black "teen" style purse with hearts on it.
  • Navy blue vest (XL 18)
  • Black sweatshirt (L)
  • Navy jacket (M)
  • Citizen make watch

Thanks to all who attended Suffield Shakedown on Saturday.  We hope you had fun and found it a good opportunity to "shakedown" your robot.  Hope to see you next year!

Suffield Shakedown 2009

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Welcome to Suffield Shakedown, Aces High's 9th annual FIRST Robotic Scrimmage at Suffield High School, Suffield, CT.  This pre-ship date scrimmage is an informal but fun event giving teams the opportunity to practice their driving skills, test their robot and observe other teams on the official FIRST playing field.  Included below are many of the details on how our scrimmage will be run.  For those of you new to the event, be assured we try to be as flexible and helpful as possible.  Remember this is designed to showcase the talents of our teams, practice and have fun!


Suffield High School Gymnasium

Suffield High School
1060 Sheldon Street
West Suffield, CT 06078

Contact Information

Suffield Shakedown '09 is at capacity--with a waitlist.

In the spirit of gracious professionalism,

Please notify us ASAP if you are unable to attend!

Prior to 4:00 pm on the day prior to the event (Feb. 13th).
After 4:00 pm on Friday, use the cell numbers listed below to call if you will be delayed or unable to attend.
For teams who have not pre-paid in advance, please have a $100 check made out to: WLHS FIRSTAlso, we may need to give your spot to a waiting team if we do not hear from you by 10:00 am.

Suffield Shakedown '09 will be webcast courtesy of Team 230, The Gaelhawks of Shelton, CT.  It can be viewed at

A donation of any non-perishable food items to replenish the Shelton High School food shelf would be appreciated.  See this page for more details.

FLL and Dream FIRST

FIRST LEGO League will run an off season scrimmage from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and a demonstration of Climate Connections from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm.  Dream FIRST sponsored by the Enforcers team 178 will be available from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm for children 5 years and up including a story, hands on activities and other fun.

Please follow the signs down the 200 hallway to the back foyer.


*** Everyone in the pit areas MUST wear safety goggles ***
*** We need FIRST Release Forms for all team members ***


In order to give each team as many practice rounds as possible, it is IMPERATIVE that teams notify the registration desk:

  • When they arrive
  • When their robot is ready
  • If the robot is have mechanical problems and will need to miss a round

We believe we have abundant outlets, but please bring your own extension cord.

Tentative Schedule

8:00 am Pits open
9:00 - 11:30 am Practice rounds begin or when the FIRST field and enough teams are ready to begin.  Flexible alliance assignments are made as teams arrive during the morning.  The number of practice rounds will be determined by the number of teams and their readiness.
11:30 am Drivers meeting
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Lunch
*** please note important information about food on the next page ***
12:30 pm "Let the Games Begin"
Opening Ceremonies
12:30 - 2:30 pm Qualification Rounds
2:30 - 3:00 Alliance Picking (top 4 teams pick)
3:00 pm Championship Rounds
4:00 pm Awards

During the event, please do not leave valuables (including laptops) unattended.


  • No outside food, please, as this is a fund raising event for Aces High.  We have attempted to keep the prices reasonable and have plans to provide quick service.
  • Breakfast snacks (donuts & muffins) along with hot and cold beverages will be available.
  • Lunch choices will include pizza, hot dogs and sandwiches.
  • Snacks and beverages will be available all day.


  • OPTIONAL --- pre-ordered/pre-paid pizza ---
  • 8 big slices in each Large Pizza from a local pizza shop
  • Cheese $13 / Pepperoni $14
  • Beverages will be available for pre-order on the same form.
  • Order and pay by 10:00 am (or until we are sold out)
  • Get your order form here!

Food Drive

Bring a non perishable food item for the Shelton Food Bank and receive a ticket for a drawing for one of our new and redesigned Suffield Shakedown tee-shirts.

As many of you know, Shelton High suffered a major fire.  Due to damage from the fire, the Shelton High School Food Bank has been completely destroyed.  Let's have the FIRST community support Team 230, the Gaelhawks, as they restock their shelves!

Additional Rules

  • Safety is a top priority -- please wear safety glasses when working on the robot and in the player station
  • Only drive team and officials will be allowed on the field
  • Gracious Professionalism is the expectation
  • Please remain in the gymnasium, "common area" and main front hallway.  Absolutely no admittance to the rest of the school

Competition Rules

We will be following all the rules outlined for the 2009 FIRST Lunacy game.  We will not be performing robot inspections but trust all teams will keep their robots in compliance with the rules.

Practice Rounds

Morning rounds will have no competition value and are solely for practice.  The number of rounds each team plays will be determined by the number of teams in attendance and their readiness.  Every attempt will be made to provide for a maximum number of rounds for each team.

Directions to Suffield High School

(FIRST Robotic Scrimmage signs will be displayed at important intersections)

Suffield High School
1060 Sheldon Street
West Suffield, CT 06093

From I-91 North:
Use exit 47W- Suffield.  Merge onto CT-190W and follow over the bridge on the CT River.  At the end of CT-190W (1.5 miles), turn left onto route CT-159, East Street N.  In 0.8 miles, turn right onto Bridge Street.  Follow to the end (1.9 miles).  Turn Right at the light onto Main Street CT-75 and take your immediate Left at the light onto Mountain Road CT-168.  Follow 1.4 miles.  Turn left onto Sheldon Street.  Suffield High school is 0.7 miles on your Right.

From I-91 South:
Merge from I-91N (exit 40) onto CT-20W towards BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.  After 3.4 miles, merge onto CT-20W via East Granby/Granby.  In 2.6 miles, turn right at traffic light onto CT-187, N Main Street.  Drive 2.7 miles on CT-187.  At the 4 way stop, go straight through.  High School will be 0.9 miles on your left.

From CT Route 20E:
Take route 20E to CT-187, N Main Street.  Follow directions above.

From CT Route 20W:
Follow directions from I-91 South.

From MA-10/ CT-202:
If traveling from the North Turn Left, If traveling from the South Turn Right, onto Congamond Lake road (Big Y/Ocean State Job Lots and McDonalds/ Citgo Gas at the intersection) and travel a total of 7.6 miles.  (You will cross into CT and the road name will change to Mountain road CT-168 a few miles from start of road).  Turn right onto Sheldon Street.  High School is 0.7 miles on your right.

Suffield Shakedown 2009 is filled at this time, however, teams frequently need to cancel.  Please contact ***** at ***** if you would like to be placed on the Wait List.  You will be notified immediately if there is a change in status.

Team # Team Name Location
Registered Teams
1 Team 176 Aces High Suffield/Windsor Locks
2 Team 839 Rosie Agawam
3 Team 1699 Robocats Colchester, CT
4 Team 1099 The Lions Brookfield, CT
5 Team 1071 MAX Wolcott, CT
6 Team 228 GUS Meridan, CT
7 Team 716 Who'sTEKS Falls Village, CT
8 Team 88 TJ2 Bridgewater, MA
9 Team 40 Checkmate Intelitek & Trinity HS, Manchester, NH
10 Team 230 Gaelhawks Shelton, CT
11 Team 177 Bobcats South Windsor, CT
12 Team 126 Galeforce Clinton, MA
13 Team 134 Pembrook Academy
14 Team 571 Team Paragon Windsor, CT
15 Team 195 Cyber Knights Southington, CT
16 Team 125 NUTRONS Northeastern - Boston
17 Team 263 Sachem Aftershock Long Island, NY
18 Team 2064 Panther Project Southbury, CT.
19 Team 1124 ÙberBots Avon, CT
20 Team 2785 Kent, CT
21 Team 999 CRASH Cheshire, CT
22 Team 175 BUZZ Enfield, CT
23 Team 173 RAGE East Hartford, CT
24 Team 2836 Team Beta Nonnewaug HS, Woodbury, CT
25 Team 1991 Dragons Hartford/West Hartford
26 Team 1784 Litchbots Litchfield, CT
27 Team 1027 Mechatronic Maniacs West Springfield
28 Team 236 Techno Ticks
Old Lyme, CT
29 Team 558 Elm City Robo Squad New Haven, CT
30 Team 181 Birds of Prey
Teams on the Wait List
31 Team 2067 Apple Pi Robotics
32 Team 694 StuyPulse Stuyvesant High, NYC
33 Team 2170 Titanium Tomahawks Glastonbury, CT
34 Team 500 Coast Guard Academy New London, CT
35 Team 1735 Worcester, MA
36 Team 190 Worcester, MA
37 Team 1468 Hicksville High Long Island, MA

Dave Leenhouts Award

Last year we began what we hope will become a tradition at the Suffield Shakedown.  This award was established in honor of Dave Leenhouts who started Aces High and was instrumental in the establishment of several other FIRST teams.

We would like to present this award yearly in honor an adult mentor/leader/teacher/engineer who has been nominated by his or her student team members for being an exemplary leader through their vision, dedication, and inspiration.

More details about nomination and nomination form

Last Updated on Monday, 27 December 2010 15:50