This Year’s Game:
Infinite Recharge is a Star Wars themed game in which the robots work to score power cells to be able to charge their shield generator and protect FIRST City from oncoming asteroids. Teams gain points by scoring power cells in one of the three openings of their power port. To activate the shield generator, robots must manipulate their control panel after scoring a certain number of power cells. Towards the end of the match, robots can climb onto their shield generator switch for additional points.
During the 15 second autonomous period, robots follow pre-programmed instructions and try to gain points by crossing the initiation line, and by scoring power cells in the power port. Throughout the rest of the match, alliances continue to score points by shooting more power cells in the power port, charging the shield generator, hanging from the generator switch, and keeping their generator switch level for 5 seconds after the clock runs out.
Ranking points are earned during qualification matches in multiple ways. One was to gain a ranking point is by earning at least 65 points during endgame. Another way to gain a ranking point is to activate all 3 stages of your alliances shield generator. And as always, a win is worth 2 ranking points and a tie is worth 1 ranking point. Alliances can win up to four ranking points per match and doing so will move a team up the rankings quickly.
The details of the 2020 game were fully disclosed on January 4, 2020. Watch the full game reveal broadcast here:
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This page contains frequently updated links to various resources about the game.
You may also find the Field Tour Videos Playlist on YouTube helps to explain the game as well.
Watch Infinite Recharge Live Online
Many Infinite Recharge Regional and District competitions are webcast as they happen each week from February 26 through April 8. The competitions are usually shown on Friday and Saturday, although some 2-day competitions are Thursday and Friday. A list of all competitions can be found here.
The Championships are broadcasted, as well, Houston on April 15-28 and Detroit on April 29 to May 2.
Many competitions that are not listed on the above broadcasts are independently provided. The Blue Alliance GameDay aggregates all the video feeds that they know about in a convenient multi-panel system that lets you watch several at once. This is our preferred way to watch!