Rapid React
Rapid React Logo.svg
Year2022
Season Information
Number of teams3,225[1]
Number of regionals58
Number of district events101
Championship locationHouston
George R. Brown Convention Center
Awards
Chairman's Award winner1629 - "Garrett Coalition"
Woodie Flowers Award winnerChristine Sapio - Team 2486
Champions1619 - "Up-A-Creek Robotics"
254 - "Cheesy Poofs"
3175 - "Knight Vision"
6672 - "Fusion Corps"
Charged Up →

Rapid React, stylized as RAPID REACT and officially known as Rapid React presented by The Boeing Company for sponsorship reasons, is the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) game for the 2022 season.[2] The game is themed around transportation as part of the FIRST-wide FIRST Forward theme for 2021-2022.

Rapid React is played by two alliances of three teams each, with each team controlling a robot and completing specific actions in order to score points. The game revolves around both alliances shooting inflatable balls known as Cargo into a central Hub and climbing within their Hangars at the end of the match. The overall objective of each match is to score more points than the opposing alliance before the match ends.

The 2022 season is the first season since 2016 to feature a single championship, which will take place in Houston, Texas from April 20 to April 23.[3] As a result, approximately 450 teams will be invited to compete at the championship as opposed to over 800 teams in 2019 (the most recent year with an in-person championship).

Kickoff

Kickoff occurred on January 8, 2022. It was streamed live on Twitch, with the broadcast beginning at 11:45 A.M. Eastern Time.[4] The game was revealed approximately 45 minutes into the broadcast, which featured presentations from teams and game sponsors.

Similar to the 2021 kickoff, many kickoff events were hosted online, with the only in-person event being part pick-up. Some of these events were originally scheduled to be online, while others switched to virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5]

Field and Scoring

Rapid React is played on a 27 ft. (~823 cm) by 54 ft. (~1646 cm) field covered in grey carpet. The field is surrounded by low polycarbonate walls on the long sides and higher polycarbonate driver station walls on the short sides. The field is divided in half by a white line. The primary scoring area, called the Hub, is surrounded by four taped-off areas known as Tarmacs (two red and two blue) where robots start the match. At the end of the match, robots can climb monkey bars in areas called the Hangars.

Alliance Station

Each alliance has their own alliance station on their end of the field, divided into three smaller stations (one for each team). The alliance stations are flanked by the alliance's Hangar on one side and a Terminal on the other side.

Terminals

Alliances can use the Terminals to introduce Cargo into the field and return Cargo to their human players. Either alliance can use either Terminal, as opposed to player stations in previous games which were restricted to one alliance. Due to this, human players in the terminals must wear alliance-colored aprons to identify themselves.

Cargo

Cargo is the only game element in Rapid React. Each Cargo is an oversized inflatable tennis ball with a diameter of 9.5 in. (~24 cm). There are 22 Cargo on the field, 11 per alliance.

Scoring Areas

Hub

There is one Hub in the center of the field, and both alliances can score in it. There are two levels, a lower hub 3 ft 5 in (~104 cm) above the field and an upper hub 8 ft. 8 in. (~264 cm) above the field. Robots earn more points by shooting into the upper hub compared to shooting into the lower hub. The upper hub is smaller than the lower hub, which combined with its height makes it harder to score into.

Scoring in the lower hub is worth two points in autonomous mode and one point in teleoperated mode, while scoring in the upper hub is worth four points and two points respectively. Alliances can earn a ranking point by scoring 20 Cargo in the Hub, or 18 Cargo if the alliance scored 5 Cargo in autonomous mode. This is known as the Cargo Bonus.

Hangars

Hangars are large trusses with four legs, similar to the Shield Generator in Infinite Recharge. There are two Hangars, one for each alliance. At the end of the match, robots can climb onto the monkey bars in their alliance's Hangar to earn climb points. There are four levels, with the lowest bar positioned 4 ft. 3/4 in. (~124 cm) above the field and the highest bar positioned 7 ft. 7 in. (~231 cm) above the field. Robots may not extend to be taller than 5 ft. 6 in. (~168cm) at any point in the match, so reaching higher monkey bars requires a robot to swinging onto one from a lower monkey bar.

Teams earn more points for climbing to higher levels of the monkey bars. The lowest level is worth 4 points, with the other three levels worth 6 points, 10 points, and 15 points respectively. Alliances can earn the Hangar Bonus by scoring at least 16 climb points.

Launch Pads

Each alliance's Hangar also provides two safe zones called the Launch Pads, which allow that alliance's robots to shoot Cargo into the Hub without being contacted by opponent robots. The Launch Pads are identified by strips of alliance-colored plastic on the bottom of the two Hub-facing legs of each Hangar, and a team can enter the safe zone by touching one of their alliance's Launch Pads with their robot's bumper. A team is assessed a foul if their robot contacts an opponent robot that is touching one of the opponent's Launch Pads.

Scoring Summary

Action Autonomous Teleoperated Ranking Points

(in Qualification)

Robot Exits Tarmac 2 points
Cargo in Lower Hub 2 points 1 point
Cargo in Upper Hub 4 points 2 points
Hangar Climb (Level One) 4 points
Hangar Climb (Level Two) 6 points
Hangar Climb (Level Three) 10 Points
Hangar Climb (Level Four) 15 Points
Cargo Bonus 1 RP
Hangar Bonus 1 RP
Foul 4 points to opposing alliance 4 points to opposing alliance
Tech Foul 8 points to opposing alliance 8 points to opposing alliance
Win 2 RP
Tie 1 RP

[6]

Events

The 2022 season is divided into seven weeks, with many events occurring simultaneously during each week. After Week 7, teams that have qualified compete in the FIRST Championship in Houston. For this season, the FIRST Chesapeake District, Ontario District, and Festival de Robotique Regional moved to one-day events as part of their COVID-19 pandemic plan. These events are noted below.

Week 1

Event Location Date
South Florida Regional West Palm Beach, Florida March 2 – 5
Lake Superior Regional Duluth, Minnesota March 2 – 5
Northern Lights Regional Duluth, Minnesota March 2 – 5
Canadian Pacific Regional Victoria, British Columbia, Canada March 2 – 5
FIM District Detroit Event Detroit, Michigan March 3 – 5
FIM District Forest Hills Event Grand Rapids, Michigan March 3 – 5
FIM District Kettering University Event #1 Flint, Michigan March 3 – 5
FIM District Petoskey Event Petoskey, Michigan March 3 – 5
NE District Granite State Event Salem, New Hampshire March 3 – 5
FIT District Waco Event Waco, Texas March 3 – 5
PNW District Clackamas Academy Event Oregon City, Oregon March 3 – 5
New Taipei City x Hon Hai Regional Taipei, Taiwan March 3 – 6
Izmir Regional Gaziemir, Izmir, Turkey March 3 – 6
Hueneme Port Regional Port Hueneme, California March 3 – 6
FIN District Kokomo Event Kokomo, Indiana March 4 – 6
FMA District Bridgewater-Raritan Event Bridgewater Township, New Jersey March 4 – 6
FMA District Hatboro-Horsham Event Horsham, Pennsylvania March 4 – 6
FIT District Dripping Springs Event Dripping Springs, Texas March 4 – 6
PNW District Glacier Peak Event Snohomish, Washington March 4 – 6
CHS District Greater DC Event #1 Washington, D.C. March 5 – 6[a]
ONT District Humber College Event Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 5 – 6[a]
CHS District Greater Richmond Event #1 Charlottesville, Virginia March 5 – 6[a]
ISR District Event #1 Ra'anana, Israel March 6 – 8

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Week 2

Event Location Date
ISR District Event #2 Ra'anana, Israel March 8 – 10
Orlando Regional Orlando, Florida March 9 – 12
Finger Lakes Regional Rochester, New York March 9 – 12
Electric City Regional Anderson, South Carolina March 9 – 12
Monterrey Regional Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico March 9 – 12
Oklahoma Regional Shawnee, Oklahoma March 9 – 12
Arizona North Regional Flagstaff, Arizona March 9 – 12
Orange County Regional Costa Mesa, California March 9 – 12
Ventura County Regional Port Hueneme, California March 9 – 12
PCH District Dalton Event Dalton, Georgia March 10 – 12
FIM District Gull Lake Event Richland, Michigan March 10 – 12
FIM District Kettering University Event #2 Flint, Michigan March 10 – 12
FIM District Milford Event Highland Township, Michigan March 10 – 12
FIM District Rochester Event Rochester Hills, Michigan March 10 – 12
FIM District St. Joseph Event St. Joseph, Michigan March 10 – 12
PNW District Wilsonville Event Wilsonville, Oregon March 10 – 12
Southern Cross Regional Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia March 10 – 13
NE District Waterbury Event Waterbury, Connecticut March 11 – 13
NE District Pine Tree Event Waterville, Maine March 11 – 13
FNC District ECU Event Greenville, North Carolina March 11 – 13
FMA District Mount Olive Event Mount Olive, New Jersey March 11 – 13
FIT District Channelview Event Channelview, Texas March 11 – 13
CHS District Greater DC Event #2 Washington, D.C. March 12 – 13[a]
New York Tech Valley Regional Albany, New York March 13 – 16

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Week 3

Event Location Date
Istanbul Regional Istanbul, Turkey March 14 – 17
Tallahassee Regional Tallahassee, Florida March 16 – 19
Greater Pittsburgh Regional California, Pennsylvania March 16 – 19
Central Illinois Regional Peoria, Illinois March 16 – 19
Heartland Regional Olathe, Kansas March 16 – 19
Canadian Rockies Regional Calgary, Alberta, Canada March 16 – 19
Arizona Valley Regional Scottsdale, Arizona March 16 – 19
PCH District Columbus Event Columbus, Georgia March 17 – 19
FIM District Escanaba Event Escanaba, Michigan March 17 – 19
FIM District Livonia Event Livonia, Michigan March 17 – 19
FIM District Muskegon Event Muskegon, Michigan March 17 – 19
FIT District Austin Event Austin, Texas March 17 – 19
FIT District Fort Worth Event Fort Worth, Texas March 17 – 19
PNW District SunDome Event Yakima, Washington March 17 – 19
San Diego Regional Del Mar, California March 17 – 20
San Francisco Regional San Francisco, California March 17 – 20
Bosphorus Regional Istanbul, Turkey March 18 – 20
FIN District Columbus Event Columbus, Indiana March 18 – 20
NE District North Shore Event Reading, Massachusetts March 18 – 20
NE District Western New England Event Springfield, Massachusetts March 18 – 20
FNC District UNC Asheville Event Asheville, North Carolina March 18 – 20
FMA District Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Event Philadelphia, Pennsylvania March 18 – 20
PNW District Sammamish Event Bellevue, Washington March 18 – 20
CHS District Greater DC Event #4 Washington, D.C. March 19 – 20[a]
ONT District Victoria Park C.I. Event Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 19 – 20[a]
ONT District Georgian College Event Barrie, Ontario, Canada March 19 – 20[a]
CHS District Greater Richmond Event #2 Charlottesville, Virginia March 19 – 20[a]
ISR District Event #3 Ra'anana, Israel March 20 – 22
SPBLI Long Island Regional #1 Hempstead, New York March 20 – 23

[7]

Week 4

Event Location Date
ISR District Event #4 Ra'anana, Israel March 22 – 24
Buckeye Regional Cleveland, Ohio March 23 – 26
Iowa Regional Cedar Falls, Iowa March 23 – 26
Greater Kansas City Regional Lee's Summit, Missouri March 23 – 26
Great Northern Regional Grand Forks, North Dakota March 23 – 26
Wisconsin Regional Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 23 – 26
Colorado Regional Denver, Colorado March 23 – 26
Laguna Regional Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico March 23 – 26
Sacramento Regional Davis, California March 23 – 26
Monterey Bay Regional Seaside, California March 23 – 26
PCH District Carrollton Event Carrollton, Georgia March 24 – 26
FIN District Tippecanoe Event Lafayette, Indiana March 24 – 26
FIM District Belleville Event Belleville, Michigan March 24 – 26
FIM District Lansing Event Mason, Michigan March 24 – 26
FIM District Midland Event Midland, Michigan March 24 – 26
FIM District West Michigan Event Allendale Township, Michigan March 24 – 26
SPBLI Long Island Regional #2 Hempstead, New York March 24 – 26
FIT District Irving Event Irving, Texas March 24 – 26
FIT District Pasadena Event #1 Pasadena, Texas March 24 – 26
PNW District Oregon State Fairgrounds Event Salem, Oregon March 24 – 26
Hangzhou Regional Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China March 24 – 27
ONT District University of Waterloo Event Waterloo, Ontario, Canada March 25 – 26[a]
NE District Greater Boston Event Somerville, Massachusetts March 25 – 27
NE District Central Massachusetts Event Shrewsbury, Massachusetts March 25 – 27
FIM District Saline Event Ann Arbor, Michigan March 25 – 27
FNC District Guilford County Event Gibsonville, North Carolina March 25 – 27
FMA District Seneca Event Tabernacle, New Jersey March 25 – 27
PNW District Auburn Event Auburn, Washington March 25 – 27
CHS District Greater DC Event #3 Washington, D.C. March 26 – 27[a]
ONT District York University Event Toronto, Ontario, Canada March 25 – 27[a]
FIRST Israel District Championship Jerusalem, Israel March 27 – 29

[7]

Week 5

Event Location Date
Smoky Mountains Regional Knoxville, Tennessee March 30 – April 2
Arkansas Regional Searcy, Arkansas March 30 – April 2
Bayou Regional Kenner, Louisiana March 30 – April 2
St. Louis Regional St. Louis, Missouri March 30 – April 2
Seven Rivers Regional Searcy, Arkansas March 30 – April 2
Idaho Regional Nampa, Idaho March 30 – April 2
Central Valley Regional Fresno, California March 30 – April 2
Las Vegas Regional Las Vegas, Nevada March 30 – April 2
Hawaii Regional Honolulu, Hawaii March 30 – April 2
PCH District Albany Event Albany, Georgia March 31 – April 2
FIM District Kentwood Event Kentwood, Michigan March 31 – April 2
FIM District Lakeview Event Battle Creek, Michigan March 31 – April 2
FIM District Macomb Event Warren, Michigan March 31 – April 2
FIM District Troy Event Troy, Michigan March 31 – April 2
NE District Pease ANG Event Portsmouth, New Hampshire March 31 – April 2
FIT District Amarillo Event Amarillo, Texas March 31 – April 2
FIT District Pasadena Event #2 Pasadena, Texas March 31 – April 2
PNW District West Valley Event Spokane Valley, Washington March 31 – April 2
Central Missouri Regional Sedalia, Missouri March 31 – April 3
Los Angeles Regional El Segundo, California March 31 – April 3
ONT District Windsor Essex Great Lakes Event Windsor, Ontario, Canada April 1 – 2[a]
FNC District UNC Pembroke Event Pembroke, North Carolina April 1 – 3
FMA District Montgomery Event Montgomery, New Jersey April 1 – 3
FMA District Bensalem Event Bensalem, Pennsylvania April 1 – 3
PNW District Bonney Lake Event Bonney Lake, Washington April 1 – 3
ONT District North Bay Event North Bay, Ontario, Canada April 2 – 3[a]
ONT District Durham College Event Oshawa, Ontario, Canada April 2 – 3[a]

[7]

Week 6

Event Location Date
FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Hampton, Virginia April 6 – 9
Rocket City Regional Huntsville, Alabama April 6 – 9
Midwest Regional Chicago, Illinois April 6 – 9
Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional Minneapolis, Minnesota April 6 – 9
Minnesota North Star Regional Minneapolis, Minnesota April 6 – 9
Green Country Regional Tulsa, Oklahoma April 6 – 9
FIRST in Texas District Championship Houston, Texas April 6 – 9
Utah Regional West Valley City, Utah April 6 – 9
Aerospace Valley Regional Lancaster, California April 6 – 9
Pacific Northwest District Championship Cheney, Washington April 6 – 9
Festival de Robotique Regional Montreal, Quebec, Canada April 7 – 9[b]
Peachtree District Championship Macon, Georgia April 7 – 9
FIM District Jackson Event Spring Arbor, Michigan April 7 – 9
FIM District Traverse City Event Traverse City, Michigan April 7 – 9
FIRST Mid-Atlantic District Championship Bethlehem, Pennsylvania April 7 – 9
FIM District Kingsford Event Kingsford, Michigan April 7 – 9
New York City Regional New York, New York April 7 – 10
Silicon Valley Regional San Jose, California April 7 – 10
NE District Hartford Event Hartford, Connecticut April 8 – 10
NE District WPI Event Worcester, Massachusetts April 8 – 10
FIM District Walled Lake Event Commerce Township, Michigan April 8 – 10
FIM District Woodhaven Event Brownstown Township, Michigan April 8 – 10
FIRST North Carolina District Championship Buies Creek, North Carolina April 8 – 10
ONT District St. Mary C.S.S. Event Hamilton, Ontario, Canada April 9 – 10[a]

[7]

Week 7

Event Location Date
FIRST in Michigan District Championship University Center, Michigan April 13 – 16
New England District Championship Springfield, Massachusetts April 13 – 16
Indiana District Championship Terre Haute, Indiana April 14 – 16
Ontario District Championship Mississauga, Ontario, Canada April 14 – 16

[7]

FIRST Championship

Event Location Date
FIRST Championship Houston, Texas April 20 – 23

[7]

World Championship Results

The following tables show the winners of each division and the divisional playoff results.

Division Winners

Division Captain 1st Pick 2nd Pick 3rd Pick
Carver 604 1323 4153 3603
Galileo 1619 254 3175 6672
Hopper 1706 1678 5454 4213
Newton 2910 973 1730 5804
Roebling 5940 6328 2471 3534
Turing 1577 4414 2539 4099

Divisional Playoff

Round Robin

Pos Division Pld W L Pts Qualification
1 Turing (Q) 5 4 1 1.6 Advance to Einstein Finals
2 Galileo (Q) 5 3 2 1.2
3 Newton 5 3 2 1.2
4 Carver 5 2 3 0.8
5 Hopper 5 2 3 0.8
6 Roebling 5 1 4 0.4
Source: [8]
(Q) Qualified for the phase indicated

Einstein Finals

Division Alliance 1 2 3 Wins
Turing 1577-4414-2539-4099 126 154 108 1
Galileo 1619-254-3175-6672 127 133 142 2

References

  1. ^ "2022 Season Facts" (PDF). FIRST. 5 January 2022. Retrieved 23 April 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "2021-2022 FIRST FORWARD presented by Qualcomm". info.firstinspires.org. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
  3. ^ "FIRST Championship News". FIRST. 2021-11-15. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
  4. ^ "2022 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff". FIRST. 2015-11-18. Retrieved 2022-01-04.
  5. ^ FRC 3339 Loses Everything to Fire | Ri3D | ToA | Kickoff | FRC Updates Now January 4 2022, retrieved 2022-01-08
  6. ^ "FIRST Robotics Competition 2022 Game Manual" (PDF). firstfrc.blob.core.windows.net. Retrieved 2022-01-08.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "2022 FRC Event List". The Blue Alliance. Retrieved 2022-01-05.
  8. ^ "2022 Playoff Matches - FIRST Championship". frc-events.firstinspires.org. Retrieved 2022-04-23.

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Two one-day events
  2. ^ Three one-day events