We are always looking for volunteers for FIRST Tech Challenge events in the North Texas Region. Volunteers can take a variety of roles, including Judges, Referees, Score Trackers, Inspectors, Hospitality, and more.
Judges select team award recipients through interaction with teams. Documentation regarding team background information is provided to familiarize judges with teams. • Interview and observe teams in the judging rooms, the pit, and on the playing field. Judging is generally an all-day commitment; the morning is spent interviewing teams and after that the judges deliberate and visit individually with teams to determine event winners.
Robot Inspectors and Field Inspectors are responsible to ensure every robot follows the guidelines outlined in FIRST Tech Challenge Game Manual Part 1 and are ready to compete on the field. The inspection process involves filling out a checklist for every robot and placing a label or other unique tag on the robot after it passes inspection. Inspections generally take place in the early morning and are finished before matches begin (usually around 10:30am), which means that Inspectors can also volunteer to be Referees or Score Trackers.
Referees observe team matches, identifies rule violations, and “calls” them. Referees help the competitors to avoid breaking the rules of the Game. Referees participate in deliberations regarding contested calls, working directly through the Head Referee. Referees are needed when matches start (usually around 10:30am) and for the remainder of the event. Referees can also volunteer as Inspectors.
Score Trackers monitor the status of the game and scoring elements during match play. Score Trackers may track the status of the field on paper, using Score Sheets. For events that use live scoring, the Score Tracker will use an app installed on either a phone or tablet to track the status of the field. Score Trackers are needed when matches start (usually around 10:30am) and for the remainder of the event. Score Trackers can also volunteer as Inspectors.
There are many more roles available, including Announcers, Queuers, Runners, Registration / Checkin, Hospitalit, and more.
To volunteer at a North Texas FTC event, see the guide at https://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resource_library/volunteer/volunteer-registration-step-by-step-guide.pdf . Essentially the steps are to create a FIRST account at https://www.firstinspires.org/ways-to-help/volunteer/event-volunteers.
For convenience, you can directly apply for an event by following one of the links below.
- Jesuit Prep FTC Qualifier, Nov 4, Dallas
- Greenhill FTC Qualifier, Nov 11, Addison
- Allen HS FTC Qualifier, Dec 2, Allen
- Townview HS FTC Qualifier, Dec 16, Dallas
- TCC / Trinity River Campus FTC Qualifier, Jan 6, Fort Worth
- Wylie East HS FTC Qualifier, Jan 13, Wylie
- Hedrick “Mech-Madness” Middle School FTC Qualifier, Jan 20, Lewisville
- Bethesda Christian School FTC Qualifier, Jan 27, Fort Worth
- Williams HS FTC Qualifier, Jan 27, Plano