Volunteers wanted for FTC 2017 events

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



3rd Annual Grapevine-Colleyville ISD FLL Scrimmage (FULL)

2017-11-04 @ 8:00am - 1:00pm, Grapevine Middle School
Registration for this event is full.


Announcing the 3rd Annual Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Scrimmage

November 4, 2017
Grapevine Middle School
Register here. ( Registration is full, but you may wish to contact the organizers anyway. )

The collective FLL Robotics Teams of Grapevine-Colleyville ISD are hosting a Scrimmage. You can begin reserving spots on October 21, 2017 at 9:00 am.  There will be slots open to 23 FLL Teams outside of the GCISD District teams and a total of 36 teams competing. Registration opens October 21, 2017 at 9 am and closes October 28, 2017 at 5 pm or when all 23 available slots are filled, whichever comes first.

Anyone, including teams and coaches who do not want to compete, but want to see how competitions work and what other teams are doing, is welcome to attend as well. If you would like to attend in this non-competitive capacity, please contact Nate Dunn directly for planning purposes. Additionally, if you have any other questions or concerns, or want to come and observe but not compete, please contact our Scrimmage Site Coordinator: Nate Dunn at nate.dunn@gcisd.net

This will be a Robot Games only Scrimmage– there will be no judging sessions for Project, Core Values, or Robot Design.

2017 FLYSET FLL Hydrodynamics Scrimmage

2017-11-19 @ 2:00pm - 5:45pm, QD Academy

FLYSET.org and affiliated FTC teams 12810 (QuantumX) and 8565 (TechnicBots) are hosting an FLL scrimmage for local FLL teams to test out their robots on playing fields and get hyped for the upcoming FLL qualifiers. The aim of this event is to give FLL teams a taste of what a competition is like and give them a chance to learn from other teams.

The scrimmage will consist of Robot Games only and each team will participate in a minimum of 3 matches. Due to resource limits, a maximum of 16 teams will be allowed to participate in the scrimmage. Sign-up is first come first serve.

Register at http://flyset.org/2017-fll-hydrodynamics-scrimmage/ .  Registration will open on Oct 31 at 9:00am.

Competition fields and mission models will be supplied. We greatly appreciate FLL team 31485 (Lego Maniacs) and FLL team 31452(Terminator) for providing the competition mission models. Teams CAN bring their own fields and/or models in their pit area in addition to their robot kits and their laptops, but space is very limited. One charging station will be setup to charge the robots and laptops (Not cellphones).

All teams should also bring printed team roster page to confirm team members’ online waiver status.


Light Concessions (soda, chips, candy, water etc.) will be available for purchase. Cash only. Please do not eat in the the gym.


2:00 – 2:30 Check-in and Setup in Pit Area

2:30 – 5:30 Robot Games

5:30 – 5:45 Wrap-Up and Pit Area Clean-up


FTC Clinic – Logistics (UME Prep)

2017-10-21 @ 10:00am - 2:00pm, UME Preparatory Academy
This event is intended for FTC mentors and teams.
Attention all FTC teams of North Texas! UME Preparatory Academy’s team 11097 Cyber Surge is hosting a Logistics Clinic on October 21, 2017, from 10am-2pm. Topics covered will include the Engineering Notebook, awards and how to get them, Outreach, and more!
Please RSVP and spread the word using the event flyer. Send any questions to ftc11097ume@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you!

North Texas FTC Regional Championship

February 10, Wylie East High School

The Regional FTC Championship for North Texas will be held on February 10, 2017 at Wylie East High School in Wylie, Texas. Up to forty-eight teams will be competing for awards and a chance to attend the FTC South Super Regional Championship on March 6-8 in Athens, Georgia.

Event format: This year’s regional championship will be a dual-division event.  All teams will compete for the same set of event-wide judged awards.  The robot game will be organized into two divisions of up to 24 teams each.  Each division will separately play five rounds of qualification matches, then go through alliance selection and elimination rounds to produce a Winning Alliance for each division.  The two division Winning Alliances will then play against each other to determine the Championship Winning Alliance and Championship Finalist Alliance.

Team registration:  Invited teams will be able to register for the championship starting in January.  Teams may earn an invitation to the regional championship by advancing from a North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournament or North Texas FTC League Tournament.

Notes for teams

This is a Championship Event, which means that teams are expected to be prepared and perform at a higher level than at a League or Qualifying event.  Teams should arrive at the event with their robots completely ready for inspection, having already completed the Robot Self-Inspection Checklist .  Matches may also run at a somewhat quicker pace than at earlier tournaments.


FTC Qualifier at Williams HS

January 27, Williams High School

This is a North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournament scheduled for Williams High School in Plano, Texas.

Teams scheduled to attend as of 2018-01-17:

5598 The PIT Crew
6635 Panthers
6795 Panthers 3
7172 Technical Difficulties
8204 mint++; (incrimint)
8418 The League of Legendary Scientists
9608 Cyberpride
10914 Team Delta
11164 Electric Boogaloo
11339 Williams Warriors Robotics
11341 ViBoTs
11419 Jasper Jaguar Robotics
11425 Murphy Maverick Robotics
11472 Rice Ravenclaw
11594 FireCats
12061 Buccaneer Engineers
12106 iTRIED
12430 Raider Robotics
12900 Schim Robotics
12925 CowBots
12926 P@NTH∑R5 R0B0T1C5
12927 Dewese’z Reese’z Piece’z
12930 ScitoboRRobotics
12977 Rust in Peace
13213 Psi Fighters
13850 Raider Robotics 2
12688 Bass Noise
12690 Lost Cause
10573 Garza Robotics


FTC Qualifier at Bethesda Christian School

January 27, Bethesda Christian School

This is a North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournament scheduled for Bethesda Christian School in Fort Worth, Texas.

More information about this event will be available soon.  More information about qualifying tournaments in North Texas is available here.

Teams registered for this event as of 2018-01-09:

6566 Circuit Breakers
6728 Frostbyte
8130 Vikings
8242 Steerminatorz
8346 Lorotech 1
9161 Overload
9886 MESH
10577 ThunderChicks
10756 Purple Vipers JV
10945 Toaster Squad
11030 Metal Jackets
12577 Eastside Robotics
12764 RoboVik
12874 Lorotech 3
13110 Southwest Robotics
13509 Lorotech 1
13539 RoboChargers – Thunder
13542 RoboChargers – Typhoon
13551 Road Runner Robotics
13780 Steer Clear
13783 ThunderChicksToo
13811 High Voltage
10985 Toxic Geckos

FTC Qualifier at Hedrick Middle School

January 20, Hedrick Middle School

This is a North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournament scheduled for Hedrick Middle School in Lewisville, Texas.

Teams competing at this event as of 2017-01-09:

5970 The Ambassadors
8114 Lewisville HS
8514 BA GREEN: Robotonics
8811 Robo*Bison Amistad
9054 Viridian
9167 Robosapiens
9256 Robo*Bison Esfuerzo
9511 Dallas Nation
10526 BA WHITE: Structural Rampage
10573 Garza Robotics
11327 Tech Avatars
11419 Jasper Jaguar Robotics
11745 Red Scare
11761 Theory of Robotivity
12034 Euless RC
12167 FABOO
12619 FTC Master Mechanics
12791 Junior Jags
12977 Rust in Peace
13227 Mechanicats
13489 Al Quinn
13644 Bobcat Robotics
13819 Tigers
13916 Retrobots
12929 Electric Lions