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)

November 4 @ 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

November 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)

October 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 (TENTATIVE)

2018-02-10, 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.