FTC 2020-2021 Qualifying Tournaments Information

Qualifier Event Pre-registration and Registration

Waitlists for remaining 2020-2021 Qualifiers are available.

Remaining 2020-2021 Qualifying Tournaments

  • Apr 3 Springtime Sky Qualifier REMOTE
  • Apr 10 Aledo Qualifier HYBRID
  • Apr 17 Townview Qualifier REMOTE
  • Apr 24 TD Qualifier REMOTE
  • May 1 Hedrick May Day Mech-Madness Qualifier HYBRID (Lewisville, TX)
  • May 1 Another to-be-named Qualifier REMOTE
  • May 8 Crowley CTE Qualifier HYBRID (Crowley, TX)

Qualifier Event Waitlist

If you would like to get additional events for your team, you can fill out the form at http://roboplex.org/ftc/waitlist to request to be added to waitlists for remaining events.

As the season progresses, we will periodically re-evaluate team cancellations, changes in registration status, and event capacities to see if additional competition spots are available for teams.  Any available competition spots will generally be given to teams according to the following priority:

  1. Teams without any event
  2. Teams having only one event
  3. Teams having two events
  4. All other teams

Within each priority group, any available spots will be allocated by lottery.

In general, teams getting an event invitation from the waitlist will need to either accept the invitation quickly (usually within a 2-3 days) or we will pass the invitation on to the next team.  We will make our best effort to notify teams as soon as possible that an event spot has opened up, but sometimes spots open up at the “last minute” and so you may receive an invitation to an event on short notice.  If you get a event invitation from the waitlist and end up declining it, your team will still be considered for available spots at other events.

Qualifier Event Pre-registration and Registration

(Pre-registration for 2020-2021 events is now closed.  Use the waitlist to sign up for events.)

In pre-registration, teams fill out an online form to indicate their qualifier preferences for the upcoming season.  Round 2 of pre-registration (now closed) will enable teams to register for any of the remaining qualifiers in the 2020-2021 “Ultimate Goal” season.

There is no charge for pre-registration, and completing the form does not register a team for any events.  This simply establishes a team’s priority claim for available event spots.  Events will generally be assigned to teams based on when form responses are received and the availability of event spots.

Even though teams are not required to pay event registration fees to pre-register, teams must pay their $275 national registration fee with FIRST (via the firstinspires.org Dashboard) before they will be assigned an event.  (Teams that have received a Texas Workforce Commission grant from FIRST in Texas will be assumed to have paid their national fees, even if the funding hasn’t officially been sent yet.)

The national registration cost is separate from tournament entry fees.  For 2020-2021, remote qualifiers will be $100 per team and in-person qualifiers will be $175 per team.  

Late-season Qualifiers (Mar 20-May 1):  We have several remote events and several “hybrid” events in the late season. 

Pre-registration for these events is available here.  We work to guarantee each team ONE late-season qualifier event; additional spots may become available via waitlists that will open in March.

Early-season Qualifiers (Feb 20-Mar 20):  All early-season qualifiers will be remote events.  

  • Feb 27 – UT-Dallas Qualifier REMOTE
  • Mar 6 – Aledo Qualifier REMOTE
  • Mar 13 – FLYSET Qualifier REMOTE (FULL)
  • Mar 20 – Hedrick Qualifier REMOTE (rescheduled from Feb 20)

The date given for each event is when judging will occur, matches will then be played and submitted in the days that follow. 

To enroll in one of these qualifiers, complete the pre-registration form.  We expect that every team that wants a late-season event will be able to have one; and we’ll allow teams to have more than one if there’s space available to do so.

As event assignments are made the team contacts will receive “reservation tickets” for their assigned events; the reservation tickets will contain instructions about completing registration and payment options for the events.  Unclaimed reservations will expire sometime prior to the event date and the spots released to other teams on waitlists or that request additional events.

For more information about qualifier registration, contact pmichaud@firstintexas.org.


Q: How many events can a team compete at?

A; FIRST places no hard limit on the number of qualifiers a team can attend, but a team can only advance from the first three they compete at. So there’s a practical upper limit.

In North Texas, we can only guarantee each team one event, and we try to make sure that each team has an opportunity for it to be later in the season if they desire that. Any additional events beyond one, either early or late-season, are made on a “space available” basis. We try to give as many teams a two-event season as we can, but the size of our region (plus other considerations) means we can’t guarantee that every team will get two events in a season.

We use the pre-registration process to allow teams to express their preference for their “primary” late-season event. Once we’ve processed teams’ requests for their primary events, we begin allocating any remaining spots to teams based on their preferences in the waitlists. If there are multiple teams asking for spots at the same event, we prioritize giving the spots to teams holding only a primary event spot. After that, any remaining spots at an event can be given to teams even if they already have two events.

In a typical season, teams receiving three North Texas qualifiers happens rarely, and those are typically teams that waitlist for events in lower demand than others.

For the Ultimate Goal season, given the reductions in team counts and the many challenges that teams have faced, we’ve scheduled events as though it was a more normal season with more teams. We’ve hoped that by doing so, more teams can have a second late-season event in addition to their primary event. For those teams that attended an early-season event, that means there’s a very good chance for a team to get three qualifiers this season, especially if waitlisting for the early April events where there’s less demand.

For the 2021-2022 season, we’re likely to be back to the situation where most teams will get only two events (one early season and one late season).

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