FIRST Tech Challenge 2015-2016 season plan

(reprinted with permission)

From: Dr. Carter Tiernan
Subject: FIRST Tech Challenge 2015-2016 season plan
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:00:23 CDT

Dear coaches,

I hope your school year is starting off very well.  This message will give you an overview of the plan for the FIRST Tech Challenge season in North Texas including the structure, a few dates, and some future year plans as well.

As most of you know, US FIRST is moving the FTC competition structure from the previous format of qualifier competitions only to a format of league play.  We had hoped to start large-scale implementation of leagues this season.  However, there is a state-level effort in Texas that is expected to have a big impact on teams and participation in FTC starting this year and this effort has changed our planning regarding league implementation.

Therefore, for the 2015-2016 FTC season we in North Texas we will be using a blended format of both qualifiers and leagues.  As the default, we will be continuing to implement FTC with first level qualifier tournaments that will have space for all teams to compete in.  The Southwest Regional Championship at UT Arlington is scheduled for February 20, 2016.  The qualifier tournaments are expected to be held in December and January.  Dates and details will be given as they become available.  Teams that compete in qualifiers will advance from a qualifier tournament to the Southwest Regional Championship.


Apply for a FIRST in Texas grant by Sep 15

firstintexasAre you looking for funding for your team?  If you have a FIRST team in Texas, you should definitely apply for a grant from FIRST in Texas.

FIRST in Texas is a foundation that channels grant funding from organizations to FIRST teams in Texas.  The grants can often be in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.  The application process is quite simple — it’s an online form.  Teams in all FIRST programs (FRC, FTC, FLL, and JrFLL) should apply.

Apply by September 15 to be included in the first round of evaluations.

FIRST Tech Challenge

On this page we keep links and references to various North Texas FIRST Tech Challenge competition resources, to make them easy for us and others to locate quickly later.  Where possible we try to link directly to official pages and notifications; but we’re definitely not the official source for any of this.  If in doubt — double check the official sources!

Feel free to suggest additional links or resources that should appear here, or to let us know of errors or things that shouldn’t be here.

Join the NorthTexasFTC Google Group to receive announcements of upcoming events and to network with other coaches and teams!

The FTC hardware, tools, and tips page contains suggestions for things to have beyond the basic FTC robotics kits.

Upcoming FTC Events

Previous FTC Events – Ultimate Goal Season

Sep 12, 2020 (1:00p-2:30p): FTC 2020 Season Kickoff and Game Review

Previous FTC Events – Skystone Season

Sep 11, 2019 (5:00p-8:00p): STEMPump Java+FTC bootcamp
Dec 4, 2019 (5:00p-8:00p): STEMPump FTC+ Java Bootcamp, Flower Mound
Jan 4, 2020: La Joya League Meet #3

Previous FTC Events – Rover Ruckus Season

Aug 18, 2018 (9:00a-4:00p): FTC Clinic: Introduction to Fusion 360, Plano
Sep 3, 2018 (9:00a-4:00p): 2018 FLYSET FTC Workshop, Plano
Sep 28, 2018 (11:00a): FTC Qualifier pre-registration opens
Mar 2, 2019 (9:00a-3:00p): The Mound Showdown, Flower Mound

Previous FTC Events – Relic Recovery Season

Aug 26, 2017 (9:00a-5:00p): 2017 FLYSET FTC Workshop
Oct 21, 2017 (10:00a-2:00p): FTC Clinic – Logistics (UME Prep), Dallas
May 12, 2018 (8:00a-5:00p): 2018 TAPPS Robotics State Championship, Waco
May 20, 2018 (2:30p-4:30p): FLYSET 4th Annual Youth Robotics Fair, Plano

Event results (via the Orange Alliance):

Previous FTC Events – Velocity Vortex Season

Aug 27, 2016 (8:00a-4:00p): PTC+FIRST Workshop for FTC Teams, Plano
Nov 19, 2016 (8:00a-5:00p): FTC Scrimmage at Hedrick Middle School
Feb 25, 2017 (8:00a-5:00p): North Texas FTC Regional Championship, Allen
May 13, 2017 (10:00a-4:00p): DPRG 22nd Roborama Competition, Carrollton

Previous FTC Events – Res-Q Season

Sep 12, 2015 (11:00a): FTC 2015 Game Reveal (online)
Sep 19, 2015 (9:00a-12:00p): FTC 2015 Season Kickoff, Dallas
Oct 10, 2015 (10:00a-2:00p): CTC Robotics Kickoff (CANCELLED), Killeen
Dec 5, 2015 (10:00a-2:00p): FTC Scrimmage, CTC
Dec 11, 2015 (6:00p-9:00p): FTC scrimmage at Greenhill School, Addison
Jan 16, 2016 (7:30a-6:00p): FTC Regional Qualifier, Wylie East HS, Wylie

Previous FTC Events – Cascade Effect Season