Volunteers wanted for FTC 2020 revents
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. Descriptions of each of these roles is given below.
Because of public health guidance, many of the 2020-2021 season events will be conducted remotely, meaning we primarily need judges for our events. Judging will take place the morning of each event via online Zoom interviews, followed by deliberations with a Judge Advisor to determine event award winners.
To volunteer at a North Texas FTC event,
- Create a FIRST account
- Apply to one of the events below, or search for an event via the Volunteer Dashboard
- For more information, see the volunteer registration guide
For convenience, you can directly apply to a North Texas event by clicking one of the links below:
Volunteer role descriptions (to be updated for 2020):
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.
Referees observe team matches, identifies rule violations, and “call” 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.
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.
There are many more roles available, including Announcers, Queuers, Runners, Registration / Checkin, Hospitality, and more.