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Hello Rookie Teams:  
Regional and District events start next week! Are you ready for competition? 
What to do before you leave for your first event: 
  • Ensure you have parent permission for students to travel, a list of emergency contact numbers and information on any and all student medical needs. Carry this information with you to the event. 
  • Print out the event’s agenda by visiting our Events and Teams in My Area page and clicking on the event’s name. 
  • Hold an event planning meeting with your team. Discuss:  
    • Schedule – see event agenda above 
    • Dress code - all participants should wear closed toed shoes and bring safety glasses 
    • Event behavior - no running, no loud music in the Pits, practice safe lifting techniques 
    • Team protocol - How will you know where your students are at all times? What should students do if there is an issue? Where will you gather for meals?  
  • Read the Rules and Expectations for FIRST® Robotics Competition Events page. 
  • Plan for team identity. Will everyone wear the same shirts, hats or badges?  - This last item is nice to do, but not required.  
What to bring with you to your first event:  
  • Print out your team roster from your registration account and gather paper copies of Consent and Release forms for any team members who did not complete the Consent and Release form online. More information, including a step by step guide for parents, can be found here. 
  • Locate your robot lockup form, extra bags, and spare tags (you should be prepared to bag your robot at the end of the event). 
  • Find everything you withheld when you bagged and tagged your robot. 
  • Gather tools, gloves and materials for robot repair. 
  • Pack safety glasses for everyone traveling with you to the event. Your team will spend most of their time in the Pit, and no one may enter the Pits without safety glasses. Bring extras for team member’s families and special guests.
What to do first at your first event:  
  • When the Pits open, immediately send a mentor to Pit Administration to:
    • Check in 
    • Turn in your team roster and any paper Consent and Release forms 
    • Pick up your registration packet 
  • Find the official in charge of checking the robot isolation bag and have him/her check your robot and paperwork BEFORE you open the bag. 
  • Get your robot inspected. 
  • Setup your Pit Space. 
  • Introduce yourselves to the teams in Pits nearby. These are people who know just what you’ve been going through during build season and who can help you survive your first competition. 
  • Listen closely to all announcements made over the loud speakers in the pit area.  
  • Talk to everyone you can. FIRST Robotics Competition events are filled with knowledgeable people who are willing and able to help your team. This is a great time to make connections with people who can help you right now and in years to come. 
Good luck, have fun and watch for the final rookie alert in mid-April at the end of the regular competition season! 
We’re here to help: 
If you have any questions, please contact Team Support at or 1-800-871-8326, “0” – we are eager to help you during this rookie season! 
Did you find this rookie alert helpful? 
You can find additional season information on the FIRST® POWER UPSM Game & Season Materials page. 

Go Teams!

FIRST® Robotics Competition Team Support

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