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Hello Friend,

Week one of the 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition competition season is here! As you make preparations for your event(s), we ask that you keep the following in mind:

    • Team rosters and consent and release forms: All teams must hand in their team roster and any paper-copy consent and release forms when checking-in at their event. Teams must turn in their roster and paper-copy consent and release forms at every competition event they attend. Even if none of your team members completed an electronic consent and release form, you must still print out your Team Roster from the Dashboard and handwrite the names of those who have completed paper-copies. 

    • Don’t forget your safety glasses!  As most of you know, everyone is required to wear safety glasses at all times in the Pit area.  When you are packing up to go to your event(s), please remember to pack safety glasses for every student and mentor who will be in the Pit area. FIRST has only a limited supply of extra safety glasses on hand to lend, so we appreciate your efforts to supply enough safety glasses for your entire team!
    • Please review the Safety ManualIt is important that teams obey all safety items, including wearing closed toe shoes, wearing gloves when necessary, and practicing safe lifting techniques.
    • Do not save seats. It is not fair to other teams or public guests.
    • Respect boundaries in the Pit area!  Please be respectful of fellow teams by being aware of how much space your team is using in the Pit area. Each team is usually allocated a 10’x10’x10’ Pit space.  Please be conscious of how much space your team is using in order to allow adequate workspace for your neighboring teams, and to ensure overall safety for everyone.  We appreciate your Gracious Professionalism®!
    • Review the Rules & Expectations for FIRST Robotics Competition Events page.
    • Extended Team Support Hours: Team Support will be available on Saturdays during competition event weeks from 12:00-5:00 P.M. Eastern Time. For assistance, please call 1-800-871-8326 x 0.

    • Championship Qualification: Please reference Section 10 of the Game & Season Manual for information about Championship qualifying criteria.

Updated Process! FIRST® Championship Registration Process: If a team qualifies at an event to attend the 2018 FIRST Championship, they will receive an email no later than the Monday following the conclusion of the event inviting them to register for the event through the Dashboard at

Once registered for the event, teams must secure payment for registration or prior to the deadline provided in the invitation email. Teams can submit payment for the event through the Dashboard or by contacting FIRST Finance directly. Visit our Pricing Structure and Payment Terms page to view payment options.

IMPORTANT If your team does not register by the invitation deadline, your invite will be revoked and your team will be ineligible to register for the 2018 FIRST Championship (Spots will not be held past the invitation deadline!). If your team qualifies at another event or is selected from the Championship wait list, you would be eligible to register for the Championship again under that qualification.

Robot Transportation to the FIRST Championship: All qualifying teams MUST ship their robot to the FIRST Championship event. FIRST will provide teams with their shipping documents following their qualifying event. Teams should make arrangements to ship their robot immediately after receiving their shipping documents.

DO NOT ship your robot to the Championship unless you qualify at your regional event! Only teams officially registered to attend the event will have their shipments home covered by the FedEx Donation.

Want more plays after completing your first event? Select events have space available! If you would like to participate in one of these events, please email Team Support (remember, though, Regional teams can’t participate in District events).

As always, we are here to help. Please contact our Customer Support Team with any questions, or if you need help, visit our "Contact Us" webpage:

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FIRST® Robotics Competition Team Support

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