Hi Friend,

Important! Second Event Preferences: Second Event Preferences will open today Thursday, October 10, 2019, at noon ET and will close Thursday, October 17, 2019, at noon ET. Still have questions on event preferences? Reference the user guide, check the FAQ, or send us an email to firstroboticscompetition@firstinspires.org.

Kit & Kickoff selections: Kit and Kickoff registration opens today Thursday, October 10, 2019, at noon ET. To select a Kickoff, under the Team Events section the lead coach/mentor 1 or 2 will select “Event Options,” then “Kit & Kickoff.” Please note the following before making your selections: 

  1. Picking up your Kickoff Kit at a Local Kickoff will save your team shipping costs;
  2. If your team chooses not to attend any Local Kickoff, the Kickoff Kit will be shipped to your designated contact, and your team will be responsible for the shipping costs. Teams that choose to have their Kickoff Kit shipped can expect to receive it sometime during the week after Kickoff.  International teams should be aware that delivery date will depend on customs clearance;
  3. Your team may attend more than one Kickoff. For example, you can send members to the Kickoff in Manchester, NH, while others can attend a Local Kickoff in your area. However, you must indicate only one Kickoff for Kickoff Kit pickup;
  4. Please note that to receive your Kickoff Kit, either at your Kickoff location or by having it shipped to you, you must have paid your registration fee and any associated shipping fees. 

All teams must complete their Kickoff selections for the 2020 season prior to Monday, November 18, 2019, at noon ET.  Questions about Kickoff? Please contact frckickoff@firstinspires.org for assistance. 

Start Looking for Event Housing: As you prepare for the season ahead and select your events, start the search for FIRST hotel blocks. Housing is now available for the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition season. Find your event on the new housing and travel webpage and find a hotel that’s right for you and your team.

Q&A Closing Friday, October 11: The official Q&A will close on Friday, October 11 at Noon ET barring any questions that would result in another Team Update. If you have questions regarding the Stop Build Day Rules, please get them in today! Questions? Email us at firstroboticscompetition@firstinspires.org.

NEXT WEEK! Join FIRST on a virtual tour of an Amazon fulfillment center (Oct. 17, 7 p.m. ET) Don't miss this behind-the-scenes look at innovation and robotics in action, including awesome GIVEAWAYS via Twitch chat! Get a sneak peek before you tune in: "5 Things You Didn’t Know about an Amazon Warehouse". Let us know you’re joining (and get a reminder) by RSVPing to our Twitch or Facebook event.

As always, we are here to help. Please contact our Customer Support Team with any questions.
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