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Hi Friend,
Deadline Approaching for Rookie Teams: FIRST® Robotics Competition Rookie Grants are still Available: Are you a rookie team? Are you helping one get started this season? Don’t forget about the Rookie Grant! The application deadline is November 1, 2018, so apply today! 
Safety Animation Award sponsored by UL: The 2019 Safety Animation Award theme has been announced, and the deadline for submission is Friday, December 6, 2018, at 3 P.M. ET. Details are listed on the Safety page.
Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct: The submission window is now open for the Digital Animation Award. Submissions are due by Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. ET.
We’ve made some Awards updates for the 2019 season. Make sure to read this recent blog post, 2019 Awards Update, for more information.


Season Calendar: Make sure your team is keeping up with the season calendar and noting the following important registration dates.
2019 FIRST® Championship Pre-Qualified Teams Registration will close on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) ET. You can view the Championship Eligibility Criteria here.
Unrestricted Regional Event Registration opens Thursday, November 1 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) ET.
Additional In-District Event Registration opens Thursday, November 1 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) ET.
2019 FIRST Championship Waitlist Registration for Veteran Teams opens Thursday, November 1 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) ET.
Additional Inter-District Event Registration opens Thursday, November 8 at 12:00 P.M. (noon) ET.
Are you a FIRST volunteer helping to fuel the mission of FIRST? Get your volunteer downloadable content (DLC) and digital swag! We are grateful for you and the time to give to FIRST. You help fuel the mission. We’ve created a DLC that contains some great digital swag as a way to say “thank you”. Post the digital graphics on your social platforms and grab a digital badge to proudly display on your digital profile. Get it here.
Please email Sonya at or Leah at with your questions or suggestions for future resources. 
Robot Transportation Exemption Requests: We are continuing the Robot Transportation Exemption program in 2019, which allows teams to request assistance in shipping their robots to Regional events (if transporting their robot to the event themselves would be a hardship). For information on the criteria, along with how to apply for a Robot Transportation Exemption, visit the Robot Transportation page.

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