Emcee May. 10 2024| 0 KB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition, Volunteer
Program: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Events, Training, Volunteer

The Emcee for FIRST Robotics Competition is a key volunteer role. The Emcee is the individual primarily responsible for setting the tone of the competition. They create and sustain an exciting, fun atmosphere throughout the event. The Emcee ensures the smooth flow of match play, maintains the pace of the event, and can significantly impact the quality of the competition.


  • Responsible for setting the tone of the competition
  • Works as a team with the Game Announcer to produce a well-organized, thrilling event
  • Ensures the smooth flow of match play, and maintains the pace of the event
  • Work closely with the FTA to maintain schedule and flow of the event
  • Participate in pre-event training
  • High profile position, audible and visible presence at competition
  • Sets the pace of the event; impact overall quality of event
  • Cultivate support for FIRST programs
  • Attend the daily morning meetings if directed by the Event Manager

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience strongly preferred, but not required
  • Must be post-high school or equivalent
  • Minimum age: 18
    • Exceptions may be granted by event Volunteer Coordinators after review and approval by the local Program Delivery Partner
  • Prior experience as an emcee for a FIRST program(s) is helpful
  • Comfortable using a microphone and addressing a large crowd; vocally energetic
  • Outgoing personality; high energy; sense of humor, creative, observant, mature
  • Public speaking experience highly preferred; TV/radio/acting experience ideal
  • Requires thorough knowledge or ability to learn game and match process
  • Self-directed individual
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Collaborates & takes direction well
  • Physically active role; Ability to move about the field and stand for long periods of time


Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Pre-event training calls
  • Practice Day (if applicable) - observe practice matches and become familiar with the game and teams.
  • Minimum 2 full day commitment 

Note: Event schedules vary. Please check the event schedule and talk to your Volunteer Coordinator for detailed information on when you are expected to arrive. Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to the start of every shift to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.


Provided by FIRST HQ prior to the start of competition season. May include: conference calls, supporting materials, email communications, and one-on-one support. 

Emcee Trainer: Blair Hundertmark

Emcee & Game Announcer Training Materials

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

  • On-Site Support: Event Manager and Volunteer Coordinator


* Must read and comply with the Volunteer Handbook.