Game Announcer Feb. 2 2017| 7.2 MB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Training, Volunteer

The FIRST Robotics Competition volunteer role of Game Announcer works as part of a team with the Master of Ceremonies to energize the teams and spectators, generate and maintain interest, enthusiasm, and excitement throughout the matches. Announce play-by-play commentary for each match. Play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play, and maintaining the pace of the event. Key volunteer position, significantly impacts the success of the event.

Position Overview

  • High profile position, audible presence at competition
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Community exposure
  • Opportunity to utilize and further develop public speaking skills


  • Attend Volunteer Meeting
  • Participate in training opportunities offered by FIRST
  • Seek and announce unique information specific to individual teams
  • Day One and Day Two of Competition - Consult with Master of Ceremonies
  • Practice Day - observe practice matches and become familiar with the game and teams. No Announcing.

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience strongly preferred
  • Public speaking experience highly preferred; TV/radio/acting experience ideal
  • Comfortable using a microphone and addressing a large crowd; vocally energetic
  • Observant, creative, focused, quick thinking, stamina
  • Ability to develop commentary as matches occur
  • Ability to collaborate with others

Time Commitment

  • Commitment:     Participation in pre-event training offered by FIRST
  • Approximate times:
Day Times
Practice Day (the day before the competition) 12:00pm - End of Day
Day One of Competition 8:00am - End of Day
Day Two of the Competition 8:00am - End of Day

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 start of every shift in order to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.


Provided by FIRST headquarters prior to the start of competition season. May include: live and/or recorded web conferences, teleconference(s), manual and other support materials, email communications, and one-on-one support. First-year volunteer may serve in an apprentice role, working with a veteran Game Announcer.

Game Announcer Trainer: Blair Hundertmark

FIRST Robotics Competition Game Announcer/ Emcee Conference Call Schedule

2017 Season

*Weekly Calls are on Tuesdays from 7pm ET – 8pm ET

*All calls are recorded and the recording is posted into the account the following business day.

How to Call in:

  • Dial toll-free number:
    • U.S. and Canada: 1-866-951-1151
    • Australia: 1 800 062 564
    • China: 4008 811076
    • Israel: 1 809 457 832
    • Mexico: 01 800 925 0370
  • Conference Room: 4454892
  • Command: *2 = Mute/Unmute your own line
  • Pre-Season Calls:
    • Monday - February 20, 2017 (Emcees Only) - 7pm– 8pm ET
    • Tuesday – February 21, 2017 (Game Announcers Only) 7pm– 8pm ET
  • Weekly calls (All Emcees / Game Announcers Welcome):
    • Tuesday - March 14, 2017 - 7pm– 8pm ET
    • Tuesday - March 21, 2017 - 7pm – 8pm ET
    • Tuesday - March 28, 2017 - 7pm– 8pm ET

Training Materials:

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Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Direct supervision: Event Manager and Volunteer Coordinator