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Game Announcer Jul. 18 2017| 7.2 MB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Training, Volunteer
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The Game Announcer for FIRST Robotics Competition is a Key Volunteer position. They work as part of a team with the Master of Ceremonies to energize the teams and spectators to generate interest and enthusiasm throughout the matches. Game Announcers ensure the smooth flow of match play, maintain the pace of the event, and can significantly impact the quality of the competition.

Responsibilities

  • High profile position, audible presence at competition
  • Participate in training opportunities offered by FIRST
  • Announce play-by-play commentary for each match
  • Works as a team with the Master of Ceremonies to produce a well-organized, thrilling event
  • Work closely with the Head Referee and Scorekeeper in announcing scores and penalties
  • Seek and announce unique information specific to individual teams

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience strongly preferred
  • Must be post-high school or equivalent (minimum age of 19 at time of service)
  • 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, high-stamina
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Requires thorough knowledge of the game and match process
  • Ability to develop commentary as matches occur
  • Ability to collaborate with others

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Pre-event Training calls
  • Practice Day (if applicable) - observe practice matches and become familiar with the game and teams. No Announcing.
  • 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.

Training

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

Emcee and Game Announcer Training Materials

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Direct supervision: Event Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

 

* Must read and comply with the FIRST Code of Conduct