Game Announcer May. 10 2024| 0 KB

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

The Game Announcer for FIRST Robotics Competition is a key volunteer position. They work as part of a team with the Emcee 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.


  • 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 Emcee 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, 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
  • 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 or ability to learn game and match process
  • Ability to produce real-time commentary during matches 
  • Ability to collaborate with others

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Pre-event Training calls
  • Practice Day (optional) - 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.


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

Game Announcer Trainer: Blair Hundertmark

Emcee and Game Announcer Training Materials

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

  • On-Site Support: Event Manager and Volunteer Coordinator


* Must read and comply with the Volunteer Handbook.