Judge Feb. 10 2021| 0 KB

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

Judges for FIRST Robotics Competition select team award recipients through interaction with teams remotely and serve as role models for the students. For an overview of the judge role and options available see this flyer. For the 2021 Season, Judges can volunteer for one or more of the following components:

  • Game Design Challenge
  • FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm
  • Traditional Submitted Awards (Chairman’s Award and FIRST Dean’s List Award)

Apply in the Volunteer Dashboard!

  • Judges who are typically interested in technical aspects should apply for Game Design, INFINITE RECHARGE at Home, and/or Innovation Challenge remote events
  • Judges who are typically interested in non-technical aspects should apply for Game Design, Innovation Challenge, and/or Traditional Submitted Award remote events


  • Attend a virtual pre-event Judge Training (less than 2 hours)
  • Read the Judge Manual
  • Respond and comply to email requests from the Judge Advisor
  • Interview teams remotely
  • Participate on Judge Panel to decide team/student awards recipients and write award scripts
  • Judges with a conflict of interest must sign a Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement and send to your Judge Advisor

Experience and Skills Needed

  • FIRST experience not required
  • Must be post-high school or equivalent (minimum age of 19 at time of service) to judge the At Home Challenges
  • Must be at least 23 years old at time of service (exceptions can be granted) to judge Traditional Submitted Awards (Chairman's & Dean's List)
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Access to a computer with reliable internet is required; Webcams are preferred

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Pre-judging training (less than 2-hour of training video)
  • Judging will take place between March & April
  • ~ 8 hours of time commitment spread over several days

Note: The events listed in the volunteer dashboard have dates assigned but that does not mean the judging will take place on those dates. Judges will be notified of their assigned role and will be contacted by a Judge Advisor with details. The judging process will be coordinated by a Judge Advisor once all groups are assigned.  


Training is provided by FIRST HQ prior to judging. This training will take place via a webinar and will be recorded for those who cannot attend. Judges will be notified of dates once decided. The Judge Handbook will be emailed to Judges prior to fulfilling the role.

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

​Direct Supervision by the Judge Advisor, Support provided by FIRST HQ, if needed 

* Must read and comply with the FIRST Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities