Judge Advisor May. 10 2024| 0 KB

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

The Judge Advisor for FIRST Robotics Competition is a key volunteer position. They are responsible for training the Judge Panel pre-event and leading the Judge Panel on-site. Judge Advisors do not participate in selecting awards but rather facilitate that process. This position requires a high level of organization and interpersonal skills, and can affect the quality of the event.

The Judge Advisor is submitted by the Planning Committee via the Program Delivery Partner. Once submitted, the individual must be approved through FIRST HQ and the Chief Judge Advisors. Once approved the candidate will be contacted and assigned by FIRST HQ.

*Must sign a Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement prior to start of service.


  • Complete FIRST’s Data Privacy and Protection training
  • Participate in all required Judge Advisor training provided by FIRST HQ and the Chief Judge Advisors, including conference calls and webinars and reading the Judge manual and other materials yearly
  • Training the Judge Panel pre-event & Leading the Judge Panel on-site
  • Facilitating award decisions & clarifying award guidelines and ensuring the overall consistency of the awards process in accordance with FIRST policy and guidelines
  • Opportunity to contribute to the successful execution of the competition
  • Opportunity to cultivate support for FIRST programs
  • Must communicate with their group of Judges prior to their event. This may include email or phone communication starting at least one month before and leading up to the event.
  • Work with the Volunteer Coordinator and assist as needed
  • Judge Advisors may be asked to recruit, or help recruit Judges. Judge Advisors should work with their Planning Committee and Volunteer Coordinator to understand who will be doing the Judge recruiting.
  • Submit Judge Evaluations to FIRST HQ post-event
  • Must understand and advise judges regarding any relationships with FRC teams at the event
  • Must pass the JA Certification prior to the start of events
  • Attend the daily morning meeting if directed by the Event Manager

Experience and Skills Needed

  • Minimum of 3 years as a Judge at an FRC event (Exceptions may be granted by FIRST HQ)
  • Minimum age: 23
    • Exceptions may be granted by FIRST HQ
  • Understand the FIRST mission
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills required
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Pre-Event Communication
    • November - December: Review training materials and help recruit judges (approx. 5-10 hours)
    • January - April: Review training materials, Complete JA certification, Recruit judges, Prepare materials for the event (approx. 15 hours)
  • During Event Communication
    • Minimum 2 full day commitment at event

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.


Pre-event training by Chief Judge Advisors and FIRST HQ. Pre-event certification provided by FIRST HQ prior to start of competition season. Judge Advisors are responsible for reviewing materials, slack messages and email blasts beginning in January.

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Judge Advisors work in partnership with FIRST staff and Program Delivery Partners (PDPs) to deliver a high-quality event experience to teams. JAs collaborate closely with event staff, the Volunteer Coordinator (VC), FIRST staff, and PDPs to ensure a successful event. JAs may also consult with the Co-Chief JAs or FIRST staff on aspects related to their role responsibilities.


* Must read and comply with the Volunteer Handbook