Master of Ceremonies (Emcee) Mar. 8 2017| 7.2 MB

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

The Master of Ceremonies (aka MC or Emcee) is the individual primarily responsible for setting the tone of the competition. He/she creates and sustains an exciting and fun atmosphere throughout the event; embodies the spirit of FIRST and is the consummate FIRST ambassador. The MC works as a team with the Game Announcer to produce a well-organized, thrilling event. The MC ensures the smooth flow of match play, and maintains the pace of the event. This is a Key Volunteer position that significantly impacts the quality of the competition.

Position Overview

  • Opportunity to contribute to the successful execution of the competition; impact the quality of the event
  • Community exposure
  • High profile position, audible and visible presence at competition
  • Opportunity to set the pace of the event; impact overall quality of event
  • Opportunity to utilize and further develop public speaking skills
  • Physically active role
  • Positioned near the playing field, fast-paced action, ability to observe matches
  • Pre-Event time commitment
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Opportunity to cultivate support for FIRST programs


  • Responsible for setting the tone of the competition
  • Works as a team with the Game Announcer to produce a well-organized, thrilling event
  • Ensures the smooth flow of match play, and maintains the pace of the event
  • Participate in pre-event training

Experience and Skills Needed

  • First-year volunteer may serve in an apprentice role, working with a veteran MC
  • FIRST experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to "take charge"
  • Comfortable using a microphone and addressing a large crowd; vocally energetic
  • General knowledge of FIRST
  • Outgoing personality; high energy; sense of humor, creative, observant, mature
  • Public speaking experience highly preferred; TV/radio/acting experience ideal
  • Requires thorough knowledge of the game and match process
  • Self-directed individual
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Collaborates well
  • Takes direction well

Time Commitment

  • Commitment:    Minimum three days + Training
  • Approximate times:
Day Times
Practice Day (the day before the competition) 12pm - End of Day
Day One of the Competition 8am - End of Day
Day Two of the Competition 8am - 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 the Volunteer Registration table.


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