Master of Ceremonies (Emcee) Aug. 3 2021| 0 KB

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

The Master of Ceremonies (aka MC or Emcee) for FIRST Robotics Competition is a key volunteer role. The MC is the individual primarily responsible for setting the tone of the competition. They create and sustain an exciting, fun atmosphere throughout the event, embody the spirit of FIRST and are the consummate FIRST ambassador. The MC ensures the smooth flow of match play, maintains the pace of the event, and can significantly impact the quality of the competition.


  • 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
  • Work closely with the FTA to maintain schedule and flow of the event
  • Participate in pre-event training
  • High profile position, audible and visible presence at competition
  • Sets the pace of the event; impact overall quality of event
  • Cultivate support for FIRST programs
  • Required to attend daily morning meetings conducted by Event Manager/Coordinator

Experience and Skills Needed

  • First-year volunteer may serve in an apprentice role, working with a veteran MC
  • FIRST experience strongly preferred
  • Must be post-high school or equivalent (minimum age of 19 at time of service)
    • Exceptions may be granted by event Volunteer Coordinators after review and approval by FIRST HQ
  • 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 & takes direction well
  • Physically active role; Ability to move about the field and stand for long periods of time


Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Pre-event training calls
  • Minimum 2 full day commitment (Districts)
  • Minimum 3 full day commitment (Regionals)

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. First-year volunteer may serve in an apprentice role, working with a veteran Master of Ceremonies.

Emcee Trainer: Blair Hundertmark

Master of Ceremonies & Game Announcer Training Materials

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

  • On-Site Guidance: Event Manager and Volunteer Coordinator


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