FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Documentation: Reboot

Dec 01, 2016 Written by Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts Manager, on behalf of a cross-functional team.

Exciting news about the documentation changes for FIRST Robotics Competition teams! Be sure to check out how the Admin Manual and Game Manual are changing!

Diversity and Inclusion Training, STIMS, and the FIRST Youth Protection Program for Volunteers

Nov 29, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Don't miss our new Diversity and Inclusion Training Video Segments, Invisible Inequity, on the Schoology platform! Plus, we have made some awesome changes to STIMS and don't forget, it's time to volunteer for events!

Help Your Neighbors and Downloadable Content Pack 3

Nov 22, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Have you ever thought about reaching out to your neighboring FIRST Robotics Competition teams to give a little encouragement? Now is the time! Reach out to your neighbors! Lend a hand! Also, we are still looking for DLC Pack 3 Content! Submit yours today!

Team Banners, History Patches, and Achievement Streamers for 2017

Nov 21, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Exciting news about the return of Team Banners! Plus an update about the History Patches and Achievement Streamers from 2016. 

FIRST Choice 2017

Nov 18, 2016 Written by Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition's Kit of Parts Manager.

Detailed information about the 2017 FIRST Choice Program! FIRST Choice will open Monday, November 21 at Noon Eastern for Round 1. Read carefully below to understand how to find passwords, see the detailed schedule, and understand what teams will have access. Updated: 11/21 to correct description about which mentors have visibility to a team’s voucher/FIRST Choice information.

Important Deadline Changes

Nov 17, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.


To give both FRC teams and FIRST HQ more time to take care of several important tasks, we are going to be extending upcoming deadlines as shown below.

Kit and Kickoff Registration Reminder

Nov 16, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Don't forget to sign up for your Kit & Kickoff location! It's the only the way to make sure your Kickoff Kit is waiting for you at the appropriate place on Kickoff!

Grab Bag

Nov 14, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Don't miss the Fundraising Toolkit Video Series! Plus information about the Behind The Lines Episode on Wednesday, 11/16, at 8:00 PM Eastern. The 2017 FIRST Championship Eligibility Criteria has been posted, and the Media and Technology Innovation Award will NOT be available in 2017.

STIMS and Steampunk

Nov 07, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information about the STIMS (FIRST Team Management Information System) as well as a FUN show tonight at 8:30pm ET!

2017 International Game Piece Option

Nov 03, 2016 Written by Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager.

Are you a non-US team? This is your chance to opt in for an extra set of game elements in your Kickoff Kit in exchange for an inflated number of FIRST Choice credits! Opt in period is open from Tuesday, November 8 at Noon ET to Tuesday, November 15 at Noon ET.