FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Week Zero

Feb 16, 2018 Written by Frank Merrick.




Wow, the worldwide, simultaneous Stop Build Day (Check R16 in the manual!) is right around the corner!

And you may know what that means. This weekend, some teams will be getting together for unofficial scrimmage play with their (Mostly? Partly? Kinda?) built robots.

The official Week Zero event, with an official field and electronics and being supported by FIRST staff, is taking place in Bedford, New Hampshire, USA. It’s being hosted by FIRST Robotics Competition Team 509, Red Storm, in Bedford High School. Thanks, Red Storm! Currently 32 teams are registered for the event.


Rough (very rough) schedule is below. All times are Eastern.

7:30 – 8:30 AM Load-In

8:30 – 8:45 AM Opening Ceremonies

8:45 – 11:30 AM Qualifying Matches

11:30 Alliance Selection

11:45 – 12:15 PM Lunch

12:15 – 3:30 PM Playoff Matches

3:30 PM Closing Ceremonies

4:00 PM Load-Out


If things go as planned, we will be webcasting this event. The single view will be hosted on and the quad view will be hosted on Be sure to check it out if you have a few minutes!

I personally can’t wait to see FIRST POWER UP played for the first time! So many ways this game could’s exciting!


Oh, and one more quick note. If you are hosting your own Week Zero event with the wood field elements, please remember to include the outriggers on the scale, as shown below in red. Those outriggers can be tempting to remove to help make transportation easier, and that’s fine, just please remember to put them back on when the scale goes on the field! Teams will not be happy if the scale tips over on their robots at a Week Zero event.

Team Built Scale with Outriggers highlighted FIRST Robotics Competition

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I thought this phrase had changed a few years ago.

Thanks for pointing that out! I will change the language in the blog. Thanks!

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