FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Prep now so you're ready for Kickoff

Nov 18, 2019 Written by FIRST Staff.




Okay, event selection is over, you know what event(s) you’re attending for the 2020 season of INFINITE RECHARGESM. And with more than a month until Kickoff, now is the best time to start prepping and planning for your events so that after the game reveal, you can be all in on measuring, designing, building, pizza, and programming, and pizza… but definitely pizza!

If you’re traveling to an event in 2020, now is when you want to start searching for hotel blocks for you and your team. FIRST has created an all new housing and travel webpage so finding hotels is faster and easier.

Events call for long days of intense concentration, energy, heart-pounding thrills, problem-solving, and teamwork. Make sure you have a place to recharge so you have infinite energy on and off the field during your event (game hint? Maybe!). When your team books with FIRST:

FIRST Robotics Competition Housing Benefits

Start searching for event housing now!

Checking out our discounted hotel blocks now allows you to determine the best options for your team, fundraise if necessary, and get your first picks. Most hotel blocks for FIRST events close 2 – 3 weeks prior to the event, and blocks can fill quickly.

Start your search

Once you book your housing, check these other event prep items off your list while you wait for Kickoff on January 4.

  • Arrange human & robot transportation
  • Download the #FIRSTTravelBuddy
  • Prep your team spirit & promotion (t-shirts, signs, giveaways, cheers)
  • Prep your pit style (posters, decorations, banners, trophies)
  • Build a cart for your robot
  • Pack tools, extra parts, & supplies
  • Pack safety glasses and a First Aid Kit
  • Make a list of team contact info and emergency contacts
  • Plan snacks & drinks so the team is hydrated and energized
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Very few, if any of the teams in Michigan know what events they are going to. That's almost 600 teams still in the dark about when and where they will be competing.

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