FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Reminders: Kit of Parts Opt-Out, Grants, Pool Noodles and More!

Oct 17, 2022 Written by Collin Fultz, FIRST Robotics Competition Senior Director



We’re counting the days until the 2023 FIRST® Robotics Competition Kickoff! You can either join us in-person in Manchester, NH, at one of our many local kickoffs, or tune in on Twitch on January 7, 2023 to see the release of CHARGED UPSM presented by Haas. To help teams prepare for that day, here are a few reminders:

Kit of Parts Opt-Out Options

Veteran teams can opt-out of receiving the Black Tote and/or the Kit of Parts drive base. These decisions are due by 12:00 PM (Noon) eastern time October 20, 2022.

New Team Grant

The 2023 FIRST Robotics Competition New Team Grant is still open and accepting applications. This grant is available to both Rookie and New Veteran teams. New this year, applications are being reviewed and grants awarded on a rolling basis. You can find more information on this grant and others on the team grants page. The New Team Grant application closes on October 31, 2022.

Pool Noodles

Pool noodles will once again be required for all robots as part of their bumpers.


Did you catch the CHARGED UP presented by Haas teaser? It’s already been viewed more than 18,000 times. (I think I’m only around 1000 of the views.) If that doesn’t get you excited for 2023, I don’t know what will!


We have some great free downloadable content available for you to use to drive excitement and awareness within your community! Visit the Season Content page  for customizable recruitment posters, social media graphics, wallpapers, and more.

Safety Animation Submissions

Teams can begin submitting their Safety Animation Award animations on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 12:00 PM, Noon ET. Submissions close Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 3:00 PM ET. Check out the details about the Safety Animation Award criteria on the FIRST Robotics Competition Safety page.

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Is it safe to assume that any pool noodles that were legal during the 2022 season will be legal for 2023?

That is correct! 

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