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Remote Judging Update

Jan 25, 2022 Written by Fiona Hanlon, FIRST Robotics Competition Team Engagement Specialist




Back in November, we released a blog that shared that Single-Day Events are judged remotely. At the time, the plan was that traditional events would conduct judging in-person (although events could choose to do Dean’s List remotely). When this decision was made, we were hopeful that the COVID situation would improve in time for events. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and we think it’s important to allow flexibility with respect to judging.   

So, each event may now opt to host their interviews remotely instead of having interviews occur at the event. If an event chooses to change their judging to remote, all aspects of judging will be remote (including Chairman’s and Dean’s List interviews). Because the COVID scenario varies by region, this decision for each event is determined by the Program Delivery Partner. FIRST is committed to maintaining an updated list of events that have opted for remote judging and notifying teams of those changes via Team Updates and Team Blasts. A team that attends an event hosting remote interviews can reference these guidelines

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide you the best and safest event experience that we can. We are so excited for events to begin, and we will continue to provide updates via the FIRST Robotics Competition blogTeam Blasts, social media (Facebook and Twitter), and Team Updates. As always, if a team has any concerns or questions, please contact Team Support at or me directly via  

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