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Team Avatars Return for 2022

Jan 12, 2022 Written by Matt Pilotte, Senior Manager, Electrical Engineering




For the 2022 FIRST Robotics Competition season, teams will once again be able to submit a Team Avatar to represent them on the RAPID REACT Audience Displays and their team pages. In RAPID REACT, the Avatar will be displayed alongside other team identifying information to represent them in the Alliance (alongside the team’s number and nickname).

The Team Avatar is completely optional. There is no element of RAPID REACT you won’t be able to play if you don’t create a Team Avatar. Avatars submitted and used during the 2020 season have been migrated to this upcoming season; there is no need to resubmit or choose new Team Avatars for the 2022 FIRST Robotics Competition season unless your team wishes to change your avatar. Team Avatars submitted and approved will be used consistently throughout the event. Teams who do not create and submit a Team Avatar will be assigned an avatar of the FIRST logo each match.

Full 2022 Team Avatar specs are provided here, and for further inspiration, here’s a great list of Avatars submitted for the 2019 season provided by The Blue Alliance. It’s important to note that unlike your team’s nickname, teams are not allowed unlimited changes to their Team Avatar. Each time a Team Avatar is submitted, it will be reviewed by a staff member – because of this, teams are only allowed one (1) submission plus one (1) update. Design a Team Avatar that you will be proud of for the entire season!

The Team Avatar Submission Portal is NOW OPEN! Through this submission system teams can submit new Team Avatars for consideration, view or delete existing Team Avatars, or review the status of a pending Team Avatar. Team Avatars will be accepted through March 30, 2022.

It's important to note that the Team Avatar submission system is not managed through the Team Dashboard. Because of this, for privacy reasons, the Team Avatar submission system does not have the capability of emailing teams to notify them of status changes to their Team Avatars. The Team Avatar submitters need to check back on the status of their Team Avatar  – it may take up to five (5) days to review a Team Avatar, but typically this is done well within 24-48 hours.

To successfully submit a Team Avatar, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Avatar page
  2. Enter your team number and Avatar Key Access Code (lead coach/mentors 1 or 2 retrieve the code from the Dashboard - go to the `Team Options' section, click on `Payment & Product,' click on `Passwords/Voucher Codes,' and you will find the 10-character code under “FIRST/Avatar Key.”)
  3. Click the box to agree to the terms
  4. Click Continue.
  5. Upload the Avatar you want to submit (make sure it’s compliant with the specifications).
  6. Check back to see the status of your submission.

Once a Team Avatar is accepted, the pending status will be updated within the Team Avatar submission system, and the Team Avatar will appear on the team's 2022 team page.

If a Team Avatar is rejected for any reason, the system will be updated, and a message will indicate why it was rejected and what steps need to be taken to resolve the issues. Please remember, Team Avatars can be rejected for a number of reasons – if you need to contact FIRST to provide documentation or have issues with submitting your Team Avatar, please contact us at and provide your team number and a brief description of the issue.

We can’t wait to see your Team Avatars! Have a GREAT season!

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