FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


So Many Things...

Nov 16, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Edit: 11/17/17 to correct language about criteria for seeing FIRST Choice login credentials. Additional details and reminders about Registration Payments, Kit of Parts, Event Housing, the Safety Animation Award, and Team Standards and Banners.

PreKickoff Kit of Parts Information

Nov 15, 2017 Written by Kate Pilotte, Kit of Parts Manager (but really the product of work by the whole Kit of Parts Team).

Details about the new Kit Of Parts page, FIRST Choice, and the Pre-kickoff Release of the Virtual Kit.

Something New – Team Avatars

Nov 09, 2017 Written by Danny Diaz, FIRST Robotics Competition Systems Engineer.

Avatars have been used in arcade video games since the early-mid 1970’s, and have become a way to represent and identify players and personalities. 

Award Portals & Some Tips

Nov 09, 2017 Written by Allen Bancroft & Cindy Stong, Co-Chief Judge Advisors

It’s everyone’s favorite time of the year – Today at Noon, the Chairman’s, Dean’s List, and Entrepreneurship portals were opened!

International Game Pieces and Kit and Kickoff Registration

Nov 07, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.


International Game Pieces

As we said in this blog, teams outside the United States have the option of receiving an extra set of game pieces in their Kickoff kits in exchange for 20% of their FIRST Choice credits. This option closes this Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Noon Eastern Time. See the blog for more details. If you want to exercise this option, please be sure to do so by the deadline!


Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct

Nov 06, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

The details about the 2018 Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct are here!

More Info on Registrations Opening and Behind the Lines!

Nov 01, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

More information about the three registrations opening Thursday, including important clarification about open events and waitlists. Plus, Behind the Lines Episode 3 is on tonight!

Registrations Opening Thursday!

Oct 30, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Reminder that three more Event Registrations are opening on Thursday, November 2, at Noon Eastern!

2018 Beta Teams, Brushless Motors, and More!

Oct 27, 2017 Written by Jonathan Bryant, Kit of Parts Engineer, and Kevin O'Connor, Robotics Engineer.

Congratulations to the 2018 Beta Teams! We are also excited to announce a new legal motor for the 2018 season, and get ready to receive messages from the Field Management System!

DLC Pack #2 and International Game Piece Option

Oct 26, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

DLC Pack #2 is now available. Plus International Game Piece Opt In is now open!