FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Welcome to the FIRST Robotics Competition Blog

Your source of season information for the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Award Submission Due Dates – Plan for Success!

Dec 09, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Keep up to date on all the Awards Deadlines and Information! It's never too early to start planning for the Submitted Awards!

FIRST Choice Round 1: Slight Delay & a Tweak

Dec 08, 2016 Written by the FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts Team.

Important information about the release of FIRST Choice Round 1 results, plus a small change in one of the items.

Judged Awards in 2017

Dec 02, 2016 Written by Cindy Stong and Allen Bancroft, FIRST Robotics Competition Chief Judge Advisors.

Exciting news about Awards this season! All judged team awards wil lbe given out Day 2, plus teams are strongly encouraged to bring one adult observer into the the interview room for the Chairman's Award interview!

Documentation: Reboot

Dec 01, 2016 Written by Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts Manager, on behalf of a cross-functional team.

Exciting news about the documentation changes for FIRST Robotics Competition teams! Be sure to check out how the Admin Manual and Game Manual are changing!

Diversity and Inclusion Training, STIMS, and the FIRST Youth Protection Program for Volunteers

Nov 29, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Don't miss our new Diversity and Inclusion Training Video Segments, Invisible Inequity, on the Schoology platform! Plus, we have made some awesome changes to STIMS and don't forget, it's time to volunteer for events!

Help Your Neighbors and Downloadable Content Pack 3

Nov 22, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Have you ever thought about reaching out to your neighboring FIRST Robotics Competition teams to give a little encouragement? Now is the time! Reach out to your neighbors! Lend a hand! Also, we are still looking for DLC Pack 3 Content! Submit yours today!

Team Banners, History Patches, and Achievement Streamers for 2017

Nov 21, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Exciting news about the return of Team Banners! Plus an update about the History Patches and Achievement Streamers from 2016. 

FIRST Choice 2017

Nov 18, 2016 Written by Kate Pilotte, FIRST Robotics Competition's Kit of Parts Manager.

Detailed information about the 2017 FIRST Choice Program! FIRST Choice will open Monday, November 21 at Noon Eastern for Round 1. Read carefully below to understand how to find passwords, see the detailed schedule, and understand what teams will have access. Updated: 11/21 to correct description about which mentors have visibility to a team’s voucher/FIRST Choice information.

Important Deadline Changes

Nov 17, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.


To give both FRC teams and FIRST HQ more time to take care of several important tasks, we are going to be extending upcoming deadlines as shown below.

Kit and Kickoff Registration Reminder

Nov 16, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Don't forget to sign up for your Kit & Kickoff location! It's the only the way to make sure your Kickoff Kit is waiting for you at the appropriate place on Kickoff!