FRC Blog

Festival of Champions and Encrypted Game Manual

Jan 04, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

Exciting news about the Festival of Champions! Plus the 2017 encrypted Game & Season Manual is here!

2017 Kit of Parts

Jan 04, 2017 Written by Jonathan Bryant, FIRST Robotics Competition Kit of Parts Engineer

Preliminary information about the 2017 Kit of Parts is here!


Jan 03, 2017 Written by Frank Merrick.

All the information you need to be ready for the Kickoff Broadcast on Saturday is here! Website Being Decommissioned

Dec 23, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

As of January 31, 2017, the website will be decommissioned. Read below for more information!

This Isn't A Robot, Housing, and Throwing Things

Dec 22, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Check out this great new video! Also, some important clarifications about FIRST Championship Housing and a rule update about throwing things from the stands!

2017 Early Release Vouchers and Software

Dec 20, 2016 Written by Jamee Luce, FIRST Robotics Competition Team Advocate


It’s the time of year again! One way to get excited about the upcoming season is to start utilizing all the tools available to teams. Virtual items are included as part of the Kit of Parts system and are available to all secured 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition teams. They consist of software licenses/downloads and Product Donation Vouchers (aka “PDVs” or “vouchers”) and will be posted to the Virtual Kit of Parts site today, December 20, 2016 at 3PM Eastern.

2017 Motor (and Servo?) Controllers and MXP

Dec 16, 2016 Written by Kevin O'Connor, FIRST Robotics Competition Robotics Engineer.

Detailed information about legal actuator controllers and MXP boards for the 2017 season.

Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack 3 and Buttons

Dec 15, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack 3 is released tonight at 7PM Eastern! Plus, 2017 buttons!

FIRST Championship District Allocations

Dec 14, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.


On Saturday, we took a snapshot of ‘secured’ teams from the Districts and FIRST Robotics Competition overall. Teams are ‘secured’ if they have either paid their registration fee or have provided us with a purchase order or letter of commitment from a grantor or sponsor formally committing to payment.

FIRST Championship Housing Registration

Dec 12, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

It's time to start thinking about Housing Registration for the 2017 FIRST Championship! All the information you need is here!