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Initial Event Registration Update

Sep 23, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Initial Event Registration has been postponed to the week of October 3.

The Great Registration System Crash of 2016

Sep 22, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick

I am so sorry for the trouble we experienced with initial event registration today. We at FIRST HQ really do understand the investment of resources teams make to participate in our programs, and teams have the right to expect that we will be holding up our end of the deal by making things happen like we say we will. We failed to do that in this instance, and once again, I apologize.

Initial Event Registration and Teaser Sharing

Sep 21, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Reminder about Initial Event Registration on Thursday, September 22, 2017 at Noon Eastern. Plus, share the FRC Teaser!

IMPORTANT Registration News and Much More

Sep 20, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Exciting Registration News, including step-by-step instructions to registering and how to know if your Team is ready! Plus a reminder about the Stop Build Day Survey and Beta Testing. AND it is Teaser Day! Join us tonight at 7pm!

Week 7 Events and FIRST Championship Attendance

Sep 20, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Information about attending Week 7 events and the 2017 Houston Championship.

Hype Overload!

Sep 16, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

Get ready for the Teaser Release on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7pm Eastern!

Prepare for First Event Registration and Sign Up to Beta Test!

Sep 14, 2016 Written by FIRST Robotics Competition Staff.

Check the link below for directions on how to make sure your Team is ready for First Event Registration. Plus, we are looking for Beta Testing Teams!

The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Teaser, DLC Pack 1, and Teaser Aftershow

Sep 12, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Teaser will be released on Tuesday, September 20 at 7pm Eastern on the FIRST Facebook page. Downloaded Content Pack 1 will also be available at that time. Join GameSense on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:30pm Eastern for the Teaser Aftershow.

Stop Build Day Survey Clarification and Return of an Award

Sep 07, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.

No significant changes will be made to the Stop Build Day system for 2017. We welcome the return of the Digital Animation Award sponsored by Automation Direct in 2017!

Stop Build Day Survey

Sep 06, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.


Today we’re releasing a very important survey to the community about Stop Build Day. There has been much discussion recently in our community and within FIRST HQ about this topic, and we want to hear from folks in a more systematic way. An email blast is going out to all FRC teams today encouraging them to respond. We really want to hear from as many folks as possible!