FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff

Founder's Reception

Friday, January 3, 2020 | 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET

Founder's Reception - This event is by invitation only. More information coming soon!


Saturday, January 4, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

Kickoff Broadcast begins with the preshow at 10:00 am ET with the official show beginning at 10:30 am ET.

Kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season. Teams have the opportunity to meet at "local" Kickoffs to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kickoff Kit from the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season. Check back to see the most up-to-date information!

Team Specific

Prior to Kickoff, teams must sign up to receive their Kickoff Kit either at a local Kickoff or to have their Kickoff Kit shipped to them. Teams who choose to have their Kickoff Kits shipped to them must pay for all shipping costs and associated transportation costs (duties, fees, taxes, etc). Teams MUST pay the shipping fee prior to the Kickoff Kit being shipped to them, and there is no guaranteed delivery date.

Kit and Kickoff Registration opens Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 12 PM (Noon) ET and closes Monday, November 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Noon) ET.

Every FIRST Robotics Competition team must select either:

  • A Local Kickoff location to pick up their Kickoff Kit and enter number of attendees for the Kickoff broadcast, OR
  • "Ship" my Kickoff Kit and pay shipping fees (also known as: MySite). Note: Teams that choose this option will receive their kits some time after Kickoff. There is no guaranteed delivery date. Teams must pay all shipping fees prior to the Kit being shipped.

Teams with questions are encouraged to contact