Thursday, November 5, 2020

AZFTC "COVID Classic" Scrimmage & Season Schedule

1st Dean's List Deadline Approaching! 

It's hard to believe, but the first deadline to nominate your outstanding 10th and 11th grade students will be here soon! 

The deadline to nominate students is the 15th of the month prior to the competition that you'd like your nominees interviewed at 11:59 PM EST. So, for our season the schedule looks like this: 

  • November 15: Cactus Wren
  • December 15: Petrified Wood, Palo Verde
  • January 15: Turquoise, Saguaro Blossom, Copper, High Country
  • February 15: Desert Vista
Check out the Dean's List Nomination Guide for more details.

Arizona's "COVID Classic" Remote Scrimmage!

Are you ready to try out your robot? Are you ready to get your hands on the remote event hub? Can't wait to showcase your bot? Do you really just miss seeing other teams???? Then the "COVID Classic" Scrimmage is for you! 

Join us Saturday, November 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM! No matter what state your robot is in (from ready to go, to more of a hypothetical situation) join us and:

  • Enter scores using the remote hub from your dashboard
  • Showcase your robot by uploading a video to be seen by other teams
  • Train your scorekeeper and referee
  • Get robot help from our team of CSAs, FTAs and Robot Inspectors
  • Practice your judging presentation
  • Network and socialize with other teams
10:00 to 10:15 AM: Welcome and Introductions
10:15 to 11:00 AM: Remote Event Hub tour
11:00 AM to Noon: Scorekeeper and Referee Training
Noon to 3:00 PM: Work and help time - help from key volunteers available for programming, robot design, strategy, mock judging interviews, game play
3:30 PM: Deadline to upload scrimmage match scores & Scrimmage Closing Ceremony
To register for the Scrimmage, please email Patti sooner rather than later to get your team added to the Remote Hub. Please include your team name and number. The Scrimmage is FREE to all Arizona teams! 

Important: Your team needs to be registered with FIRST in order to participate in events on the Remote Hub.

Registration Now Open for Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifiers!

Our season schedule is official! We're offering 8 qualifiers this season in December, January, February and March. 

  • Cactus Wren Qualifier: December 11 - 17, 2020
  • Petrified Wood Qualifier: January 15 - 21, 2021
  • Palo Verde Qualifier: January 22 - 28, 2021
  • Turquoise Qualifier: February 5 - 11, 2021
  • Saguaro Blossom Qualifier: February 12 - 18, 2021
  • Copper Qualifier: February 19 - 25, 2021
  • High Country Qualifier: February 26 - March 4, 2021
  • Desert Vista Qualifier: March 5 - 11, 2021
  • Arizona Championship: March 26 & 27, 2021
If your team has already registered for events, you will receive an invoice soon listing the events you've been assigned to and instructions for payment.

Teams will have the option to switch from a remote event to an in-person event as conditions allow and as the events get closer. When filling out the registration form, teams will also be asked to let us know what type of field you will use for a remote event and who will be your official scorekeeper and referee for remote events.


Teams can also now apply for registration relief grants from the CocoNuts. These grants will be awarded to teams based on need every two weeks until their pool of money is depleted. The next date they will be selecting recipients is October 22, and teams who apply by that date will be notified the following week. 


The tournament registration fee for each team is $200, which allows teams three qualifier plays. Payment is due in December. Invoices will be sent to teams indicating any grant money and the event selections. 

Live Webinar Series - (NoteArizona is 2 hours behind Eastern Time)

Four Part Video Series - FTC Remote Events

This video series walks through the Remote Event hub, and how to score an official match. Access the Videos HERE

  • Part 1: Introduction to the FTC Scoring System
  • Part 2: Playing a Test Match
  • Part 3: Scoring an Official Match
  • Part 4: Scoring on Paper & Uploading Scores
Five Part Video Series - Autonomous Mode Navigation
Includes how to lay out plans for a maze, how to build code, and more! Access the Videos HERE. 

Virtual College Fair for FIRST Students!

On November 12, FIRST® partner Tallo is hosting a free virtual college fair specifically for FIRST students. We will introduce you to colleges who are looking for FIRST students because on your teams you have learned the skills and gained the necessary experience to be successful in the future. We’re using a new app, Ping by Tallo, to match you with colleges based on how your interests and preferences align with theirs. It’s a fast and easy way to learn about new schools who have great programs, choose who you want to connect with, and email their representatives a connection request. Sign up today! Choose the "FIRST Fair" when you sign up.

Youth Team Member Registration - Required this season
All youth team members are required to complete registration this season. If your students have already signed the consent form previously, they will need to complete the updated version (which has language specific for this season). Instructions for completing youth registration can be found here. 

DON'T FORGET! Kickoff workshops are still available on the Blog for teams to view throughout the season!