FIRST Robotics Competition Team Portal

Is your team nationally registered and paid? 
This is where you’ll find details about this season’s challenge and events happening in the Western Missouri/Kansas region. Your local contact is FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Partner Robert Dumler.

Robert works alongside KC STEM Alliance staff and the FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Planning Committee of key volunteers and regional tournament hosts to plan regional competitions and events.

Along with the information posted here, coaches will receive official email updates during the season. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook at KansasCityFIRST!

SEASON INFORMATION

This Season's Challenge

This 2019-2020 season, FIRST® RISE, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, sets out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth. Together, we RISE.

More information will be available at the link above on January 4, 2020.

This Season's Documents

This season’s challenge is INFINITE RECHARGE.

2020 Game and Season Manual ( available January 4, 2020)

Dimensions and 3D models of the playing field.  (This link will be updated when INFINITE RECHARGE field information is available.)

This Season's Updates

One BIG change globally for the 2019-20 season is the removal of the Stop Build Day (aka: Bag and Tag Day) that historically came about six weeks after kick off. This will no longer be part of the FIRST Robotics Competition schedule and teams will be able to continue to build right up until their competition date.

This Season's Grant Opportunities

Grants are available nationally and locally, including:

FIRST national FRC grants

KC STEM Alliance grants for teams in a six-county area:

  • Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas
  • Jackson, Platte, Clay and Cass counties in Missouri
  • Grants are awarded to teams with underserved populations, younger teams, teams new to fundraising and teams doing fantastic outreach.
  • Learn more and apply here.
  • Deadline for application is 9/11/19.

REGIONAL AND OTHER EVENT INFORMATION

Kickoff for our Region

Regional Kickoff  Event Info

Gather at Garmin Headquarters with teams from across the region to see the new game announced. Afterward, pick up your new kit of parts and attend an optional quick build workshop. Coaches will receive details about the event from Regional Director Robert Dumler when they become available.

The morning session is limited to three team representatives. The afternoon quick build session can include more team members but all must pre-register.

Questions? Contact Robert Dumler.

For more details about the global game reveal: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/kickoff

Greater Kansas City Regional

Greater Kansas City Regional Info

The Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competition Regional 2020 will be held at Lee’s Summit North High School during Week 1 of competition:

Thursday, February 27 evening for Load In

Friday, February 28 for Practice Rounds

Saturday, February 29 for Qualification Rounds

Sunday, March 1 for remaining Qualification Rounds and Final Rounds

Watch this space for information, including:

  • Coach/team information packet
  • Event schedule
  • Team list, map of teams, pit map
  • Student survey
  • Housing information
  • Food options (including box lunch order form if applicable)
  • Field trip and large group tour registration
  • Parking information
  • Student Ambassador nomination form
  • Special activities
  • T-Shirt order form (if applicable)
  • VIP invitation and registration
  • Results and awards

Heartland Regional

Heartland Regional Info

The Heartland FIRST Robotics Competition Regional 2020 will be held at Olathe South High School during Week 4 of competition:

Wednesday, March 18 evening for Load In

Thursday, March 19 for Practice Rounds

Friday, March 20 for Qualification Rounds

Saturday, March 21 for remaining Qualification Rounds and Final Rounds

Watch this space for information, including:

  • Coach/team information packet
  • Event schedule
  • Team list, map of teams, pit map
  • Student survey
  • Housing information
  • Food options (including box lunch order form if applicable)
  • Field trip and large group tour registration
  • Parking information
  • Student Ambassador nomination form
  • Special activities
  • T-Shirt order form (if applicable)
  • VIP invitation and registration
  • Results and awards

Central Missouri Regional

Central Missouri Regional Info

The Central Missouri FIRST Robotics Competition Regional 2020 will be held at Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia MO during Week 6 of competition:

Thursday, April 2 evening for Load In

Friday, April 3 for Practice Rounds

Saturday, April 4 for Qualification Rounds

Sunday, April 5 for remaining Qualification Rounds and Final Rounds

Watch this space for information, including:

  • Coach/team information packet
  • Event schedule
  • Team list, map of teams, pit map
  • Student survey
  • Housing information
  • Food options (including box lunch order form if applicable)
  • Field trip and large group tour registration
  • Parking information
  • Student Ambassador nomination form
  • Special activities
  • T-Shirt order form (if applicable)
  • VIP invitation and registration
  • Results and awards

Registration for Regionals

Your annual team registration fee to FIRST covers one official event. Team registration is open now.

Registration for your first official Regional Tournament is open Sept. 19-26, 2019.

Kit of Parts registration (includes regional kickoff event) opens Oct. 10, 2019.

Registration for additional regionals opens Oct. 10, 2019.

Unrestricted event registration opens Oct. 31, 2019.

Season kick off is Jan. 4, 2020.

For more: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/calendar

Regional Cancellation Policy

Regional tournament schedules and venues for our region are approved with FIRST globally and booked with site hosts each summer.

Site hosts have the authority to cancel an event if their facility management determines conditions to be unsafe. This policy applies to inclement weather and any other public safety issue. If an event goes on during unstable weather, teams (parents, coaches, teachers, school or organization administrators) use their own discretion about whether to attend.

If a portion of a regional event is cancelled, we will make every attempt to make up this time during the event itself or by extending the event.

Please refer to the FIRST Robotics Competition Refund Policy here:  https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/pricing-and-payment

Because cancellations would be made after the team receives its kit of parts, FIRST Robotics Competition Refund Policy does not refund the annual team registration fee.

Off Season Opportunities

Check the Calendar and the tab under NEWS for Team News & Events.

World Championship and other out of region events

At least seven teams will advance from each of our three FIRST Robotics Competition Regional Tournaments to the FIRST Championship in Houston, TX April 15-18, 2020. More information about the FIRST Championship can be found here.

FAQs and Calendar

What is FIRST Choice and how can our team benefit?

FIRST Choice enables your team to use credits to get more parts for your robot.  Learn more here about what your Kit of Parts benefit gets you including FIRST Choice.

More information:  2020 Kit of Parts The Basics and 2020 The Deets

 

Is there an FRC Coach Meeting?

Yes, the FRC Coach Meeting and Roundtable was held on 9/12/19 for regional coaches.

Here are links to what was presented and notes:

2019 FRC Coaches Meeting Presentations

Fall 2019 FRC Coaches Meeting Notes

Upcoming FIRST Robotics Competition Events

Sat 16

Massive Mini (FRC Training Day)

November 16 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 23

Go Baby Go

November 23 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Jan 04

FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff & Quick Build

January 4, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Feb 27

FIRST Robotics Competition Greater Kansas City Regional

February 27, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - March 1, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Mar 18

FIRST Robotics Competition Heartland Regional

March 18, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - March 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm