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FIRST Robotics Competition

 You’ll need professional engineers, adult mentors, high school aged students, sponsorship, a meeting place, access to tools and free time during the build and competition season. Specifics and a season overview are available in the How to Start a Team Flyer.

Step 1: Register your information on-line in our Team Information Management System.

By registering your information, you will become a part of the FIRST® Robotics Competition Community and begin receiving communications from FIRST®. You will also receive a temporary team number in preparation of event registration in the fall.  Please note that completing this stage of the process does not commit you to becoming a team. You are only considered a registered team after your team has selected an event (during the fall registration period). You may withdraw and receive a refund any time up until you take delivery of your kit of parts.

Step 2:  Get in touch with the Regional Director in your area

The Regional Director and/or Senior Mentor know the teams, schools and businesses in your area. He/she can help you form a plan for getting your team funded, organized, and in touch with other teams in the area for mentoring assistance.

Step 3: Familiarize yourself with FIRST® Resources

Here are some important FRC resources, that you may want to bookmark:

FRC Calendar

FRC Blog

FIRST Fundraising Toolkit

Kit of Parts

Technical Resources

General FRC Resources

Team Registration Information (TIMS and STIMS)

FIRST Youth Protection Program

FRC Safety

Behind the Lines


FRC Grant Information

FIRST Scholarship Program

Step 4:   Familiarize yourself with these Community Resources

Disclaimer:  The community resource links listed below lead to external web sites that are not endorsed or controlled by FIRST® and which may contain outdated or inaccurate information about FIRST® programs.

·         Team RUSH Toolkit  – FRC Team 27 (RUSH) created a toolkit for new FRC Teams

·         Team in a Box – FRC Team 341 (Miss Daisy) created a how-to DVD for new FRC teams

·         Non-Engineering Mentor Organization (NEMO) – a “support group and information exchange” for non-engineers.  

FIRST Tech Challenge

Step 1: Learn about the FTC experience

Connect with your local Affiliate Partner to learn the ins and outs of FIRST® Tech Challenge.  They will help you understand all the requirements for starting a team and can fill you in on what to expect during your Team’s rookie year.  If possible, attend an FTC event in your area.  This will give you a good idea of what to expect and they are always free and open to the public.

Another useful tool is the Season Timeline.  This will help you plan your season and know when your team should meet certain benchmarks. Grant Information.

Step 2: Enlist Coaches/Mentors

In the FIRST® Tech Challenge the terms Coach and Mentor are used interchangeably to describe an adult team member who leads students by example.  Mentors are expected to practice Gracious Professionalism™ and act as positive role models for the team.  A technical background is helpful, but not necessary. Learning alongside the team is expected.  Coaches must acquire some basic knowledge of the programming environment and robot building.  Non-technical mentors can utilize the Non-Engineering Mentor Organization website for support groups and information.  View the Mentor Guide for a full description of this role!

To find additional or technical Mentors for your team, contact high schools, colleges, chambers of commerce and technology companies in your area.  Your local Affiliate Partner will also have connections and is a good resource for networking with the right people.

Each team needs at least one coach or mentor over the age of 18 to register.

Step 3: Build your Team

Teams are made up of students who are ready to take on the challenges of high school level Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics concepts and apply them to robotics.  A team of 3-10 members is recommended.

Step 4: Register your Team

Once you’ve visited events, enlisted Mentors/Coaches and built your team, it’s time to register your team.  Visit the Registration page for details on cost, budgeting and instructions on how to register your team.

For a complete list of resources visit the Mentor Resources area.


Visit FIRST® LEGO® League for information about starting a team.

Visit FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for information about starting a team.