Welcome to FIRST Tech Challenge in Tampa Bay, and the 2019-20 engineering challenge, Skystone!
This is the home on the web for the Robotics Organized Builders of Tampa (ROBOT) League consisting of teams from public school, private school, and community based teams, and now includes teams from Citrus, Pasco, Polk, Marian and Sumter counties. This year’s challenge will be fully revealed on September 7th. ROBOT League teams can watch online or attend the live kick off for our area at Lakeland Christian School . Register to attend the kick off at the Florida FIRST Tech Challenge website here
Florida: A League of Our Own
The Florida FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) program has led the way with the League Play tournament system for FIRST , piloting the program during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. League play is now the established format here in Florida, under the direction of the Florida FIRST Tech Challenge Program Committee.
The Florida FIRST Tech Challenge program Committee and League Leaders join together to provide volunteer training, workshops, practice days, meets and league championships: that follow the rules, judging processes and scoring as specified by FIRST Tech Challenge Headquarters; that are fairly judged and refereed; and that are fun for teams and spectators.
Florida FTC teams are assigned to groups consisting of 8 to 24 teams each, called Leagues. There are 8 Leagues in Florida. In addition to the ROBOT League in Tampa Bay area:
- Northeast Florida/Jacksonville League – Primarily consists of the counties around Jacksonville such as Duval, Saint Johns, Nassau, Putnam, Bradford, and Backer.
- Clay One League – This league will consists of teams from Clay County.
- Tesla League – Primarily consists of the counties around Orlando such as Orange, Lake, Osceola, and Sumter,
- Space Coast League – Primarily consists of the counties east of Orlando such as Brevard, Seminole, Volusia, and Indian River.
- Pinellas League – Primarily consists of the counties around Clearwater/St. Petersburg and the counties south of these cities such as Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte.
- South Florida League – Primarily consists of the counties around Miami and Boca Raton such as Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Martin, and Saint Lucie.
- AeroCoast League – Primarily consists of counties in the Florida panhandle area such as Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okalossa, Santa Rose, Taylor Walton, Wakulla, and Washington.
Teams compete at several of their own League Meets and their League Championship. The team’s win-loss-tie record, judging scores, and a judged team-created video determines each team’s state ranking. The top twenty-four ranked teams that attended three or more competitions (Meets or League Championships) receive invitations to attend the Florida Championship.
Please read the Florida FTC Guide to League Play for complete League competition details.