Welcome to the 2018-19 FIRST Tech Challenge Season!

Welcome to the 2018-19 ROBOT League Season, featuring Rover Ruckus and some high energy science and tech experiences, as teams around the Tampa Bay area compete to build the right robot for the job at hand!

Rover Ruckus

The object of this year’s game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by descending from the Lander, collecting Minerals from the Crater, sorting and scoring Minerals into the Cargo Hold of the Lander, performing Autonomous tasks, and navigating to specific parts of the Playing Field. The Scoring Elements for the game are 60 Silver Minerals (wiffle balls) and 90 Gold Minerals (yellow blocks),and a team supplied Team Marker.See the game video below, or check out the one page game description. Game manuals and resources are on the FIRST Tech Challenge page at FIRSTInspires.org

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.

Sister Leagues

Florida FTC teams are assigned to groups consisting of 8 to 24 teams each, called Leagues.  There are now 11 Leagues in Florida.  In addition to the ROBOT League in Tampa Bay area:

  • Old Tesla – Tesla Robotics Orlando
  • Pinellas – Pinellas County St. Petersburg
  • Southwest SWFL Robotics League – Cape Coral/Ft. Myers
  • South Florida South Florida League of Unstoppable Gatorbots Miami/Ft. Lauderdale
  • Jacksonville North East- Florida FTC North East Florida
  • Space Coast Spacecoast- Brevard/Seminole Counties
  • Tesla Tesla Robotics – Orange County
  • Palm Beach Palm Beach – Palm Beach County
  • OneClay Clay County
  • Panama – Northwest Florida

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.  Top teams at the Florida Championship go on to the FIRST Tech Challenge Championship in Houston in April (No more Super Regionals!)

Please read the  Florida FTC Guide to League Play for complete League competition details.

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