FIRST Tech Challenge Volunteers

Support youth education by volunteering your time and expertise.  

Volunteers are essential to the success of FIRST Tech Challenge in Utah.  We would not be able to have a FTC program in our state without the support of excellent volunteers!  

FIRST requires volunteers to complete the FIRST Youth Protection Program. The YPP includes a short training and free screening.

Your social security number is not required. Check the no social security number box if you’d prefer not to supply it. 

FIRST Volunteer Portal 

Volunteers are needed in various capacities, including helping at events and providing expert advice and instruction to teams.

Many positions are detailed below. If you have any questions, please contact Dana Dellinger at danadellinger@weber.edu or for the Southern Utah FTC Region, Laurel Dodgion at laureldodgion@suu.edu.

 

 

  • Facilitate smooth pedestrian traffic flow throughout the facility; monitors audience

    • Keep aisles, hallways and team traffic pathways clear in the pit and near the playing field

    • Limit team, volunteer and public access to field

    • Monitor access to designated judge areas


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-LOW, P-MED, A-LOW, C-HI

  • Play high-energy, age-appropriate music throughout the competition

    • Monitor the energy of the crowd

    • Increase or decrease musical selections based on crowd enthusiasm

    • Work with the emcee and technical director to coordinate music and the awards ceremony

    • Make score announcements


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-MED, P-MED, A-LOW, C-MED

  • Participate in field set-up and maintenance, direct activity on the field to ensure smooth execution of the matches 

    Play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event

    • Set up construction in collaboration with the FTC technical advisor and event manager

    • Direct field reset process

    • Facilitate adherence to match timing

    • Monitor placement of robots on field

    • Collaborate with the master of ceremonies and event manager to monitor and adjust game pace as needed

    • Observe and record team interactions of exemplified behavior and behavior that is questionable


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-MED, P-HI, A-MED, C-HI

  • Repair and reset playing field after each team match

    The field attendant/resetter plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining pace of the event.

    • Reset field after each team match

    • Check field for debris after match, remove

    • Check field for damage; apply/replace as needed

    • Distribute and collects crystals from the teams


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-MED, P-MED, A-LOW, C-MED

  • Volunteer floaters provide assistance in various areas.

    • Help with last-minute tasks identified by event staff

    • Fill positions for volunteers whom were assigned a specific position prior to the event but did not show up


    Volunteer Skill Profile: VARIES depending on the position you may be asked to fill

  • Hardware inspectors perform mandatory robot inspections according to the guidelines provided in the Hardware Inspection Manual.

    • Determine inspection outcome decisions (pass/fail)

    • Perform random inspections

    • Work under the direction of the Lead Hardware Inspector


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-HI, P-MED, A-HI, C-MED

  • Judges select team award recipients through interaction with teams. Documentation regarding team background information is provided to familiarize judges with teams. Judges are responsible for own travel/accommodation expenses and arrangements.

    • Interview and observe teams in the judging rooms, pit and on the playing field

    • Review team introduction sheet

    • Participate on judge panel to decide team awards recipients


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-MED, P-MED, A-MED, C-HI

  • The judge advisor assistant assists the judge advisor throughout the event and collaborates with event management staff to ensure meeting the competition schedule. The assistant is not a judge, does not interview teams or participate in the awards recipient selection process.

    • Assist judge advisor to keep judge panel on schedule and perform other duties as assigned by the judge advisor

    • Provide clerical assistance, i.e., type awards scripts on laptop

    • Organize and ensure all materials and supplies needed are available and correctly placed on tables

    • Ensure all judges sign a Consent, Release, Hold Harmless form prior to start of event

    • Breakdown of judge room at end of competition, repack FIRST materials, return materials to volunteer coordinator


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-LOW, P-MED, A-HI, C-HI

  • These volunteers are responsible for setting up and tearing down the event, both before and after the competitions.

    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-LOW, P-HI, A-LOW, C-MED

  • Primary individual responsible for setting the tone of the competition

    Create and sustain an exciting and fun atmosphere throughout the event

    Most visible presence at the event, embodies the spirit of FIRST and is the consummate FIRST ambassador 

    Play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play, and maintaining the pace of the event

    • Commentate the opening and closing ceremonies and FTC matches

    • Provide spectators and teams an overview of game and the basic rules frequently throughout event

    • Announce teams participating in matches

    • Keep spectators informed of competition agenda and status; seek out and announce unique information specific to individual teams

    • Facilitate compliance with schedule; adjust commentary accordingly and helps ensure schedule compliance

    • Host the opening and awards ceremonies


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-MED, P-HI, A-LOW, C-HI

  • Award assistants report to the event manager.

    Responsible for the unpacking, cleaning, marking, organizing and distributing various awards, trophies and medallions awarded at event ceremonies

    • Set up the medallion stands and assist with medallion distribution

    • Assist the VIP(s) who present medallions to teams


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-LOW, P-MED, A-MED, C-HI

  • This person captures the competition on film and/or video for archival and future publicity.


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-MED, P-HI, A-LOW, C-MED

  • The pit announcer’s primary duty is to call teams to the queuing area.

    • Make general announcements via use of the public address system

    • Work in collaboration with the team, queuing volunteers to facilitate adherence to team match schedule


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-LOW, P-LOW, A-LOW, C-HI

  • The pit manager is responsible for setting up the pit area.

    • Train the volunteers

    • Manage all activities in the pit area, including coordination of pit administration table and team interface

    • Collaborate with emergency medical technicians


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-MED, P-MED, A-MED, C-HI

  • Escort teams from the pit to the queuing area. (This position may not be required depending on venue logistics and proximity of pits to fields).

    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-LOW, P-HI, A-LOW, C-MED

  • Observe team matches, identify rule violations and “call” them 

    Calculate the official score of the matches and participate in deliberations regarding contested calls 

    Work under the direction of the head referee

    Referees plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.

    • Observe matches, “call” rule infractions, determine penalties

    • Participate in deliberations regarding contested calls

    • Complete and submit a scoring sheet to the field runners after each match

    • Participate in discussions with other referees to determine official match scores

    • Monitor and promote safe practices on and around the playing field

  • Manage all activities for FTC Team registration at registration table 

    Provide direction, assistance and information to event attendees

    • Assist with table set up and break down

    • Greet and check in teams as they arrive

    • Ensure all paperwork is completed and collected

    • Distribute badges, registration materials, t-shirts and other related items to teams

    • Provide information and direction to teams and guests


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-LOW, P-LOW, A-HI, C-HI

  • Robot Inspector

    The robot inspector performs mandatory robot inspections and weigh-ins to ensure compliance with robot construction rules.

    • Determine inspection outcome decisions (pass/fail)

    • Perform random inspections and work under the direction of the lead robot inspector


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-HI, P-MED, A-HI, C-MED

  • Manage and operate the scoring and field control systems, communicate scores

    The scorekeeper plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.

    • Set up the scorekeeping system, ensure equipment functions properly

    • Enter scores in scoring computer from scoring sheets - post scores to AV System

    • Post match results

    • Assist with break down of scoring system and field


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-HI, P-LOW, A-HI, C-MED

  • Software inspectors perform mandatory software and field inspections according to the guidelines provided in the Software Inspection Manual.

    • Determine inspection outcome decisions (pass/fail)

    • Perform random inspections and work under the direction of the Lead Software Inspector


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-HI, P-MED, A-HI, C-MED

  • Responsible for managing team traffic to and from the playing field

    Stage and position teams in preparation for the start of matches

    The team queuer plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.

    • Stage and position teams for matches

    • Restrict access to field for unauthorized individuals

    • Maintain an uninterrupted flow of teams to the playing field

    • Direct teams to fields and facilitate team departures from field


    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-LOW, P-HI, A-MED, C-HI

  • Assists the team queuer with managing and accounting for teams before and after their matches

    Volunteer Skill Profile: T-LOW, P-HI, A-MED, C-HI