What is a typical FTC season timeline?

Officially, the FTC season starts in May, when registration opens, and concludes in April with the FTC World Championship. 


Time Frame



May - September

Pre-season starts when the game is announced. If you are a rookie team, the pre-season begins with your registration, via TIMS. During the pre-season teams should:

  • Plan a budget
  • Use marketing tools
  • Recruit team members
  • Apply for grants (ie. Rockwell Collins Grant)
  • Register your team
  • Order kit of parts
  • Attend workshops and demo (Listing of events)

Kick-Off Utah


Kick-Off is the day that the new game for the season is announced. 

Build, Scrimmage & Meets Season

October - January 


Teams should use the time following Kick-Off to design, build and program their robot. It’s also a good time for the team to practice. It is important, especially during this time, that team members become familiar with the game manual, as well as other resources, such as the forums. During this time, there are several scrimmages, which are great opportunities for teams to learn and work with other teams. Additionally, teams may work together to host informal scrimmages.

Tournament Season

November - March 

The Southern Utah FTC Regional Season & Qualifier is hosted by the Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science and Engineering at Southern Utah University (SUU). The qualifier will be held in January at SUU, Cedar City, Utah. Contact the Southern Utah FTC Regional Director, Laurel Dodgion at laureldodgion@suu.edu for more information. It is necessary to compete in a qualifier to be eligible for the state championship in the 16-17 season. 

State Championships  

February - March

The Utah FTC Championship Tournament is held in February at Weber State University, Ogden, UT.  32 teams will compete, registration costs $100. 

Super Regionals in Tacoma, Washington


FTC teams in the United States will advance from state or regional-level Championship Tournaments to one of four Super Regional Tournaments, before advancing to the FTC World Championship. Two to three teams advancing from the Utah Championship will attend the West Super Regional hosted in Tacoma, Washington. Super Regionals are FIRST endorsed events and are expected to expand outside of the U.S. in the future. For more details, please visit FIRST Super-Regionals.

World Championship Event in Texas


This event is a celebration and a culmination to the FTC program. It is held in April. Teams must receive an official invitation to attend.

Post-Season   The post-season is very similar and overlaps the pre-season. During the post-season, teams are encouraged to thank the sponsors, review lessons learned and begin prepping for the new season.