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Schedule of Events

Date

Event

Location

December 11th

Scrimmage/Practice Day

UAH/Huntsville, AL

January 29th

AL Scrimmage #2

Fort Payne, AL

February 19th

AL Scrimmage #3

Madison, AL

March 5th

AL FTC State Championship

Fort Payne, AL

Scrimmage/Practice Day (December 11th)

The scrimmage/practice day on December 11th will be a free event at UAH in Huntsville for any teams who wish to participate. This will be a relaxed low-pressure scrimmage without a formal schedule or rankings. The main goal is to provide an opportunity for teams to experience practice matches in a competition like environment which includes multiple robots on the field simultaneously and timed matches. Even if your robot is not match ready, we would still love for you to show up and work on your robot. You may get some good ideas from other teams.

AL Scrimmage #2 and #3 (January 29th and February 19th)

We will be hosting two additional scrimmages leading up to the State Championship. These scrimmages will be run like a traditional competition with scheduled qualifying matches, alliance selection, finals matches, and awards. Depending on number of teams and volunteer availability, we may offer optional mock judging at these events.

Eligibility and Advancement

Alabama is an open region with priority registration. This means we do allow teams from other FTC regions to compete in Alabama, with priory first given to Alabama teams and regions that are open to Alabama teams (Currently this includes Arkansas teams). Alabama and Arkansas teams are automatically eligible to compete in the Alabama FTC Championship. While we strongly encourage you to participate in one or more scrimmages, participation in a scrimmage is not required for Alabama and Arkansas teams. Teams from regions outside Alabama and Arkansas must participate in at least one or more of the scrimmages on January 29th and/or February 19th to be eligible to compete in the Alabama FTC State Championship on March 5th.

We still anticipate advancing two teams from the Alabama State Championship to the World Championship which will take place in Houston April 20th-23rd.

Event Fee and Registration

The registration fee for Alabama State Championship will be $300. The State Championship registration fee will include participation in Scrimmage #2 and Scrimmage #3. If you are competing in the State Championship, there will be no additional fee for competing in the scrimmages. If you intend to compete in a scrimmage, but not the State Championship, the registration fee will be $40 for each scrimmage.

Once you register and your spot is confirmed, you will receive a separate email with instructions on how to pay the registration fee. All Alabama and Arkansas teams will automatically be confirmed. Teams that register from outside regions will be notified no later than December 31st if they have a confirmed spot at Alabama events.

Registration Form

Please use the following link to register for all remaining FTC events. If you have any questions or need to change your registration after submission, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

REGISTRATION FORM

Team Registration 

If you have not done so, please go ahead and register your team at the link below as soon as possible. This will make sure you are on the mailing list to receive information and updates from FIRST HQ and FTC in Alabama and help us with finalizing the plan for this season based on how many total teams we have.  A coach/mentor of an FTC team will have to create a FIRST account using the "Sign In" button on the top right of this page and then follow the link to "Create New Team(s)".  

https://www.firstinspires.org/ 

The full instructions on how to register a team can be found HERE 

When registering a team, please make sure the contact information for the coaches is filled out as this is the only way your team will be added to the email list to receive future communications from FTC in Alabama. 

 

New Email/Discord 

I have a new email address!  If you are trying to get in contact with me, please start using this address from now on.  I will continue to check the other address, but at less regular intervals. 

New Email:  

Additionally, if you have questions that the larger FTC in Alabama community can answer, you may get a faster answer by asking on the FTC in Alabama Discord server.  Both coaches and students are welcome on Discord, so I encourage you to share the link with your teams. 

Link to Discord 

 

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