FIRST Tech Challenge: Remote Tournaments

FTC-Iowa thanks the students, mentors, coaches and volunteers for their understanding and flexibility as the challenges of the current season and the pandemic are being worked through. The goal for FTC-Iowa is to give the best opportunity to everyone, while taking necessary safety precautions for all involved. 

As of Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, the decision was made for all League Tournaments for ULTIMATE GOAL to be held remotely. There are a lot of questions teams/coaches/volunteers may have regarding remote events, and they are below. 

Question & Answer

  • Can our team move to another league tournament?
    Although the League Tournaments are remote, team registrations cannot move from one League Tournament Event to another League Tournament.
  • Where can we see what other teams are competing at our Remote League Tournament?
    Feel free to view this 2020-2021 League Tournament Registrations by Event Name spreadsheet.
  • Will all of the awards be distributed?
    Yes! All awards (minus the Promote/Compass Awards) will be awarded at every League Tournament in which there are eligible teams.
  • How will advancement criteria work? How many teams will advance from each League Tournament to Super Qualifier?
    Teams are *highly encouraged* to read Game Manual Part 1: Remote & Game Manual Part 2: Remote regarding advancement criteria. Like a traditional event, 12 teams will advance to the Super Qualifier events.
  • Will there be alliances?
    Teams are encouraged to read Game Manual Part 1: Remote 
  • How long will we have to enter matches?
    Like the remote meets, teams will have a span of 7 days to enter scores. We will have a Driver/Coach meeting at the beginning of the week.
  • How will judging work?
    Similar to traditional events, teams will be assigned an interview time on Saturday. Teams will also need to participate in Virtual Pit Events in which judges can do a second round of interviews. Teams will need to submit their documentation (Engineering Portfolio, Judging Feedback Form, Control Award Application) the Wednesday prior to their scheduled Judge Interview date.
  • When will Driver/Coaches meeting take place?
    The Driver/Coaches meeting will take place the Thursday prior to the league tournament week (see chart below). Due to the number of zoom capacity and the number of teams competing each week, there will be a capacity limit on the number of attendees for these Driver/Coaches meetings. No more than three attendees per team for the Driver/Coaches meetings.
  • When will we know the time of our judges interview?
    Similar to a traditional event, times for the teams interviews with the judges will be sent the week prior to the event. Treat the Remote League Tournaments similar to a Traditional event: set aside a good portion of competition Saturday and judge interview times cannot be changed once they are distributed.

Teams are encouraged to read "How to Prepare for a REMOTE League Tournament" a week or so prior to the event.

Tentative Schedule (this may change as the events get closer)
All time are Central Time

Date DeWitt
(Feb. 20, 2021)
  Norwalk
(Feb., 20, 2021)
  Nevada
(Feb. 27, 2021)
  Ft. Dodge
(Feb., 27, 2021)
  LeMars
(Mar 6, 2021)
  Marion
(Mar 6, 2021)
Driver/Coaches meeting                 Thurs., Feb. 25
at 4pm and 7pm
  Thurs., Feb. 25
at 4pm and 7pm
Team Picture Submission Deadline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thurs., March 4 at 5pm

Form

 

Thurs., March 4 at 5pm

Form

Remote Match Window Begins Sun., Feb. 14
at 12:01am
  Sun., Feb. 14
at 12:01am
  Sun., Feb. 21
at 12:01am
  Sun., Feb. 21
at 12:01am
  Sun., Feb. 28 
at 12:01am
  Sun., Feb. 28 
at 12:01am
Deadline for Materials for Judges Weds., Feb. 17
at 5:00pm 
  Weds., Feb. 17
at 5:00pm
  Weds., Feb. 24
at 5:00pm
  Weds., Feb. 24
at 5:00pm
  Weds., March 3
at 5:00pm
  Weds., March 3
at 5:00pm
Remote Match Window Closes Sat., Feb. 20
at 11:00pm
  Sat., Feb. 20
at 11:00pm
  Sat., Feb. 27
at 11:00pm
  Sat., Feb. 27 
at 11:00pm
  Sat., March 6
at 11:00pm
  Sat., March 6
at 11:00pm
Videos of Completed Matches Recordings of the matches of teams who participated in the League Tournament.
Deadline to Confirm & Submit Corrections to Scores

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sat., Mar 6
at 11:00pm

Form

will be open
from 2/28-3/6

 

Sat., Mar 6
at 11:00pm

Form

will be open from 2/28-3/6

Team Judging Interviews Sat., Feb. 20
Interview Schedule
  Sat., Feb. 20
Interview Schedule
  Sat., Feb. 27
Interview Schedule
  Sat., Feb. 27
Interview Schedule
  Sat., Mar 6
Interview
Schedule
  Sat., Mar 6
Interview
Schedule
Virtual Pits

Sat., Feb. 20

Pit Schedule

 

Sat., Feb. 20

Pit Schedule

 

Sat., Feb. 27

Pit Schedule

 

Sat., Feb. 27

Pit Schedule

 

Sat., Mar 6

Pit Schedule

 

Sat., Mar 6

Pit Schedule

Award Ceremony

Sun., Feb. 21
at 5:00pm

YouTube

Slide Deck

 

Sun., Feb. 21
at 6:00pm

YouTube

Slide Deck

 

Sun., Feb. 28 
at 4:00pm

YouTube 

Slide Deck

 

Sun., Feb. 28 
at 5:00pm

YouTube

Slide Deck

 

Sun., March 7
at 5:00pm

YouTube

Facebook
Event

 

Sun., March 7
at 4:00pm

YouTube

Facebook
Event

Advancement Listing of Advancing Teams to the Super Qualifier (each SQ Tournament has a separate tab)

 

The format for the Super Qualifiers and the Iowa Championship have not been determined.