FTC-Iowa: Current Season


On Sept. 12, 2020, ULTIMATE GOAL was revealed with the release of Game Manual Part 2 and Field Assembly Guides. These items can be found on the FIRST website for the Game Manuals Part 1 & 2 (Remote and Traditional Format)

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  • All teams are required to register with FIRST. This is the official way of registering with FIRST. If you need to change contact information, you can do when logged into the FIRST system.
  • Teams must also register with FTC-Iowa. Iowa registration information.

*Note: FIRST collects a registration fee of $275 per team. However, this registration fee stays at FIRST Headquarters in Manchester, NH. In order to cover our local (Iowa) costs, the FTC-Iowa program need to also charge a registration fee per team.*

COVID-19 Information

Due to the current pandemic, we will be making the following modifications for the 2020-2021 FTC Season:

  • Season Kick-Off/Reveal (Sept. 12, 2020) was held be remotely.
  • All League Meet events (robot inspections and meets) will be conducted remotely. Remote events are described in Game Manual Part 1: Remote as well as the video by Ken Johnson, Director of FTC.
  • The status of the League Tournaments, Super Qualifier and Iowa Championship events have yet to be determined. Information will be coming about those as the events gets closer. 

Season Information

The pandemic has had an impact on the number of students who participate in FTC, as families may not be comfortable in participating in after-school activities. FIRST and FTC-Iowa has seen a decline in the number of teams. In Iowa, the number of FTC teams determines how many events are hosted and how many teams participate at those events. Example: It is not realistic to have the number of events which were hosted in 2019-2020 Season, which included twelve (24 team) tournament events and one 48-team Iowa Championship for fewer than 200 teams. Below is a breakdown of the quantity of events and the size of each of those events

  84-119 teams 120-167 teams 168-200 teams
# League Tournaments (24-ish teams) 4 6 8
# Super Qualifier Tournaments (24 teams) 0 3 4
# Teams at Iowa Championship 24 24 48
# Competition fields at Iowa Championship 2 2 4

FTC-Iowa supports teams in Iowa and Nebraska. The number can be found on the FIRST website.

Important Dates:

Sept. 12, 2020 - ULTIMATE GOAL game is revealed.

Sept/Oct. 2020 - Leagues will be announced. 

Oct. 2020* - Begin Meets. Teams in the leagues determine the dates/locations of the meets. No less than three meets per team during these dates

Jan. 2021* - League Championships

Feb. 2021* - Super Qualifier Tournaments - *A Super Qualifier is a one-day, 24 team tournament in which teams must advance from the League Championship. The Super Qualifier provides an opportunity for more teams to advance out of the League Championships to the next level of competition. The Super Qualifier will advance teams into the FTC-Iowa Championship. We will use the Advancement Criteria listed in Game Manual Part 1 for team advancing from League Championship to Super Qualifier and from the Super Qualifier to the FTC-Iowa Championship and from the FTC-Iowa Championship to the FIRST Championship in Detroit, MI.

March 12 & 13, 2021* - FTC-Iowa Championship, for those teams who advance from the Super Qualifier.

*These dates may change depending on the pandemic.

Iowa Registration Fees

Iowa Registration (includes meets and league tournament): $235
Register here