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:

  • 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

  120-167 competing teams (current as of 10/26/2020)* 168-200 teams
# League Tournaments (24-ish teams) 6 8
# Super Qualifier Tournaments (24 teams) 3 4
# Teams at Iowa Championship 24 48
# Competition fields at Iowa Championship 2 4

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

*Some teams have registered with FIRST, but due to other circumstances, they decided not to compete this season.

Playing Fair & Sharing Ideas

The current reality of the global pandemic has forced an adaptation in how FIRST Tech Challenge teams participate in events - FTC Remote Events. The events rely heavily on the teams to honestly represent their participation in Remote Events. We are relying on teams to do their own inspections and score their own matches in an honest and accurate manner. For more information about the Playing Fair & Sharing Ideas Program.

Virtual Pit Events

Learning by example is a critical way for FIRST teams to learn from each other. They investigate how other teams solved the same problems. Learning happens from teams seeing other approaches. This could be robot design and construction, team outreach examples, team marketing skills, and nearly every other facet of the FIRST experience.

Social interactions are important to students. Representing their team, making connections to other teams, and putting forth their best effort to be gracious professionals is a key part of FIRST. Personal interactions and hopefully positive reactions and validation create a stronger feeling of belonging and allegiance to the FIRST community.

For more information, check the information about the Virtual Pit Events.

Important Dates:

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

Dec. 2020 - Feb. 2021 - Remote Meets (Sign-up for meets using this form.)

  • League Meet Week #1: December 14-20, 2020
  • League Meet Week #2: December 21-27, 2020
  • League Meet Week #3: December 28-January 3, 2021
  • League Meet Week #4: January 4-January 10, 2021
  • League Meet Week #5: January 11-January 17, 2021
  • League Meet Week #6: January 18-January 24, 2021
  • League Meet Week #7: January 25-January 31, 2021
  • League Meet Week #8: February 1-February 7, 2021
  • League Meet Week #9: February 8-February 14, 2021

February, 20, 27 & March 6, 2021* - League Championships (Registration will open November 1, 2020 at 7am)

League Tournaments

Date Location Capacity Super Qualifier Link to Register (active on 1/13/2021) # Spots Remain (as of 1/27/2021)
Sat., Feb. 20, 2021 DeWitt, Iowa 27 teams DeWitt, April 3, 2021 This event is FULL. 0
Sat., Feb. 20, 2021 Norwalk, Iowa 26 teams Norwalk, March 20, 2021 Norwalk LT registration form. 1
Sat., Feb. 27, 2021 Nevada, Iowa 26 teams Norwalk, March 20, 2021 Nevada LT registration form. 1
Sat., Feb. 27, 2021 Ft. Dodge, Iowa 26 teams LeMars, March 27, 2021 Ft. Dodge LT registration form. 5
Sat., March 6, 2021 LeMars, Iowa 27 teams LeMars, March 27, 2021 This event is FULL. 0
Sat., March 6, 2021 Marion, Iowa 26 teams DeWitt, April 3, 2021 This event is FULL. 0

*As of mid-January, 2021, the decision was made for all League Tournaments to be REMOTE. Visit this page for more information about Remote League Tournaments.

March 20, 27 & April 3, 2021 - Super Qualifier Tournaments

  • Norwalk on March 20, 2021
  • LeMars on March 27, 2021
  • DeWitt on April 3, 2021

April 23 & 24, 2021* - FTC-Iowa Championship, for those teams who advance from the Super Qualifier.

*These events may be "remote" or "traditional" depending on the condition of the pandemic at the host location.