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First: Robotics Competition (volunteers needed)

January 25 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm CST

Springfield Robotics hosting First Robotics Tournament at Drury University

On January 25, 2020 we are hosting a LARGE robotics tournament at Drury University and would love to have community members volunteering with us for the day.  Would you be interested in helping us by volunteering for the day? If so, please follow these instructions (PDF) to register as a volunteer.

Below are the roles that we need filled by many people, the more the better and smoother the event will run. Every role comes with an online training course and resources to be looked at beforehand and myself and students would be willing to come run through things before the event too.

Learn about the program and the game for this season:

Judge, starting at 7:30am and runs until approx. 2:30pm (Need at least 12 judges, but the more the better!)

The primary role of a Judge is to interview teams, and to decide which teams deserve an award based on team interviews, the robot, match play, and the engineering notebook. Judges are paired in groups of 2-3 to interview a set number of teams before the competition beginning as well as interviews in the pit area.  Interview and observe teams in the judging rooms, the pit, and on the playing field.  Participate on Judge panel to decide team award recipients.

Referee, starting at 10:45am until approx.. 5pm (Need at least 2 more)

Refereeing at FIRST competitions is different from a traditional sporting event in that the Referees at FIRST events help the competitors to avoid breaking the rules of the game. We like to remind team members if they are getting close to an infraction and warn them rather than watching passively. Continued violations of the game rules outlined in this manual and the Game Manuals should fall into fair and consistent enforcement. Penalties will be applied for these violations and could lead to disqualification of a team. A Referee must understand what constitutes a penalty and allow a team the opportunity to remedy the situation.

Robot Inspector, starting at 7:30am until 11:30am (Need at least 5 inspectors)

Robot Inspectors are responsible to ensure every robot follows the guidelines outlined in FIRST Tech Challenge Game Manual Part 1 and are ready to compete on the field. The inspection process involves filling out a checklist for every robot and placing a label or other unique tag on the robot after it passes inspection.  Go through the inspection sheet with the team.  Assess the team’s robot and identify anything that is not in compliance with the rules.  Identify potential areas of entanglement (loose cables).  Help the team to be successful.  Be fair and apply the same level of thoroughness for every team.


January 25
7:30 am - 5:00 pm CST
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Drury University
900 North Benton Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802 United States
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