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Who can start a FIRST® Robotics Competition team?

Anyone with an interest in changing lives through STEM can start a team – educators, parents, anyone with the time and motivation. Most teams in Washington are school-based. Others are formed through community organizations such as 4-H, YMCA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, homeschool groups, religious organizations, and even neighborhood groups of friends. If you want to start a school-based team, contact a teacher or administrator to get started.

What is the FIRST® Youth Protection Program (YPP)?

The purpose of the FIRST® Youth Protection Program (FIRST® YPP) is to provide Coaches, Mentors, Volunteers, employees, others working in FIRST® programs, team members, parents, and guardians of team members with information, guidelines, and procedures to create safe environments for everyone participating in FIRST® programs.

The FIRST® YPP sets minimum standards recommended for all FIRST® activities. Adults working in FIRST® programs must be knowledgeable of the standards set by the FIRST® YPP, as well as those set by the school or organization hosting their team.

FIRST expects all teams in the United States and Canada to adhere to all provisions of the FIRST YPP.

What is this years challenge?

The FIRST Robotics Competition game for 2019 is called INFINITE RECHARGE. The game details have not been released to the public yet, but will be in January.

What are the payment options?

FIRST® Robotics Competition invoices will go out in mid-November. You will be able to pay via check or purchase order, we do not accept credit cards.

What are the rules for participating in a FIRST® Robotics Competition event?

All official rules for the current season are in the Game & Season Manual released at Kickoff.

The rules for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition game will be released with the game in January 2020.

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