All New & Returning FIRST Tech Challenge Teams must register with both FIRST Inspires and FIRST Chesapeake.
Once you have registered with FIRST Inspires you will be able to register and ready-up with FIRST Chesapeake. Please note your team will not be assigned to an event until registration with FIRST Inspires and FIRST Chesapeake is complete.
September 1, 2023
FIRST Chesapeake Registration will open. Please note that you will need to register with FIRST Inspires before registering with FIRST Chesapeake. Registration with FIRST Chesapeake will allow you to participate in two (2) FTC Qualifiers during the CENTERSTAGE season.
September 18, 2023We will release half of the available seeds per Qualifier. You will have 2 weeks to select one Qualifier in which you will compete. Event Selection will close on Monday October 2 at 5pm.
October 16, 2023We will release half of the available seeds per Qualifier. You will have 2 weeks to select one Qualifier in which you will compete. Event Selection will close on Monday October 30 at 5pm.
November 13, 2023Teams will be allowed to trade events only during the week following initial placement. Teams must find a team willing to trade with them. We do not have the ability to add capacity to any Qualifier. For Event Selection I trading may take place during October 9-13. For Event Selection II trading may take place during November 6-10.
Yes, Teams are required to register with FIRST Inspires and FIRST Chesapeake. Registering with FIRST Inspires grants your team access to the kit of parts for the season, among many other benefits. Registering with FIRST Chesapeake allows your team to compete in the FIRST Chesapeake district.
Both Qualifier Selection time periods open at 3:30am. This is to encourage teams to register in the early morning without staying up to midnight day of.
New this season, teams will be able to select their qualifiers without preferencing. You are in control of the selection process – when you register for a qualifier you are ensuring that you will attend that event. During registration process you will be able to see the capacity of the qualifier, as well as how many teams have already registered. Once a qualifier is full, teams will no longer be able to register for that event.
Qualification Selection has been split up into two periods to help mitigate the effect of “first-come-first-serve.”
During qualification selection, you will be able to see how many remaining spots are available for that event. We encourage you to register your teams at a qualifier that can accommodate all of your teams. Should you be one or two teams shy of accommodating all of your teams, please email [email protected] and we will do our best to make sure that you all can compete together.
Raise the curtain on the power of design, creativity, and precision to create all new experiences in a spectacular new challenge.
In the CENTERSTAGE℠ presented by Raytheon Technologies challenge, debuting September 9, 2023, FIRST Tech Challenge teams will raise the curtain on the power of design, creativity, and precision to create all new experiences.
FIRST Chesapeake invoices were sent out September 1 and payments are due October 14, 2021. All teams that competed in 2019-20 and 2020-21 will be invoiced for this season’s events. The registration fee of $300 which entitles a team to compete at two seasonal hybrid in-person or remote events. Teams will not be allowed to register for any of the seasonal events until this payment is received and your team has completed payment of the $275 team participation fee in your FIRST Inspires dashboard.
Additional plays beyond the original two will cost $150 each. The FIRST Tech Challenge Championship registration fee is $350.
Event preferencing will open 10/15 for any teams that have paid for the season’s events. (see Instructions above for more details)
If your team didn’t receive an invoice, please email [email protected] for assistance.
Due to possible health and safety restrictions, FIRST Chesapeake will not be allowing out-of-state teams to compete in 2021-2022 competitions.
If health and safety reasons or local guidance cause an event to be canceled, teams will be refunded 50% of the cost of an individual event if alternate remote options become unavailable.
Please use the PayPal link provided in your invoice to make payment via credit card. A PayPal account isn’t required for payment. While we prefer payments by credit card, if you need to pay by check, send your payment to:
|FIRST Chesapeake Accounts Receivable|
|2101 Maywill St.|
|Richmond, VA 23230|
(Make sure to add your team # and invoice # on the check’s memo line!)