The FTC Salem Qualifier Lunch info is available on the event webpage or directly here

PLEASE NOTE the due dates for payments- Teams may mail a check (must arrive by Weds 1/8) or pay by credit card (link will be online Monday 1/6).



Due to low registration, the January 4th FRC Workshops Sponsored by InSource Solutions at VCU School of Engineering (Richmond VA) have been cancelled. 
The Kick-Off Broadcast Sponsored by InSource Solutions and Kit of Parts (KOP) Pickup will take place as planned on Saturday, January 4th, but the schedule has been adjusted accordingly.
Doors will now open at 8:45am at West Hall and the Breakfast hosted by VCU School of Engineering will begin at 9am. Seating for the Kick-Off will begin around 10am with the Kick-Off broadcast beginning at 10:30am. 
VCU will still be on break, so there should be ample on-street parking within a few blocks of the school. Since there will be no afternoon workshops or Meet the Field, teams should plan on leaving VCU immediately following KOP PickUp.
Questions? Contact Ron Therrien, Assistant Director of Programs, at .
NOTE: On-site Point of Contact for January 4th will be Leighann Boland, at 804.514.7712.

Planning is well underway for the 2020-2021 FIRST Tech Challenge season, and now it’s time to select the sites that will host your qualifying events. 

As the program grows we need more and more event sites.

If you know of a great site and/or are willing to host, please fill out this preliminary site survey asap. Thanks!

A team lunch preorder form for the FTC Centerville Qualifier this Sunday the 15th is now available. Forms are to be turned in before 9am Sunday morning at the Concessions stand. Meals also need to be paid for by cash or Paypal when the form is turned in. 

Teams may also submit the form and pay ahead of time- forms should be emailed to , and instructions for submitting payment via Paypal are on the order form.

You spoke and we listened! To give teams a chance to start working on their 'bots as quickly as possible, we are going to try something new this season. FRC Workshops will be held before the Kick-Off Broadcast Sponsored by InSource Solutions on Saturday, January 4th, at Virginia Commonwealth University. Since this is a pilot project, even if you have already signed up for your Kit of Parts, please complete this form if your team plans on attending the Workshops Sponsored by InSource Solutions at VCU's West Hall by 5pm, Friday, December 20th, 2019. This response will help us gauge interest and plan for the sessions.
Once again this year, VCU is providing a complimentary breakfast for all attendees. (Let's hear it for VCU School of Engineering!)
Tentative Agenda:
  • 7:30am-8am:  Check-in and Breakfast provided by VCU School of Engineering
  • 8am-9am:  Workshops Sponsored by InSource Solutions: Software, Control Systems, Fundraising, and Mentors/Conflict Resolution
  • 9am-9:15am: Break
  • 9:15am-10:15am: Workshops Sponsored by InSource Solutions: Software, Control Systems, Fundraising, and Mentors/Conflict Resolution
  • 10am: Auditorium and satellite viewing areas in West Hall open. Kick-Off Interviews and Live Feed pre-Kick-Off Event broadcast begin.
  • 10:15am-10:30am: Break
  • 10:30am:  Kick-Off Broadcast Sponsored by InSource Solutions. KOP Distribution will follow the Kick-Off broadcast.

Questions: Contact Ron Therrien at .  

Reminder regarding Kick-Off at VCU School of Engineering. Whether you are attending the FRC Workshops Sponsored by InSource Solutions and Kick-Off or just the Kick-Off, please remember to arrive early to allow for parking. There is ample free on-street parking within a few blocks of VCU School of Engineering's West Hall.
Funding for a limited number of FIRST Robotics Competition teams in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia will again be available through a generous grant from Newport News Shipbuilding. Applications for FRC teams are available on-line here
The FRC grant places a special emphasis on teams that need assistance to attend the 2020 FIRST Chesapeake District Competitions and Championship Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding. Funding levels will not exceed $2,000 and may be used to help defray the cost of travel, transportation, and/or lodging. To receive funding, teams must be located in the counties of Gloucester, Northampton, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Surry, and York or the Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg and be associated with a School, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scouts, 4-H, home-school with associated organization, or a non-profit / organization. Grants will be selected by a committee based upon need. 
Applications for FRC teams requesting grant funding must submit their application by 5pm, January 24th, 2020. Approved grant recipients will be notified by February 14th, 2020.

FIRST Tech Challenge event assignments for teams can be found on each of the event webpages (under Event Info for Teams) and at the top of the Virginia FIRST Tech Challenge Events page.

The linked Google page also shows which teams are advancing to the FTC VA State Championship Sponsored by Capital One.

Inclement Weather


In case of Inclement Weather the day of
a FIRST Chesapeake Event,
Please call 804.464.8945
after 5am for updates