Over 50 applications were received for the Showbest Fixtures Team Grants this season. Representatives from FIRST Chesapeake staff, board, and Showbest Fixtures found all of the applications very competitive. 
Because so many teams requested travel assistance to the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding, the review committee decided to stagger the award announcements. The first $10,000 in grants are being distributed to teams who displayed compelling outreach proposals or demonstrated a clear need for assistance with travel costs to local District events. These teams are:
  • 422 The Mech Tech Dragons
  • 977 Cometbots
  • 1446 Friendship Collegiate Academy RoboKnights
  • 2028 Phantom Mentalists
  • 2998 VikingBots
  • 3136 Official Robotics Constructors of Ashland
  • 3361 The Governators
  • 3939 Botetourt 4H Robotics
  • 5587 Titan Robotics
  • 5954 The Portable Chargers
  • 6584 AHC Transformers
Any team that applied for a grant to attend the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship Sponsored by Newport News Shipbuilding will be notified if they have received funding the week of March 23rd. Thanks to the generosity of Showbest and other sponsors, more than $10,000 is still available to assist needs-based teams this season.

Blue Cheese will have quesadillas with salsa & sour cream for sale for $3.
Large pizzas can be ordered morning of the event for $10 each.
There will be water and snacks available as well.

This is for the Week Zero Richmond VA Scrimmage to be held Sun Feb 23rd.

Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of the Newport News Shipbuilding FRC Grants. These four teams from the Hampton Roads area will receive funds to help defray costs associated with travel and lodging at 2020 FIRST Chesapeake District Competitions.
  • 5957 CAT 5 Cybercanes from Heritage High School. (Newport News)
  • 1793 Aviators from Norview High School. (Norfolk)
  • 3359 Royal Robotics from Churchland High School. (Portsmouth)
  • 1610 Blackwater Robotics from Franklin High School. (Franklin)
Thank you to Newport News Shipbuilding for sponsoring this grant for the past five FRC seasons.

Here are the cutoff dates for some of the upcoming FIRST Chesapeake District Events Experient Housing options. Go to the specific Event Team Info pages for Experient links. 


Event Name


Cut-Off Dates

FIRST Chesapeake District Championship



FIRST Chesapeake District Championship



FIRST Chesapeake Portsmouth Event






Week zero scrimmages have been scheduled for two locations. Both locations will have a limit of 15 teams and have very limited seating so we ask that you bring a minimal number of team members. All teams are welcome to have a small group attend to watch the scrimmages as well. Teams will also have the opportunity to participate in a pre-inspection at the same venue.

Registration will be open until 1/31/2020 at noon EST. A lottery system will be used if more than 15 teams sign up for each event. Click here to register.

The Dates and locations are:

Richmond Scrimmage
Venue:  Deep Run High School
Address: 4801 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Time: 7am - 5pm
Date:  Sunday February 23rd

Columbia Scrimmage
Venue: USRA
Address: 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
Time: 7am - 5pm
Date: Saturday February 22nd

To help defray the shipping costs, we are asking for a $40 donation from teams.

Once you receive a confirmation for registration you will need to complete your donation at: https://www.firstchesapeake.org/index.php/donate
(Make sure in "note to seller" to add your team # and Richmond or Columbia Scrimmage)

Alternatively, you can mail a check to:

FIRST Chesapeake
2101 Maywill St.
Richmond, VA 23230
(Make sure to add your team # and Richmond or Columbia Scrimmage on the check's memo line!)

The FTC 2019-2020 Promote and Compass Awards page is open for submissions. 




For further description of the awards, click here.

Please join us for a pre-inspection the weekend of week 0. This is a great opportunity for teams to find any sticking points in their build before arriving at their first event. Robots will NOT receive inspection sticker at pre-inspections. Please bring only a mentor and 3-5 students.
Registration link- https://tinyurl.com/rjm4qa2

The locations are:

Richmond VA Location
Venue: Deep Run High School
Address: 4801 Twin Hickory Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23059
Time: 10am - 2pm
Date: Sunday February 23rd
Deep Run will also be holding a week 0 scrimmage at the same time so a practice field will not be available.

Newport News Location
Venue: Peninsula STEM Gym
Address: 11516 Jefferson Ave #2, Newport News, VA 23601
Time: 10pm - 2pm
Date: Saturday February 22nd
A practice field maybe available for use as well

Columbia, MD Location
Venue: USRA
Address: 7178 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
Time: 10am - 2pm
Date: Saturday February 22nd
USRA will also be holding a week 0 scrimmage at the same time so a practice field will not be available.
Showbest Fixture Corporation has generously provided funding for FRC team grants for the 2020 season. All registered FRC teams in DC, Maryland and Virginia are eligible to apply for this needs-based award. 
Applications will be reviewed based upon need, and grants will not exceed $2,000 per team. Awards will be selected by a committee and can be used to help defray registrations, travel and lodging, or parts for the 2020 FRC season. Funds will also be considered to support outreach to grow FRC teams in local school districts and communities. 
Applications must be submitted on-line by 4pm, on February 7, 2020. Awards will be announced by February 21, 2020. 
Please contact  with any questions.

Inclement Weather


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