Official FIRST

FIRST site Official FIRST site. Contains information about the objective and goals for FIRST, the year’s challenge, team information, and general schedules for various events.
Game rules Specifies all the rules and restrictions for the year’s game challenge. Should be read carefully.
Important Deadlines Important dates to remember for FIRST, include deadlines for award submission and payment due dates.
Q&A Forum Official FIRST forum that contains answers to question
about the year’s game challenge.
Lone Star teams FIRST TIMS database indexes all registered teams for the Lone Star Regional
Email Blast Contains all the email archives officially sent by FIRST
FIRST Scholarships FIRST scholarships enable students to pursue majors and careers in engineering, computer science, electronics, animation, digital design, aeronautics, and many other technological fields.
Safety FIRST considers Safety to be a key component of the FIRST Robotics Competition. To help teams understand the FIRST Safety Program, the FIRST Safety Manual provides information on the FIRST Safety Awareness and Recognition Program.

Required Documentation

Consent form Needs to be filled out by every team member and turned in during the first day of regional
Judges Survey Needs to be filled out by every team and turned in during the first day of regional
Team Roster Roster of all team members, also needs to be turned in during the first day of regional
Bill of Materials Bill of Materials that you must turn in to the Inspector (template version)

Non-Official Links

FIRST Suppliers
Innovation FIRST Official supplier for the FIRST kits
Andy Mark Standard Solution for Competition Robots
BaneBots Provides gearboxes for the FIRST kit


Technical Resources
ChiefDelphi A helpful forum for FIRST participants. This site is run by team #47.
FIRST CAD library Provides many CAD models of the components used in current and prior FIRST robotic competitions
FIRSTbase This newly developed site is the Autodesk source for FIRST teams. The website is your destination to download free Autodesk software, access training, the Autodesk Kit of Parts, the Autodesk Design Competition, FIRST resources and team communications.
Autodesk Online Tutorial Autodesk is proud to present Phil Dollan–AutoCAD® and Autodesk Inventor educator at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)–as he demonstrates his mastery of Autodesk Inventor 6 and Autodesk Inventor Professional 7 in a series of online tutorials.
Programming Contains presentation developed by David Maxwell of Innovation First. This is for absolute beginners who want to get started programming the 2004 FIRST Robot Controller. Also included in this site is various programming tips for pneumatics control, camera targeting code, robot control, as well as many other useful tutorials.


Team sustainability
FIRST nemo Non-engineering major organization is a support group and information exchange for those adult non-engineering mentors who help teams as part of the FIRST robotics programs.
Mentoring Veteran FRC teams are available nationally to help new teams who are just getting started. This link is a helpful how-to guide on the best ways to mentor other teams.
Team in a Box Request your free Team in a Box DVD and CD set, designed to help rookie teams and their mentors get started. Provided free of charge, compliments of Team 341.
NASA Robotics Alliance Project Once again, NASA is providing sponsorships to assist teams in developing self-sustaining FIRST programs in their local areas.


Robot Resources
Match Videos The Blue Alliance provides a plethora of videos from the regionals to watch teams in action and scouting purposes
Robot Cafe Robot Cafe aggregates many different robot related sites