AZ First Tech Challenge

2801 Izabel St, Flagstaff, AZ 86004               928-773-8200 x 6493
Oct. 21, 2014


  1. Scrimmage Time!
  2. It's not to late to Register your team
  3. Tournament Registration
  4. Local FRC Team needs your help!
  5. Tips from Rich the "Ref"
  6. Judges Corner
  7. Donation Destination

Time to plan a scrimmage in your area.
Please let us know what you have coming up!
Contact Susan Garduno for details

2. Register your team.
Teams must be registered with FIRST prior to registering for a tournament.

3. Qualifying Tournaments:
Sign up for your Qualifying Tournament while there is still room.

Chandler (Nov. 22,2014)  --- 4 open slots
Phoenix (Nov. 22, 2014) ---5 open slots
Flagstaff (Dec. 06, 2014) ---3 open slots
New Mexico (Dec. 13, 2014) ---6 open slots
Laveen (Jan. 24, 2015) ---3 open slots
Goodyear (Feb. 07, 2015)  ---11 open slots

Open slots in
Qualifying Tournaments as of October 6, 2014.

Arizona & New Mexico can now sign up for a second Qualifying Tournament.

October 7, 2014
Qualifying Tournaments are open to all Teams.


Coconino High school

The team is fundraising by selling tickets to the upcoming Phoenix Suns game for Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.

The team will earn $10 for every ticket sold.

There are 214 tickets available and must be sold by November 3, 2014.

To purchase tickets please visit:

Group Code: AZFIRST

The team will only receive credit after you have purchased your tickets and you email

confirmation to

Please be sure to include your name, quantity of tickets, and ticket level purchased ($45, $53, or $61).


5. Tips from "Ref" Rich

Ref Tip for the week…


We are moving closer to the start of the tournaments…  and field action.  You’ve gone through your pre-match checklist.  Your team and robot are are ready to go…  so let’s look at taking the field…

Remember in the qualifying matches, Blue Alliance will place the robots first, followed by the Red Alliance.  In the Finals, it is lower seed who places first.  Of course, the second alliance to place, can waive the option to place last and place their robots while the other alliance is doing so.


During placement, remember that each team will have a small and large ball for the Autonomous period.  Make sure you place these balls in contact with the robot or hand them back to the referee for placement in the ball dispenser. 


Do a final check your connections, program and power, Samantha communication…


The referees will confirm that each alliance is ready, once ready, a random number will be generated for rotation of the center field structure, and then set the structure.  Once the position is determined, remember there is no touching the robot or the driver controllers until after the autonomous period when you are instructed to pick up the controllers.


We are now into the final countdown for the match to begin…

Tune in next week for more on the autonomous play and any interesting things that may pop up during the week!



Keep having fun and stay Safe!



Submit Ref questions to and Rich will answer all he can in the weekly ARIZONA FTC BLAST

6.Judges Corner

The presentation is your chance to shine as a team. This will be the only time that you have one on one uninterrupted time with the judges to discuss your robot, interesting stories about your journey as a team, community outreach, and anything else that sets you apart from the competition. A script is not necessary if that is not how your team functions best, but it is a good idea to have a list of points that you would like to make sure the judges hear.

Sample Engineering Notebook

7. Donation Destination

Thanks to a generous donation courtesy of FIRST supporters Coca-Cola Company and 3D Systems Corporation, we are giving away approximately 1600 3D Printers! 

Registered FRC and FTC teams are invited to apply, and the deadline has been extended to November 2nd at 11:59pm! Apply for a 3D printer for  your FIRST team here,

Learn more about the donation:

Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge  Web Site

Susan Garduno, FIRST VISTA

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