AZ First Tech Challenge

2801 Izabel St, Flagstaff, AZ 86004               928-773-8200 x 6493
Oct. 28, 2014


  1. Scrimmage Time!
  2. It's not to late to Register your team
  3. Tournament Registration
  4. Safety Video
  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 27, 2014.

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

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

4. Safety is extremely important at all levels of FIRST!  The CocoNuts FRC #2486 would like to share a safety video they found helpful with FTC.


5. Tips from "Ref" Rich
Here is this week's input:

“Are you ready to go autonomous???  What “ghoulishly delightful tricks” have you got planned for a strategy? 

               Placing the Autonomous Balls?  Remember that points are awarded for placing a ball in a tube, at this point height does not count (that is counted at the end of the match).   Look at the scoring details to maximize autonomous points during this 30 second period.  (too bad Punkin Chukin is not in the game…  but be careful if you “Chuk” one of the balls too high or too far)

               Playing defense?  How is your robot going to maneuver to prevent the other alliance from getting points?  Pay close attention to the rules and definitions here so you don’t have a penalty flag fly!  (be careful not to send a robot to the cemetery as a result of running too hard…)

               Planning to move your rolling goals?  There is much discussion on the forums re. contact with the tubes.  Each week I am seeing questions about what constitutes “inadvertent” touching of the tubes…  you might want to check out the replies from GDC.  I foresee the tubes being a big penalty item this year unless you are careful.  (just like a mad scientist is careful around test tubes, please be careful handling the rolling ghouls …  oops, I meant goals)

The qualifying tournaments are just around the corner.  Hope you all are doing well and making great progress…

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

Rich “

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

6.Judges Corner

Inspire Award

In addition to a winning robot this is the award that all teams hope to earn. It is an all-around award that looks at all aspects of the team, from engineering know-how, to fundraising and Gracious Professionalism within the team and with competitors. The team that received the Inspire award will have a strong robot, clear documentation on the evolution of their robot, excellent communication as a team and shown participation in the greater community. Receiving this award also provides the highest possibility of being offered a spot at next level of competition.

Sample Engineering Notebook

7. Donation Destination
Deadline is NOVEMBER 2, 2014
The 2014 EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer Program Sponsored by 3D Systems and Coca-Cola!
More information and the application can be found at:
If you have any questions, please email
Stay tuned to the FIRST social media channels, as we will be sharing this exciting news with the greater FIRST Community in the coming weeks – we encourage you to then share these posts/tweets with your audiences on social media as well!

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