AZ First Tech Challenge

2801 Izabel St, Flagstaff, AZ 86004               928-773-8200 x 6493
Sept. 29, 2014


  1. We are here for YOU!
  2. It's not to late to Register your team
  3. Tournament Registration
  4. Resources for  rookie teams
  5. Tips from Rich the "Ref"
  6. Judges Corner
  7. Donation Destination


1. We are here to help! Lets us know what your team is doing. Do you have questions? Do you need a team to Mentor you? Do you want a team to Mentor?
E-mail your request to:

2.It's not to late! Start your FTC Team Now. Register your team.

Teams must be registered with FIRST prior to registering for a tournament.

Register your team today!!!

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

Chandler (Nov. 22,2014)  --- 4 open slots
Phoenix (Nov. 22, 2014) ---7 open slots
Flagstaff (Dec. 06, 2014) ---7 open slots
New Mexico (Dec. 13, 2014) ---13 open slots
Laveen (Jan. 24, 2015) ---10 open slots
Goodyear (Feb. 07, 2015)  ---18 open slots

Open slots in
Qualifying Tournaments as of September 29, 2014.

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

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

4.     We have lots of great new resources for your rookie teams. Check out the following page:

You’ll find basic guides to build a simple TETRIX or MATRIX pushbot, live team training schedule, team registration (TIMS) guides and more. Bookmark this page!


5. Tips from "Ref" Rich
I hope your teams are progressing well.  As you work on your designs, don’t forget to pay attention to Robot Rules <RG04>, <RG05> and <RG07> found in Game Manual Part 1. 
These are a few of the key rules that refs will be looking at when you place your robots on the field. 

With <RG04>, proper sizing also includes any use of “Alignment Jigs”.  Jigs must be self contained as part of the robot and fit into the 18 in. cube dimension. 

For <RG05> and <RG06> it helps to just print out an extra page from the game manual and cut out the “Warning” and the “Power” labels and affix them to your robot.  These are more easy for inspectors and refs to recognize and make for smoother flow as the teams prepare to compete in the field.

Best wishes as you move forward into the season!


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

6.Judges Corner Are you ready for your 15 minutes of fame?

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

Did you know that FIRST has a Fundraising "Toolkit"

APS Grant

aps - aps/phoenix suns stem mini-grants 


Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge  Web Site

Arizona FTC Web Site

Susan Garduno, FIRST VISTA

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