Championship Eligibility Criteria

In order to compete at the 2015 FIRST Championship, a 2015 registered FRC team must compete at the regional level, or qualify via the District State Championship/District Region Championship Event.

FRC Teams are eligible to register for the FIRST Championship if:

  • They are a "Pre-Qualifying" Team;
  • Become a Merit Based Qualifier during the 2015 FRC Season;
  • Have Veteran Team Status and waitlist register during the open enrollment phase.

2015 Rookie Teams

2015 FRC rookie teams are not eligible to register for the FIRST Championship via open Registration, but must qualify to attend per the Merit Based criteria set forth in the chart below.

Pre-Qualifying FRC Teams

Pre-Qualified FRC Teams can register for the FIRST Championship beginning on October 9, 2014 at 12 P.M. (noon) Eastern Time.

The following teams are considered Pre-Qualified:

  • FIRST Championship Chairman’s Award winners in prior years (Hall of Fame teams)
  • Original and sustaining teams from 1992 on
  • 2014 FIRST Championship Aerial Assist™ winners
  • 2014 FIRST Championship Aerial Assist™ Engineering Inspiration Award winners

See chart below for additional details

Merit Based Qualifying FRC Teams

Merit Based Qualifying Teams are automatically given the opportunity to register for the Championship at the time of their win at either a Regional Event or at their District Championship.

See the chart below for full details on what constitutes Merit Based Qualification for 2015.     

Learn more about the Merit Based Awards (and all our awards) in the 2015 FIRST Robotics Competition Manual.

Veteran FRC Team - Open Waitlist Registration

As the number of FRC teams and events continue to grow, the number of merit-based qualifying teams also grows. We can't predict the exact number of slots that will be available to veteran teams through an open registration process, but the number is likely to be small.

During this enrollment period, FRC teams will immediately go onto a waitlist for the FIRST Championship.

We will release FIRST Championship slots to waitlisted teams as the season progresses and we become comfortable that all merit-based qualifying teams (teams winning awards at 2015 events that qualify them to go to Championship) are being accommodated.

Wild Card Slots for the 2015 Championship

Teams can earn a Wild Card slot at their Regional Event. Any team at a Regional who has already earned a FIRST Championship spot prior to the Regional and earns an additional spot at the Regional (by being on the Winning Alliance or being selected for one of the three qualifying awards) will generate a Wild Card slot. Additionally, any Team earning two qualifying spots at a single Regional (e.g. by being on the Winning Alliance and earning the Chairman’s Award) will generate a Wild Card slot.

A team who has already earned a spot at FIRST Championship prior to the Regional and earns two qualifying spots at the Regional will generate two Wild Card slots.

A Team is considered to have already earned a FIRST Championship spot prior to the Regional if they are a pre-qualified team per Section 7.2, earned a spot at an earlier Regional by being selected for one of the three qualifying awards per Section 7.3.1, are on the Winning Alliance per Section 7.3.2, or earned a Wild Card slot per this section. Teams who have been selected from the Waitlist to participate in the FIRST Championship do not generate Wild Cards.

The Wild Card slots are distributed to the Finalist Alliance, in the order of Team selection (Alliance Captain, 1st Pick, 2nd Pick, Back-Up team, if a Back-Up team participated), until either all Wild Card slots generated at that event are distributed or the Finalist Alliance is out of Teams, whichever comes first. If a member of the Finalist Alliance has already earned a spot at the FIRST Championship, they are passed over and the next member of the Alliance is given the available Wild Card slot. A team may decline a Wild Card slot they have been offered, but this does not pass the Wild Card slot down to the next team in line, instead, that Wild Card slot will go unused. Unused Wild Card slots will not be backfilled or replaced.

Open Waitlist Registration

Veteran FRC teams who did not compete at the 2014 FIRST Championship may waitlist register for the 2015 FIRST Championship beginning October 23, 2014 at 12 noon Eastern Time.

Waitlist - A waitlist will be maintained for any openings that become available.

2015 FIRST Championship Registration Information

Award Description

Teams

Opens

Closes

Payment

Due

Pre-Qualifying Teams

FIRST Championship
Chairman's Award 
winners from all prior 
years

 16, 23,   51 (formerly teams 47 and 65), 67, 103, 111, 120, 151, 175, 191,   236, 254, 341, 365, 842, 359, 1114, 1538,27

 

 

 

10/9/2014
  12 noon ET

 

11/24/2014
  12 noon ET

 

01/23/15

 

Original and sustaining teams from 1992 

 

20, 45,   126, 148, 151, 190, 191 

 

 

10/9/2014
  12 noon ET

 

11/24/2014
  12 noon ET

01/23/15

 

2014 FIRST Championship

"Aerial Assist" Winners

 

254, 2848, 469, 74

 10/9/2014
  12 noon ET

 

11/24/2014
  12 noon ET

 

01/23/15

 

2014 FIRST Championship

Engineering Inspiration Award Winners

 

2158, 2468, 384, 1710

 10/9/2014
  12 noon ET

 

11/24/2014
  12 noon ET

 

01/23/15

 

Merit Based Qualifying Teams

Chairman's Award winners

2015 Regional
 
1 per Regional

2015 District Championships

TBD

 

TBD

After merit based win

 

Close date based on week qualified

 

TBD

Engineering Inspiration   Award winners

2015 Regional
1 per Regional

2015 District Championships

TBD

 

TBD

After merit based win

 

Close date based on week qualified


     

TBD

Rookie All-Star Award winners

2015 Regional
1 per Regional

2015 District Championships

TBD

 

TBD

After merit based win

Close date based on week qualified

 

TBD

2015 Winners

2015 Regional 
 
3 per Regional

2015 District Championships
 
TBD
   
   

 TBD

After merit based win

 

Close date based on week qualified

 

 

 

TBD

Top Ranked teams at the 2015 District Championships that are not one of the 9 Merit Based Teams
 
TBD

TBD

After District Championship

TBD

TBD

Veteran Teams - Open Waitlist Registration

 

Veteran teams who did not compete at the 2014 FIRST Championship

 

TBD

10/23/2014
12 noon ET

11/24/2014

01/23/2015