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 (3)

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

This season, we will continue with a Wild Card system that will provide a broader distribution of merit-based Championship slots.

If a team who wins a Regional in 2015 – in other words, if a team who is a member of the Winning Alliance – has already qualified for Championship at an earlier Regional in 2015, a Wild Card slot is created at the Regional which they just won. 

Wild Card slots are filled in the order of:

1. Finalist Alliance Captain

2. Finalist First Pick

3. Finalist Second Pick

4. Finalist Backup Team

Wild Card slots are passed to the next team in the order specified above only if the team occupying that Wild Card slot has already qualified for Championship at an earlier 2015 Regional. The number of potential Wild Card slots created at each Regional is equal to the number of teams on the Winning Alliance who had already qualified for Championship at an earlier Regional in 2015.   

Only teams on the Finalist Alliance are eligible for Wild Card slots.  It’s possible for a Wild Card slot to go unused. Unused Wild Card slots cannot be replaced or backfilled.

District model teams that attend a traditional Regional are eligible for Wild Card slots in the same way as all other teams at the Regional. 

Please note: Championship status based on pre-qualification (Original and Sustaining Teams, Hall of Fame Teams and 2014 FIRST Championship Winners) has no effect on this system. Only performance during the 2015 season is considered.

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

 

FIRST Championship Registration Qualifiers

 

Award Description

Teams

Opens

Closes

Payment

Due

 

Pre-Qualifying
FRC 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

 

Pre-Qualifying
FRC Teams

 

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


Pre-Qualifying
FRC Teams

 

2014 FIRST Championship

"Aerial Assist" Winners

 

1678,   1114,1640, 5136

 10/9/2014
  12 noon ET

 

11/24/2014
  12 noon ET

 

01/23/15

 

Merit Based
Qualifying FRC 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

Merit Based
Qualifying FRC Teams

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

Merit Based
Qualifying FRC Teams 

Merit Based

Qualifying FRC Teams

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

Merit Based
Qualifying FRC Teams

2015 Winners

2015 Regional 
 
3 per Regional

2015 District Championships
 
TBD
   
   

 TBD

After merit based win

 

Close date based on week qualified

 

 

 

TBD

 Merit Based
 Qualifying FRC Teams

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

Wild Card Teams

 

TBD 

After Wild Card slot awarded 

Close date based on week qualified 

 

 

 

Veteran FRC Team

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