Rookie Alert- Upcoming Deadlines~FIRST Choice~What to do now~Save yourself some trouble~We're here to help!


Greetings Rookies:

Upcoming Deadlines:

Replacement Parts Request Deadline—Friday, January 10th: check your Kit of Parts (KoP) against the KoP checklist and list any replacement items in TIMS. For more information, please visit: This is a time limited, one-time only opportunity to submit your Replacement Parts Request!

Additional Event Registration Payments Deadline—Friday, January 24th: Registration payment information can be found here:

FIRST Choice:

Your team may add to your KoP components using FIRST Choice: Parts are limited, so visit the site now and order soon!

What to do now:

If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend a Robot Quick Build Session at your Local Kickoff, the challenge of turning your KoP into a working robot may feel overwhelming at this moment. Don’t worry; the Robot Quick Build Documents are available on our website here: for your reference.

Be aware: As teams ask the Game Design Committee questions about the game, some rules will be clarified and others may be updated.  You don’t want to spend valuable time working on an assumption that is no longer valid.  Assign reliable team members to check the Team Updates twice weekly and have them share updates with your team regularly:

Save yourself some trouble:

Rookie teams from last year stressed the importance of understanding FRC rules are rules, not guidelines.  The weight is a limit.  The size is a limit, the wiring requirements are requirements, the robot shipping rules are rules.  If you read the FRC Competition Manual and check the Team Updates twice weekly:  you improve your team’s chance for success.

We’re here to help:

If you have any questions, please contact Team Support at or 1-800-871-8326, “0” – they are eager to help you during this rookie season! (If you are calling from outside the United States, please dial +1.603-666-3906, “0”)

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Go Rookies!