Rookie Alert- Prepare for Kickoff~FIRST Choice~Understand Bag & Tag~Save yourself some trouble~We're here to help


Greetings Rookies:

Prepare for Kickoff:

If your team is attending a Kickoff, now is a good time to make sure that you are ready! Everyone attending a FRC Kickoff must provide a signed Consent and Release Form in order to enter the event. You must also bring a printout of your Team Roster from TIMS.  Please visit: for more information on the Consent and Release Form/Team Roster process.

Before you attend Kickoff, discuss your team’s plan:

  • Who will download the encrypted Game Manual before Kickoff?
  • Does your school require permission slips from participating students? Or proof of insurance from drivers?
  • How will everyone get there?
  • If your Local Kickoff is hosting a Robot Quick Build Workshop, have you signed up?
  • How will team members who are not attending Kickoff view the broadcast?
  • Who will check the team in at Kickoff and who will sign for the Kit of Parts (KoP)?  (Must be an adult mentor over 18)
  • Does your team have access to a dolly or cart to facilitate picking up the KoP?
  • Do you have a way to get the KoP home? (A KoP will fill most car trunks)
  • Where and when will your team meet after Kickoff to discuss the game?
  • Who is responsible for taking inventory of the KoP once you get it back to your team’s workspace?
  • Who will complete the replacement parts section in TIMS before the deadline?

FIRST Choice:

Beginning Saturday, 12/14/13, teams may order additional elements from the KoP using the FIRST Choice system. Parts are limited, so you will want to visit FIRST Choice now to learn how it works and to decide what your team will order:

Understand Bag and Tag:

All teams MUST stop work on their robot on Stop Build Day, Tuesday, February 18th. At this time, your team will need to place your robot in the isolation bag and complete a Robot Lock-Up Form.  You must then arrange to transport the bagged robot to the event yourself. Everything you need to know about the Bag & Tag process is included in Section 5 of the Game Manual:

Save yourself some trouble:

Rookie teams from previous years suggest you secure a meeting place, obtain tools and set up a system for communicating with your team members, mentors, supporters and school now.  Once the game is revealed, you won’t have time to think about anything other than design and build.   More details are available in the FRC Handbook, which is available here:

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 your rookie season! (If you are calling from outside the United States, please dial +1.603-666-3906, “0”)

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Go Rookies!