COVID-19 UPDATE: Please check here for more info - FIRST Inspires: COVID-19 Update



Workshop These events can cover a variety of FTC and robotics-related topics.  They are often hosted by vendors, Affiliate Partners, or teams.

Kick-off Held each September, this event is when the new season’s game is revealed.  Kick-off offers the opportunity to see the game reveal live, network with other FTC teams and strategize about the new season. 

Scrimmage A small event run by volunteers, usually a team or Affiliate Partner, good for practice and playing experience.  These events can have anywhere from three to 20 teams and may not include judging and awards.  These events do not qualify teams for championship tournaments

League Meet A shortened competition without Judging, Alliance Selection, Semi-Finals, Finals, or Awards. Results from each Meet will be used for team rankings in the League Tournament

League Tournament Each League in Illinois will hold one League Tournament. Each team in the tournament will start off with its ranking earned from the League Meets which it has participated in. All teams will be Judged and in the end, there will be Alliance Selections, Semi-Finals, Finals, and Awards. Qualifying teams from these events will advance to the Illinois FTC Championship Tournament.

Championship Tournament At the Illinois FTC Championship Tournament, teams compete for a chance to qualify for the World Championship Tournament.  Illinois teams are allowed to compete at Championship Tournaments held in other states but may be required to advance through a Qualifying Tournament structure.  Championship Tournaments adhere to standards in format, judging, and awards.

World Championship This event is the culmination of the season.  To compete in this event, teams must win at a Championship Tournament. The 2021 FTC World Championship is April 24-28 in Detroit. MI.  View the FTC World Championship page for details on advancement criteria.

Off-Season Events Off-Season Events provide opportunities for teams to compete for bragging rights, socialize with each other, and practice their skills and try out their robots

Illinois FTC Event Cancellation Policy 

If an event needs to be cancelled due to weather or public-health related incidents:

  1. The host will investigate the possibility of rescheduling the event.
    Unfortunately, we expect it will be difficult to do this given the logistics, but we will check into this (it could take a few days to determine)
  2. Who advances in event of a cancellation:
    1. For League Meets, this is not an issue. All teams progress to the League Tournament. Teams from this division will have one less event worth of seed matches.
    2. For League Tournaments, the same number of teams will advance to the state championship as planned. All but one advancement slot will be determined by the league's ranking. The one remaining advancement slot will be randomly drawn.