FLL Jr. Roles and Resources

Closing Ceremony

Assists with set-up and tear-down of auditoriums or halls used for closing ceremonies. Assists with the organized, controlled flow of traffic into and out of hall; assists with traffic control during awards presentation.

Benefits of the position:

High visibility role

Significant level or responsibility

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the flow of the Expo

Required Skills and Experience:

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Floaters
Covers various roles based on needs as they arise including: registration, traffic control, messenger, and team escort. Floater may be reassigned if a volunteer does not show up or needs to leave due to an emergency or illness.

This is a critical role.

Benefits of the position:

Provides an opportunity to experience more than one role

Required Skills and Experience:

Flexible, “go with the flow” attitude

Ability to work as part of a team and be an effective communicator

Ability to jump into a physically demanding role

 

Load In/Out
Assists with set-up/load-in of Expo area as well as breakdown/load-out at end of day.

Benefits of the position:

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the Expo flow

Required Skills and Experience:

Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

Reviewers
Reviews the teams’ models and Show Me Posters, then collaborates with other reviewers to assign awards to all teams. Will join other reviewers on stage at the closing ceremonies to hand out awards at High Fives.

Benefits of the position:

High visibility role

Significant level of responsibility

Provides an opportunity to positively impact quality of event

Interacts with teams and team members

Required Skills and Experience:

Outgoing personality

Strong assessment skills

Strong interpersonal/communication skills

Ability to effectively relate to youth aged 6-10 and be a role model at all times

Knowledge of awards process

Experience working with youth ages 6-10 and/or FIRST LEGO League Jr. experience preferred

 

Team Activities
Assist with set-up and break-down of team activity space. Oversees activity area. Assists with organized rotation of teams in and out of each activity.

Benefits of the position:

Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the Expo by helping to maintain pace

Significant level of responsibility

High visibility role

Required Skills and Experience:

Outgoing personality

Strong personality

Strong interpersonal/communication skills

Ability to effectively relate to youth aged 6-10 and be a role model at all times

Team Escorts
Help keep event flowing and on time. Assists teams with finding table space in Expo are as well as the way to other areas of the Expo:

activities, reviewing rooms, closing ceremonies, etc. This person should be very aware of the schedule, and needs to be able to keep track of more than one thing at a time.

Benefits of the position:

Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the Expo flow

Significant level of responsibility

High visibility role

Required Skills and Experience:

Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Self-directed individual

Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time.

FLL Roles and Resources

Assistant Scorekeeper

Assists the scorekeeper in entering the Robot Game scores into the computer from the referees’ score sheets.  Assistant helps scorekeepers verify accuracy of entries. 

 Benefits of the Position: Provides an opportunity to observe matches

Significant level of responsibility

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

Basic knowledge of the competition game and rules helpful

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Comfortable working on a computer

Detail oriented

driven to achieve high level of accuracy

Master of Ceremonies

Serves as the public voice of the event. Introduces both teams at the competition table, ensures both teams are ready, and starts the match by announcing, “Three, Two, One, LEGO!” Provides anecdotal announcements about teams that helps put them at ease while keeping the audience engaged.

MC helps the audience visualize the action and excitement through commentary during the robot rounds.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to observe matches

Significant level of responsibility

Highly visible role

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

Knowledge of the competition game and rules helpful

Public speaking skills

Comfort and experience interacting with youth aged 9-14

Sense of humor

Concessions

Help staff the food and beverage area of the event, if applicable.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to positively impact quality of event

Provides an opportunity to interact with teams and youth

Required Skills and Experience:

Ability to work as part of a team and be an effective communicator

Field Reseter

Repairs and resets the playing fields after each match. Reseter plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining pace of the event. Supervise the teams collecting their robot and attachments to assure that field setup pieces are not taken inadvertently.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to observe matches

Surrounded by fast-paced action

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

Knowledge of the competition game, field setup, and rules helpful

Ability to work as part of a team

Physically active role; ability to stand for long periods of time and move quickly about the field

Field Manager

Keeps teams flowing to each area throughout the day and on schedule. From the competition floor, the field manager keeps in contact with the pit, queuers, and judging areas. Keep abreast of scheduling, audio and visual, scoring, and work with the MC. Coordinates several sets of volunteers, which may include field attendants, scorekeepers, score runners, and MC.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to observe matches

Surrounded by fast-paced action

Critical for the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

Basic knowledge of the competition games, rules, and table set-up necessary

Ability to work as part of a team and be an effective communicator; ability to keep chain of command informed of critical issues and schedule

Physically active role; ability to stand for long periods of time and move quickly about the field

Excellent problem-solving skills

FIRST and/or FIRST LEGO League experience necessary

 
foaters

Provide assistance in various areas as determined by the manager of event-day volunteers. Often helps with last-minute tasks as identified by event staff and key volunteers. Floaters often fill specific volunteer positions for ‘no show’ volunteers and serve to fill-in to allow volunteer breaks. Floaters can be useful as messengers, problem solvers, and guides. They may also enjoy distribute pins, medals and trophies. They staff the practice field to help manage the flow of teams. They also might staff food stands and help with overall clean up.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to experience more than one role

Required Skills and Experience:

Flexible, ‘go with the flow’ attitude

Ability to work as part of a team and be an effective communicator

Ability to jump into a physically demanding role

Judge Adviser

This is a key volunteer position. Key volunteers require advanced training as prescribed by FIRST headquarters. Rather than judge teams, the judge advisor oversees the judging process and judging quality for the event. The judge advisor ensures that FIRST LEGO League Global Standards for judging and awards are followed. Judge advisors are responsible for overseeing all judges for the event, including any necessary pre-event communication and training. Judge advisors assure paperwork is provided for the judges (including rubrics and scoring sheets) for each area being judged. Requires intimate familiarity with the Judging Manual and advance training.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to play a key part in event adherence to FIRST LEGO League Global Standards

Advanced level of responsibility

Knowledge of the current season project and FIRST LEGO League

Outgoing personality

Strong leadership skills

Strong interpersonal/communication skills

Strong organizational skills

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

FIRST LEGO League experience necessary

Judge Assistant

Assists judge advisors and judges throughout the event. Position manages team traffic before and after judging sessions. Responsible for keeping judging sessions on schedule, keeping waiting teams quiet, assuring teams are sent to correct judging location, and helping to prepare and break-down judging rooms.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to utilize and further develop interpersonal skills

Provides an opportunity to interact with judges, judge advisors and head judges

Required Skills and Experience

Outgoing personality; high energy

Strong interpersonal/communication skills

Strong organizational skills

Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

Judges

Project Judge Selects team award recipients through interaction with teams and contributing to the deliberation process. Interview and observe teams in the judging rooms, pit, and on the playing field. Position serves as a role model for the team members. Participates in writing short awards scripts extolling merits of winning teams and assists with award presentations to the teams.

The FIRST LEGO League Project changes with the yearly Challenge theme and is the opportunity for the teams to explore the topic in depth and allows them to have a first hand opportunity in proposing a solution to a problem they selected.

Benefits of the Position

High visibility role

Significant level of responsibility

Provides an opportunity to positively impact quality of event

Interacts with teams and team members

Strong assessment skills

Strong interpersonal/communication skills

Ability to effectively relate to youth aged 9-14 and adults and be a role model at all times

Ability to work as a member of a team

Knowledge of award criteria and selection process

FIRST and/or FIRST LEGO League experience preferred

Head Project Judge

All the benefits and skills as listed above. This individual helps train and oversee all tournament project judges, including assisting the judge advisor in facilitation of judge deliberations.

Core Values Judge Selects team award recipients through interaction with teams and contributing to the deliberation process. Interview and observe teams in the judging rooms, pit, and on the playing field. Position serves as a role model for the team members. Participates in writing short awards scripts extolling merits of winning teams and assists with award presentations to the teams. Information on FIRST LEGO League Core Values.

Benefits of the Position:High visibility role

Significant level of responsibility

Provides an opportunity to positively impact quality of event

Interacts with teams and team members

Strong assessment skills

Strong interpersonal/communication skills

Ability to effectively relate to youth aged 9-14 and adults and be a role model at all times

Ability to work as a member of a team

Knowledge of award criteria and selection process

FIRST and/or FIRST LEGO League experience preferred

Head Core Values Judge All the benefits and skills as listed above. This individual helps train and oversee all tournament core values judges, including assisting the judge advisor in facilitation of judge deliberations.Robot Design Judge  Selects team award recipients through interaction with teams and contributing to the deliberation process. Interview and observe teams in the judging rooms, pit, and on the playing field . Position serves as a role model for the team members. Participates in writing short awards on-the-spot scripts extolling merits of winning teams and assists with award presentations to the teams.

Benefits of the Position:

High visibility role

Significant level of responsibility

Provides an opportunity to positively impact quality of event

Interacts with teams and team members

Strong assessment skills

Strong interpersonal/communication skills

Ability to effectively relate to youth aged 9-14 and adults and be a role model at all times

Knowledge of award criteria and selection process

Understanding of mechanical/design concepts

FIRST and/or FIRST LEGO League experience preferred

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Head Robot Design Judge

All the benefits and skills as listed above. This individual helps train and oversee all tournament robot judges, including assisting the judge advisor in facilitation of judge deliberations.

Load-in/Load-out

Helps set-up or breakdown the event. May be assigned to set-up or breakdown a specific area of the event. This is a physically active role and requires the ability to lift a minimum of 15 lbs.Benefits of the Position:Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

 Practice Table Assistant

Provides direction, assistance, information, and support to teams at practice tables in the pit. Position manages the practice table schedule and oversight of field model pieces. Position serves as a role model for team members. Assist with practice table sign-up answer questions from teams and guests maintain practice table area

Benefits of the Position:

High visibility role

Variety of tasks and responsibilities

Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams

Provides an opportunity to work in a fast paced environment

Required Skill and Experiences:

Strong interpersonal/communication skills

Ability to stand for long periods of time

Ability to work as a member of a team

FIRST experience and a general knowledge of the FIRST LEGO League Robot Game table helpful

Pit Administrator

Provides and distributes critical information to teams as needed.  The pit is the ‘information hub’ for numerous inquiries and this individual should be trained in order to answer all questions by teams and guests about the day—from schedule to venue information.

 Benefits of the Position:

Significant level of responsibility

Provides an opportunity to positively impact quality of event

Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams

Provides an opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment

Required Skills and Experiences:Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills

Ability to work as a member of a team

Pit Runners

Serves as team messenger—providing and distributing critical information to teams. Assists with distribution of match lists to teams as needed. Helps guide teams from pit to competition floor and is prepared to answer questions about the event from teams and guests.

Benefits of the Position:

High visibility role

Variety of tasks and responsibilities

Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams

Provides an opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment

Required Skills and Experiences:Strong interpersonal/communication skills

Physically active role; ability to run for short periods

Ability to work as a member of a team

Robot Game Queuers

Manages team traffic to and from the playing field. Queers play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of traffic and maintenance of overall event pace. May need to restrict access to competition area from unauthorized individuals. Communicates with pit runners and makes sure that the runners in the pit are rounding up teams that are not in the queue, helps keep teams in order and ready to compete. This person should be very aware of the schedule, and needs to be able to keep track of more than one thing at a time.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition by maintaining pace

Significant level of responsibility

High visibility role

Potential to observe matches

Required Skills and Experiences:Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Self-directed individual

Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

Judging Queuer

Manages team traffic to and from the judging areas. Queuers play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of traffic and maintenance of overall event pace. May need to restrict access to judging rooms from unauthorized individuals. Helps keep teams in order and ready to be seen by judges. This person should be very aware of the schedule, and needs to be able to keep track of more than one thing at a time.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition by maintaining pace

Significant level of responsibility

High visibility role

Potential to observe matches

Required Skills and Experiences:

Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Self-directed individual

Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

Head Referee

The head referee helps recruit, train, and oversee all tournament referees. Key volunteers require advanced training as prescribed by FIRST headquarters. Unparalleled knowledge of the robot game, mission, rules and Robot Game Updates. Responsible for tracking and timing robot performance rounds and coordinating referees with the emcee, scorekeeper, and the field manager.

Performs quality assurance on tournament Field Setup Kits, all competition and practice fields in advance of the event. Providing input from referees and field staff to the judge advisor for final judging deliberations

Benefits of the Position:

Surrounded by fast-paced action

Advanced level of responsibility

High visibility role

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the successful execution of the competition

Required Skills and Experiences

:Advanced knowledge of the competition game and rules of play

Ability to be tactful and assertive

Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

Outgoing personality; high energy

Strong communication and diplomatic skills

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Detail-oriented

Strong assessment skills

Experience and training required

Referee

Observes team robot game matches, identifies rule violations, assesses field for scoring of matches, and participates in deliberations regarding contested calls and official scores. Position works under the direction of the head referee. Requires advance training and intimate knowledge of current Robot Challenge Game rules. Plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.

Embodies FIRST LEGO League core values while monitoring and promoting sage practices on and around the playing field.

Benefits of the Position:

Surrounded by fast-paced action

Significant level of responsibility

High visibility role

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the successful execution of the competition

Required Skills and Experience:Thorough knowledge of the competition game and rules of play

Ability to be tactful and assertive

Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

Outgoing personality; high energy

Strong communication, diplomacy skills

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Detail-oriented

Strong assessment skills

FIRST LEGO League experience and training required

Registration

Assists with FIRST LEGO League team registration. Position provides direction, assistance, and information to coaches and other adults accompanying teams and distributes materials. Assist with area set-up and breakdown.

Benefits of the Position:

Significant level of responsibility

High visibility role

Variety of tasks and responsibilities

Required Skills and Experience:Ability to be tactful and assertive

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Strong organization skills

Attention to detail

Self-directed individual

FIRST experience helpful

Scorekeeper

This person is someone who is comfortable with computers and can enter data from score sheets into either Excel or a scoring program. Helps facilitate the final ranking for awards, the announcement of the scores by the emcee, and display of the scores in the pit area. Prints out the ranking chart and delivers it to the judge advisor after each round. 

FIRST LEGO League headquarters will provide an annual online training of the scoring programs it provides and strongly encourages this individual to take the training in advance if you will use the scoring software.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to observe matches

Significant level of responsibility

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Experience and Skills Needed:

Basic knowledge of the competition game and rules helpful

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Excellent computer skills

Detail oriented; driven to achieve high level of accuracy

Score Runner

Expedites the scoring process by collecting the score sheets from the referees and bringing them to the scoring table. May assist with set-up and breakdown of scoring system and/or field.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to observe matches

Significant level of responsibility

High visibility role

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

Basic knowledge of the competition game helpful

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Self-directed individual

Ability to stand for long periods of time

Strong assessment skills

Physically active role; ability to stand for long periods of time run for short periods

Technical Staff

From taping down gaff tape to figuring out why that AV equipment isn’t working, this individual may be called on to help with any of the technical aspects that keep an FIRST LEGO League event up and running.

No formal technical expertise is required.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Provides an opportunity to work in a fast paced environment

Experience and Skills Needed:

Basic computer skills

Tech-savviness

Ability to problem-solve onsite

Timer

This person is someone comfortable keeping the flow of the day going by constantly checking the clock and communicating the timing to appropriate individuals on the field.

Works closely with field resetters and referees to keep on track with the timing between robot matches set forth by the tournament director(s).

Benefits of the Position

:Provides an opportunity to observe matches

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Experience and Skills Needed:

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Ability to stand for long periods of time

Detail oriented; driven to achieve high level of accuracy

Traffic Control/Security

Many FIRST LEGO League events are crowded; help direct and manage large groups of people moving from place to place. Provide security for the event by maintaining crowd order, including making sure only allowable volunteers and staff are near match tables and only allowable individuals view judging.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Significant level of responsibility

Experience and Skills Needed:

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Comfortable combining gracious professionalism with authoritativeness, when appropriate

Volunteer Coordinator

This individual is responsible for the onsite management of event-day volunteers, including setting up registration for volunteers, managing any walk-on volunteers, and problem-solving. They work closely with the tournament director and venue on all volunteer logistics, including pre-event planning and communication.

Please note, this is an key position that involves a large amount of work in advance of the event; individuals should only sign up for this role if directed to do so by a FIRST LEGO League operational partner or FIRST LEGO League tournament director.

Benefits of the Position:

Advanced level of responsibility

Experience and Skills Needed:Basic knowledge of tournament structure and volunteer roles and responsibilities

Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team

Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Strong organization skills

Attention to detail

Volunteer Room Assistant

Monitor and maintain the area assigned to volunteers to relax, store belongings, mingle, and eat. Not every event has a volunteer area, but for those that do, help is needed for set-up and break-down as well as overall monitoring.

Benefits of the Position:

Provides an opportunity to interact with many kinds of volunteers

Experience and Skills Needed:Self-directed individual

FTC Roles and Resources

Control System Advisor:

The Control System Advisor (CSA) role is to assist Teams with Robot Control System related issues. The CSA works in collaboration with the Field Technical Advisor (FTA) and/or Robot Inspectors, who may direct teams experiencing issues on the field or in the pits to the CSA for assistance.

This position requires a high level of technical knowledge and interpersonal skills, and can affect the quality of the event. 

 Prerequisite:

 In depth knowledge of the FIRST Tech Challenge Android based control system and diagnostic tools .

Minimum Age Requirement:

Must be at least 18 years of age to serve in this role. Provides in depth technical support to help teams troubleshoot and resolve robot and control system issues .Has in depth knowledge of the FIRST Tech Challenge

Android based control system and diagnostic tools .

Experienced with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi direct networking.

Crowd ControVolunteer:

Facilitate smooth pedestrian traffic flow throughout the facility; monitor audience .Keep aisles, hallways, and team traffic pathways clear in the pit and near the playing field .Limits team, volunteer, and public access to field .Monitor access to designated judge areas.

Dean’s List Interviewer:

Responsible for interviewing the Dean’s List Semi-finalist and writes notes for each student. This will be a 5-7 minute interview that will happen at the event except for regions who have only a State Championship. Those regions will require the Interviewer to interview the student remotely. Interviewers spend time reviewing the student’s nomination prior to the interview taking place.

Dean’s List Reviewer:

Responsible for reviewing Dean’s List nominations and Interviewer notes to determine which 2 students from a region will move to the next level of Dean’s List Finalist.

Disc Jockey:

Primary individual responsible for setting the tone of the competition. Create and sustain an exciting and fun atmosphere throughout the event. Most visible presence at the Event; embodies the spirit of FIRST and is the consummate FIRST ambassador. Play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event.  Commentate the opening and closing ceremonies and FIRST Tech Challenge matches. Provide spectators and teams an overview of game and the basic rules frequently throughout event . 

Announce teams participating in matches. Keep spectators informed of competition agenda and status; seeks and announces unique information specific to individual teams. Hosts the opening and awards ceremonies Field Inspector:

The Field Inspection process is in place to ensure that every robot can successfully connect and compete in a match. The Field Inspector must also go through the Field Inspection Checklist which includes verifying settings on the team’s Android device to reminding the teams to stay on time for each match. It is the responsibility of the Field Inspector to:  Verify that the team’s Driver Station and Robot Controller have the correct software and operating system. Verify that the Driver Station and Robot Controller’s settings are in compliance with the rules in the Game Manual Part 1. Conduct practice matches to ensure the Drivers Station connects with the Robot

Controller’s settings are in compliance with the rules in the Game Manual Part 1. Conduct practice matches to ensure the Drivers Station connects with the Robot Controller. Help the team to be successful.  Be fair and apply the same level of thoroughness for every team.

Field Manager:

Participate in field set-up and maintenance, directs activity on the field to ensure smooth execution of the matches. Plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event. 

Prerequisite:

 Previous experience as a Referee or Head Referee.

Minimum Age Requirement:

Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role • Setup construction in collaboration with the FIRST Tech Challenge Technical Advisor and Event Director • Direct field reset process.  Facilitate adherence to match timing.  Monitor placement of robots on field 

Collaborate with the Emcee and Event Director to monitor and adjust game pace, as needed. Observe and record team interactions, exemplified behavior, and behavior that is questionable.

Field Reset:

Repair and reset playing field after each team match. Plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining pace of the event. Reset Field after each team match • Check field for debris after match, remove, Check field for damage; apply/replace as needed ,  Distributes and collects alliance flags from the teams

Field Technical Advisor:

The Field Technical Advisor (FTA) and Field Manager (FM) work together to keep the areas in and around the robot playing fields running smoothly. The FTA concentrates on the technical issues (robots, Scoring Software, etc.) and the FM is responsible for operational activities (team queuing, playing field reset, etc.).

Prerequisite:

 In depth knowledge of the FIRST Tech Challenge Android based control system and diagnostic tools 

Minimum Age Requirement:

Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role • Pre-match and post-match robot triage. Providing as needed support to teams during Match set-up. Explaining technical issues that may have affected match play to Referees and students. Providing assistance for the scoring system. All the Field Manager’s responsibilities if the FTA and FM positions are combined.

Floater:

Volunteer floaters provide assistance in various areas. Frequently help with last-minute tasks identified by event staff Fill volunteer positions for volunteers who were assigned a specific position prior to the event, but could not attend the event.

FTA Assistant:

The Field Technical Advisor Assistant’s role is to provide support to the FTA in the playing area during the competition, to complete tasks as assigned by the FTA, and to act as the FTA if/when the FTA needs to leave the playing area to handle a robot problem, although any major decisions will be made by the

FTA.Game Announcer:

The Game Announcer’s role is vital to a successful event. The Game Announcer’s role is working with the Emcee to: • Introduce teams. Provide play-by-play commentary , Report the scores

Head Referee:

Refereeing at FIRST competitions is different from a traditional sporting event in that the Referees help the competitors to avoid breaking the rules of the Game. Referees observe matches, identify rule violations, and “call” them. Head Referees play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event. The Referees work under the direction of the Head Referee and may be required to participate in deliberations regarding contested Referee calls by teams.  

Prerequisite:

Previous experience as a Referee or Head Referee. Minimum Age Requirement: Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role. Must be at least 3 years removed from a team to serve in this role

Judge:

Judges select team award recipients through interaction with teams. Documentation regarding team background information is provided to familiarize judges with teams. Interview and observe teams in the judging rooms, the pit, and on the playing field.  Review team introduction sheet. Participate on Judge panel to decide team award recipients. •

Minimum Age Requirement:

 Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role. Must be at least 3 years removed from a team to serve in this role

Judge Advisor:

The Judge Advisor coordinates the judging process, including training Judges, scheduling the judging interviews, facilitating group deliberation sessions, ensuring the award decisions are made, and the awards script is written. The Judges, Judge Assistant, and Judge Match Observers look to the Judge Advisor for training materials, schedules, and other general questions throughout the event.

 Prerequisite:

Previous experience as a Judge or Judge Advisor.

 Minimum Age Requirement:

Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role. Must be at least 3 years removed from a team to serve in this role Review expectations for the day and the schedule with the Judges and Assistants. Receive list of teams registered for the event and any that have received the Inspire Award. Confirm if Promote or Compass Awards will be given and if so, receive a list of prior winners, and determine judging process for these awards. Secure match scores and rankings from the Scorekeeper to provide data to Judges throughout the event as needed. 

Judge Advisor Assistant:

The Judge Assistant is not a Judge, does not interview teams, or participate in awards recipient selection process. Assist Judge Advisor to keep Judge panel on schedule and performs other duties as assigned by the Judge Advisor.  Provide clerical assistance, i.e., type awards scripts on laptop.  Organize and ensure all materials and supplies needed are available, and correctly placed on tables. Breakdown of Judge Room at end of competition, repack FIRST materials, return materials to Volunteer Coordinator

Judge Match Observer:

Most of the Judges will be involved in the Judge interviews, and will not have much time to see the robots in action. Two or three Judges should be asked to serve as Judge Match Observers. Their role is to watch the action on the field, and collect data on the quality of the robot performance.

 Minimum Age Requirement:

Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role. Must be at least 3 years removed from a team to serve in this role

Lead Field Inspector:

Field Inspectors perform mandatory Field Inspections to ensure that every robot can successfully connect and compete in a match. Lead Field Inspectors supervise the Field Inspectors and act as a resource to the Field Inspectors performing the inspections.  

Prerequisite:

Previous experience as a Field Inspector. 

 Minimum Age Requirement:

Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role.

Lead Queuer:

Lead Queuers manage the flow of teams to and from the Competition Area. Queuers will work with the Event Director and the Field Tech Advisor (FTA) to create unrestricted paths to and from the pit area to the competition area. Creating and managing a safe, orderly flow of robots/teams to and from the competition will assist on keeping all the matches running on time. Lead Queuers will also properly stage alliances in holding areas, while ensuring that the proper numbers of teams are in the queue. The Lead Queuer is an important part of the event management team, working directly with the Event Director, Field Tech Advisor, and the Queuing Staff.  

Prerequisite:

Previous experience as a Queuer.Lead

Robot Inspector:

Robot Inspectors perform mandatory Robot Inspections to ensure compliance with robot construction rules. Lead Robot Inspectors supervise the Robot Inspectors and act as a resource to the Robot Inspectors performing the Inspections. 

Prerequisite:

Previous experience as a Robot Inspector.

 

Minimum Age Requirement

Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role. Robot Inspectors determine Inspection outcome decisions (pass/fail).

Lead Scorekeeper

The Lead Scorekeeper is the person responsible for making sure that the Scoring System is handled correctly and that match scores are entered accurately. The Scorekeeper helps the flow of the event and provides information to the teams and to the audience.

Load-In/Load Out Crew:

These volunteers are responsible for either:  Setting up the event before the competition OR  Tearing down the event after the competition

Photographer:

This person captures the Competition on film and/or video for archival and future publicity

Pit Administrator:

The Pit Manager is responsible for setting up the pit area, Trains the pit area volunteers. Manages all activities in the pit area including coordination of pit administration table and team interface. Collaborates with Emergency Medical Technicians.

Pit Announcer:

The Pit Announcer’s primary duty is to call teams to the queuing area, Makes general announcements via use of the public address system. Works in collaboration with the team queuing Volunteers to facilitate adherence to team match schedule.

Practice Field Monitor (optional):

Supervise the practice field area, including monitoring team use of the field and game elements

Queuer:

Responsible for managing team traffic to and from the playing field. Stage and position teams in preparation for the start of matches. Play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event. Escorts teams from the pit to the queuing area. Stage and position teams for matches.  Restrict access to field for unauthorized individuals. Maintain an uninterrupted flow of teams to the playing field. Direct teams to fields, and facilitate team departure from field.

Referee:

Observes team matches, identifies rule violations, and “calls” them. Referees help the competitors to avoid breaking the rules of the Game. Referees participate in deliberations regarding contested calls, working directly through the Head Referee. Referees report to the Head Referee. Play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play, and maintaining the pace of the event.  

Minimum Age Requirement:

Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role. Must be at least 3 years removed from a team to serve in this role  Observe matches, “call” rule violations; determine penalties. • Helps teams to avoid rule violations. Communicates penalties/rule violations to the Score Tracker throughout the match. • Participate in deliberations regarding contested calls.  Monitor, promote safe practices on and around the playing field.

Robot Inspector:

Robot Inspectors are responsible to ensure every robot follows the guidelines outlined in FIRST Tech Challenge Game Manual Part 1 and are ready to compete on the field. The inspection process involves filling out a checklist for every robot and placing a label or other unique tag on the robot after it passes inspection.  Go through the inspection sheet with the team.  Assess the team’s robot and identify anything that is not in compliance with the rules. identify potential areas of entanglement (loose cables). •Help the team to be successful  Be fair and apply the same level of thoroughness for every team. 

Scorekeeper:

Manage and operate the scoring system. Communicate scores. Play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event. Set up the scoring system; ensure equipment functions properly • Enter scores in the system from score sheets – post scores to AV System.  Post-Match results. Assist with breakdown of Scoring System and Field.

Score Tracker:

Score Trackers monitor the status of the game and scoring elements during match play. Score Trackers may track the status of the field on paper, using Score Sheets. For events that use live scoring, the Score Tracker will use an app installed on either a phone or tablet to track the status of the field. 

 Minimum Age Requirement:

Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role. Must be at least 3 years removed from a team to serve in this role • Observes the status of the field; tracks the status either o On scoresheets manually, delivers scoresheets to Scorekeeper o Via Live Scoring app Tracks rule violations when they are communicated by the Referee

Team Registration:

This person is responsible for checking teams in at the start of the event, ensuring they have submitted a complete team roster, and providing the teams with their event day registration materials.

Video Crew:

This person captures the competition on film and/or video for archival and future publicity.

Volunteer Check-In (optional):

This person is responsible for checking volunteers in at the start of the event, ensuring they sign consent and release forms, conflict of interest and disclosure statements, and providing the volunteers with their event day registration materials.

Volunteer Coordinator:

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for the following: 

Prerequisite:

Previous experience managing and communicating with multiple volunteers. 

Minimum Age Requirement:

 Must be at least 21 years of age to serve in this role.  Recruits all volunteers. Is a member of the Tournament Planning Committee. Works with the Affiliate Partner and Event Director during the event. Primary contact for all volunteers. Works closely with Affiliate Partner of FIRST Tech Challenge planning committee.  Manages and inspires volunteers. FIRST relies heavily on dedicated volunteers to help staff and execute successful events. Volunteer liaison – ensures that all volunteers have appropriate training, event schedules, and clear expectations for the day of the event.

Wi-Fi Technical Advisor:

The Wi-Fi Technical Advisor (WTA) is also responsible for monitoring the wireless spectrum and troubleshooting wireless issues at large and/or critical FIRST Tech Challenge events. Not every FIRST Tech Challenge event will require a WTA. Most smaller events (less than 40 robots) do not require the skills of a WTA. The Wi-Fi Technical Advisor is the technical volunteer who helps ensure that the wireless environment at an event is clean and not too noisy.  

Minimum Age Requirement:

 Must be at least 18 years of age to serve in this role.  Monitors wireless activity to identify and resolve wireless issues  “Police” the wireless environment and look for clues for potential malicious activity during an even