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. This year Illinois teams shall host four Kick Off events/workshops, one in Chicago, one in Highland Park, and one in Rockford on September 6, 2014 and one in Decatur on September 20, 2014.
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.
Qualifying Tournament - Illinois FTC will hold six of these events. In these events, teams compete for positions at Illinois FTC Championship Tournaments with advancement criteria. Qualifying Tournaments include judging and awards.
Championship Tournament - At the Illinois FTC Championship Tournament, teams compete for a chance to qualify for the North Region Super-Regional Tournament. Illinois team 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.
Super-Regional Tournament - FTC has added four Super-Regionals, North, South, East, and West. The top teams from the Illinois Championship Tournament earn a chance to compete against top teams from other states in the North Region. In 2016, the North Super Regional will be held March 17-19, 2016 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The top 20-25 teams (exact numbers still to be determined) from the Super Regional earn the right to proceed to the World Championship.
World Championship - This event is the culmination of the season. To compete in this event, teams must win at a Championship Tournament. The 2016 FTC World Championship is April 27-30 at Union Station in St. Louis, Mo. 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
In order to make it to the Illinios Championship Tournament, a team must do well at one of the many Qualifying Tournaments or League Championships held around the state.
The top teams from the state Qualifying Tournaments and League Championships shall compete at the Illinois FTC Championship Tournament. A intense two day competition showcasing robots developed and operated by teams of students grades 7-12. Teams receive awards not only for their robot’s performance, but also for outstanding engineering notebook, robot design, innovation, community connection, team spirit, and programming. The Illinois FTC Championship Tournament is open to the public and admission is free!
Winning FTC teams from each of the four Super Regionals have the opportunity to compete against the top teams from around the world during the the FIRST World Championship event.