FTC Events


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 Qualifying Tournament

League Qualifying Tournament Each League in Illinois will hold one League Qualifying Tournament. Each team in the tournament will start off with its ranking earned from the League Meets which it has participated. All teams will be Judged and at 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 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 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 2017, the North Super Regional will be held March 30 - April 1, 2017 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The top 30-35 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 2018 FTC World Championship is April 26-29 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

In the event of a snow or other weather driven cancellation:

(Note we have not cancelled an event in 9 years)

  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. If the event cannot be rescheduled:
    • For League Qualifiers, the same number of teams will advance to the state championship as planned. Two thirds of these teams will be selected according to their current ranking in the League.  The final third of the teams advancing will be randomly selected from the remaining list of registered teams in the League.

For more information, see this page