WIth each new season, several kickoff events are hosted around the state to give teams an introduction to the fun and excitement ahead. 

2023/24 MASTERPIECE Season Challenge release date: August 1st, 2023

Upcoming Kick-off Events:

Coach Training Sessions

FIRST Illinois Robotics will be making coach training available each season. Some coach training will be made available as webinars which will be recorded. 

Coach Training events/Coach training sessions may be for Coaches only. Please adhere to the guidelines laid out by event coordinators. If you have questions, please reach out to the contact listed for the event or [email protected] 

Monthy Coach Calls Details

Using ask-us-anything formatting, we have begun hosting our monthly Coach Calls!

Join us on the 2nd Wednesdays each month at 8pm Central time. Please join by computer. These calls will be recorded and shared below.

Ring Central Call-in

Meeting ID: 825387092

Weds, August 19 Recording <<LINK TO RECORDING AND SLIDES

Weds, September 13, 8pm

Weds, October 11, 8pm

Weds, Nov 8, 8pm

Scrimmages and Mini-plays are hosted by third-party groups (FLL teams, FTC or FRC teams, schools, etc) and are not hosted by FIRST Illinois Robotics. 

What's the difference between a scrimmage and a mini-play?

Scrimmages encompase all aspects of the competition: robot game and judging

Mini-plays are a new concept piloted by FIRST. Mini-plays do not encompase all aspects of the competition, or they are modified by from their official version. FIRST Illinois Robotics will publish mini-play plans for teams to use throughout the season.

Scrimmages and mini-plays hosted by third parties will be posted as they become available. Space is typically limited at these events, so registration is required through the organizing party.

In addition to registration required scimmages and mini-plays, FIRST Illinois Robotics is facilitating mini-plays amongst teams this season through an "opt in" contact form. Coachs may choose to "opt in" for their team to be included on a list distributed to other coaches across Illinois to aid in collaboration and potential mini-plays local to teams. This list will include team number, team name, coach name, coach email, team town. Mini-play suggestions coming soon!

Scrimmages hosted in Illinois (non-official events, not hosted by FIRST Illinois Robotics):

Please remember that, in order to register in Illinois, teams must first be registered Nationally.

FIRST National Registration

Illinois Registration for the 2023/2024 MASTERPIECE season has closed. 

Qualifier Assignments - 10/23/2023

MASTERPIECE by Qualifier v2

MASTERPIECE by Team Number v2

Teams should expect to receive communication from their Tournament Coordinators by the week of Nov 6th. If the team has not received communication by Nov 9th, please reach out

Schedule of Qualifying Tournaments in Illinois

Update 10/18/2023: Quad Cities Moline events have moved to 12/16 & 12/17

Chicago: Francis Parker12/2/2023
Chicago: Lindblom12/2/2023
Peoria: Limestone12/2/2023
Quad Cities: Moline12/2/2023
Southern Illinois: Belleville12/2/2023
Chicago: HSA McKinley Park12/3/2023
Quad Cities: Moline12/3/2023
Buffalo Grove12/9/2023
Chicago: ACCA12/9/2023
Chicago: Taft12/9/2023
Peoria: Liberty12/9/2023
Chicago: UC Lab School12/10/2023
Mount Prospect12/16/2023
Chicago: Northside12/16/2023
Quad Cities: Moline12/16/2023
Chicago: HSA Southwest12/17/2023
Quad Cities: Moline12/17/2023

Additional Qualifier Details Coming Soon

Judging flowchart for Illinois:  Illinois judging v2.pdf

Eight Sectionals will be held across Illinois. Each qualifier will advance approximately 39% of teams to a Sectional.

Sectional Assignments:

Sectional by Team Number v1

Teams per Sectional v1

Sectional Locations:

1/13/2024Peoria SectionalIllinios Central College, East Peoria IL
1/14/2024Chicago: McKinley SectionalHorizon Science Academy McKinley Park, Chicago IL
1/20/2024Buffalo Grove SectionalAptakisic Jr High School, Buffalo Grove IL
1/20/2024Champaign-Urbana SectionalElectrical & Computer Engineering Building, Urbana, IL
1/20/2024Chicago: Southwest SectionalHorizon Science Academy Southwest, Chicago IL
1/20/2024Southern Illinois SectionalSouthwestern Illinois College, Belleville IL
1/27/2024Batavia SectionalRotolo Middle School, Batavia IL
1/28/2024Batavia SectionalRotolo Middle School, Batavia IL

Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Elgin Community College

This event is free to the public.

For teams attending:

Breakfast & Lunch MenuBreakfast & Lunch Pre-order

The event will be live streamed, including practice rounds, opening ceremonies, robot game rounds, alliance rounds, closing ceremonies. Judging sessions will be not live streamed.



Volunteer opportunities are available for the FIRST® LEGO® League Illinois Championship Tournaments:

If your team does not make it to the State Championships or you are thinking about getting involved with robotics this year, you can get a head start on next season by signing up to volunteer at our State Championships. Maybe your team is going to the State Championship, but you have a couple parents who would like to help out for a few hours during the event. That is great! Volunteers often see some of their most insightful moments while volunteering at the State Championship. Come join us Friday (set up only) or Saturday, January 15th.

How do I volunteer?

Log in to www.firstinspires.org

If you do not have an account, you will need to register yourself with FIRST.

Once registered and logged in, choose the Volunteer Registration tab > then Event Volunteering. Set your search parameters for FIRST LEGO League Challenge program and Illinois state.

Find the State Championship you would like to volunteer at and select the roles you would like to volunteer for.

More information will be coming soon!