2019 Illinois FTC Championship Tournament

The FIRSTTech Challenge Illinois Championship Tournament is an intense two-day event showcasing robots developed and operated by teams of high school students. The competing robots are the best robots from the FTC Qualifying Events held all around Illinois. The robots represent the product of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, and managing project deadlines. The mentor/student interaction is integral to the FTC program. It takes a lot of hard work to develop a competitive robot, and it shows when you see them in action at the Illinois Championship Tournament. 

In the competition, two alliances (red and blue) each composed of two robot teams play each other on fields that are 12' by 12' in size. Most of the day is spent on a series of Qualifying Rounds matches played between randomly generated alliance teams to determine the top four seeded individual teams. These top four individual teams will now select two other teams that they would like to join them in forming an alliance for the Elimination Rounds matches. Late Saturday afternoon starts off with the four alliances competing in the Semi-final Matches, then the Finals where two alliances will vie for the title of Winning Alliance!

Like all FIRST Tech Challenge events, the Illinois Championship Tournament is free and open to the public! If you do plan to attend, please remember to wear closed-toed shoes and bring along a pair of safety glasses so that you can visit the pit area to meet the robots and the students who built them. And remember…our team members, coaches, mentors, volunteers and Tournament staff are all very friendly and will be happy assist you and to answer any questions that you may have.

Event Information


Friday February 22, 2019 - Saturday February 23, 2019


Elgin Community College
Building J Events Center
1700 Spartan Dr
Elgin, IL 60123


Parking will be available in the Red Lot (Lots J, & H). This parking lot is open parking space to students, visitors and staff. Specific parking areas are reserved for staff parking, accessible parking, motorcycles or other uses. Please read the posted signs carefully. Parking overnight is prohibited.


Friday Night

This year the State Championship is a day and half event. Judging and Inspections will take place on Friday night. Qualified teams should plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m.

2:00 pm Set-Up Crews Start
5:00 pm Set Up Crew Volunteer Pizza
Volunteer Dinner
Judges Dinner
6:00 pm Teams Arrive and Check-in Building "J" near concessions
Volunteer Check-In
6:30 pm Judging, Robot and Inspections Begins
9:00 pm Complete Judging and Inspections
6:30 am Volunteer Check-In starts
7:30 am Teams Arrive and re-check-in Building "J" near concessions
8:15 am Drive Team Meeting
8:30 am Opening Ceremonies
9:00 am Deadline for Pre-Order of Pizzas and Jimmy John's
9:00 am Qualification Matches Begin
12:30 pm Lunch Break
1:00 pm Qualification Matches Resume
3:30 pm Alliance Selection
4:00 pm Start Semifinals/Finals
6:00 pm Awards and Closing Ceremonies
6:30 pm Clean-Up

Note:  All times are subject to change. We will work hard to maintain this agenda but occasionally things happen outside our control. Please pay attention to announcements in case changes are necessary.

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