Tournament registration for NY Excelsior Region teams is open mid-October through February (or until full).

Teams Register Here

Volunteer for our FIRST  Events

Coaches' Coffee Hours

Team Guides 2021-22 (coming in November)

Current Teams List 



first tech challenge

first region map


The NY Excelsior (NY EXC) FIRST  Tech Challenge community of teams proudly encompasses all of New York State except New York City and Long Island. So we may best serve our many teams, tournaments are closed to non-NY Excelsior teams.

Registration for Qualifiers will open in mid/end October. Thoroughly review the important details in the document linked above in the "Teams Register Here" button.

NY EXC Region Kick-Offs Sept. 18, 2021 In-person and in-person with remote broadcast Kick-offs in the Albany, Buffalo, Peekskill, and Corning areas
Workdays/Scrimmages Schedule Free and fun! Practice for tournaments without the pressure!
Finger Lakes Qualifier Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 Penfield High School, near Rochester (Map)
REMOTE Qualifier

Week-long Match Play:

Sun.-Sat., Jan. 2-8, 2022

Judging: Jan. 7-8

Remote via Zoom. Priority will be offered to teams unable to compete in-person this season. Then, once we assess space, we may allow other teams in.

Peekskill Qualifier Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022 Postponed until Feb. 13, 2022

Peekskill High School, Peekskill (Map)

Corning Qualifier Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 Corning-Painted Post High School Fieldhouse, Corning (Map)
REMOTE MVCC/Utica Qualifier

Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022

Jan. 23-29

Remote via Zoom
Albany Area Qualifier Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 Broadalbin-Perth High School, Broadalbin (Map)
Clarkson Qualifier Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 Clarkson University, Potsdam (Map)
NEW! NY Excelsior REMOTE Qualifier Feb. 13-19, 2022 Remote via Zoom
NY EXC—Dean's List Nomination Deadline Jan. 15, 2022;
11 p.m.
Read the Dean's List Nomination Guide—our deadline here is a custom one and therefore not in the guide
NY EXC Dean's List Interviews (Remote by Video/Phone) Feb. 15-16, 2022 NY EXC Interviews will take place on these dates via a scheduled video/phone conference. Schedule will be coordinated in the weeks after the nomination deadline.

Advancement**: Qualifiers will each advance approximately two to six teams to the NY EXC Championship. Number of advancement spots are yet to be determined as they will be proportionate to the actual number of teams competing at each Qualifier. Advancing teams are invited through announcements at each Closing Ceremony, and again via email to the Coaches thereafter. One-third of all our competing teams advance to the NY EXC Championship each season.

**Advancement to the next tournament level is determined by team performance and awards.

Outlined in great detail every season in Game Manual Part 1 Section 6.0 Advancement Criteria. 

**NY Excelsior Regional MVCC Championship Sunday, March 6, 2022 Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, N.Y. (Map)
Top two to four teams from the NY EXC Championship (**as per the "Order of Advancement") will advance to the World Championship in Houston, Texas.
FIRST World Championship April 20-23, 2022 Houston, Texas


General FIRST  Tech Challenge Event Schedule

7 a.m. — Volunteers Arrive

7-7:30 a.m. — Volunteer Meetings

7:30 a.m. — Teams Arrive and Check-in; Judges Interview Times Given

8-10 a.m. — Team Robot and Field Inspections

7:45-9:45 a.m. — Scheduled Judges' Interviews

9:50 a.m. — Driver's Meeting with the fabulous Head Ref

10:15 a.m. — Opening Ceremony

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Qualification Matches

12:30-1 p.m. — Lunch Break

1:10-3:30 p.m. — Qualification Matches Continue

3:30 p.m. — Alliance Selection

3:45-5 p.m. — Semi-Final and Elimination Matches

5:15 p.m. — Awards/Closing Ceremony

6 p.m. — Pit Cleanup and Load Out

*Please be aware that tournaments sometimes run long.