Tournament registration for our NY Excelsior Region teams is open!

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Team Guide 2020-21

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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 Remote Qualifiers opened this year in February (in other years registration opens mid-October or November). Thoroughly review the important details in the document linked above in the "Teams Register Here" button.


Stay tuned to this page for links to watch Opening and Awards ceremonies, and other videos.

N.Y. Excelsior Region Remote Kick-Offs

Sept. 12, 2020

REMOTE Kick-Offs in 
Albany, Buffalo, and Corning

Scrimmage Weeks

Dec. 4-12, 2020

Jan. 24-30, 2021

Feb. 21-27, 2021

REMOTE Week-long Scrimmages 

Free and fun! Practice without the pressure!

Remote Qualifier 2

(Qualifier 1 has been
consolidated with 2)

March 21-27, 2021

ALL-REMOTE, Week-long
Qualifiers in 2020-2021

Remote Qualifier 3

April 18-24, 2021


Remote Qualifier 4

May 2-8, 2021


Remote Qualifier 5

May 16-22, 2021


NY Excelsior Dean's List Interviews

May 9, 2021

NY Excelsior Interviews will take place on this date via a scheduled video/phone conference. Schedule will be coordinated in the weeks after the April 15 deadline.

REMOTE Excelsior Regional Championship Week

Remotely hosted by
FIRST @ MVCC, Utica, N.Y.     

May 30-June 5, 2021

ALL-REMOTE, Week-long Event in 2020-2021

In other years, we will see you on-site at 
Mohawk Valley Community College
Utica, N.Y.


General FIRST Tech Challenge Event Schedule
(when competing at venues)

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.