Tournament registration for NY Excelsior Region teams is open in early November through February (or until full).
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NY EXCELSIOR FIRST TECH CHALLENGE TEAMS
The NY Excelsior (NY EXC) FIRST Tech Challenge community of robotics 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.
FIRST Come FIRST Served Registration for Qualifiers is open in early November through February (or until full). Thoroughly review the important details in the document linked above in the "Teams Register Here" button.
Kick-Offs: NY EXC Region
9/10/22 Recording of Game Rule Explanations and Season Details
|Sept. 10, 2022||Albany (in-person and remote), Utica, Buffalo, Peekskill, Clarkson U., and Corning areas|
|Workdays/Scrimmages||Schedule||Free and fun! Practice for tournaments without the pressure!|
|Finger Lakes Qualifier||Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022||Penfield High School, near Rochester (Map)|
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023
Corning-Painted Post High School Fieldhouse, Corning (Map)
|Albany Academies Qualifier||
Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023
Albany Academies, Albany (Map)
|Peekskill Qualifier||Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023||
Peekskill High School, Peekskill (Map)
|Utica MVCC Qualifier||Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023||Mohawk Valley Community College (Map)|
|Broadalbin-Perth Qualifier||Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023||Broadalbin-Perth High School, Broadalbin (Map)|
|Clarkson U Qualifier||Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023||Clarkson University, Potsdam (Map)|
|John Jay Qualifier||Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023||John Jay Sr. High School, Hopewell Junction (Map)|
|NY EXC—Dean's List Nomination Deadline||Jan. 15, 2023;
|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. 8 and 9, 2023||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 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 5, 2023||Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, N.Y. (Map)|
|The top two teams from the NY EXC Championship (**as per the "Order of Advancement") advance to the World Championship in Houston, Texas.|
|FIRST World Championship||April 19-22, 2023||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.
*** FOOD Options (only ½ hour lunch):
- Most events have a pre-order, delivered lunch form, and/or snack bar.
- Bring your own
- You can find something locally, but most venues are far from any lunch sources.
Specific options will be outlined in each event’s Team Guide