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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

Info and Registration

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)
Corning Qualifier

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;
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. 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