Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the FIRST Robotics Competition is a unique sport where every kid who plays can "turn pro." High School student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have." 

Volunteer mentors lend their time and professional talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship. The “official season” begins early in January when the season’s challenge is announced at a Kickoff ceremony. 

Regional competition events start in late February and continue through April. Teams that qualify are invited to the FIRST World Championship, held at the end of April.

Under strict rules and limited time and resources, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” and master teamwork skills. Teams design, build, and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.

High school students:

5 Things You Need to Know:

FIRST Robotics Competition 2022 Season:

‍Game: RAPID REACT presented by The Boeing Company

Event Type: In-Person

Season Kickoff: FRC Kickoff is slated for January 2022

Season Info: FIRST Robotics Competition Rapid React Season Info 

Team Registration: Team registration for the 2021-22 season is currently open. Log in to or set up your account at to get started. FIRST Team Registration costs can be found here.

Grants: Teams are encouraged to explore grants on the FIRST Inspires website.

Details: FIRST Robotics Competition teams will be challenged to reimagine the future of safe, high-speed travel and lightning-fast deliveries through innovative engineering, creative thinking, and teamwork.

Covid-19 Guidelines for the NYC-HV Regional

Last updated April 2, 2022

Contrary to a previous announcement, NYC FIRST has decided to leave our vaccine and mask mandate in place for the NYC-HV Regional in order to ensure that all volunteers and students who signed up to attend can still do so. The event will not be open to the general public for spectating. All guests must attend as a staff member, VIP, volunteer, team member, chaperone, or coach/mentor.

Prior to entering the event, all adult attendees will be required to show proof that they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine OR show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival. Please provide one of the following:

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19, or other government-issued vaccination record card, or photo of card.

• Other official immunization record from within or outside the United States, including from your health care provider. A photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable.

• Proof of negative PCR COVID-19 test conducted in a lab in the last 72 hours. Home rapid tests will not be accepted as time of testing cannot be verified.

Face masks are required for all event staff and attendees and should always be worn in all event areas. Masks may be temporarily removed to accommodate eating and drinking.

If you're an FRC team, visit our microsite at for more information about the NYC-HV Regional.

Please visit The Blue Alliance for more information about teams throughout the season.

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