On this page you will find responses to frequently asked questions regarding the UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division. The FAQ are continually updated, so please review the FAQs any time you have a question about this event. If you have further questions after reviewing the FAQs below, please contact us.
is there a registration fee?
No. There are no registration fees for the UIL Robotics State Championship this season.
How many teams will compete?
FRC: In total, 32 UIL eligible FIRST Robotics Competition teams will qualify based on their performance at all their FIRST Regional competitions in Texas (See Qualification page).
FTC: In total, 42 UIL eligible FIRST Tech Challenge teams in two divisions (15 from 1A-4A schools and 27 from 5A-6A schools) will qualify based on their performance at their FIRST Texas Region Championship tournaments (See Qualification page).
How do I know if my team is eligible for UIL Qualification and recognition?
To be eligible for UIL recognition, an FRC team must meet the following criteria:
1. Each member of the team must be a full-time student at a UIL member school.
2. Each student on the team must be eligible for participation as determined by applicable Texas law and school district policy.
3. The majority of team members must be composed of students in grades 9-12. The team must be identified as a high school based team.
Questions regarding eligibility for UIL recognition can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
My team is not UIL eligible. May WE still compete??
This event is specifically for UIL teams. There are many additional opportunities throughout the off-season to compete.
MY TEAM IS UIL ELIGIBLE, but did not receive an invitation. MAY WE STILL COMPETE??
There will be a waitlist for teams based on the qualification ranking. Teams on the waitlist will be invited if a qualified team is unable to attend.
When will I receive my invitation?
FRC: If your team is one of the top 32 ranked UIL eligible teams in Texas, you will receive an invitation from FIRST in Texas by April 14th.
FTC: If your team is one of the top ranked UIL eligible teams (based on school size) in your Texas Region, you will receive an invitation from FIRST in Texas by March 3rd.
See Qualification page for ranking information.
How long do I have to accept or reject my invitation?
Teams must accept their invitation to the State Championship within one weeks of notification. If a team does not respond or chooses not to attend, the next highest ranked team will receive an invitation.
Where will the Competition take place?
Exhibit Hall 5 of the Austin Convention Center.
When is the competition taking place?
May 19th and 20th, 2017.
The schedule is available on our Schedule page.
Will uil teams compete in tiers Based on School Size?
FIRST Robotics Competition teams will not compete in tiers.
FIRST Tech Challenge teams will compete in two tiers; 1A to 4A schools and 5A to 6A schools.
What game will teams compete in at the competition?
FRC: Teams will participate in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Game: FIRST STEAMWORKS. See rules changes here.
FTC: Teams will participate in the 2016-2017 FIRST Tech Challenge Game: VELOCITY VORTEX.
Are any changes being made to the game rules?
No changes have been made to the FIRST Tech Challenge rules.
Minor changes may be made to the FIRST Robotics Competition rules. These changes do not effect robot design or significant game play. Any changes that were made were done so in favor of overall team experience. FIRST Robotics Competition rules changes can be found here.
We’re an FRC Team. Do we need to bag and tag our robot for the Competition?
No. Robots do not need to be bagged as per FIRST competition requirements.
Will our robot be inspected at the Competition?
Each robot must be able to fully pass inspection to be allowed to compete, although only a cursory inspection will take place.
are we permitted to make changes to our competition season robot?
While all teams are expected to use their 2016-2017 FRC or FTC season’s robot, changes are acceptable.
Can seniors graduating in 2017 participate?
Yes. This event corresponds with the 2016-2017 school year and competition season, so graduating seniors are eligible to participate.
Are there time limits on weekly student involvement?
Following the end of the school year, there are no time limits on weekly student involvement during the summer. During the regular school year, state laws apply. Under state law, for each extracurricular activity a school district must limit students to a maximum of eight hours of practice and rehearsal outside the school day per school week, excluding weekends and holidays. (A school week is defined as Monday through the end of the regular school day on Friday.) Public school-based robotics teams are already subject to this rule regardless of whether they participate in the UIL State Championship.
How are the teams on the champion and finalist alliances recognized?
UIL eligible teams on the Champion and Finalist alliances will receive recognition from the UIL as UIL Robotics State Champions and Runners-Up.
Will non-robot performance based awards be presented at the event?
Other awards may be presented by both UIL and FIRST in Texas. The list of awards is available here.