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.
How does participation in FIRST and the UIL work?
- Each team must register at the beginning of the year as an official FIRST team (either FIRST Tech Challenge or FIRST Robotics Competition) at www.firstinspires.org and pay all associated registration and equipment fees.
- Registered teams must compete in official FIRST tournaments during the competition season in order to qualify for the UIL Robotics State Championship and recognition.
- Based on their FIRST season performance:
- FIRST Tech Challenge teams will be invited to participate in the UIL Robotics State Championship event
- FIRST Robotics Competition teams at the District State Championship will be eligible for UIL recognition
How do I know if my team is eligible for UIL Qualification and recognition?
To be eligible for UIL recognition, a team must meet the following criteria:
- The team must represent a single UIL member high school.
- All team members must be full-time students at the member high school they represent.
- Exception: “Composite teams” that are high school based, but include some middle school students from the same school district.
- “Combined teams” of student that attend different high schools are NOT permitted.
- For composite teams, the majority of team members must be students in grades 9-12.
- All team members must be eligible for participation as determined by the applicable Texas law and school district policy.
For more information on requirements, see the 2019-2020 UIL Robotics Handbook: https://www.uiltexas.org/files/academics/UIL_Robotics_Handbook_1920.pdf
Questions regarding eligibility for UIL recognition can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have multiple teams at our school. What does that mean for uil participation and recognition?
FIRST Tech Challenge:
Each school may send just one team to compete at the UIL Robotics State Championship, as is typically the case with other UIL competitions. However, up to 30 students participating in other teams at the school can be considered part of the school’s qualified team, participate at the competition, and receive recognition/awards as part of that single team. The school may decide which team number and robot to send to the event.
FIRST Robotics Competition:
FIRST Robotics Competition team recognition is determined by District Ranking based on on total District Points at the conclusion of the District Championship. Only the highest ranked team from a school will be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: Individual schools can qualify both an FTC and an FRC team to compete at the UIL Robotics State Championship.
Will uil teams compete in tiers Based on School Size?
FIRST Tech Challenge: teams will compete in two tiers; 1A to 4A schools and 5A to 6A schools.
FIRST Robotics Competition: Teams will not compete in tiers.
What game will teams compete in at the competition?
FIRST Tech Challenge: Teams will participate in the 2019-2020 FIRST Tech Challenge Game: SKYSTONE .
FIRST Robotics Competition: Teams will participate in the 2020 FIRST Robotics Competition Game: INFINITE RECHARGE.
Can seniors graduating in 2020 participate?
Yes. This event corresponds with the 2019-2020 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 WINNING teams recognized?
FIRST Tech Challenge:
UIL eligible teams will be recognized based on their performance at the UIL Championship.
- UIL Robotics State Champions – FIRST Division: FTC 5A-6A, FTC 1A-4A, FRC
- UIL Robotics State Finalists – FIRST Division: FTC 5A-6A, FTC 1A-4A, FRC
FIRST Robotics Competition:
UIL recognition will be determined by a team’s District Ranking based on total District Points at the conclusion of the District Championship. You can find your team’s District Ranking and Points here: https://frc-events.firstinspires.org/2020/district/TX
The top three ranked UIL eligible teams will be recognized as:
- 1st Place UIL Robotics State Champion – FIRST Division: FIRST Robotics Competition
- 2nd Place UIL Robotics State Champion – FIRST Division: FIRST Robotics Competition
- 3rd Place UIL Robotics State Champion – FIRST Division: FIRST Robotics Competition
Will non-robot performance based awards be presented at the event?
Other awards may be presented by both UIL and FIRST in Texas. For the 2019-2020 season, only FIRST Tech Challenge teams will be considered for Judged awards. The list of awards is available here.