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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.

For other UIL Robotics relevant questions, you may also visit the UIL Robotics page and their FAQ, or send your questions to dtrussell@uiltexas.org.

  • Team Registration

    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: Up to 64 UIL eligible FIRST Tech Challenge teams in two divisions (32 from 1A-4A schools and 32 from 5A-6A schools) can 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, a 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 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 dtrussell@uiltexas.org.


    We have multiple FTC teams at our school. May they all qualify to participate?

    This season, 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, all students participating in other FTC 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.

    Individual schools can qualify both an FTC and and FRC team to compete at the UIL Robotics State Championship.


    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 16th.

    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 30th.

    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 week of notification. If a team does not respond or chooses not to attend, the next highest ranked team will receive an invitation.

  • Event

    Where will the Competition take place?

    Exhibit Hall 5 of the Austin Convention Center.

    Austin Convention Center
    500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
    Austin, Texas 78701


    When is the competition taking place?

    May 18th and 19th, 2018.

    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 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Game: FIRST POWER UP.

    FTC: Teams will participate in the 2017-2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Game: FIRST RELIC RECOVERY.


    Are any changes being made to the game rules?

    No changes have been made to the rules at this time.

  • Robots

    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 2017-2018 FRC or FTC season’s robot, changes are acceptable.

  • Students

    Can seniors graduating in 2017 participate?

    Yes. This event corresponds with the 2017-2018 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.

  • Awards

    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.