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Texas FRC and FTC teams are invited to participate at the UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division on May 18th and May 19th based on the details outlined below. FIRST in Texas will send out invitations in March and April following all Texas FTC and FRC competitions.

All questions regarding FIRST, FIRST in Texas, and the State Championship event can be sent to info@firstintexas.org.

All questions regarding UIL Robotics eligibility, membership, and recognition can be sent to dtrussell@uiltexas.org.

  • FIRST Robotics Competition

    Season:

    The UIL Robotics season will run in conjunction with the normal FIRST season and shall correspond with all dates, official events, and guidelines outlined by the FIRST Robotics Competition.


    Game/Challenge:

    Teams will participate in the 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Game: FIRST POWER UP.


    Contest:

    The UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division for FIRST Robotics Competition will be held on Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. 32 UIL eligible FIRST Robotics Competition teams will qualify based on their performance at all their FIRST Regional competitions in Texas (See Qualification section below).


    Robot Requirements:

    Teams will follow the rules and guidelines of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Each robot must be able to fully pass inspection to be allowed to compete, although only a cursory inspection will take place. All teams must use their 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition robot, although alterations are acceptable. Robots do not need to be bagged as per FIRST competition requirements.


    Team Eligibility and Membership:

    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 dtrussell@uiltexas.org.


    Qualification:

    Teams qualify based on their performance at Texas FIRST Regional Competitions. Texas teams are ranked via points calculated using an altered District Model scoring for the team’s first two Texas Regional competitions; see Qualification Rank Scoring below. Qualification Ranking will be posted on the FIRST in Texas website. The top 32 UIL eligible teams will receive an invitation. Given that teams play at many different events on different weeks, invitations to the State Championship will be sent out after the FIRST Regional events have concluded. Many of the point entries are manual operations and, consequently, errors may occur in point totals. Every effort will be made to correct any errors. 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. Qualification questions can be sent to info@firstintexas.org.

    Qualification Rank Scoring:

    For each event in Texas that the team competes at:

    1. Determine the Qualification points for the team
    2. Determine the Alliance Selection points for the team
    3. Determine the Elimination points for the team
    4. For each “general” award the team wins at the event, add 5 points
    5. Sum 1 through 4 to calculate the “Event Score.”

    After Event Scores have been calculated:

    1. Determine the team’s average Event Score (see above)
    2. If the team wins the Chairman’s Award at any event, add 10 points
    3. If the team wins Engineering Inspiration or Rookie All-Star at any event, add 8 points
    4. If the team is a Rookie, add 10 points
    5. If the team is a Second Year, add 5 points
    6. Sum 1 through 5 to get the team’s Qualification Rank Score

    Qualifying Points

    Points Category Points
    Qualification Round Performance: 22 to 4 points, based on Number of Teams at the Event and Rank
    Alliance Captains (after picking): Equal to 17 minus the Alliance Captain Number:
    #1 Alliance Captain: 16
    #2 Alliance Captain: 15
    #3 to #8 Alliance Captains: 14 to 9
    Alliance Selection Draft Order Acceptance: Equal to 17 minus the Draft Order Acceptance Number:
    #1 Draft Pick: 16
    #2 Draft Pick: 15
    #3 to #16: 14 to 1
    Playoff Round Performance: 5 points per match played in and won by advancing alliance
    Chairman’s Award Winner: 10 Points
    Engineering Inspiration Award Winner: 8 Points
    Rookie All Star Award Winner: 8 Points
    All Other Judged Team Awards: 5 Points
    Rookies (Team Age): 10 Points
    2nd Year Teams (Team Age): 5 Points

    Awards and Recognition:

    Teams on the Champion and Finalist alliances will receive recognition from the UIL as UIL Robotics State Champions and Runners-Up.

    Other awards may be presented both by the UIL and FIRST in Texas as outlined on the Awards page.

  • FIRST Tech Challenge

    Season:

    The UIL Robotics season will run in conjunction with the normal FIRST season and shall correspond with all dates, official events, and guidelines outlined by the FIRST Tech Challenge.


    Game/Challenge:

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


    Contest:

    The UIL Robotics State Championship – FIRST Division for FIRST Tech Challenge will be held on Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. Up to 64 UIL eligible FIRST Tech Challenge teams (split between two tiers; 32 1A-4A schools and 32 5A to 6A schools) will qualify based on their performance at their FIRST Texas Region Championship tournaments


    Robot Requirements:

    Teams will follow the rules and guidelines of the FIRST Tech Challenge. Each robot must be able to fully pass inspection to be allowed to compete, although only a cursory inspection will take place. All teams must use their 2017-2018 FIRST Tech Challenge robot, although alterations are acceptable.


    Team Eligibility and Membership:

    To be eligible for UIL recognition, an FTC 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.


    Qualification:

    Teams qualify based on their performance at their FIRST Tech Challenge Texas Regional Championship tournaments. Qualification is based on the FIRST Tech Challenge Advancement Criteria. Qualification Ranking will be posted on the FIRST in Texas website. The top Texas UIL eligible teams from each region (Alamo, North, Southeast, and West) will receive invitations to the State Championship. 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 in that region will receive an invitation.

    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.

    Qualification questions can be sent to info@firstintexas.org.

    Advancement Ranking

    Rank Recognition
    1 Inspire Award 1st Place
    2 Winning Alliance Captain
    3 Inspire Award 2nd Place
    4 Winning Alliance 1st Team Selected
    5 Inspire Award 3rd Place
    6 Winning Alliance 2nd Team Selected
    7 Think Award 1st Place
    8 Finalist Alliance Captain
    9 Connect Award 1st Place
    10 Finalist Alliance 1st Team Selected
    11 Rockwell Collins Innovate Award 1st Place
    12 Finalist Alliance 2nd Team Selected
    13 PTC Design Award 1st Place
    14 Motivate Award 1st Place
    15 Control Award 1st Place
    16 Highest Ranked Team Not previously advanced, beginning with the Winning Division
    17 Think Award 2nd Place
    18 Highest Ranked Team Not previously advanced, beginning with the Winning Division
    19 Connect Award 2nd Place
    20 Highest Ranked Team Not previously advanced, beginning with the Winning Division
    21 Rockwell Collins Innovate Award 2nd Place
    22 Highest Ranked Team Not previously advanced, beginning with the Winning Division
    23 PTC Design Award 2nd Place
    24 Highest Ranked Team Not previously advanced, beginning with the Winning Division
    25 Motivate Award 2nd Place
    26 Highest Ranked Team Not previously advanced, beginning with the Winning Division
    27 Control Award 2nd Place
    28 Highest Ranked Team Not previously advanced, beginning with the Winning Division
    29 Think Award 3rd Place
    30 Highest Ranked Team Not previously advanced, beginning with the Winning Division
    See Game Manual for additional advancement rankings.

    Awards and Recognition:

    Teams on the Champion and Finalist alliances will receive recognition from the UIL as UIL Robotics State Champions and Runners-Up.

    Other awards may be presented both by the UIL and FIRST in Texas as outlined on the Awards page.