New usfirst.org site PDF Print E-mail
Written by jw   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 12:50
FIRST has rolled out a new site today - looks great and hopefully folks like the new navigation!  The downside is that it broke many existing links.   I just started fixing links - please email me if you find any more broken links.  Thanks.
Northern California honored to organize FTC West SuperRegional PDF Print E-mail
Written by ftc   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:26

Northern California is honored to be selected for the inaugural Super-Regional tournament to serve the FTC West Region which encompasses the western part of mainland US plus Hawaii and Alaska.  [Regions]

If you are on facebook, there is a FTC West SuperRegional group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FTCWestSuperRegional  to be a gathering place for ideas, feedback and status.

Much help is needed!  If you can help specifically with planning, please let Mark or I know.  



FTC Community,

Thanks to the efforts of FIRST volunteers, FTC has seen strong program growth and a new level of competition is needed to give the growing number of teams more opportunities to participate.  The introduction of a new advancement tier allows FTC to maintain a sustainable event structure, continue offering merit-based advancement and increase the level of competition.

Beginning in the 2013-2014 season, FTC teams in the United States will advance from state or regional-level Championship Tournaments to one of four Super-Regional Tournaments, before advancing to the FTC World Championship.

The four Super-Regional tournaments will be hosted in Northern California, Texas, Iowa and Pennsylvania.  These locations were selected based on timing, accessibility, safety, local support, and resources to execute a strong event.

Super-Regionals are FIRST-endorsed events and are expected to expand outside of the U.S. in the future.  Please refer to the Super-Regionals FAQ page for more information.


Robot Mechanisms and Manipulators... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jill Wilker   
Sunday, 06 June 2010 06:06

Some resources to help new teams...

While the robots discussed in these presentations and resources are focused on the FIRST Robotics Competition, and therefore much larger than a Tetrix / FTC robot, the principles are the same.   The first is a powerpoint presentation that describes various lifting mechanisms.   Another powerpoint presentation goes a bit more into the various mechanisms that can be used to collect and manipulate game pieces.   Additional resources


Last Updated on Sunday, 25 July 2010 16:36
Process to Register for NorCal FTC Championship PDF Print E-mail
Written by ftc   
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 22:24




There are 3 requirements for each team participating in NorCal FTC Championship.

1. Complete registration form  < - this is needed ASAP for tournament program book

2. Pay

3. Provide at least 1 ADULT volunteer (not the coach) for a "full" tournament day - this can be in 1 all day role or 2 half day roles or similar combination of roles (on Saturday or Sunday).


Check your team's status 

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 16:23
2012-2103 Championship Team Information Form PDF Print E-mail
Written by ftc   
Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:05

Deadline to submit team information is Wednesday 2/20 at 4pm!


Competing Team List and  Status Table


There is an ONLINE FORM where you will be asked to confirm:


 . Adult Coach information   < - this must be a supervising adult who is present at the tournament.

 . Team information   (team size, home city, sponsors)

 .  Provide details on the team's  availability on Saturday for judging and inspection

 .  Submit your team's Tournament Program book entry. You will submit 1 item for the program book.  


Here are the tournament programs from 20102011 to give you some example entries to see how teams' use this to express their personality.

More Details : the entire area that you have to work with is 3.2” h x 3.8” w                 

This single item can be a picture (jpg, gif, png) or edit the "More Details" RTF link above and save as PDF or Word doc.   The entire space that you have is 3.2" high by 3.8" wide.  


And do not email me this (to jillw or teaminfo or any other email address)  -  please submit only via the form.    



Finally, each team is expected to provide at least 1 ADULT volunteer for the entire tournament day - this can be in 1 all day role or 2 half day roles (Saturday or Sunday) (or 4 quarter day roles - you get the idea).  

Note that a half day is 4 or more hours in one role (ie one person).   A full day shift is 7 or more hours in one role (ie one person).  There are some roles with 2 or 3 hour shifts -  these count only as a "0.25" volunteer.        VOLUNTEER



Problems/questions:  Send email to teaminfo@playingatlearning.org 

Please do not EMAIL your information above - fill out the form as it populates a google drive folder that makes it easier for us to use/share  (and not lose) your information.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 February 2013 13:21

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