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Season Overview

The 2020 - 2021 season presents some unique challenges with social distancing rules likely to still be in effect in many areas. As a result, FIRST Tech Challenge regions around the world will have the option to hold Traditional (in-person) FIRST Tech Challenge events or Remote events depending on the conditions in their area. Remote events allow teams to compete independently using half-sized fields with no alliance partner or opposing alliance to respect social distancing (see the Remote Event section below for more details).

In Pennsylvania, all 2020 - 2021 season events leading up to the Pennsylvania FTC Championship will be Remote events. The Pennsylvania FTC Championship is tentatively planned to be a Traditional event with Remote Judging. A final determination will be made in early 2021 whether the Pennsylvania FTC Championship can be a Traditional event or must be a Remote event.

More details will be added to this page over the summer and early fall, so please check back periodically (last update 9/12/2020).

Pennsylvania Leagues
For the 2020-2021 Season, Pennsylvania FTC teams will be assigned to a League based on the county their team is registered in. The initial assignments were based on 2019-2020 registered teams. Slight adjustments to help balance the number of teams per League may be made in January 2021 based on this season's team registrations.

The five Pennsylvania Leagues are:
  • Western PA League
Teams in counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland
  • Central PA League
Teams in counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, McKean, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, York
  • Eastern PA League
Teams in counties: Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming
  • Philadelphia League
Teams in county: Philadelphia
  • Southeastern PA League
Teams in counties: Chester, Delaware

League Play
League play consists of League Meets and a League Tournament. This season there will be 4 League Meets and 1 League Tournament per League. Teams must compete in at least 2 of their League Meets to be eligible to compete in their League Tournament, however they may compete all of 4 League Meets if they wish (and are encouraged to do so). Each team will compete in 6 Matches per Meet. The top 10 Match results for all Meets are carried through to the League Championship, so competing in more than 2 Meets may help your team ranking.

Teams will compete only within their League. There will be no inter-League play. This season, only Pennsylvania teams may compete in Pennsylvania Leagues.

Remote Events
Remote events allow teams to compete independently using half-sized fields with no alliance partner or opposing alliance to respect social distancing. Teams will be responsible for scoring their matches and then submitting their scores to a cloud-based scoring server. Remote League Tournaments also include remote judging (using web conferencing), and teams compete for the same awards as in Traditional events. See https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/event-experience for more information on the FTC Event Experience.

Teams may play their matches locally (on their own field) or at a League field. One full field and game elements will be available in each League for teams to use to run their matches for the Meets and League Tournament. Given social distancing regulations, team play on the League field must be scheduled, the number of participants will be limited, and all team members and coaches must strictly follow all Pennsylvania pandemic guidance/regulations. It is expected that the League field may be located at different locations within the League area. Coaches who are interested in hosting a League Field should contact us at ftc.events@pennfirst.org and ftc@pennfirst.org.

Remote Judging
Teams will have a Remote Judge interview for their League Tournament and compete for the standard FTC Judged Awards. Like at Traditional events, Judging is a required component of the Remote League Tournament. Meets do not have a judging component. Web conferencing will be used to facilitate the Judge interviews. Teams may be together in one physical room and join the web conference, join independently, or a combination of both. Videos and slideshows will be permitted within the first five minutes (uninterrupted time) of the Judge interview.

Please attend one of the Remote Judging info sessions for more information and practice your team interview at one of the Remote Judging Practice sessions.

Event Registration Fees
Teams will pay a single event registration fee ($ TBA) to compete in their League events (all League Meets and the League Tournament). As in the past, there is a separate event registration fee for the Pennsylvania FTC Championship.

Teams will advance from their League Tournament to the Pennsylvania FTC Championship as described in Game Manual 1 - Remote Events, starting with the Inspire Award Winner. The size of the Pennsylvania FTC Championship is TBD at this point, so the number of teams advancing from their League Tournament is also TBD.

As in the recent past, a number of teams will advance from the Pennsylvania FTC Championship to the FIRST Championship in Detroit.