FTC PA 2023-2024 Season Blast #17 – Urgent Call for Volunteers – January FTC PA Qualifiers!

Hi to our participating Teams and All Volunteers,

This email blast is focused on encouraging our teams, currently committed, and past volunteers to assist us with committing to or, alternatively recruiting additional VOLUNTEERs for the Jan. 20th Nittany Lion Qualifier (York) and Jan. 27th Red Tornado Qualifier (Lancaster).



We frankly do not have enough volunteers to effectively run these events at this time, which is why this urgent call.

The most critical roles we must fill to make this event successful for our 30 teams on the 20th and 24 on the 27th are cited below. Please know that these roles are fun, rewarding, and not high-pressure so please do not be intimidated by any of them. There may be formal training required by FIRST for a few roles, but most are simply On-The-Job.

 Judges (no direct team affiliation or Conflict of Interest); Referees; Score Trackers; FTA and FTAA’s; Robot and Field Inspectors; Queuers; Field Reset; Load In/Out and set up crew; Team and Volunteer Check In


We would love all of you to personally join us and to recruit aggressively and widely to assist us in expanding our reach. Volunteer opportunities abound!  We welcome new volunteers from family, friends, the community and businesses alike. Please recognize that this is a great opportunity for coaches, mentors and parents to get an insider’s perspective of how FTC events are conducted in our State and Region. The perspectives and guidance gained will also translate into helping your own team and students to be successful.

Coaches/Mentors – Please forward and share this email with your parent’s, sponsors, coworkers, friends and acquaintances. You will find that most all those who want to attend would rather be directly engaged in the festivities than gather splinters in the bleachers. Our experience is that people truly do appreciate direct participation in the event and explore contributing in special ways, as well as have fun! Also, not all roles require attendance for all of the competition days of competition, so there may be flexibility that we can manage.

Of course, if you are already registered to volunteer, then thank you, but please continue recruiting.

General Instructions:

We use the FIRST Event Volunteer Registration system for all of our events. Volunteering for an event is one of the options on your personal FIRST Dashboard on the FIRST Inspires website.

To access the FIRST Event Volunteer Registration system:

Browse to http://www.firstinspires.org. Click Log In in the upper right-hand corner. If you already have a FIRST account, enter your FIRST username and password, and click LOG IN.

If you do not have a FIRST account, click Register in the upper right-hand corner, then fill out the account form.

Once on your personal Dashboard, select VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION and then EVENT VOLUNTEERING.

To narrow the available events to Pennsylvania FRC events, under Event Filters select FIRST Robotics Competition, United States, Pennsylvania; optionally enter dates April 5 – April 8th and/or event name “FIRST Robotics Competition Greater Pittsburgh Regional presented by Argo AI” provided above, and then click Apply Filters. Select the event on the right-hand side and click Volunteer. Follow the prompts to select the roles you are interested in.


has several good resources, including a Volunteer Registration Step by Step Guide if you have further questions about the Volunteer Registration system.

 Youth Protection:

As with all FIRST Pennsylvania events, Youth Protection is paramount and mandatory As such, volunteers are required to comply with Youth Protection protocols as is necessary to assure compliance with Pennsylvania Child Protection Services Laws.

Please go to the following link for detailed information and how to ensure your compliance and let us know if you would like additional guidance or instruction. We would be more than happy to assist you!


Thanks to you all for your consideration and let us know if you have any questions. We are so excited for his season and to see all of our teams and friends once again.

All the best,

Tom, Lena Kang and Bob Debes

Pennsylvania FIRST® Robotics
FIRST Tech Challenge® Program Delivery Partner
phone: (302) 383-9925
email: ftc@pennfirst.org
Website: www.FTCPenn.org