FTC PA 2022-23 Season Blast #8 – Call for Event Volunteers!

Good afternoon to FTC Teams, current and past Volunteers!

Our 2022-23 Season Schedule is complete. As relayed in past correspondence, we are ready, willing and able to welcome VOLUNTEERS to any and all of our events whether it is a Workshops, Scrimmages or Qualifiers. Volunteers are not only key but critical to the success of our PA FTC program, especially with regards to the positive and fulfilling experience of our teams, students, coaches and mentors. We are therefore reaching out continually to recruit those that have volunteered in the past or want to join the incredible Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics volunteer team!

For those that have worked with us so far this season, we want to thank you all for your volunteerism and commitment to the Pennsylvania FIRST Tech Challenge program. As you are aware, we are holding all traditional, live events, this season and we have open positions for all roles, but especially value and welcome Judges, Referees and Field Tech people as these are essential to the success of the events.

The time is now. Please reference the link below to our event page to see upcoming Workshops, Scrimmages and Qualifiers. 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!  See additional link below. Please find this schedule for all seasonal events on our website. Note that we have multiple workshops in the fall and that our Qualifier competition season starts on Dec 17th and continues through Feb 2023. Welcome new volunteers from family, friends, the community and businesses alike. Please know that this is also 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. If you are already registered to volunteer, then thank you!

Events: https://www.ftcpenn.org/ftc-events/2022-2023-season

Volunteer Roles: https://www.ftcpenn.org/volunteer/volunteer-roles

As with past years, 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 http://www.firstinspires.org website. General Instructions detailed below.

For guidance on volunteering at a PA FTC Event please go to the following link or see instructions below. https://www.ftcpenn.org/volunteer

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 http://www.firstinspires.org 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 FTC events, under Event Filters select FTC, United States, Pennsylvania; optionally enter dates and/or event name information, and then click Apply Filters. Select an event on the right-hand side (Southwestern Pennsylvania Qualifier) and click Volunteer. Follow the prompts to select the roles you are interested in.

https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/volunteer/general-volunteer-resources 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 and FTC PA events for many years now Youth Protection is paramount and mandatory at all of our events. 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 Zawislak and Bob Debes – Volunteer Coordinator

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