Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Volunteers, and Sponsors (Please distribute this email to your team members, parents, and mentors):

Is everyone ready for 2020-21 Florida FTC season?  Yes, COVID-19 is not stopping us from ensuring that our teams are able to enjoy the incredible learning experience of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. You should have received email communication from FIRST about the introduction of a remote event type. The following is the description of a Remote Event that is published in “FTC Game Manual Part 1 – Remote Events”:

Remote events were developed to mimic traditional FIRST Tech Challenge events, while practicing social distancing guidelines. Since Teams are not able to gather and compete in the traditional head-to-head competition format, the season’s official full Playing Field has been adapted to allow Teams to play as a single Team. Remote Teams may order an official half version of this season’s field, or compete using a modified version of the field, which will be released at kickoff on 9/12/2020. Teams will still sign up for events and will be provided a window to submit their own Match scores, which will determine their rankings. Unlike traditional events, the scoring of the official Matches is done by the Team, rather than an event volunteer.

The current plan is to start the season using the Remote Event type and then transition to physical events as we are able to according to the local safety requirements.   All of our leagues are also working on plans to provide access to a field for teams that do not have a field perimeter. I encourage teams to complete the FIRST team registration process and attend the Florida Virtual FTC Kick-off Event.

The following are the four topics contains in this email:

  1. 1.Florida Virtual FTC Kick-off Event – September 12, 2020 at 10:00am
  2. 2.Team Registration is Open

Newsletter Details:

  1. 1.Florida Virtual Kick-off Event – September 12, 2020 at 10:00am – It’s time to be a game changer with the ULTIMATE GOAL. Please visit the following FIRST webpage to see the ULTIMATE GOAL game teaser for the 2020-21 season: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/ftc/game-and-season.  I encourage all Florida FTC teams to attend the Florida Virtual FTC Kick-off Event on September 12, 2020 at 10:00am. This will give you an opportunity to post any questions you have about the Florida FTC season and Remote Events. Stay tuned for a future Florida FTC email blast for details about the Florida FTC kick-off event.
  2. 2.Team Registration is Open -- Complete your 2020-2021 FIRST® Tech Challenge team season registration before September 10, 2020 for a chance to win the 2020 Kickoff Sweepstakes.The sweepstakes prize package includes one (1) 2020-2021 FIRST Tech Challenge season ULTIMATE GOAL partial game set and scoring elements. Visit the following FIRST webpage for more details about the FTC Kickoff Sweepstakes: https://info.firstinspires.org/2020-kickoff-sweepstakes?utm_source=first-inspires&utm_medium=cta&utm_campaign=ftc-sweeps-021&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.firstinspires.org%2Frobotics%2Fftc%2Fgame-and-season

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