Dear FIRST® Robotics Competition Teams,

I am writing to share the hugely disappointing news that, as a result of the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and at the direction of our host, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the New York Tech Valley Regional on March 11-14 has been postponed out of an abundance of caution and with the health and safety of our community in mind. The new dates for the New York Tech Valley Regional have not yet been set.

We recognize that teams have put an enormous amount of work into preparing for this event and we regret having to share such disappointing news. FIRST® team support can help your team identify alternative events and can be reached at

As Regional Director, this is difficult news for me to share. I was looking forward to seeing you all, watching you compete and hearing your stories of challenges and success. I know that you are frustrated. I know that you have questions. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we are all doing our best to make decisions that are in everyone’s best interest both on and off the field of play. I promise that I will share information with you as it is shared with me.

Keep building. Keep learning. Keep meeting. Keep inspiring.


Janice Martino Regional Director, FIRST®

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Hosted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Darrin Communications Center, Room 308 (map)
Saturday, January 4, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Please be in your seats by 9:30 a.m. for guest speakers; kickoff video starts at 10 a.m.


Campus Map (Free Parking)

Where to find food

If you can't make it to your local kickoff, watch the broadcast online: FIRST® Kickoff Website

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Prepare for Kickoff

All FRC Participants:
We encourage everyone to download the encrypted game manual before Kickoff. The encrypted manual will be available soon here:

Team Leaders:
We aren’t collecting team rosters at Kickoff, but please confirm that all your student team members and mentors are registered with FIRST and have consents in place before Kickoff.

Student Team Members:
Make sure you are signed up for your team on the FIRST Dashboard and your parent has given consent for you to participate. Contact your coach if you have questions about this process.

What To Bring To Kickoff:
Bring your laptop or other devices with encrypted game manual already downloaded; FIRST will share the encryption key for the downloaded manual during Kickoff.

We recommend each team bring a dolly or cart with your team number clearly marked to use when picking up your Kit of Parts.

Kickoff Details

  • The event will be held in DCC-308, Darrin Communications Center Lecture Hall 308.

  • Food can be brought into the facility.

  • Parking is free and available in the College Avenue parking garage and the Academy Hall lot. Buses should park at the Academy Hall lot, passengers will walk to DCC from the lot.

  • Handicap access for curbside drop off and pick up can be arranged with Paul Schoch.

  • One vehicle per team may be brought on campus to pick up the Kit of Parts. Directions will be provided after the broadcast.

  • Internet access is very limited in the DCC building. There are a few Ethernet ports that need no login. RPI students and staff can use their RPI ID and password for wireless access. Wireless access will be available for use in reserved meeting rooms after Kickoff.

  • Rooms for team meetings or brainstorming will be available. Please request one during check-in the day of Kickoff.

  • A quick build session will be offered following the broadcast. Space is limited; teams must reserve a spot in advance to participate. Priority will be given to rookie teams. Safety glasses are required. Basic tools are recommended.  We are unable to accommodate requests at Kickoff for teams to do the quick build.

  • For more information about Kickoff, check out the FIRST website.

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