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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Each team should complete this load-in survey by Monday, March 9, 2020 to reserve its load-in time slot.


  1. Pits will be open for Load-in on Wednesday, 5:00PM - 8:00PM. Teams must arrive no later than 7:30PM for Wednesday load-in.
  2. Load-in Wednesday, 5-8; Teams are strongly encouraged to schedule their arrival and load-in slot by completing our survey. Unscheduled teams may experience unloading delays.
  3. Drivers of load-in vehicles must stay with their vehicle when it is being unloaded and move it from the drop off point as soon as it is emptied.
  4. Teams dropping off robots and equipment will be allowed five (5) people into the building. Ideally, each team will have two adults present during load-in, one to stay with the vehicle and one to accompany students to the pits. An adult must be in the pits whenever students are in the pits. If the driver is the only adult team member present during load-in, students may not bring the team's equipment and supplies inside until the driver parks the delivery vehicle and accompanies the students into the pits. If desired, Load-in volunteers can help by bringing your team's equipment and supplies to your pit while students wait for driver to park the vehicle.
  5. Teams may use as much time as needed within the allotted hours to set up their pit, however the team must leave the pits immediately after their pit is set up or at 8:00PM. Teams can expect to be asked to leave by event personnel if it is noted that their pit set up is complete and they have not yet left the pit area.
  6. Each team’s pit area must be in a safe state when the team leaves after load-in.
  7. The Wednesday load-in period ends 8:00PM and all team members must exit the building by this time.

Teams who prefer may load-in on Thursday morning and should make every effort to arrive [prior to] between 7:30AM and 8:30AM to avoid delays. Load-in opens on Thursday at 7:45AM.


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  1. Teams should have team numbers clearly visible on the robot. No work on robots or robot-related materials is allowed. Teams may plug chargers in and start charging batteries.
  2. Any structures erected in the pits must be under 10’ tall and remain within the team’s 10’ x 10’ pit footprint, including the height of signs, flags, banners, etc.) Canopies and other covering above any pit structure or outside the 10' x 10' pit boundaries will not be allowed for safety purposes. Teams can expect event personnel to ask that these structures and items to be removed.
  3. Each pit must be in a safe configuration when team members complete their pit set up.


Option 1:
Load-in/out for all vehicles except buses. Team drop-off/pick-up is not permitted from this approach.
GPS Address: 80 Peck Drive, Troy, NY, 12180

Option 2:
Load-in/out for buses. Team drop-off/pick-up is permitted from this approach.
GPS Address: 20 Georgian Court, Troy, NY, 12180. This will put you in front of the arena.

LOAD-IN PROCEDURE 2020 (printable PDF)

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Load-in Instructions (2019 Archive)
Load-in Instructions (2018 Archive)
Load-in Instructions (2017 Archive)