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 load-in survey by Friday, February 24 to reserve its load-in time slot.


  1. The Pits will be open for load-in on Wednesday, March 15, 4:45PM - 8:00PM; and Thursday, March 16, 7:45AM – 8:30AM.  Parking personnel and Volunteers will be on hand to provide guidance and directions.
  2. Teams are encouraged to load-in on Wednesday, 4:45PM - 7:30PM. Teams may set up their pits during this time.
  3. Teams dropping off robots and equipment will be allowed five (5) people into the building. One of the five must be an adult who stays in the pits while team members are present.
  4. 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.
  5. Teams must bring the robot in the sealed bag. DO NOT OPEN THE ROBOT SHIPPING BAG during the load-in period.
  6. Teams will be allotted 30 minutes for pit set-up during load-in. Teams must leave the pits when their pit area is set up.
  7. Each team’s pit area must be in a safe state when the team leaves after load-in.
  8. 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 should make every effort to arrive prior to 8:30AM to avoid delays.


Download the 2017 Pit Map


  1. All robots must remain in sealed bags during load-in. No work on robots or robot-related materials, such as withholding allowance items, is allowed.
  2. All teams should have their team numbers clearly visible on the outside of the bag and have their original paperwork for Bag and Tag inspection affixed to the bag. Tape will be available from Pit Administration.
  3. Any structures erected in the pits must be under 10’ tall and remain within the team’s 10’ x 10’ pit footprint. Canopies and other covers above any pit structure will not be allowed for safety purposes.
  4. Each pit must be in a safe configuration when team members complete their pit set up.


(Printable PDF - includes map)