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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Teams picking up robots (in bags if going to another event) and equipment will be allowed 5 people, 1 over 18 years of age, to use the loading dock walkway. The team must be ready to load-out before the driver brings the vehicle to ECAV. The driver must remain with the vehicle.

Parking personnel and Volunteers will be on hand to provide guidance and directions.

  1. Step 1: TEAM REPRESENTATIVES - Move all your equipment and bagged robot to the load-out exit location on the south side of the pit area..

  2. Step 2: TEAM REPRESENTATIVES - Call your driver to pull up to the load-in/load-out area.

  3. Step 3: DRIVERS – ONLY after your team representative has notified you to bring the robot transport vehicle to the ECAV: follow the same route used for load-in (either Option 1 or Option 2 as specified for load-in, see load-in map).

    • Drive up Peoples Ave.

    • Option 1: turn left on Sunset Terrace, Take 1st left (Peck Dr.)

    • Option 2: Turn left on Georgian Terrace. For both options: Follow the instructions of the parking attendants. Vehicles must be attended at all times and must not block handicap parking.

  4. Step 4: DRIVERS - Must depart immediately once the robot and equipment are loaded.

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