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 customerservice@firstinspires.org.

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.

Best,

Janice Martino Regional Director, FIRST®

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

5:00 PM – 8:00PM
5 Team Reps to Load In & Set Up Pits (sign up required)

Thursday, March 12, 2020

7:45AM
5 Team Reps to Load In
8:30AM
Pits, Machine Shop, Registration & Inspection Open
9:00AM – 11:00AM
Driver’s Meeting, Field Open for Measurement & Calibration
9:00AM – 11:00AM
Technology Row
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Lunch
12:00PM – 6:30PM
Practice Matches
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Scholarship Row
8:00PM
Pits & Machine Shop Close

Friday, March 13, 2020

8:00AM
Pits & Machine Shop Open, Doors Open to Public
8:00AM – 9:00AM
Invited Guest Event
8:30AM – 9:00AM
Opening Ceremonies
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Qualification Matches
10:00AM – 11:00AM
FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST LEGO League Demonstration
11:00AM – 12:00PM
FIRST Tech Challenge Demonstration
12:00PM – 1:00PM
Lunch
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Scholarship Row
1:00PM – 5:15PM
Qualification Matches
5:15PM – 5:45PM
Awards Ceremony
6:00PM*
Pits & Machine Shop Close Immediately Following Awards Ceremony
7:00PM – 8:00PM
Team Social

Saturday, March 14, 2020

8:00AM
Pits & Machine Shop Open, Doors Open to Public
8:00AM – 9:00AM
Invited Guest Event
8:30AM – 9:00AM
Opening Ceremonies
9:00AM – 11:45AM
Qualification Matches
10:00AM – 11:00AM
FIRST Tech Challenge Demonstration
11:45AM – 12:15PM
Alliance Selections
12:15PM – 1:00PM
Lunch
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Playoff Matches
4:00PM – 5:00PM
Awards Ceremony
5:15PM
Pits Close
**Schedule subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of rounds. See Pit Administration table for updated times.
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Schedule (2018 Archive)

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