Master of Ceremonies (Emcee)

Position Summary - Key Volunteer Position

The Master of Ceremonies (a.k.a. MC or Emcee) is the individual primarily responsible for setting the tone of the competition. He/she creates and sustains an exciting and fun atmosphere throughout the event; embodies the spirit of FIRST and is the consummate FIRST ambassador.  The MC works as a team with the Game Announcer to produce a well-organized, thrilling event.  The MC ensures the smooth flow of match play, and maintains the pace of the event.  This is a Key Volunteer Position that significantly impacts the quality of the competition. 

**FIRST Headquarters will provide pre-event training for this position. **

Position Overview

  • Opportunity to contribute to the successful execution of the competition; impact the quality of the event
  • Community exposure
  • High profile position, audible and visible presence at competition
  • Opportunity to set the pace of the event; impact overall quality of event
  • Opportunity to utilize and further develop public speaking skills
  • Physically active role
  • Positioned near the playing field, fast-paced action, ability to observe matches
  • Pre-Event time commitment
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Opportunity to cultivate support for FIRST programs

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for setting the tone of the competition
  • Works as a team with the Game Announcer to produce a well-organized, thrilling event
  • Ensures the smooth flow of match play, and maintains the pace of the event
  • Participate in pre-event training

Experience and Skills Needed

  • First-year volunteer may serve in an apprentice role, working with a veteran MC
  • FIRST experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to "take charge"
  • Comfortable using a microphone and addressing a large crowd; vocally energetic
  • General knowledge of FIRST
  • Outgoing personality; high energy; sense of humor, creative, observant, mature
  • Public speaking experience highly preferred; TV/radio/acting experience ideal
  • Requires thorough knowledge of the game and match process
  • Self-directed individual
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Collaborates well
  • Takes direction well

Time Commitment

  • Commitment:              Minimum three days + Training
  • Approximate times:

Day                                                                         Times

Practice Day (the day before the competition)        12pm – End of Day

Day One of the Competition                                   8am – End of Day

Day Two of the Competition                                   8am – End of Day

Note 1: Event schedules vary. Please check the event schedule and talk to your Volunteer Coordinator, for detailed information on when you are expected to arrive.

NOTE: Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to start of every shift in order to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration desk. 

Training

FIRST Headquarters, Blair Hundertmark and Dennis Howland, will provide pre-event training for this position. 

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Direct supervision:  Event Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

*Please Note: some events will conduct a pre-event evening Volunteer Orientation and Training.