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. **
- 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
- 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
- Commitment: Minimum three days + Training
- Approximate 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.
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.