Championship Eligibility Criteria

In order to compete at the 2014 FIRST Championship, a 2014 registered FRC team must compete at the regional level, or qualify via the District State Championship/District Region Championship Event.

FRC Teams are eligible to register for the FIRST Championship if:

  • They are a "Pre-Qualifying" Team;
  • Become a Merit Based Qualifier during the 2014 FRC Season;
  • Have Veteran Team Status and waitlist register during the open enrollment phase.

2014 Rookie Teams

2014 FRC rookie teams are not eligible to register for the FIRST Championship via open Registration, but must qualify to attend per the Merit Based criteria set forth in the chart below.

Pre-Qualifying FRC Teams

Pre-Qualified FRC Teams can register for the FIRST Championship beginning on October 10, 2013 at 12 noon ET.

The following teams are considered Pre-Qualified:

  • FIRST Championship Chairman’s Award winners in prior years (Hall of Fame teams);
  • Original and sustaining teams from 1992 on;
  • 2013 FIRST Championship Ultimate Ascent winners (3)
  • 2013 FIRST Championship Engineering Inspiration Award winner (1);

See chart below for additional details

Merit Based Qualifying FRC Teams

Merit Based Qualifying Teams are automatically given the opportunity to register for the Championship at the time of their win at either a Regional Event or at their District Championship.

See the chart below for full details on what constitutes Merit Based Qualification for 2014.     

Learn more about the Merit Based Awards (and all our awards) in the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Manual.

Veteran FRC Team - Open Waitlist Registration

As the number of FRC teams and events continue to grow, the number of merit-based qualifying teams also grows. We can't predict the exact number of slots that will be available to veteran teams through an open registration process, but the number is likely to be small.

During this enrollment period, FRC teams will immediately go onto a waitlist for the FIRST Championship.

We will release FIRST Championship slots to waitlisted teams as the season progresses and we become comfortable that all merit-based qualifying teams (teams winning awards at 2014 events that qualify them to go to Championship) are being accommodated.

Wild Card Slots for the 2014 Championship

This season, we will continue with a Wild Card system that will provide a broader distribution of merit-based Championship slots.

If a team who wins a Regional in 2014 – in other words, if a team who is a member of the Winning Alliance – has already qualified for Championship at an earlier Regional in 2014, a Wild Card slot is created at the Regional which they just won. 

Wild Card slots are filled in the order of:

1. Finalist Alliance Captain

2. Finalist First Pick

3. Finalist Second Pick

4. Finalist Backup Team

Wild Card slots are passed to the next team in the order specified above only if the team occupying that Wild Card slot has already qualified for Championship at an earlier 2014 Regional. The number of potential Wild Card slots created at each Regional is equal to the number of teams on the Winning Alliance who had already qualified for Championship at an earlier Regional in 2014.   

Only teams on the Finalist Alliance are eligible for Wild Card slots.  It’s possible for a Wild Card slot to go unused. Unused Wild Card slots cannot be replaced or backfilled.

District model teams that attend a traditional Regional are eligible for Wild Card slots in the same way as all other teams at the Regional.    

Please note: Championship status based on pre-qualification (Original and Sustaining Teams, Hall of Fame Teams and 2013 FIRST Championship Winners) has no effect on this system. Only performance during the 2014 season is considered. We’ve created a worksheet to help you determine, at individual events, whether or not Wild Card slots are being generated and to whom they will be awarded.  The worksheet appears lengthy,  but if you follow it carefully, step by step, you will reach the right answer.  You can find the worksheet for 2014 here.

Open Waitlist Registration

Veteran FRC teams who did not compete at the 2013 FIRST Championship may waitlist register for the 2014 FIRST Championship beginning October 24, 2013 at 12 noon ET

Veteran FRC teams who did compete at the 2013 FIRST Championship may waitlist register for the 2014 FIRST Championship beginning November 7, 2013 at 12 noon ET

Waitlist - A waitlist will be maintained for any openings that become available.

2014 FIRST Championship Registration Information

 

FIRST Championship Registration Qualifiers

 

Award   Description

Teams

Opens

Closes

Payment

Due

 


  Pre-Qualifying
  FRC Teams

FIRST Championship
Chairman's Award 
winners from all prior 
years

 16, 23, 51 (formerly teams 47 and 65), 67, 103, 111, 120, 151, 175, 191, 236, 254, 341, 365, 842, 359, 1114, 1538

 

 

 

10/10/2013
12 noon ET

 

12/05/2013
12 noon ET

 

01/24/14

 

Pre-Qualifying
FRC Teams

 

Original and sustaining teams from 1992 

 

20, 45, 126, 148, 151, 190, 191 

 

 

10/10/2013
12 noon ET

 

12/05/2013
12 noon ET

01/24/14

 

Pre-Qualifying
  FRC Teams

 

2013 FIRST Championship

"Ultimate Ascent" Winners

 

1241, 1477, 610 

 10/10/2013
12 noon ET

 

12/05/2013
12 noon ET

 

01/24/14

 

Pre-Qualifying
FRC Teams

 

2013 FIRST Championship
Engineering Inspiration Award winner

 

3478 

 10/10/2013
 12 noon ET

12/05/2013
12 noon ET

01/24/14

 

Merit Based
Qualifying FRC Teams

Chairman's Award winners

2014 Regional
 
1 per Regional

2014 District Championships

TBD

 

TBD

After merit based win

 

Close date based on week qualified

 

TBD

Merit Based
Qualifying FRC Teams

Engineering Inspiration Award winners

2014 Regional
1 per Regional

2014 District Championships

TBD

 

TBD

After merit based win

 

Close date based on week qualified


   

TBD

Merit Based
Qualifying FRC Teams 

Merit Based

Qualifying FRC Teams

Rookie All-Star Award winners

2014 Regional
1 per Regional

2014 District Championships

TBD

 

TBD

After merit based win

Close date based on week qualified

 

TBD

Merit Based
Qualifying FRC Teams

2014 Winners

2014 Regional 
3 per Regional

2014 District Championships
TBD
 
 

 TBD

After merit based win

 

Close date based on week qualified

 

 

 

TBD

 Merit Based
 Qualifying FRC Teams

Top Ranked teams at the 2014 District Championships that are not one of the 9 Merit Based Teams
 
TBD

TBD

After District Championship

TBD

TBD

Wild Card Teams

 

TBD 

After Wild Card slot awarded 

Close date based on week qualified 

 

 

 

Veteran FRC Team
Open Waitlist Registration
 

 

 

Veteran teams who did not compete at the 2013 FIRST Championship

 

TBD

10/24/2013
12 noon ET

12/05/2013

01/24/2014

 

Veteran FRC Team Open Waitlist Registration 

 

 

Veteran teams who did compete at the 2013 FIRST Championship.

 

 

TBD

11/7/2013
 12 noon ET

12/05/2013

01/24/2014