How to register your child with FIRST
Starting in May 2014 FIRST will require all youth team members of FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition to register. Team members who have not registered will not be permitted to compete in FIRST events or competitions.
For Junior FIRST LEGO League teams only: currently youth team member registration is voluntary, though the local FIRST Partner may require registration in order to attend Jr. FLL events. If there is a local requirement, you will receive information from the team coach about how to register your child.
How do you register your child with FIRST?
- For Junior FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League: The Lead Coach/Mentor will send the parent/guardian an email invitation with the registration link and team number.
- If your child is 13 years old or older, and in FIRST Tech Challenge or FIRST Robotics Competition: the Lead Coach/Mentor may send the youth team member a link to start the registration process. Once the youth team member creates a user account, he/she will provide the parent/guardian email address. The parent/guardian must then finish the registration process.
- If you do not receive an email invitation, ask the Lead Coach/Mentor to provide you with the program name, and team number of the team your child wants to join. You need this information to register.
- Go to the registration link indicated on the email invitation, or click here.
- Create your user account. Complete the registration and sign the FIRST Consent and Release Form (electronically).
- You are done. Please note: Your child is not enrolled on the team until the Lead Coach/Mentor accepts him/her. You will receive an email confirmation of acceptance.
- For those without access to a computer or internet, please contact the Lead Coach/Mentor to see if they have a process in place. Or, access the paperwork at this link.
FIRST is requiring registration to:
- Establish a system of communication with parents of participants of our programs
- Comply with Youth Protection policies by knowing who is participating on FIRST teams
- Make the process of registering and signing consent and release forms easier for parents
- Provide coaches and mentors with a team roster that identifies their team and makes management of paperwork easier
- Obtain data on who is benefitting from our programs to apply for funding and sponsorships, ensure accessibility of our programs to all, and help us grow our programs
- Reduce the costs associated with paper that needs to be processed at FIRST events, then shipped and stored at Headquarters
If you have additional questions, please check out Frequently Asked Questions: Youth Team Member Registration. Or, you may contact FIRST Headquarters at: firstname.lastname@example.org.