Volunteer Resources

Volunteers make up 99% of the FIRST® workforce. If you want to make a difference in the lives of young people and have a weekend free to help, please consider volunteering at a FIRST Tech Challenge tournament. FIRST Tech Challenge tournaments in Ohio typically occur on Saturday, with preparatory activities taking place the Friday evening before the tournament. The roles required will vary by event and the ones available will be listed on the event page within the Volunteer Registration system. For a list of Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge tournaments please visit the Ohio Qualifying Tournaments page. There is something for everyone to do at our events!

To be added to the Ohio FTC monthly newsletter, please email Bre.


FIRST volunteers are people from all walks of life. If you have technical or non-technical expertise, there is a volunteer role suited to your unique interest. To find out more about specific roles and their requirements please visit the FIRST Volunteer Resources page here.

View the complete list of FIRST Tech Challenge volunteer roles and descriptions.

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Volunteering for an Ohio FIRST Tech Challenge Event

  • All volunteers must create an account and register through the FIRST website.
  • We use the FIRST Event Volunteer Registration system for all of our events. Volunteering for an event is one of the options on your personal FIRST Dashboard on the FIRST website.

To access the FIRST Event Volunteer Registration system:

  • Go to http://www.firstinspires.org
  • Click Log In in the upper right-hand corner
  • If you already have a FIRST account, enter your FIRST username and password, and click LOG IN
  • If you do not have a FIRST account, go here to start the registration process
  • Once on your personal Dashboard, select VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION and then EVENT VOLUNTEERING

The FIRST Youth Protection Program

  • At FIRST, Student safety is always a priority. All adult volunteers from the United States and Canada must complete a background screening through the FIRST Volunteer Registration System for the safety of all FIRST team members and participants. There is no charge for this.
  • The FIRST Youth Protection Program (FIRST YPP) is an important part of the protection of our youth. It sets minimum standards recommended for all FIRST activities. You may find more information about the FIRST YPP program guide, the screening process, and frequently asked questions here.