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!


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 FIRST’s Volunteer Resources page here.

Click here for a complete list of FIRST Tech Challenge volunteer roles and descriptions.

Volunteer Training

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

For 2020-2021 Ultimate Goal Volunteers:

All Ohio Qualifying Tournaments will be held remotely this season. For these Remote Events, Ohio FTC will have a significant need for judges this season. In addition to judges, roles such as referee, robot inspector, and FTA (Field Technical Advisor) or CSA (Control Systems Advisor) will be needed for teams to ask questions of and help with scoring and technical issues via video conferencing. Even if the role you typically fill won’t be available this season, please consider volunteering in one of these other roles to give teams the best remote experience possible. Please reach out to Sarah Heist at sheist@firstpartners.org if you are interested in volunteering this season.

If you are interested in volunteering as a referee, robot inspector, FTA or CSA, the video below will provide you with a walkthrough of the Ultimate Goal game and scoring. You can also test your game knowledge by taking the FTC Challenge Game Play Quiz below.

Ohio FTC Ultimate Goal Game Video Training
Ultimate Goal Game Rules Training Packaged by Ohio FTC (Updated 11/24/2020)
FIRST Tech Challenge Game Play Quiz
(Test your knowledge of how to score the Ultimate Goal game this season by taking this 20 question quiz. Coaches, parents, and/or team members can take it as many times as they want.)

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.