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Season Info

National Registration

All teams must complete National Registration and pay the $275 fee (or have a grant to cover). Teams are allowed to order equipment prior their two adult coaches completing the Youth Protection Program (YPP). However, teams will not be allowed to register for local events until YPP screening is a Yes for both coaches.

FIRST is offering grants:

  • Rookies – $275 to cover registration and $275 toward equipment
  • Returning teams – $275 to cover registration
  • Apply for these need based grants here 


FIRST is offering grants:

  • Rookies – $275 to cover registration and $275 toward equipment
  • Returning teams – $275 to cover registration
  • Apply for these need based grants here 

Training Camp Saturday, August 26

Everyone is invited to attend the pre-season Training Camp – returning teams, rookie teams, coaches, volunteers and people considering starting a team. There will be something for everyone!

If you are interested in presenting a session (a great thing to share in Judging) please send an email to

The event is FREE, we just need a headcount. RSVP for Training Camp

The event listing on the calendar has the Google map link.

Presentations will be available online after the Camp is completed.

Season Kickoff Saturday, September 9

The FIRST RELIC RECOVERYSM season will officially kickoff with the Game Reveal on Saturday, September 9th.

Teams have multiple options for the day:

  • Attend Kickoff at UMSL in St. Louis
  • Attend Kickoff at SEMO in Cape Girardeau
  • Attend a Kickoff at Camdenton High in Camdenton
  • Attend Kickoff at Metropolitan Community College in KC
  • Watch the online kickoff from FIRST

Teams attending the live Kickoff events will be given a field element to take home so that they can start engineering right away!

Registration link coming soon.

Outreach Opportunities

Qualifiers love to have support from the FIRST Community.

  • Individual team members can volunteer to work as an event volunteer. Roles include referee (requires training), timekeeper, field reset and more.
  • Teams are also a great source of excitement when they demo at the Qualifiers. Students love to see “the big kids” and the more advanced robots. You can be an inspiration for students to continue to participate in FIRST.
  • FIRST LEGO League – Eastern Missouri event schedule will be available on this site.  The qualifiers will be in STL metro and Cape Girardeau.
  • FIRST LEGO League – Central Missouri event schedule will be available at ?  They will be in Rolla, Nixa, Columbia and Camdenton.
  • FIRST LEGO League – Kansas City event schedule will be available at
Competition Outline


We offer a unique model of competition for Missouri and Kansas teams. (We may allow out-state teams to register in our events if there is additional capacity.)

Teams may play in any Qualifier.  Select the date and location that works for your team. Teams advance directly to State Championship.

Teams may play in any Meet. Choose 0, 1 or 2 Meets anywhere in MO/KS.  You are not limited to any specific geography. Teams advance to a Conference Qualifier.

All our teams are given a Conference designation based on their geographic location.  We basically divide the state into 4 sections and name them Northwest, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast.  This designation only matters when advancing from Meet play to Conference Qualifiers. There is an East and a West Conference Qualifier. QP and RP rankings are used. MOFTCScores will be updated the day after every event. Teams that have advanced from a Qualifier are removed from the Conference Qualifier rankings.

Conference Qualifiers advance to State Championship.

State Championship advances to the SOUTH Super-Regional in Athens, GA. Event runs March 8-10, 2018. Event website.

South Super-Regional advances to the FIRST Championship in Houston, TX. Event runs April 18-21, 2018. Event website.




QUALIFIERS are the complete competition day.

  • They include judging, qualifying rounds, alliance selections and awards.
  • Qualifiers advance teams directly to the Missouri Championship.
  • All MO/KS teams are required to attend a Qualifier if they wish to advance via the Meet system.
  • Cost is $100, credit cards only.
  • Qualifiers will be December-first weekend of February. Schedule to be announced at or before Kickoff.
  • Registration will open in October. Actual date TBD.
  • Registration will be on this website – not through your dashboard.


Meets are short, robot play only events that help teams with their iterative design process.

  • 12 teams play 5 matches each (no judging or alliances)
  • Meets are approximately 4 hours long – great for after school events or quick weekend events
  • Meets are optional events for teams – choose to attend 0, 1 or 2
  • Choose from any of the Meets listed, not limited to geographic area (we don’t play League model)
  • Cost is $50 per Meet
  • Meets run Oct. 27 – Jan. 27.
  • Registration will open in October. Date TBD.
  • Registration will be through this website – not your dashboard.
  • QP and RP are used to determine ranking within Conferences (NW, SW, NE or SE)
  • Top ranked teams advance to Conference Qualifier.
  • Note: Teams are required to play in a Qualifier in order to advance through the Meet System.

Volunteer to Host a Meet by fill out the simple form and we will contact you directly to discuss further.

Conference Qualifiers

Conference Qualifiers are another advancement path to State Championship.

  • Teams are placed in a Conference (NW, NE, SW or SE) based on their home city.
  • The QP and RP scores from their Meet play are used to determine rankings within their Conference. Doesn’t matter where the Meet was located.
  • 24 teams from NW and SW Conferences attend the West Conference Qualifier on 2/10/18 in Kansas City. (Conference breakdowns TBD)
  • 24 teams from NE and SE Conferences attend the East Conference Qualifier on 2/10/18 in St. Louis. (Conference breakdowns TBD)
  • No cost for a Conference Qualifier.
  • Conference Qualifiers are full events with Judging and Alliance Selections.
  • Trophies are awarded and select teams advance to Missouri Championship.

Missouri State Championship, February 24th

We host a 48 team dual division State Championship on the beautiful campus of Missouri S&T.

Teams may advance directly from a Qualifier or through Meets and Conference Qualifier play.

Registration cost is $150.

Teams advance from Missouri Championship to the South Super-Regional in Athens, GA.

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Events Info
Sat 26

Training Camp

August 26 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sep 09

Kickoff – St. Louis Area

September 9 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sep 09

Kickoff – Kansas City Area

September 9 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sep 09

Kickoff – SEMO Area

September 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sep 09

Kickoff – Mid MO Area

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm