Volunteer Minimum Age Requirement: FIRST requires that FIRST Event volunteers be at least 13 years old, however, the Regional Planning Committee can increase the age requirement as needed. Tesla Robotics League requires volunteers to be at least 18 years old, unless prior approval is granted by the League President and Tournament Director.


Adult volunteers cannot have children with them while volunteering nor be responsible for supervising children at the event. Children under the minimum age are welcome at FIRST Competitions with suitable supervision by someone other than a volunteer.


Key Volunteer Role Minimum Age Requirement Volunteers MUST be at least 21 years old before they can serve in a Key Volunteer Role for the FIRST Tech Challenge. Students who have been a part of a team must be at least 3 years removed from the team before they can serve in a Key Volunteer Position. Key Volunteer positions include: Volunteer Coordinator, Head Referee, Judge Advisor, Field Manager, Field Technical Advisor, Lead Robot Inspector, Lead Field Inspector, and Lead Scorekeeper. Local Affiliate Partners can make case by case exceptions to these guidelines by contacting FIRST for approval.

Volunteer Roles 
 Technical
Requirements
Physical
Requirements
Administrative
Requirements
Communication
Requirements
 Training
Time Committment 
 Event Day Time Committment 
 Certification
Required
 Minimum Age
Control System Advisor (CSA)
 High
 Low
 Medium
 High
 ~4-6 Hours
 ~8 Hours
  Yes (FTA)
 18
 Dean's List Interviewer/Reviewer
RESTRICTED ROLE
 Low
 Low
 Medium
 High
 ~2 Hours
 ~1-3 Hours
 Yes
  21 or Past Finalist
 Field Manager
DONNA
Medium
 Medium
  High
  High
  ~4-6 Hours
  ~4-5 Hours, PLUS
 ~8 Hours at  event 
  No
  21
 Field Resetter
Low
  Medium
  Low
   High
~1 Hour
  ~8 Hours
No
18
*unless exception granted 
 Field Technical Advisor (FTA)
LEAD-AJ
 High
  Medium
  Medium
  High
  ~6-8 Hours
  ~6-10 Hours
  Yes
  21
 Game Announcer/Emcee
  Low
  Medium
  Low
  High
  ~2-3 Hours
~8 Hours
  No
 
18
*unless exception granted 
 Inspector - Field
LEAD-
 Medium
 Low
 Low
 High
 ~2-3 Hours
 ~2-3 Hours 
& On-Call During Event
  Yes
 
 Inspector - Robot
LEAD-
Medium
  Low
  Low
  High
  ~2-3 Hours
  ~2-3 Hours & On-Call During Event
  Yes
  21 (Leads)
 Judge
RESTRICTED
ROLE
JUDGE ADVISOR-
 Medium
  Medium
  Medium
High
 ~2 Hours
  ~10 Hours
~72 Hours for Judge Advisor
  Yes
  21 & 3 years out
 Mentor/Coach
   Thank You!
   Thank You!
   Thank You!
  Thank You!
   Life
   Life
 No
  18
 Pit Administration
DENNY
  Low
  Low
  High
  High
~4-6 Hours
  ~3-4 Hours
PLUS 
~8 Hours at Event
  No
18
 Querer
 Low
  High
  Medium
  High
 ~1 Hour
  ~8 Hours
  No
  18
*unless exception granted 
 Referee
RESTRICTED ROLE
HEAD REF - 
  Medium
  High
  Medium
  High
  ~3-4 Hours
  ~8 Hours
  Yes
  21 & 3 years out
 Scorekeeper
  High
  Low
  High
  High
  ~4-6 Hours
  ~8 Hours
  Yes
 21 (Leads)
 Tournament Director
DENNY & HOST  
 High
  High
  High
  High
  Life
 Life
 No
18
 Volunteer Coordinator
DENNY
DONNA
ROBERT
HOST
  Low
  Medium
  High
  High
  • 3 to 6 months before the event ~ 6 hours a week. 
  • 2 to 3 months before the event ~ 10 hours a week.
  • 1 month before and up to the event ~ Up to 20 hours a week.
  ~4-5 Hours, PLUS ~8 Hours at Event
  No
  21
 Webmaster
MORGAN
 High
 Low
 High
 High
    ~3-4 Hours
   ~2-3 Hours
 No
  21
 Wi-Fi Technical Advisor
FRANK
ERIC
MIKEN
  High
  Low
  Medium
High
  ~4-6 Hours
  ~8 Hours
  Yes (FTA)
  18