Welcome Letter QT #3

 LA/SoCal FIRST® Tech Challenge Qualifier Tournament #3, Sunday, March 28, 2021

WELCOME TEAMS! The LA/SoCal Committee looks forward to your participation in the upcoming LA/SoCal FIRST® Tech Challenge (LAFTC) Qualifying Tournament!  Below is some additional information to help you prepare. Please read to the end of the document as there is helpful information for you.  


This is an unprecedented year with COVID and social distancing. All LAFTC Qualifiers are remote. You will be competing from your home or safe school area and uploading your scores to the cloud. Judging interviews and pit interviews will be conducted over video and the Awards Ceremony will also be via video.

We will be running a 24-team one-division tournament. All the judging categories (including Compass and Promote videos) will be awarded, and Dean’s List Semi-Finalists will be recognized. 

There will be no Alliance selection or playoffs due to remote play. Ranking will be based on the total score (i.e.. Ranking Points) of each team from highest to lowest. (Due to the remote event format, all scores count; no matches will be dropped.) Total score is the sum of the six Match Play scores you submit.  There will not be a Finalist Alliance or a Winning Alliance, just teams ranked in order of ranking points. 

The top teams (as determined by Game Manual 1 advancement criteria, section 6.2) will advance to the Los Angeles Championship Tournament. There will be 12 teams per QT advancing to the Championship. These teams will be announced on the following Robot Tuesday.


A Remote QT Competition runs over a 7-day period instead of just one day.  Here is the timeline:

Day 0: March 21, 2021 (Sunday) 1pm-2pm – Mandatory Drivers Meeting and Overall Event Structure Call 

All teams must call in for this session. In this meeting we will review how to submit robot scores; how to submit your Engineering Portfolio, Control, and Feedback Request Form; how to call into your Team Interview and Pit Interviews; and what your judging times are.

Day 0: March 21, 2021 (Sunday) 11:59pm – Promote and Compass Videos Due

Submit your Compass and Promote nominations by Midnight. Please provide your YouTube video link  here

Day 1-7: March 22, 2021 (Monday) 7am to March 28, 2021 (Sunday) 3pm – Window to Submit Your Team’s 6 Robot Scores

Scores can be submitted starting at Day 1, Monday, March 22, beginning at 7am and no later than Day 7, Sunday, March 28, ending at 3pm. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE to upload scores. There is a hard stop at 3pm. No exceptions. If your robot fails and you have waited until the last day to submit scores, you have no back up plan. 

Also note – if for any reason you cannot work / compete on a certain day in that window, plan for evening Match Play so as not to leave all competitive play for the last day. 

Day 5: March 26, 2021 (Friday) 5pm – Engineering Portfolio, Control, and Feedback Request Form Due

Engineering Portfolios are required for most judged awards and will need to be submitted through the link. Also, if you are submitting for the Control Award, a document of your autonomous operation will need to be uploaded. Lastly, if you want team feedback, you will need to submit the online form. Upload no later than 5pm Friday (you can upload any time during the week and even multiple times – the latest revision will be kept for the judges.) 

Day 7: March 28, 2021 (Sunday) – Judging Day and Awards Ceremony

Event day details:

08:30 – 10:30 AM        Remote Judging – Team interviews 

12:00 – 01:00 PM        Lunch break 

01:00 – 03:00 PM        Remote Judging – Pit interviews

03:00 PM                    All robot performance scores are due 

05:30 – 06:30 PM        Awards Ceremony


Teams are on the honor system to assure the robot meets the Robot and Field Inspection criteria on the self-check lists. Forms will not be collected or submitted to the event. 


Performance scores will be submitted by the Mentor through the FIRST Scoring System. It is up to the team to referee themselves. For referee or robot questions, please go to the FIRST FORUM to receive an official response (https://ftcforum.firstinspires.org/).  No videos of performance play are required.  Read the team guide on how to upload your scores here: FTC Scoring – Team Guide. You may also find it helpful to watch these four tutorials that walk teams through the scoring process for remote events: Remote Event Part 1, Remote Event Part 2, Remote Event Part 3, Remote Event Demonstration. This information can also be found on the LAFTC Website located on the landing page: www.FIRSTtechSoCal.org.


Judging will be conducted over laptop or phone via Zoom. Each team member will need a laptop or phone with camera access. 

Team Interviews – Morning – There will be 2 judges in each panel. Interview times will start at 8:30am and end by 10:30am. Interviews run 10 minutes per team and judges will have time between interviews to discuss portfolios and their interview notes. Teams will be pre-assigned a timeslot, which will be emailed to the Lead Mentor at least one week prior to the event. Do not miss your timeslot. All your team members are encouraged (but not required) to attend the judging interview. Just remember the time slot is 10 minutes so manage your time appropriately. A team can, but is not required to, have up to a 5-minute rehearsed presentation to share with the judges. This would be part of your 10-minute interview. If you do not want to give a practiced presentation, the judges will ask questions as they have in the past during the 10 minutes. 

Pit Interviews: Afternoon – Teams will be pre-assigned a 20-minute time slot, emailed to the Lead Mentor at least one week prior to the event. Do not miss your timeslot. During this period, judges may be popping in and out of your Zoom room to ask more detailed questions about specific topics. There will always be at least two judges in the virtual room with each team.  Note – questions asked by the judges during this time may be related to ANY award – please be sure to have knowledgeable team members in the room during this time slot.  This is a virtual version of the pit interviews at traditional events. 

Mentors can log into the Zoom room for the judging interviews and/or the pit interviews, but only to view the process, not to interact. Please keep your camera off and stay muted.


We will hold a Remote Award Ceremony at the end of the day (expected to be at 5:30 pm) to share the recipients of the judged and performance awards. Trophies for the top awards will be mailed to the Lead Mentor. All team members will receive the annual, custom participation pin (mailed to the Lead Mentor). There will be 12 teams advancing from each QT to the LAFTC Championship, for a total of 36 teams competing at the Championship. 


March 21, 2021 (Sunday) 1pmMandatory Drivers Meeting Day 0 at 1pm review pre-assigned Judging and Pit Interview schedules
March 21, 2021 (Sunday) 11:59pmCompass and Promote submittals due before midnight
March 26, 2021 (Friday) 5pmEngineering Portfolio, Control, and Feedback Request Form due by 5pm
March 28, 2021 (Sunday) 8:30am – 10:30am 1:00pm – 3:00pmCompetition Day!!! Morning – Presentation Judging Interview Afternoon – Follow Up (Pit) Judging Interview
March 28, 2021 (Sunday) 3pmAll robot performance scores due by 3pm
March 28, 2021 (Sunday) 5:30pm – 6:30pmAward Ceremony


Team #                 Team Name

5828E.M.P. Chaos
5921La Canada Engineering Club
6282Simi Valley Robotics
6371Machine Kings
6372Patriotic Robotics
7553Team Loki
7832Gear Gurus
12525Wolf Corp. FTC
12675Hermit Social Club
13171Polyisoprene Mallards
16406Challenger Cubed
18078Cypress Robotitans
18818Souper Crew
18819T-Bird TECH
18882Robonarchs – Monarch JV Robotics

Thank you,

Theresa Klemme and Patrick Brophy

Program Delivery Partners, LAFTC