2017 FLL/FTC Qualifier - Volunteers Needed!

The RoboBees are hosting the Southern Maryland FLL/FTC Qualifier on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at St.Mary's College of Maryland! We are in need of many volunteers to help staff this event. Both Technical and Non-Technical skills welcome. Robotics background not required. If you are able to fill one of the positions below or have any questions, please let us know using the contact form at the bottom of this page

FLL Challenge - HYDRO DYNAMICS FTC Challenge - RELIC RECOVERY!

Times and Dates

Friday December 8th

2:30 PM - Load In / Setup

Saturday December 9th

6:15 AM - Key Volunteer Entry*

6:00 PM - Competition End / Load Out Begins

*(Your specific entry time will be determined once a role has been assigned)

 

Master of Ceremonies

Serves as the public voice of the event. Introduces both teams at the competition table, ensures both teams are ready, and starts the match. Provides anecdotal announcements about teams that helps put them at ease while keeping the audience engaged. MC helps the audience visualize the action and excitement through commentary during the robot rounds.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to observe matches
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Highly visible role
  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the competition game and rules helpful
  • Public speaking skills
  • Comfort and experience interacting with youth aged 9-18
  • Sense of humor

Concessions

Help staff the food and beverage area of the event.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to positively impact quality of event
  • Provides an opportunity to interact with teams and youth

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to work as part of a team and be an effective communicator

Field Resetter

Repairs and resets the playing fields after each match. Resetter plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining pace of the event. Supervise the teams collecting their robot and attachments to assure that Field Setup pieces are not taken inadvertently.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to observe matches
  • Surrounded by fast-paced action
  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the competition game, field setup, and rules helpful
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Physically active role; ability to stand for long periods of time and move quickly about the field
  • FIRST experience helpful

Field Manager

Keeps teams flowing to each area throughout the day and on schedule. From the competition floor, the Field Manager keeps in contact with the Pit, queuers, and judging areas. Keep abreast of scheduling, audio and visual, scoring, and work with the MC. Coordinates several sets of volunteers, which may include field attendants, scorekeepers, score runners, and MC.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to observe matches
  • Surrounded by fast-paced action
  • Critical for the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Basic knowledge of the competition games, rules, and table set-up necessary
  • Ability to work as part of a team and be an effective communicator; ability to keep chain of command informed of critical issues and schedule
  • Physically active role; ability to stand for long periods of time and move quickly about the field
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • FIRST experience necessary

Floater

Provide assistance in various areas as determined by the Manager of Event-Day Volunteers. Often helps with last-minute tasks as identified by event staff and KEY volunteers. Floaters often fill specific volunteer positions for ‘no show’ volunteers and serve to fill-in to allow volunteer breaks. Floaters can be useful as messengers, problem solvers, and guides. They may also enjoy distribute pins, medals and trophies. They staff the practice field to help manage the flow of teams. They also might staff food stands and help with overall clean up.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to experience more than one roll

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Flexible, ‘go with the flow’ attitude
  • Ability to work as part of a team and be an effective communicator
  • Ability to jump into a physically demanding role

Judge

Judges select team award recipients through interaction with teams. Documentation regarding team background information is provided to familiarize judges with teams.

Benefits of the Position:

  • High visibility role
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Provides an opportunity to positively impact quality of event
  • Interacts with teams and team members

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Strong assessment skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to effectively relate to youth aged 9-18 and adults and be a role model at all times
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Knowledge of award criteria and selection process
  • FIRST  experience preferred

Judge Assistant

Assists Judge Advisors and Judges throughout the event. Position manages team traffic before and after judging sessions. Responsible for keeping judging sessions on schedule, keeping waiting teams quiet, assuring teams are sent to correct judging location, and helping to prepare and break-down judging rooms.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to utilize and further develop interpersonal skills
  • Provides an opportunity to interact with Judges, Judge Advisors and Head Judges

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Outgoing personality; high energy
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

Load-in/Load-out

Helps set-up or breakdown the event. May be assigned to set-up or breakdown a specific area of the event. This is a physically active role and requires the ability to lift a minimum of 15lbs.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

Pit Runner

Serves as team messenger—providing and distributing critical information to teams. Assists with distribution of match lists to teams as needed. Helps guide teams from Pit to competition floor and is prepared to answer questions about the event from teams and guests.

Benefits of the Position:

  • High visibility role
  • Variety of tasks and responsibilities
  • Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams
  • Provides an opportunity to work in a fast-paced environment

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Physically active role; ability to run for short periods
  • Ability to work as a member of a team

Robot Game Queuer

Manages team traffic to and from the playing field. Queuers play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of traffic and maintenance of overall event pace. May need to restrict access to competition area from unauthorized individuals. Communicates with Pit Runners and makes sure that the runners in the Pit are rounding up teams that are not in the queue, helps keep teams in order and ready to compete. This person should be very aware of the schedule, and needs to be able to keep track of more than one thing at a time.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams
  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition by maintaining pace
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Potential to observe matches

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team
  • Self-directed individual
  • Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

Judging Queuer

Manages team traffic to and from the judging areas. Queuers play a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of traffic and maintenance of overall event pace. May need to restrict access to judging rooms from unauthorized individuals. Helps keep teams in order and ready to be seen by judges. This person should be very aware of the schedule, and needs to be able to keep track of more than one thing at a time.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to work and interact with teams
  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition by maintaining pace
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Potential to observe matches

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team
  • Self-directed individual
  • Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time

Referee

Observes team robot game matches, identifies rule violations, assesses field for scoring of matches, and participates in deliberations regarding contested calls and official scores. Position works under the direction of the Head Referee. Requires advance training and intimate knowledge of current Robot Challenge Game rules. Plays a critical role in ensuring smooth flow of match play and maintaining the pace of the event. Embodies FLL/FTC core values while monitoring and promoting sage practices on and around the playing field.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Surrounded by fast-paced action
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the successful execution of the competition

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Thorough knowledge of the competition game and rules of play
  • Ability to be tactful and assertive
  • Physically demanding role; ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Outgoing personality; high energy
  • Strong communication, diplomacy skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong assessment skills
  • FLL/FTC experience and training required

Registration

Assists with Team Registration. Position provides direction, assistance, and information to coaches and other adults accompanying teams and distributes materials. Assist with area set-up and breakdown.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Variety of tasks and responsibilities

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to be tactful and assertive
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team
  • Strong organization skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-directed individual
  • FIRST experience helpful

Score Runner

Expedites the scoring process by collecting the score sheets from the referees and bringing them to the scoring table. May assist with set-up and breakdown of scoring system and/or field.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to observe matches
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • High visibility role
  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Basic knowledge of the competition game helpful
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team
  • Self-directed individual
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Physically active role; ability to stand for long periods of time run for short periods

Scorekeeper

This person is someone who is comfortable with computers and can enter data from score sheets into either Excel or a scoring program. Helps facilitate the final ranking for awards, the announcement of the scores by the Emcee, and display of the scores in the Pit area. Prints out the ranking chart and delivers it to the Judge Advisor after each round. FIRST headquarters will provide an annual online training of the scoring programs it provides and strongly encourages this individual to take the training in advance if you will use the scoring software.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to observe matches
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Basic knowledge of the competition game and rules helpful
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Detail oriented; driven to achieve high level of accuracy

Assistant Scorekeeper

Assists the Scorekeeper in entering the Robot Game scores into the computer from the referees' score sheets. Assistant helps Scorekeepers verify accuracy of entries.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to observe matches
  • Significant level of responsibility
  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Basic knowledge of the competition game and rules helpful
  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team
  • Comfortable working on a computer Detail oriented; driven to achieve high level of accuracy

Technical staff

From taping down gaff tape to figuring out why that AV equipment isn’t working, this individual may be called on to help with any of the technical aspects that keeps the fields up and running. No formal technical expertise is required.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow
  • Provides an opportunity to work in a fast paced environment

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Basic computer skills
  • Tech-savviness
  • Ability to problem-solve onsite

Timer

This person is someone comfortable keeping the flow of the day going by constantly checking the clock and communicating the timing to appropriate individuals on the field. Works closely with field re-setters and referees to keep on track with the timing between robot matches set forth by the Tournament Director(s).

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to observe matches
  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Detail oriented; driven to achieve high level of accuracy

Traffic Control/Security

Many FLL events are crowded; help direct and manage large groups of people moving from place to place. Provide security for the event by maintaining crowd order, including making sure only allowable volunteers and staff are near match tables and only allowable individuals view judging.

Benefits of the Position:

  • Provides an opportunity to contribute to the success of the competition flow
  • Significant level of responsibility

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to collaborate with others and work as a team
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comfortable combining gracious professionalism with authoritativeness, when appropriate

Volunteer Registration

Further registration directions provided directly to you at your provided email address.

You will be required to register with our sponsor organization, FIRST. You will provide your background information, apply for positions at specific events, and indicate the days you are available. You may opt out of providing your social security number and/or making a donation.

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