Greetings Florida FTC Teams, Coaches, Volunteers, and Sponsors:

Only six days remaining until the CENTERSTAGESM presented by Raytheon Technologies game reveal.  We have another information packed Florida FTC Kick-off planned and it is great opportunity for teams to learn about the new game elements and technology that will be used in the CENTERSTAGESM game.


The following are the topics covered in this Florida FTC newsletter:

  1. Florida FTC Remote Kick-off Agenda – September 9, 2023 at 11:45am EDT
  2. FIRST Kickoff Sweepstakes
  3. Rookie Team Grants

Newsletter Details:

  1. Florida FTC Remote Kick-off Agenda – September 9, 2023 at 11:45am EDT – The Florida FTC season kick-off plans include combining our traditional online state-wide program with several local league hosted events. Please join us and be prepared to ask questions about the game rules by going to FIRST in Florida YouTube channel ( at 11:45am EDT on September 9th. The following is the planned agenda:
    • 11:45am – Welcome and Introduction to the Florida Season Theme – We will also tell you about our planned team video contest that will include gift card awards
    • 11:50am – AJ’s Tech Time with a summary of the important technology updates
    • 11:55am – Hello to all of the team’s attending a physical kick-off event around the state
    • 12:00noon – FIRST Season Kick-off Video and Game Animation
    • 12:20pm – Bob & Sid Show with a field and key game rule review
    • 12:30pm – Live Game Q&A


  1. FIRST Kickoff Sweepstakes -- Set the stage for your team’s success this season when you enter to win the 2023 Kickoff Sweepstakes. Four winners will receive a 2023-2024 CENTERSTAGESM presented by RTX partial game set and scoring elements. Complete your 2023-2024 FIRST® Tech Challenge team season registration before September 14, 2023 for a chance to win the 2023 Kickoff Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes prize package includes one (1) 2023-2024 FIRST Tech Challenge season CENTERSTAGESM partial game set and scoring elements, a total approximate retail value of $350.00. The package does not include field perimeter or soft tiles. If your team has already completed your FIRST Tech Challenge season registration, you are already entered into the sweepstakes.


  1. Rookie Team Grants –  The FTC Rookie Grant is back! This grant is meant for underserved/underrepresented Rookie FTC teams. Teams can apply directly here: Grants will be awarded weekly.