FTC - Expectations

While this site is specific to FLL and JrFLL, we receive question from time to time on what FTC is about. This program is for High School Students and space is highly limited. Selection process generally takes place the first week of June.

General information on FTC:
  1. The season runs from September through at least February.  It can continue as long as April if the teams do well enough to qualify for the Regional, Super-Regional and World Championships.  Typically all our teams qualify for at least the Regional championship and about half the time for the Super-Regionals, so the season often goes into March.   Also the teams meet in the off season, typically once a week or less, for those who are interested.

  2. The teams meet at least twice a week at the start of the season, typically for 5-6 hours per week.  However, by November the teams are meeting at least three times (8-10) per week (although not always the full team).  The week or two before a competition (in particular championships) it’s not unusual for there to be daily meetings for those who are available.

  3. Teams probably invest a total of between 1500-2500 student-hours over the course of the year or about 200-250 hours per student on average.  (The total time is also subject to how far a team advances in competitions.)  Actual rates per student are more variable probably ranging between 150 hours on the low side and as much as 400 hours on the high side.

  4. Minimum expected participation greater than 50% attendance at regularly scheduled twice-weekly team meetings and attendance at a majority of regional level competitions.

  5. FTC requires a level of commitment comparable to  participating in a HS sports team.  Students doing more than one HS extra-curricular such as band and a fall/winter sport in addition to FTC typically find it hard to participate effectively because of the difficulties in managing multiple conflicts.

  6. FTC requires a level of commitment comparable to  participating in a HS sports team.  In my experience doing more than one HS extra-curricular such as band and a fall/winter sport in addition to FTC typically becomes very difficult for the student to manage and participate effectively.

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