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The North Texas Region

The North Texas region consists of the following counties in Texas:

Anderson

Archer

Baylor

Bell

Bosque

Bowie

Brown

Camp

Cass

Cherokee

Clay

Collin

Comanche

Cooke

Coryell

Dallas

Delta

Denton

Eastland

Ellis

Erath

Falls

Fannin

Franklin

Freestone

Grayson

Gregg

Hamilton

Harrison

Henderson

Hill

Hood

Hopkins

Hunt

Jack

Johnson

Kaufman

Lamar

Lampasas

Limestone

Marion

McLennan

Mills

Montague

Morris

Navarro

Palo Pinto

Panola

Parker

Rains

Red River

Rockwall

Rusk

Smith

Somervell

Stephens

Tarrant

Throckmorton

Titus

Upshur

Van Zandt

Wichita

Wilbarger

Wise

Wood

Young

For the 2015-2016 season, all FTC teams in these counties are part of the North Texas region. The teams in this region will compete in at least one of five qualifier tournaments and selected teams from each qualifier will advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Championship at UT Arlington.

Since there are five qualifying tournaments, each FTC team in our region is being assigned to a “home” qualifying tournament. An assigned team is expected to compete at their home tournament. In addition, the team may also compete in one other qualifying tournament on a space available basis. All of the qualifying tournaments occur on Saturdays in January or February. The locations and contact information for all five tournaments are given at the bottom of this message. Registration for all North Texas Qualifying Tournaments is through FIRST in Texas using EventBrite. (https://txftcregistration.eventbrite.com) Your home qualifier assignment e-mails contained the registration instructions. If you have any questions, you may contact Dr. Carter Tiernan, tiernan@uta.edu; North Texas FTC Affiliate Partner.

Each qualifying tournament will send between four and seven teams to the Regional Championship depending on tournament size. All tournaments are handling their registration and fee collection through EventBrite but there will be coordination to verify that teams are competing in their home tournaments. Any team that has a conflict with their home tournament assignment should contact Dr. Carter Tiernan, FTC Affiliate Partner (tiernan@uta.edu), immediately to determine how this conflict will be resolved. One possible solution would be to assign a team to a different home tournament. Dr. Tiernan is the only authority for resolving these conflicts and her decision is final.

Teams MUST participate in their home tournaments in order to be eligible to participate in the Regional Championship. This means that teams which have home tournaments on Feb. 6, for example, must compete in those tournaments even if they have competed and won in an earlier tournament.

Once an FTC team has registered with FIRST, they will be contacted by or can contact Dr. Tiernan to get their home tournament assignment. Once a team has its home tournament information, the team must register through EventBrite for its home qualifier tournament. The tournament director will send out additional details about the tournament if needed. If the team wishes to compete in an additional tournament, they would register for that event through EventBrite as well. Some tournaments will be larger than others. The five qualifying tournaments for the North Texas region are:

North Texas FTC Qualifying Tournaments for 2014-2015

  • Saturday, January 9, 2016: Central Texas College - Killeen FTC Qualifying Tournament
    • Debra Prescott, Debra.Prescott@ctcd.edu, Mark Winans, mwinans@ctcd.edu
    • Anderson Campus Center, Central Texas College in Killeen
    • 6200 West Central Texas Expressway, Killeen, TX 76549
  • Saturday, January 16: University of Texas at Tyler FTC Qualifying Tournament
    • Tambelynn Wallace, twallace@uttyler.edu , Dr. Kay Pleasant, kpleasant@uttyler.edu
    • Ornelas Activity Center, University of Texas at Tyler
    • 3402 Old Omen Rd, Tyler, TX, 75707
  • Saturday, January 16: Dallas – Wylie East FTC Qualifying Tournament
    • Patrick Michaud, pmichaud@pobox.com
    • Wylie East High School, 3000 Wylie East Drive, Wylie, TX 75098
  • Saturday, January 30: Fort Worth – Nolan FTC Qualifying Tournament
    • Dr. Robert Scheer, rscheer@nchstx.org
    • Nolan Catholic High School, 4501 Bridge Street, Fort Worth, TX 76103
  • Saturday, February, 6: Arlington – Summit FTC Qualifying Tournament
    • Stephen Miller, smiller@uplifteducation; Friedrich Elliot, felliott@dallasisd.org
    • Summit International Preparatory, 1100 Roosevelt St, Arlington, TX 76011

For questions about the qualifier tournament structure or the region, contact Dr. Tiernan. For questions about a particular qualifier, contact the given contact person above.