FIRST Robotics Competition offers teams and members of our community the opportunity to run "Off-Season" events after the official competition
season ends. There are multiple types of Off-Season events, as outlined below.
The Field Management System (FMS, as referenced below) is the electronics core of a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) playing field and encompasses both hardware and software components.
The software package is used to control all the field electronics (LED Displays, Station Control Cabinets, E-stops, enable/disable of the Robots, network security, etc.) and is
used to manage the event by creating match schedules, scoring the matches in real-time, and posting information to the Audience screen.
Please read the various descriptions of A, B and C below before selecting the one that best matches your use case. Please note that for events starting or ending in November,
options B and C will require additional permissions. Not sure which you should use? Use the selector below and we can let you know!
Will you have an official FMS/electronics, from FIRST or an authorized vendor? (such as AndyMark Off-Season field rentals)
Would you like to have your results (team list, match scores, etc) appear on this website, FRC.events, and in the FRC API? This requires Internet be available for the entire duration
of the event.
Would you like to have your event listed in our directory of Off-Season events here on FRC.events and in our API?
We think the right choice for you is Option A because your event can operate fully offline
and you aren't in need of an event listing.
We think the right choice for you is Option B because you'll be able to have your event listed
in our online directory and services.
We think the right choice for you is Option C because having full electronics and Internet
available will allow you to take advantage of our best offering, full sync.
A) Off-Season Event using "FMS Off-Season"
The "FMS Off-Season" version is designed to work without the full set of FRC field electronics, but retain much of the functionality that remains useful
to events without FIRST hardware. All results stay local, but available to the local Audience Display / Pit Display. Does not interact with the Internet.
If you are not going to have an FTA at your event, or you are not going to have a full, official FIRST issued field with electronics, then this is likely to be your
B) Off-Season Event using "FMS Off-Season" WITH Online Listing
In addition to the details about "FMS Off-Season" detailed in A, you can apply to have your Off-Season event listed in the corresponding section of the
FRC.events website. You would still need to separately download the software, as listed in A.
This is the full FMS Software package, exactly as it is used during the official competition season, and requires FIRST issued hardware. Results are synchronized with the web.
Off-Season events that will have full fields from FIRST and the appropriate authorized staff (FTA, etc) are eligible to apply to have their event included with "FMS Sync".
This allows, should the eligibility criteria be met, the ability to post scores and event data that will appear in our API and Webpages in real-time during the event.