2020 Kickoff

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kettering University and the FIRST Robotics Community has moved the date for our 21st Kettering Kickoff Competition. The new date is Saturday, November 14, 2020 (was scheduled for September 19, 2020).

FIRST has decided to keep the same game for 2021. As a result FIRST and FIRST in Michigan will not sanction any off-season events in 2020, so we have made several changes on the field and the game.

  1. The games will be played on our AndyMark field in the Recreation Center.
  2. We have renamed the game “Perpetual Replay.
  3. The goal is for teams to use the same robot you built for 2020, without having to make any modifications.
  4. There will be very limited electronic scoring.
  5. We have eliminated the field generator and control panel.

Registration and Logistics

We are offering a special $250.00 per team price for 2020.  Registration is now open.  We will take registration and payments for up to 42-teams for now, then create a waitlist.

There are still a number of unknown factors that could directly affect this competition.

  • The number of team members able to attend.
  • The maximum capacity of the competition.
  • If schools allow their team to attend.
  • If Kettering will provide bleachers.
  • If food tables and/or concessions are available.

We will provide updates on any new or existing restrictions as they occur between now and November 14.  Full refunds will be available if your team is unable to attend up to one week before (November 7,2020).

Perpetual Replay


The Game

Perpetual Replay is played on an AndyMark field with various wooden/polycarbonate elements configured as seen above. Two (2) Alliances – one (1) “red” and one (1) “blue” – composed of three (3) Teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen (15) second Autonomous Period, followed by a two minute and fifteen seconds (2:15) Driver Controlled Period.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by placing Balls in Goals and Climbing onto a hanging bar.

The Details

During the 15 second Autonomous Period, droids follow pre-programmed instructions. Alliances score points by:

  1. Scoring Yellow Balls in the Port Openings
  2. Moving from the Initiation Line

In the final 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match, drivers take control of the robots. Alliances scores points by:

  1. Continue to score Yellow Balls in the Port Openings
  2. Hanging from the Alliance Station Bar

The Alliance with the highest score at the end of the Match wins


Autonomous Period
Lower Goal 2 points per ball scored
Upper Goal 4 points per ball scored
Move from Initiation Line 5 points per Robot
Driver Controlled Period
Lower Goal 1 point per ball scored
Upper Goal 2 points per ball scored
Hanging 25 points per Robot
Parked in box below Hanging Bar 5 points