Each year’s Kickoff event unveils a new, exciting, and challenging game. From the Kickoff, teams
have just six weeks to build a robot to compete in the game using a kit of parts provided by FIRST
and a standard set of rules. The 2014 game, AERIAL ASSISTSM, is played by two Alliances of three
teams each. Alliances compete by trying to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two-
minute and 30-second match. Additional points are earned by robots working together to score goals,
and by throwing and catching balls over a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor as they
move the ball down the field.