Becoming an Aerial Drone Competition Event Partner

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Event Partners (EPs) are the core of the REC Foundation competition programs and we are very grateful for your interest in becoming an integral part of our community. EPs' passion and involvement grow and sustain events and, in many cases, grow and sustain the teams themselves.

The REC Foundation is a non-profit organization that partners with EPs to support events and initiatives aimed to inspire and motivate students to excel in STEM education. Each entity in this partnership contributes a vital role in providing fun and positive learning experiences through competitions.


Event Partner Role

The EP acts as the coordinator of a planning team that organizes Aerial Drone Competitions, leagues, scrimmages, and/or workshops. The EP is the leader who acts as the liaison between the REC Foundation and the planning team that runs an event. The key tasks are date and site selection, budget development, volunteer recruiting and management, volunteer training, team communication, event execution, uploading event results, and follow-up. The EP must be an adult (18+) who is not currently on an Aerial Drone Competition team. As a leader, the EP is expected to exemplify the REC Foundation Code of Conduct in planning and running events. EPs can set an example for all students and mentors to follow.

REC Foundation Support Role

The Aerial Drone Competition Support Team are REC Foundation staff that support events and teams.  The Support Team works with EPs in their region to plan the event schedule for the season and train new EPs. The Aerial Drone Competition Support Team can be reached at  Some regions also have Event Support Specialists (ESS) who are REC Foundation staff that provide event day support.

As an EP, you can expect the following support from the REC Foundation and your Aerial Drone Competition Support Team in the event planning and hosting process:

  • Provide training and event planning resources.
  • Provide documentation necessary to run events. These include but are not limited to Game Manuals, Judge Guide, and Qualifying Criteria. These documents and more are searchable in the REC Foundation Knowledge Base.
  • Communicate the process for becoming an EP and enabling your account with the EP Role.
  • Review and approve events posted on
  • Communicate the qualification criteria for events and how this process applies to your event.
  • Provide regular check-ins prior to the event to ensure readiness, and follow-ups after the event to verify uploaded results and acquire feedback.
  • In certain cases, provide in-person event day support. If in-person support is not available, the Aerial Drone Competition Support Team will be available by phone.
  • Assistance with event management on prior to and following the event day.

Becoming an Event Partner

If you are interested in becoming an EP, please complete these steps:

  • Contact your the Aerial Drone Competition Support Team at A team member will explain the requirements, show resources available to you, and connect you to the community of other EPs.
  • Request EP account permissions on Create an account on (if you don’t already have one) and provide us with the email address associated with your account. This allows us to update your account status to “Event Partner” so you can create and manage events as well as get future EP communications and offerings.
  • Complete the REC Foundation Aerial Drones EP Certification. The Event Partner Certification Course (coming soon!) is an online training tool to prepare EPs for hosting events. The certification is accessible as a free resource for new and experienced EPs.
  • Post your event on Work with the support team to post your event on More information on how to post an event is included in the article Posting an Event on
  • Complete a background check in The REC Foundation’s top priority is the safety of its volunteers, staff, students, and entire community. In the best interest of our students, and for the safety of everyone participating in REC Foundation events, all EPs in the United States are required to undergo a criminal background check that complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Background checks are completed as part of posting your event in and are valid for three years. Click here for full instructions for this background check. Additional information about the background check process is available in the EP Background Check FAQ article. 
  • Gain EP experience. It is highly recommended that EPs attend and volunteer at an event to learn more about the event planning and execution process prior to managing their own event. The Aerial Drone Competition Support Team can suggest events in your area to attend, and can connect you with an experienced EP.

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Initial Factors to Consider

Your EP journey starts with the decision to host an event. When making this decision there are many factors to consider, including the following:

  • Is there a need for an event? This should start with a discussion with the Aerial Drone Competition Support Team. We can recommend what types of events are needed and when it may be best to host the event to provide the best opportunities for teams.
  • Do you have resources from additional people associated with your program? You cannot do this alone! Hosting an event requires volunteer support during the event planning process and on the day of the event. Consider identifying volunteer and funding resources from your organization, community, and team parents.
  • Do you have access to the equipment to support an event? A basic list of equipment is reviewed in the Venue Selection and Planning article, and the Aerial Drone Competition Support Team will review the equipment needs with you. One the first tasks undertaken in the planning process is to ensure your organization will have access to the needed equipment since it may determine your event capacity, venue, and budget.
  • Do you have an available venue? Events can be held in a variety of venue types, but the most common is a school gym or common area. Since many venues are used by multiple organizations, it’s recommended that the venue is reserved prior to posting your event on It is highly recommended to also reserve the venue the day or night before the event for setup. Ensure the venue is available for at least 4-6 hours the day before the event for setup and equipment checks.
  • Do you have the time to engage in this project? Events are a great way to support your organization’s robotics program and provide a fun opportunity for students, but they do take several months of planning. Please ensure your organization has the resources and time to adequately plan for the event. This will make the experience easier for your event staff and provide a quality experience for teams.

Commitment to Event Excellence

The intent of the REC Foundation Commitment to Event Excellence (CEE) is to communicate the partnership and expectations between the REC Foundation and EPs with the ultimate goal of providing teams with quality and uniform competition experiences throughout our programs. This agreement is between the REC Foundation, the EEM/RSM who provides support for the event region, and the EP who posts the event on

During the event posting process, there is a required section to review and agree to the CEE before the event can be approved. If you have any questions or concerns about the expectations included in the CEE, please contact the Aerial Drone Competition Support Team at

You can review the full contents and expectations of the Commitment to Event Excellence in this article in the EP Reference Material section of the REC Library.