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Every April at the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship the REC Foundation announces the rules for the next year’s high school and middle school VRC game along with the rules for the new VEX Robotics College Competition. Changing the rules of the game every year keeps things fresh and presents students with an ever-changing challenge based on the same technology.
The game for the 2013-2014 competition year is VEX Toss Up, an exciting, fast-paced game with robots trying to score in a variety of ways. VEX Toss Up is played on a 12′x12′ square field configured as seen in the video below. Two alliances – one “red” and one “blue” – composed of two teams each, compete in matches consisting of a fifteen second autonomous period followed by one minute and forty-five seconds of driver- controlled play. Watch the video for more details.
The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring your colored BuckyBalls and Large Balls into the Middle Zone and Goal Zone, by Stashing your colored BuckyBalls and Large Balls into the Goals, and by Hanging or Hanging With A Ball, at various heights, off your colored Bar at the end of the match.
There are a total of twenty (20) BuckyBalls and eight (8) Large Balls available as Scoring Objects in the game. Most Scoring Objects begin in designated locations on the field, while some are available to be loaded prior to the Match.
Each Robot (smaller than 18”x18”x18” to start) begins a match on one of their Alliance Starting Tiles. There are two (2) scoring Zones and (2) Goals that Alliances can Score Objects into. Alliances also earn points for having Robots of their own color Hanging from their Hanging Bar at the end of the Match. A bonus is awarded to the Alliance that has the most total points at the end of the Autonomous Period.
The VRC Game Design Committee maintains an official game Q&A forum on the VEX Forum. This Q&A Forum is the ONLY official source for questions about game rules.
Before posting a question on the official Q&A forum, please read the Q&A Usage Guidelines.