VRC Volunteers


Thank you for your interest in volunteering for a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) event. The VEX Robotics Competition is a robotics program for middle school and high school students. To help ensure your volunteer experience is everything you hope it will be, please follow the six easy steps below to becoming a volunteer. To find out more information about the current game, check out game videos and documentation here.


Step 1: Select a volunteer role.

Identify volunteer roles that best meet your interest, experience or your willingness to try something new. Volunteer opportunities may vary from event to event, so it is a good idea to identify more than one volunteer role. If you are flexible and willing to learn, many volunteers learn new roles at an event. The most common volunteer roles are Inspector, Referee, Referee Scorekeeper, Tournament Manager (TM) Scorekeeper, Queue Crew, Field Reset, Judge, and Emcee.

Step 2: Locate an event and sign up as a volunteer.

You can find events near you by searching RobotEvents.com and clicking on the Map of Local Events button. When you find an event that best fits your location and availability, click on the event for more information. The event contact person, who is usually the Event Partner or Volunteer Coordinator, will be listed on the General Information tab. Ask them about available volunteer opportunities. If you have experience and preferences regarding volunteer roles, be sure to let them know.

Step 3: Prepare for your volunteer role using volunteer training resources.

There are several opportunities to prepare in advance for your volunteer role including online documentation, training conference calls, training videos, on-site training, visual aids and partnering with a more experienced volunteer on-site. Some roles require more preparation than others. If your volunteer role is not listed in the left column of this page, contact the Event Partner or Volunteer Coordinator for more information.

Step 4: Bring your signed PARTICIPANT CONSENT FORM.

Step 5: Arrive at the event early and ready to help.

Student teams tend to show up early, often waiting for the venue to open. Please arrive early enough to check-in as a volunteer, meet your coordinator and co-volunteers, and ask questions to be better prepared for your assignment. The event partner and student teams are depending on you!

Step 6: Dress comfortably and appropriately.

You will be busy. Wear clothing and closed-toe shoes that will be comfortable for the duration of your volunteer assignment. Polo-style shirts or t-shirts with jeans or long pants are usually preferred. Suggestion to student volunteers, if in doubt, stick to school dress code. It is always a good idea to confirm dress code with the Event Partner or Volunteer Coordinator. Some events, such as those of the Technology Student Association (TSA), may have more specific dress codes for volunteers.

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