The VEX U college and university competition has more than 350 teams competing in local tournaments and at VEX Worlds. Based on the VEX Robotics Competition, VEX U teams are allowed more customization and greater flexibility than other grade levels while providing the effective costs and real-world limitations of a restricted development environment. See more on why colleges get involved in the VEX U program.

In The Zone Field


VEX Robotics Competition In the Zone is played on a 12’x12’ square field configured as seen above. 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.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Stacking Cones on Goals, by Scoring Mobile Goals in Goal Zones, by having the Highest Stacks, and by Parking Robots.

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VRC In the Zone Manual Appendices Team Resources Important Dates


  • December 1 – Last date to post an official VEX U qualifying event.
  • January 1, 2018 – All Skills Challenge qualifying events must be posted and open for registration.
  • January 1 – All international teams must be registered and paid.
  • January 16 – International teams attending VEX Worlds must be on the wait list.
  • January 31 – Deadline for qualified teams to register and pay for VEX Worlds within their three-week window.
  • February 1 – Teams qualified for VEX Worlds have one week to register to attend.
  • March 11 – Last date an event qualifies teams for the worldwide top teams in Skills.
  • March 11 – Last date to hold a US Regional Qualifying Event.
  • March 12 – VEX Worlds invitations extended to top Robot and Programming Skills teams.
  • March 15 – Wait listed teams begin to receive invitations to attend VEX Worlds if space is available.
  • April 25-28 – VEX U portion of the VEX Robotics World Championship will be held in Louisville, Kentucky.