This might sound dumb, but let’s say that a school only has the funding to have one team, but can only attend two events that happen on the same day. Is a team allowed to build two robots and have one robot compete at each tournament? The closest rule I can think of is < R1>, but the implications seem to be around having either two robots at the same event or sharing one robot across several teams, not specifically competing simultaneously at different competitions.
Here’s < R1> if someone wants to point out where my logic is off:
One Robot per Team. Only one (1) Robot will be allowed to compete per Team in the VEX Robotics Competition. Though it is expected that Teams will make changes to their Robot at the competition, a Team is limited to only one (1) Robot. As such, a VEX Robot, for the purposes of the VEX Robotics Competition, has the following subsystems:
[subsystem rules omitted, not relevant for my question]
Given the above definitions, a minimum Robot for use in any VEX Robotics Competition event (including Skills Challenges) must consist of 1 and 2 above. Thus, if you are swapping out an entire subsystem of either item 1 or 2, you have now created a second Robot and are no longer legal.
a. Teams may not compete with one Robot while a second is being modified or assembled.
b. Teams may not switch back and forth between multiple Robots during a competition. This
includes using different Robots for Skills Challenge and Qualification Matches / Elimination
c. Multiple Teams may not use the same Robot. Once a Robot has competed under a given team
number at an event, it is “their” Robot - no other Teams may compete with it for the duration of
the competition season.
And the clarifying red box under it:
The intent of < R1a>, < R1b>, and < R1c> are to ensure an unambiguous level playing field for all Teams. Teams are welcome (and encouraged) to improve or modify their Robots between events, or to collaborate with other Teams to develop the best possible game solution.
However, a Team who brings and/or competes with two separate Robots at the same tournament has diminished the efforts of a Team who spent extra design time making sure that their one Robot can accomplish all of the game’s tasks. A multi-Team organization that shares a single Robot has diminished the efforts of a multi-Team organization who puts in the time, effort, and resources to undergo separate individual design processes and develop their own Robots.