Switching drive team members

So I have a team of 3 people. I’m qualified for state competition and I happen to only have 2 drive team members as one of our team members never competes due to religion. My school has other teams that will not be competing at state however have competed this season. Is it allowed that a unqualified driver joins my drive team at state due to how small our team is (2). He technically wouldn’t be driving, but I don’t think that matters.

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That’s interesting… what kind of religion doesnt let you go to vex tournaments? (You dont have to answer if its private)
As for the drive team, two people should be enough to do all tasks, unless you have 2 drivers. If you really want 3, then yes, I believe you can pull someone from another team, as long as they arent driving for you and haven’t driven for another team.

Yeah you don’t need the same drive team all the time

Only if the new member hasn’t been on the drive team for your other team at all this season


His religion prevents him from being out on Saturdays not necessarily tournaments lol. And they have driven on a team however not at this tournament. He is a driver for our B team but we would use him for our alliance strategy as we do in fact have 2 drivers.

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If he has driven for another team he is technically not allowed to drive for your team.


If someone was part of a team’s drive team this season, they are not allowed to join another drive team

I think you can even share members between teams (Mech, Programming etc.) as long as they are not drive teams

@gillocka , no, this would not be allowed. A student who has been a drive team member (stood up at the field during an official event) for team B is not allowed to be a drive team member for any other team during this season.

However, if you are able to explain the situation to your local RECF Regional Support Manager you may be granted an exception based on the specific details of your situation. It’s worth asking.

Programmers may not switch teams in certain circumstances - please read <G6> thoroughly.

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G6 Drive your own robot - Each Team shall include up to three Drive Team Members. No Drive Team Member may fulfill this role for more than one Team in a given competition season.

There are no mentions for programmers in G6 as far as I’m aware (at least not in this year’s game)

In the event of a qualification things change a bit.


thanks for the clarification, much appreciated

Expanding G6 even further (including complete text):

G6 Drive your own Robot. Each Team shall include up to three (3) Drive Team Members. No Drive Team Member may fulfill this role for more than one Team in a given competition season.
When a Team qualifies for a Championship event (e.g., States, Nationals, Worlds, etc.) the Students on the Team attending the Championship event are expected to be the Students on the Team that was awarded the spot. Students can be added as support to the Team but should not be added as DriveTeam Members or programmers for the Team.
An exception is allowed if one (1) Student on the drive team or a programmer on the Team cannot attend the event. The Team can make a single substitution of a Drive Team Member or programmer for the Championship event with another Student, even if that Student has competed on a different Team. This Student will now be on this new Team and may not substitute back to the original Team.
Violations of this rule will be reviewed by the REC Foundation and may result in one or both Teams being disqualified for the event or the remainder of the season with all trophies and awards won that season being nullified.

So it seems like we end up with… maybe? It is definitely something to be careful about, and I would recommend discussing with your RSM pre-event to clarify and to make sure s/he is on board so that you don’t have any issues.

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As coaches and EP we have dealt with teams calling out other teams because they saw a member competing for another team. Usually, there is really good reasons for this, and the intent is to prevent gaming of the system. For example, there are times where relationships break down between team members, and rather than keep a toxic situation going, relief is provided by moving the student to another team. Doing this is usually ok - just notify the RECF RSM and the Championship EP when you have major changes like this before high stakes events.

Best of luck remainder of the season! Have fun!