VEX EDR or VEX U rules?

Would you prefer it if you could use VEX U parts? I’m not talking about the robot sizes just the parts you can use. Things like custom 3d printed parts and sensors. Vote below!

TL;DR: No.


Games, by their nature, require the participants to be restricted in how they accomplish some artificial task and what tools they can use to do it. In golf, the artificial task is putting a very particular kind of ball into a 4.25 inch hole from a distance of 100 to 520 yards. The tools you can use are golf clubs. For golf, there is an 87 page manual which interprets the rules for the balls and clubs. See here: A Guide to the Rules on Clubs and Balls

There are many kinds of clubs and balls that would make the game different or more interesting, or confer some advantage to their user. But the rules restrict that.

In VEX EDR, as in golf, we have some restrictions on what can be used in the game. There will always need to be some limitations; that is fundamental to the concept of “game.”

I see the point about using custom parts, and I particularly like interfacing with interesting sensors. But I know a lot of people don’t have access to 3-D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines. Also, interfacing to non-VEX sensors is a more difficult task than many high school teams can manage.

It would, in my opinion, be a shame to sanction a system where only teams with lots of external support (financial and technical) could be competitive.