VIQC Squared Away Game Manual Updates

This thread will be used to publish updates to the VIQC Squared Away Game Manual.

Please start a separate thread in this forum for unofficial discussion of any of these changes. For any official questions, please post in the official VIQC Squared Away Q&A .

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On June 14, 2019, the following updates were made to the VIQC Squared Away Game Manual.

  1. Updated Rule G6 to clarify driving eligibility for multiple teams.

Two Drivers per Team. Each Team shall include two Drivers. No Driver may fulfill this role for more than one Team at any given event, or in a given season. Teams with only one Student in attendance at an event are granted an allowance to use another qualified Driver from the event. That Driver may now only drive for the team the Driver is subsuming in for, for the duration of the event.

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 drive-team 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.

  1. Updated definition of “Student” to clarify specfics of teams who wish to “Play Up”

Student - Anyone born after May 1, 2005 (i.e. who will be 14 or younger at VEX Worlds 2020). Eligibility may also be granted based on a disability that has delayed education by at least one year. Students are the individuals who design, build, repair, and program the Robot with minimal adult assistance.
• Elementary School Student - Any Student born after May 1, 2007 (i.e. who will be 12 or younger at VEX Worlds 2020). Elementary School Students may “play up” and compete as a Middle School Student.
• Middle School Student - Any eligible Student that is not an Elementary School Student.

  1. Updated definition of “Team” to clarify specifics of teams who wish to “Play Up”

Team - Two or more Students make up a Team. A Team is classified as an Elementary School Team if all members are Elementary School Students. A Team is classified as a Middle School Team if any members are Middle School Students, or made up of Elementary School Students who declare themselves “playing up” as Middle School Students by registering their team as a Middle School Team. Once declared and playing as a Middle School Team, that team may not change back to an Elementary School Team for the remainder of the season. Teams may be associated with schools, community/youth organizations, or a group of neighborhood Students.

Other minor edits

  • Fixed incorrectly numbered captions
  • Fixed incorrectly numbered game rules
  • Fixed incorrectly numbered Robot Skills Challenge Rules
  • Updated Figure 2 to show correct starting position
  • Added Figure 11 to definition of “Scored”
  • Fixed Figure 17 (now 19) caption
  • G4 Typo
  • G10 Typo
  • T6 Typo
  • T10 Typo
  • T11a Typo
  • T11b Typo