VRC Change Up Game Manual Updates

This thread will be used to publish updates to the VRC Change Up 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 VRC Change Up Q&A.


On May 25, 2020, the following updates were made to the VRC Change Up Game Manual.

  1. Added a note to G19 regarding modifications to corner Goals to prevent balls from becoming trapped.

As per the May 25th Game Manual Update, Option A: (1x) 4” Standoff (276-1021) or Option B: (2x) 11” Zipties (275-0125) are added to the four corner Goals to aid in proper function of the Goal. One of these options will be required for official match play, with option A being preferred.

  1. Updated VURS1 to state that only the 15" x 15" x 15" robot will be used for VEX U Skills Challenge Matches. All other Robot Skills Challenge Rules apply as normal.

VURS1 Only the 15” x 15” x 15” Robot will be allowed for use in VEX U Robot Skills Match.

  1. Updated Rule T1. This year, all events will require a Certified Head Referee.

The Head Referee must be an REC Foundation Certified VRC Head Referee for the current season.

  1. Added G21ai, stating that the second portion of this update regarding Robot Skills will take place on June 15th, 2020

The May update will include rule changes from input from the community that post questions and
responses on the official Q&A.
i. A portion of this update, regarding Robot Skills and Appendix B, will be released separately on
June 15, 2020

  1. Other minor fixes

Typo of VEX Worlds Dates in Appendix C
Typo in AIR4b in Appendix D
Replaced “Championship” in Rule T8b with “League Finals”


On June 15, 2020, the following updates were made to the VRC Change Up Skills Appendix.

  1. Updated the Skills Field Layout, per Figure 1.

  2. An additional tiebreaker, which included a new definition and a new section titled “Skills Stop Time”

Skills Stop Time – The time remaining in a Robot Skills Match when a Team ends the Match early. If a
Team does not end the Match early, they receive a default Skills Stop Time of 0.

  1. Updated the Local and Global Skills Rankings to account for the addition of Skills Stop Time.

More information can be found here:


On August 17, 2020, the following updates were made to the VRC Change Up Game Manual.

  1. Added a new paragraph to G1 stating that teams must abide by health & safety guidelines established at each event.

For the 2020-2021 season, some events may establish additional Health & Safety guidelines beyond the scope of this Game Manual. These guidelines will be communicated to all Teams in advance via Health & Safety notes associated with the event registration in RobotEvents. All Teams (including Students or any Adults associated with the Team) must abide by these guidelines as written. Violation of an event-specific Health & Safety rule may be considered a violation of G1 and/or the REC Foundation Code of Conduct.

  1. Updated the locations of Driver Stations, and corresponding figures throughout the manual and its appendices.

  2. Updated R20 to include the International V5 Battery Charger SKU as a legal charger.

  3. Updated the definition of “Possession”

b. The Robot is blocking opposing Robots’ access to Balls, such as by expanding horizontally and restricting access to a portion of the field (e.g. a “wallbot”).
c. Robots on the same Alliance working in tandem to block access to Balls would share the Possession of the Balls.

  1. Updated the red box under SG8

The overarching intent of this rule is to prohibit each Robot from keeping more than 3 of the opposing Balls from being used by the opposing Alliance.

One definition of Possession is “blocking opposing Robots’ access to Balls, such as by expanding horizontally and restricting access to a portion of the field (e.g. a “wallbot”).” Put simply - as far as Possession is concerned, a defensive “wallbot” does not violate SG8, as long as 3 or more of the offensive Alliance’s Balls are not being blocked.

Similarly, if two Robots work in tandem to prevent access to an opposing Alliance’s Balls, they are not in violation of SG8 as long as they are not blocking access to more than 6 of the Opposing Alliance’s Balls in total, and each Robot is not carrying or controlling more than 3 Balls each.

  1. Update to T1

Violations of the REC Foundation Code of Conduct may involve additional escalation beyond the Head Referee’s initial ruling, including (but not limited to) investigation by an REC Foundation representative. Rules S1, G1, and G2 are the only rules for which this escalation may be required.

  1. Added a new section to Appendix B, detailing rules and guidelines for remote Skills-Only events.

  2. Slight update to red box under VUR3 of Appendix C.

For example, aluminum billet may be used to machine a custom bracket. However, purchasing a custom aluminum bracket is not within the spirit of this rule. Similarly, pre-drilled or fabricated extrusions, like a piece of angle with holes and/or slots in it is not permitted, unless it can be found on www.vexrobotics.com.


On October 1, 2020, the following updates were made to the VRC Change Up Game Manual.

  1. Added a new section to the manual containing rules and definitions pertaining to Live Remote Tournaments.

  2. Added additional information to Appendix A with guidelines and requirements for Non-Standard Field Perimeters


On December 1, 2020, the following updates were made to the VRC Change Up Game Manual.

  1. Added a new rule to the Live Remote Tournament Section. (LRT9)

This rule is a modification of the definition of Scored. In a Live Remote Tournament, a Ball may be considered Scored in a Goal if it is still touching a Robot of either Alliance color.
Note: The intent of this rule is for Head Referees to give Teams the “benefit of the doubt” if they inadvertently contact a Ball when attempting to Double / Quadruple a Goal.

  1. Updated LRT1, Bullet 2

Teams will complete a full Robot inspection in accordance with , as well as a possible field inspection at the Event Partner’s discretion.

  1. Updated R22-d

Teams may make the following modifications to the V5 Smart Motor. No other modifications are permitted.
i. Changing or replacing the gear cartridge with other official replacement cartridges.
ii. Replacing the V5 Smart Motor Cap (276-6780).
iii. Replacing the threaded mounting inserts (276-6781).

  1. Added field inspection to RSE6

Note: This inspection may also include an informal “field inspection”, to ensure that a Team’s remote environment is set up properly for their Matches.

  1. Updated VUR3 to include Wood.

  2. Updated VUR5.

Note: Any device which is powered by any non-V5 motor, such as an external fan for cooling electronics, would be considered a violation of this rule.

  1. Updated VUR8

c. Any commercially available threaded insert of a legal thread size, when used as a mounting point for a legally fabricated part (e.g. “heat set” inserts in a 3D printed part).

  1. Updated LRT8 for VEX U

Note: For Elimination Matches, VEX U Live Remote tournaments will utilize the standard Alliance Selection process as described in and .

Finally, a new option was added to the DIY Field Instructions.


To prepare for Live Remote VEX Worlds, the GDC has put together some clarifications and updates on key rules for LRT gameplay & inspection. See the link below for more information.

Live Remote VEX Worlds Update