VRC Team Update - October 2011

VRC Team Update - October 2011

Update on Teams and Events

VEX Robotics Competition team registrations are far ahead of this
time last year, as there are already over 2,500 VEX teams registered
and over 250 events listed on RobotEvents in only mid-October. Even
with over 250 events around the world, many are already full or close
to full. If you have not registered your team yet, visit
RobotEvents.com and register your VRC team today to ensure that you
receive important updates about the 2011 Disney All-Star Challenge,
2012 VRC World Championship, and other events and opportunities. More
tournaments in various regions are still being added weekly.

Registration is still only $75 for the first team number at a school.
Once payment is received, the first team from each school will
receive a Welcome Kit that includes sample game elements, team
license plates, flags, and other goodies. Additional teams from the
same location can register for just $25 per team. Click here to register your team

Improvements to RobotEvents

Visit RobotEvents to see the latest improvements. The newest feature:
Tournament event pages clearly state whether the event will qualify
any teams for the 2012 VRC World Championship and/or U.S. National
Championship at the top of each tournament page.

Tournaments are still being added, so teams are encouraged to check
RobotEvents often for new competition opportunities.

2011/2012 Skills Challenge Ranking System

The robot and programming skills challenge rankings have changed for
this year. When teams compete during a robot skills match, their
scores will be recorded and added to the VEX Robotics Competition
Skills Challenge database to be ranked with every other team skills
score during the season. The rankings for the skills challenges are
now posted on RobotEvents. The robot skills challenge rankings can
be found here and the programming skills challenge rankings can be found here.

New this year: The top 30 ranked teams in the world from both the
robot and programming skills challenges will earn a World
Championship qualifying spot. Information about the qualification for
the World Championship through the skills challenges can be found

Last Chance for the Disney All-Star Challenge in Orlando, FL (Middle
School, High School and College)

Time is running out to register for the 2011 Disney All-Star
Challenge. If your team is interested in attending, please register
as soon as possible. Registration will close on Tuesday, November

Presented by NASA, Autodesk, EMC and RECF, the 2011 Disney All-Star
Challenge is going to be bigger and better than ever. Middle/High
school and college teams attending this year’s event can look
forward to lower hotel prices, increased amenities, and a chance to
win an early qualification to the 2012 VRC World Championship. Visit
the Disney All-Star Challenge registration pages-Middle/High School - http://robotevents.com/robot-competitions/vex-robotics-competition/vex-robotics-all-star-challenge-at-disney-s-wide-world-of-sportsr-complex.html and College - http://robotevents.com/robot-competitions/college-competition/vex-robotics-all-star-college-challenge-at-the-espn-wide-world-of-sports-complex.html -for more information about this year’s exciting event.
Registration is $350 per team.

Information about the specially-priced WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort
Hotel rooms at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s Caribbean
Beach Resort and nearby hotels can be found at http://www.gettravel.com/vexrobotics/ .

World Championship Registration Is Open

The 2012 VRC World Championship will be held April 18th - 21st at
the Anaheim Convention Center.

Sunny Anaheim, CA is rolling out the red carpet for the over 500
teams from around the globe that will compete in this year’s event,
which will set a new standard for the VEX Robotics Competition World
Championship. Take a moment to read the World Championship
registrations page on RobotEvents, the event’s housing websites and
the event’s consolidated travel information page - http://microsite.anaheimoc.org/2012-vex-robotics-world-championship .

Teams should remember that once they earn a qualifying spot to the
2012 VRC World Championship, they have a limited amount of time after
they qualify to register for the World Championship. The registration
window is based on when the qualifying tournament is held according
to the following timeline.

Tournaments held:

  • Before Feb. 1…Teams have 4 weeks after the tournament to

  • Feb. 2 to March 1…Teams have 2 weeks to register

  • After March 1…Teams have 1 week to register

New this year: Disney Youth Educational Series (YES) programs before
and after World Championship. These educational programs are
accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission. All programs
are also aligned with National Standards. Please visit the Disney YES
site for more information about cost and availability.

2011/2012 STEM Competition Without A Tournament - Online Today!

Do you want to design robots, produce videos or write great stuff to
win prizes and an invitation to the 2012 VRC World Championship?
Check out the RECF Online Challenges today! It’s the best way to
participate in STEM competitions without traveling to a tournament.
Online Challenges are now open for submissions at http://forum.robotevents.com/design/ .

Teams should remember that participation in an online challenge is a
prerequisite to being considered for the Excellence Award at the 2012
VRC World Championship.

VEX Gateway Documentation Updates

Make sure that your team is aware of the latest updates to the VEX
Gateway Game Manual by visiting the sticky forum discussion located
here - https://vexforum.com/t/vex-gateway-manual-updates/18980/1 .

A Safe VRC Tournament Is A Good Tournament

As the competition season gets into full swing, everyone should
ensure the safety of all competitors. In particular, all VRC
participants should be aware that the VEX Gateway Game Manual
prohibits anyone from being on a competition field while the Gate is
in the up position. Furthermore, at all times when a Gate is in the
up position, it must be latched using the provided velcro strap.
Please see Appendix A for full instructions on how to use the strap.
And please remember to wear your safety glasses.

Not Getting These E-mails?

Many organizations automatically block group e-mails. You have two

  1. Request that your IT department “White List” emails from
    and/or white list e-mails from the following IP addresses:

  2. Make sure the alternate email address in your robotevents.com - http://robotevents.com/ team account is
    different - not a school address.

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