VRC Tipping Point Game Manual Updates

This thread will be used to publish updates to the VRC Tipping Point 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 Tipping Point Q&A .


On June 15th, 2021, Version 0.2 of the VRC Tipping Point Game Manual was released, and the following changes were made:

  1. Added 2 notes to rule SG2, clarifying “point-to-point” expansion. (An additional graphic will be added to this rule as part of the Manual Version 1.0 update)

Note: This is intended to be a linear, horizontal, “point-to-point” limit, measured across an expanded Robot. It is not a 3D volume, and it does not “rotate” with the Robot if the Robot tips over.

Note 2: If a Head Referee is uncertain whether a Robot has momentarily expanded beyond this limit, they may ask the Team after the Match to replicate the Robot’s state and check for compliance using a tape measure, VRC Expanded Sizing Tool, or other linear measuring device.

  1. Updated Rule R18 to clarify that Robots must use VRC-legal pneumatic components.

Robots may use a V5 Robot Brain, up to eight (8) V5 Smart Motors, and a legal VRC pneumatic system.

  1. Updated the definition of Mobile Goal Base and Figure 15 to include the black, lower part of the Goal.

The 7-sided plastic bottom of a Mobile Goal with a maximal diameter of 13” (330.2mm). Rings may be Scored in the “bowl” of a Mobile Goal Base for points. Both the yellow, blue, or red “upper” portion, and the black “lower” portion, are considered parts of the Mobile Goal Base.

  1. The Scoring section of Appendix B was updated to correct a contradicting rule.

A blue Alliance Mobile Goal that ends the Match in the red Alliance Home Zone is not worth any points. However, it would still receive the points for any Rings which are Scored on / in it.

  1. Various small typo corrections

The next manual update, Version 1.0, will occur on June 29th, 2021.


On June 29th, 2021, Version 1.0 of the VRC Tipping Point Game Manual was released, and the following changes were made:

  1. Updated the definition of Balanced to fix a contradiction with Rule SG3.

As stated in rule SG3, a Platform which is being contacted by an opposing Alliance Robot at the end of a Match automatically results in a DQ for the opposing Robot and / or Alliance, regardless of the above criteria.

  1. Added a Note and Red Box to Rule G12 to clarify interaction with a Robot possessing a Neutral Mobile Goal.


Incidental damage that occurs due to interaction with a Robot which is Possessing a Neutral Mobile Goal will, in most cases, not be considered a violation of G12. Intentional damage, tipping, or dangerous mechanisms may still be considered a violation of R3, S1, or G1 at the Head Referee’s discretion.

Red Box

VRC Tipping Point is intended to be an offensive, interactive game. Robots interacting with Neutral Mobile Goals should expect vigorous interactions from opponent Robots, especially if attempting to interact with multiple Mobile Goals at once.

  1. Added a Red Box to Rule G13 to clarify offensive / defensive roles of Robots.

The following “rules of thumb” apply when determining offensive / defensive roles in the context of rule G13:
-A Robot in Possession of its own Alliance Mobile Goal is generally playing an offensive role.
-A Robot in Possession of an opponent’s Alliance Mobile Goal is generally playing a defensive role.
-A Robot in Possession of a Neutral Mobile Goal is generally neither playing a defensive or offensive role.
In the case of a destructive interaction between two Robots competing for the same Neutral Mobile Goal, G12’s Note will apply.

  1. Added a graphic to Rule SG2 to further illustrate “point-to-point” expansion.

  2. Updated Rule SG3 to prevent Scoring Objects from causing interference with the opposing Alliance Platform during the last thirty (30) seconds of a Match.

Per SG10, using a Scoring Object to cause interference with the opposing Alliance’s Platform during the last thirty (30) seconds would be considered a violation of this rule.

  1. Changed Rule R8e to allow rope / string no thicker than 1/4” (6.35mm).

  2. Updated Appendix A to allow shorter standoffs for Platform construction.

  3. Updated Appendix B to introduce the recommendation, and eventual requirement of VEX GPS Code Strips for all Programming Skills Matches.

  4. Added a new definition of “Additional Electronics” in Appendix C.

Additional Electronics - Any sensor, processor, or other electronic component used in Robot construction, and connected to the V5 Robot Brain, that is not sold by VEX Robotics. Examples could include both commercially-available devices (e.g. Raspberry Pi) or custom devices designed and fabricated by the Team. See VUR10 for more details**

  1. Updated Rules VUR1, VUR9 and VUR1 in Appendix C to clarify use cases of Additional Electronics.

  2. Various minor typo corrections.

The next manual update, Version 1.1, will occur on July 27th, 2021.