World Championship FAQs: Part Two

Event Schedule

**Q: When will the agenda for the 2012 VRC World Championship be released?
**A: A preliminary agenda will be released in January and posted on RobotEvents. This agenda is subject to change but will give teams a pretty good idea of the tournament’s schedule.

Q: Will the practice fields be available on Wednesday, April 18th?
A: Yes, the practice fields will be available starting at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 18th to teams who have passed inspection.

Q: When will the team/driver meeting be held?
A: The team/driver meeting will be held on Thursday morning.

**Q: When will division structures be released?
**A: The division lists will be released on Monday, April 16th at 12:00 noon eastern. Please visit the respective World Championship page on RobotEvents to find the division lists.

Q: When will match schedules be released?
A: Teams will receive the match schedules in their registration packets upon arrival.

**Q: Do teams need to schedule a time to participate in the skills challenges?
**A: No. The skills challenges will be open for Round 1 on Wednesday, April 18th, 4:00-6:00 pm. The rest of the skills challenge schedule will be posted as we get closer to the event.

**Q: How many times can each team participate in the skills challenges?
**A: Teams may complete in each skills challenge a maximum of (3) three times.

**Q: When will next season’s game be unveiled?
**A: The 2012-2013 VEX Robotics Competition game will be unveiled on Friday at 6:00 PM.

**Q: When will the new VEX parts unveiling be held?
**A: The new VEX parts unveiling will take place during the lunch break on Friday.

Event Details

**Q: Do the teams need to remove all of their equipment from the competition hall each night?
**A: The event venue is secured at night, and there will be security onsite, HOWEVER, the REC Foundation and VEX Robotics encourage teams not to leave valuables in the pits. The REC Foundation and VEX Robotics assume no liability for belongings left in pits and explicitly note that anything left in the building unattended, is left there at the owner’s risk. This especially applies to small, valuable items like computers and cameras. You need to decide yourself if you want to leave your robot in the pits or not.

We expect that some teams will carry their robots back and forth to the venue. Since the hotels are very close to the competition venue it will be very convenient for teams to transport items back and forth.

**Q: When will the event layout be released?
**A: The 2012 VRC WC layout will be released no later than 2 weeks prior to the event.

**Q: What will be present in each team’s pit?
**A: Teams will be provided with a 10′ × 10′ pit that will have a 6 foot table, 2 chairs, electricity, a trash can and a team sign. The pit will have 8 foot drape behind it and 3 foot drape along the side.

**Q: Where will teams be able to purchase snacks, meals during the competition?**A: The Anaheim Convention Center has food and snack outlets within the venue and there are several food outlets in the adjacent hotels, the Anaheim Marriott or Hilton Anaheim. There are also several food and snack options conveniently located within walking distance to the Anaheim Convention Center.

**Q: Can teams bring food into the Anaheim Convention Center?
**A: Due to the rental terms of the Anaheim Convention Center, teams are not allowed to bring outside food into the Anaheim Convention Center.

**Q: Will the World Championship be webcast and where can the webcast be found?
**A: Yes, the 2012 VRC World Championship will be webcast. The webcast URLs for all of the divisions will be listed on the World Championship page on RobotEvents no later than two weeks before the event.

**Q: How many high school divisions will there be?
**A: There will be four high school divisions at the 2012 VRC World Championship.

Q: How are teams assigned to the different divisions?
A: Teams are randomly assigned to the divisions. It should be noted that teams from the same organization/school will be split across the divisions.

**Q: Our school/club has multiple teams, will they all be in the same division?**A: No. Teams form the same school/organization/club will be split across the various divisions.

Q: When will robot inspection be open?
A: The robot inspection area will open at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. After Wednesday, robot inspection will be open for the duration of the competition.

**Q: How many qualification matches will we play?
**A: This will be dependent on the final number of teams participating in the 2012 World Championship, but we are working very hard as we finalize the schedule to ensure teams will get 9 or 10 rounds of qualifying matches each.

**Q: Will all the pits be in one space?
**A: The team pits will be in Halls A & B of the Anaheim Convention Center. These two halls are connected and the pits will be organized by division.

**Q: Will there be more practice fields this year? How many teams per practice field? How will the practice fields be managed?
**A: Yes, there will be more practice fields during the 2012 VRC World Championship. The exact number of practice fields has not been finalized. Every effort will be made to fit as many practice fields as possible into the area provided.

Q: Do you still need more volunteers?
A: Yes. Individuals interested in volunteering during the 2012 VRC World Championship should visit and complete the online volunteer form. A description of the volunteer opportunities can be found at

Competition Rules and Regulations

**Q: Are safety glasses required during the World Championship?
**A: Here is our statement on eye protection at the VRC World Championship:
All volunteers, drivers and coaches must wear eye protection while in the competition field areas or around the practice fields. Teams demonstrating robots to Judges or guests must also wear eye protection. Eye protection in the pits will be left up to the discretion of individual team coaches, but we strongly recommend that eye protection be worn by anyone working on a robot, cutting materials, or in the vicinity of a working robot. When in doubt, get the glasses out and put them on.

**Q: Is there a dress code for the 2012 World Championship? **
A: Attendees should remember that they must wear closed toe shoes during the event. Otherwise, there are no dress code restrictions. Attendees are reminded to dress comfortably and to avoid loose hanging clothes if they are going to work with tools in the team pit area.

**Q: Do middle schools have to compete in the middle school division(s) or can they choose to play in the high school competition?
**A: Middle schools must compete in the middle school division during the 2012 VRC World Championship.

**Q: How will the Excellence Award winner be decided this year?
**A: Pleare refer to the VRC Gateway Awards appendix, located here (hyperlinked:, for information about all of the awards to be offered during the 2012 VRC World Championship.

**Q: Will there be AC power at the field for our VEX Joystick power supply?**A: During the World Championship, teams will be provided with VEXnet Joystick Power Adapters ( at the fields so drivers can plugin their Joysticks and ensure they have good power during a match.

**Q: Where can teams find the scoring rubrics that the judges will use?
**A: The award rubrics that will be used by the World Championship judges can be found here (hyperlinked:
A: No. Teams may not sell items from their pit or on the grounds of the Anaheim Convention Center.**Q: Will the competition officials use anti-static spray on the fields this year? What is the spray that will be used?
****Q: What is the suggested format for the engineering notebook?
Merchandise SalesQ: Will VEX Robotics have their on-location store where we can buy spare parts again this year?****Q: What other merchandise will be sold during the 2012 VRC World Championship?**Q: Can teams bring items to sell from their booths during World Championship?