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The Q&A is closed for the 2021-2022 season. Any rule changes or clarifications pertaining to the 2022 VEX Robotics World Championship will be included in the April 5 Game Manual Update. Teams attending VEX Worlds who wish to pre-submit questions for the driver's meeting should have received a contact form via email; if not, please contact your REC Foundation Team Engagement Manager for more information.

Official Q&A: VRC 2021-2022: Tipping Point

Usage Guidelines All Questions

Commercially Available Standoffs

Jess Zarchi


This question comes with the changes to "identical parts" and standoffs not being considered under R12.


Robots may use any commercially available #4, #6, #8, M3, M3.5, or M4 screw up to 2.5” (63.5mm) long (nominal), and any commercially available nut, washer, and / or non-threaded spacer (up to 2.5” (63.5mm) long) to fit these screws.

R6, R7 and R8 do not mention standoffs as an exception for what can be used from a third party.

Are standoffs purchased from third parties legal if they are identical in in all ways besides color to what VEX Robotics / VEX Robotics resellers provide?

Thank you for your time!

Answered by committee

Yes. R12 will be updated to include standoffs in the February 1 Game Manual update.