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Usage Guidelines All Questions

GPS Field Code Strips for Qualifying Events


Brendan McGuire (Event Partner)
30-Jun-2021

The Game Manual update on June 29 included the following modification of the competition field for the skills challenge

In Programming Skills Matches, the VEX GPS code strip must be installed on the field. This field modification will be recommended for all events beginning August 1, and required for all events beginning October 1.

  1. If an event designates a field for both programming and driving skills challenges, can the GPS code strip stay on the field during driving skills matches?

  2. If an event designates a field for both Skills Challenge and Competition Matches (such as allowing skills challenge before matches start), can the event keep the GPS code strip on the fields during qualification & elimination matches?

  3. Can an event place GPS field code strips on fields for use only for competition?

If a GPS field code strip is present on a field, is a team always permitted to use it, even during competition matches?

Answered by committee

The note which is quoted in your question is only intended to address Code Strip requirements for Programming Skills Matches. There are no requirements set forth by the Game Manual for other types of Matches; that is to say, it is at the Event Partner's discretion, just as there is no requirement in the Game Manual for a field to be on the floor vs on a raised platform.

Hopefully, that context helps to explain the following answers.

  1. If an event designates a field for both programming and driving skills challenges, can the GPS code strip stay on the field during driving skills matches?

Yes, although there is no requirement to do so.

  1. If an event designates a field for both Skills Challenge and Competition Matches (such as allowing skills challenge before matches start), can the event keep the GPS code strip on the fields during qualification & elimination matches?

Yes, although there is no requirement to do so.

  1. Can an event place GPS field code strips on fields for use only for competition?

Yes, although there is no requirement to do so.

If a GPS field code strip is present on a field, is a team always permitted to use it, even during competition matches?

Yes.