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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: VIQC 2021-2022: Pitching In

Usage Guidelines All Questions

Ball in the air at the sound of the buzzer


Does the ball need to be in the basket before the sound of the buzzer to count or as long as it is launched and in the air before the buzzer sounds to count as long as it goes in?

Same question for the low scoring balls.

Answered by committee

Please review the Q&A Usage Guidelines before posting, specifically point 3, "Quote the applicable rule from the latest version of the manual in your question". Often, you'll find that by quoting the rule, you'll answer your own question.

Rule G12 reads as follows, with a portion bolded for emphasis:

<G12> When it’s over, it’s over. Scores will be calculated for all Matches immediately after the Match is complete, **and once all Robots and Balls on the Field come to rest. **

a. Referees or other event staff are not allowed to review any videos or pictures from the Match, per <T1b>.

b. If there is a concern regarding the score of a Match, a Driver from that Match (not an Adult), may discuss the score with the Head Referee. See <T2> for more details.

c. This rule’s intent is for Driver inputs and Robot motion to cease at the end of the Match. A pre-programmed routine which causes the Robot to continue moving after the end of the Match would violate the spirit of this rule. Any Scoring which takes place after the Match due to Robots continuing to move will not count.

Note: Using a motor’s built-in “Hold” function, such as to remain Hanging, is permissible.

If a Ball is in the air (or rolling along the Floor) at the end of the Match, it should be scored wherever it eventually comes to rest.