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Southland VEX V5 Robotics Tournament

Blended V5RC MS/HS

16-Nov-2024 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX V5 Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
Smart Field Control
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
15-Jul-2024 16:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
5-Oct-2024 16:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
13-Nov-2024 16:00 EST
Payment Deadline
8-Nov-2024 16:00 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • Registration opens at a future date.

General Info

This is a  mixed MS/HS VEX V5 VRC Tournament and is a Minnesota State VRC qualifier. This tournament will be held at Southland Middle/High School in Adams, MN.

Spectators Welcome!

Concessions- full concessions will be offered at this event, so please consider supporting our program and limit the food being brought in. There are multiple water bottle refilling stations located around the competition area.

Non Parishable Food Donations- in the spirit of Thanksgiving, for every non parishable food item your team brings and donates, your team will receive an entry into the drawing for a prize. (Southland Teams not eligible!) The food items will be donated to the local food shelf just in time for Thanksgiving!

Competition Preparation

This event is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting event. All teams should come prepared for the competition. Here are a few steps that every team should take to ensure that they are prepared.

1. Review the rules and run through the inspection checklist about a week before the competition so that there is ample time for adjustments. The inspection checklist can be found on the Documents tab.

2. Check the official VEX forums at for rule updates and changes.
3. Carefully read all of the information contained in the tournament posting on
4. Pack for the event the day before the day of departure. Here are a few items that you don't want to forget.

  • Goggles/Safety Glasses
  • Spare parts & tools
  • Batteries and chargers
  • Programming cable
  • Power strip and extension cord (each table/2 chairs in the pit area will have access to an outlet)
  • Laptop computer
  • Engineering notebook (if you have one, helpful for Judges, Design and Excellence Awards )
  • Banners and other decorations for your team pit
  • Giveaways if you have them

5. Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament. 
6. Prep for your interviews with the judges. Check the awards tab to see what awards will be given during the tournament.
7. Remember that safety comes first, please don't bring tools that pose a safety risk to your team, or others nearby as the venue is a very tight fit. Southland Robotics will allow use of their metal cutting station with supervision-no cutting/grinding in the pit area please.
8. Understand how the game will be played. VEX participants are more than welcome to watch the referee training videos before they attend a tournament. The referee training videos can be found at web site, under the Volunteer Resources tab.
9. Ensure your robot brain has the latest version of firmware.

-There will be at least 2 practice fields, and skills available.

-Alliances will be 2 teams.
- 16-23 team events have 8 alliances in finals, 24-31 team events have 12 alliances in finals and 32+ team events have 16 alliances in finals.
- If an odd number of teams, the last-ranked team should still attend Alliance Selection in case a team withdraws due to a problem with their robot.
- All finals matches will be one-and-done (no best-of-three matches). 
- Ties in finals matches will be replayed until a winner is determined.

Participation and Consent Form

All team members, coaches and adult mentors should fill out the online consent form which is good all season and for all RECF run events. The online consent form is found in the documents tab.

Please contact us if you have any concerns with registering now as we're trying to be as accommodating as possible. Come on teams, let's do this!

Grade Level: High School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 16-Nov-2024

Southland MS/HS
200 Water Street
Adams, Minnesota 55909
United States

Contact Information

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Tournament Schedule - Subject to change
7:30 am - Doors Open, check in begins

7:30 am - 9:00 am - Inspections 

All Teams Need to BE CHECKED IN BY 8:30 AM or call the Event Partner

9:05 am - Drivers Meeting and Opening Ceremony (Robots in matches Q1 and Q2 placed on the field before the start of opening) with special recognition to seniors

9:30 am Qualification Rounds begin, judging begins shortly after
10:00 am - Skills Field Opens, until then it may be used as a practice field.

9:30 am to 3:30 pm - Qualification Rounds (LUNCH Break 12:30 pm)

3:30 pm - Skills Field Closes
3:45 pm - Alliance Selection
4:00 pm - Elimination Rounds Start
5:00 pm - Award announcements - Closing


Event metrics: 
6-8 qualifying matches per team
Cycle time TBD




Thank you for being willing to volunteer at our event. A link will be provided later. Food will be provided to all volunteers.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

If the event is cancelled, then cancelled will appear in the title of the event

Refund and Payment Policies

We are offering a refund if event is cancelled and NOT postponed. Teams that cancel will ony be refunded if another team takes their palce and will get a refund, minus administrative fees ($5/team).

Date: 16-Nov-2024
Southland MS/HS
200 Water Street
Adams, Minnesota 55909
United States

Travel Info

Take Hwy. 56 into Adams, turn north on Cty. 7 (by gas station) and turn right on Carr Blvd. Unload at Door 7 (updated, same door as last year, different number)...please wait until unloading area is clear before departing from bus. There will be bus parking in the church parking lot and along Carr Blvd and someone will be directing traffic. Registration will be right inside the door.

Judging Format

In-Person Judging - The Team Interviews and Engineering Notebooks will be judged in-person the day of the event. Teams should bring a physical copy of their notebook to submit to the judges. You may turn in the Engineering Notebook when you check in.


REC Foundation Code of Conduct

Particpant Release Form Instructions

Vex Robotics competition Spin Up Game Manual

VRC Spin Up Appendix A- Field

VRC Robotics Competition Robot Inspection Checklist

VRC Awards Appendix