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4th Annual Plainwell Robotics Club MS V5RC Tournament High Stakes

V5RC Middle School Only Michigan Region 4 Qualifier

23-Nov-2024 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX V5 Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
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Early-Bird Registration Opens
22-Jul-2024 16:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
12-Oct-2024 16:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
20-Nov-2024 16:00 EST
Payment Deadline
11-Nov-2024 16:00 EST
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  • Registration opens at a future date.

General Info

The Plainwell Robotics Club invites your teams to participate in our 4th Annual VEX MS Only V5RC Tournament Over Under.

The event will be held at the Plainwell High School, conveniently located 6 minutes from Exit 49B on US-131.  Pit tables, seating, and electrical power will be provided for each team attending, along with plenty of spectator seating.  Registered teams will receive menu details in October.  Ample parking space is available adjacent to the school.

Only teams that are checked in on time will be allowed to compete.  If you are running late, please contact Sarah Orr at (269) 548-5588 to make appropriate arrangements.

Registration Information

All participating teams must be registered with VEX Robotics and the Robot Events website and have an official team number before registering for this event.  Tournament fees must be paid before teams will be allowed to compete.  Registration and payments should be made through the Robot Events website at least two weeks prior to the event.

Engineering notebooks


Lunch and Concessions

The Plainwell Boosters Club will be operating their concession stand throughout the day, featuring hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos and an array of snacks and drinks.  Teams also are welcome to bring their own food. 

Finals Matches

Up to 32 teams will be paired to participate in the Finals Matches.

Competition Preparation

All teams should come prepared for competition.  Here are a few steps that every team should take to ensure that they are prepared.

Review all game information: Current Game Webpage

  1. Review the rules and run through the inspection checklist about a week before the competition so that there is ample time for adjustments.  Robots must use VEX VRC parts.  Please self inspect before arriving at the tournament using the VRC Robot Inspection Checklist.
  2. Check the official VEX forums 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.
  • Spare parts & tools
  • Batteries and chargers
  • Power strip and extension cord
  • Laptop computer
  • Programming cable
  • Engineering notebook (required for judged awards)
  • Banners and other decorations for your team pit table
  • Giveaways if you have them
  1. Be sure to read VEX Tournaments 101.
  2. Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament.
  3. Prep for your interviews with the judges and read the Judge's Guide.  Check the awards tab to see what awards will be given during the tournament.
  4. Remember that safety comes first.  Please don't bring tools that pose a safety risk to your team, or others nearby, as teams are close to each other in the venue pit area.  Also, remember no grinding or other actions that create sparks.  Ask the Tournament Director for a safe location if grinding is needed.
  5. Ensure that you have the latest version of programming software and firmware for your IQ Brain.

Participation and Consent Form

A completed form for all participants must be uploaded to prior to the tournament.  Team leaders will need to check that all team members attending the event have completed the online consent form prior to the tournament.  Instructions on how to upload consent forms in English or Spanish is given here: VEX Consent Form (English) or VEX Consent Form (Spanish).

We're looking forward to seeing your teams in Plainwell.

Grade Level: Middle School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 23-Nov-2024

Plainwell High School
684 Starr Road
Plainwell, Michigan 49080
United States

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8:00 AM 

Doors Open; Check-in and Robot Inspections Begin

8:30 AM   

Skills Field Opens

9:00 AM

Inspections Conclude

9:00 AM

Driver's Meeting/Opening Ceremonies

9:30 AM - 11:30 PM   

Qualifying Rounds and Technical Judging Begin

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM   


12:30 PM - 2:00 PM   

Qualifying Rounds and Technical Judging Continue

2:00 PM

Skills Field Closes; Technical Judging Concludes

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM    

Alliance Selection

2:30 PM - 3:15 PM 

Elimination Rounds

3:15 PM

Awards Ceremony

                                            [The Agenda is subject to change]


We always appreciate volunteers.  In fact, we know we will need experienced judges and field officials.  Please contact Sarah Orr at [email protected] if you're interested in helping us.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

In case of bad weather conditions or possible cancellations, please visit this page on, where we will post updates about the event status as needed. 

Refund and Payment Policies

If the Event Partner cancels the event: 

If the tournament is cancelled by the Event Partner, all registered and paid teams will receive full refunds minus a $5 REC admin fee.

If a Coach/Mentor completes registration for the event then chooses to withdraw or not attend:

Refunds are available to teams that cancel at least one week prior to the event date, or November 16, 2024.  Refunds will be held until initial payment is confirmed and reconciled.  Refundunds will be minus a $5 REC admin Fee

Health and Safety Policies

We will observe the health and safety restrictions in effect for the Plainwell Community Schools District at the time of the event.

Date: 23-Nov-2024
Plainwell High School
684 Starr Road
Plainwell, Michigan 49080
United States

Travel Info

The competition will be hosted in the gymnasium at Plainwell High School, which is located at 684 Starr Road in Plainwell, MI, about 6 minutes (2.3 miles) from Exit 49 on highway US-131.  Ample parking is available on the west and southwest side of the school.  The entrance to the event is also on the west side of the school.


We will Live Stream the event to the Plainwell Robotics Club's YouTube Channel.  Google:  YouTube Plainwell Robotics Club; or, use the following link:

Judging Format

All 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.