Gross Catholic MS/HS VRC Cougar Kickoff Tournament, Sponsored by NRAI - Spin Up
- Event Code
- VEX Robotics Competition
- Event Type
- Event Format
- Spots Open
- Event Region
- It is past the registration deadline.
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 are allowed to compete. Registration and payments should be made through the Robot Events website.
Lunch and Concessions
Full concessions will be available from 9 am to 3 pm. Lunch specials will be announced.
Excellence Award - Top All Around Team
Tournament Champions - Each Team on Winning Alliance
Design Award - Team with a professional design approach
Judges Award - Recognition from Judges for special accomplishments
Robot Skills Winner - Team with the highest combined programming and driver skills
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
- 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 V5 parts. Please self inspect before arriving at the tournament using the V5 Robot Inspection Checklist
- Check the official VEX forums for rule updates and changes.
- Carefully read all of the information contained in the tournament posting on robotevents.com
- 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
- 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
- Be sure to read 101 Things You Should Know Before Your First VEX Tournament.
- Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ensure that you have the latest version of programming software and firmware for your V5 Brain.
Participation and Consent Form
A completed form for all participants must be uploaded to robotevents.com 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)
Grade Level: All
Skills Challenge Offered: Yes
Judging Format: All In-Person Judging
Event Dates & Locations
7700 South 43rd Street
Bellevue, Nebraska 68147
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07:00 Venue Opens
10:00-10:15 Opening Ceremony, Drivers Meeting
10:30-03:30 Qualification Matches
12:00-12:30 Lunch Break
03:30-03:45 Alliance Selection
04:00-05:30 Elimination Matches and Awards
If you would like to volunteer for this event please contact Steve Hamersky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency/Bad Weather Policy
In case of inclement weather, check the Event on Robot Events for further updates the night before the event date. In the event of cancellation we will try to reschedule.
In case of inclement weather and the event is cancelled, registration fees received will be returned minus the $5.00 processing fee. If something happens and you are unable to attend the competition, please notify the primary contact through email or phone. Refunds for non-attendance will only be given if your cancellation notice is received no later than 1 week prior to the event date.
Health and Safety Policies
NOTE: Safety information will be updated in the early fall to reflect the current requirements for schools in our area.
Face coverings will be optional for everyone, everywhere throughout the tournament, in the stands, pits, and at the fields.
Hand sanitizer will be available at various locations at the tournament venue. Teams and spectators are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer as well. Please use hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day particularly after leaving the competition field.
Concessions will be available.
Spectators are allowed at this time, if that changes the team coaches will be notified.
Please monitor the health of your team. We trust that everyone keeps their teams informed of their health as related to COVID infection. Anyone with potential COVID symptoms or possible COVID exposure should not attend the tournament.
We will provide extra space between tables in the pit area and the walking areas from the pits to the competition field. We prefer multiple teams from the same organization so that organizations can have pit tables in social groupings. We will provide enough space so that there is proper spacing between team tables and a larger spacing between organizations. Individual teams will be grouped together at one table.
We will be using two competition fields, one skills field, and one practice field. Robots and drivers will need to arrive ready to compete.
We might need to make adjustments to our event due to local and state COVID guidelines. The team coaches will be notified of any changes as we get closer to the event.
We hope to live steam the event. The steam information will be posted here prior to the tournament.
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. Notebooks should be submitted at the registration table as teams check in.
5 teams are on the waitlist for this event.