Official Q&A: Judging Usage Guidelines

Clone bots from different organizations


David Sankey (Event Partner)
1 month ago

If a team builds a robot from instructions that are not on the VEX website should that robot be considered an "identical robot" as far as judging is concerned? In other words, why is the criteria given that identical robots have to be from the same organization?

Answered by Competition Judging Committee

There is no criteria given in the Judge Guide that says "...identical robots have to be from the same organization" or that only identical robots from the same organization could be considered as coming from non-student centered teams. The Judge Guide provides examples of situations that may indicate teams that are not student-centered.

From the Judge Guide: Examples of teams that are not student-centered: • Teams with robots that are built or programmed or repaired by adults. • Teams with robots that are built or programmed or repaired by older students (for example, high school students/teams building robots for middle school students/teams). • Teams with two or more identical robots at one school or club, or so-called “clone bots”. • Teams with adults that criticize students from alliance teams for poor performance, or adults who blame other teams for low scores.

Also, the first part of the question is unclear - where are the instructions from? The Game Design Committee would have to answer any questions relating to the use of "clone bots" or any interpretation under VIQC Game Manual Rule <R2> or VRC Game Manual Rule <R1>.

If a team builds a robot from instructions that are not on the VEX website should that robot be considered an "identical robot" as far as judging is concerned? In other words, why is the criteria given that identical robots have to be from the same organization?>