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SD Mines Robot Rumble (VEX U)

SD Mines Robot Rumble (VEX U)

Event Code: RE-VEXU-21-5458

Program: VEX U

Type of Event: Tournament

Event Format: In-Person

Capacity: 12 / Spots Open: 50%+

Event Region: South Dakota

Registration Deadline: Sat, Jan 29, 2022 10:00 PM EST

Price: $100.00

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Event Dates

Date: 02/05/2022


South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 E St Joseph St
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701
United States

Grade Level: College

Robot Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: In-Person judging

Contact Information

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General Info

Welcome to the SD Mines Robot Rumble.  This tournament will be held at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Goodell Gym.


Competition Preparation

This event is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting event. All teams should come prepared for 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
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. Be sure to read 101 Things You Should Know Before Your First VEX Tournament, found on the Documents tab. 

6. Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament. 

7. Prep for your interviews with the judges. Check the awards tab to see what awards will be given during the tournament.

8. 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. Also, remember no grinding or other actions that create sparks.  Tiger Robotics will provide access to grinders and a metal cutting chop saw upon request.

9. 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.

10. Read through the Robot troubleshooting guide. The guide can be found here.

11. Ensure your robot brain has the latest version of firmware.


Tentative Schedule

7:30 – 8:30    Team Registration

7:30 – 9:30     Inspections

8:00 – 1:00     Skills Challenge

8:45 – 9:45     Judging in the Pits

9:45 – 9:50     Referee meeting

9:50 – 10:00   Drivers and Coaches Meeting

10:00               Opening Ceremonies

10:15 – 2:15   Qualification matches

2:20 – 2:30     Alliance Selection

2:45 – 4:00     Elimination Matches

4:15 – 4:30     Awards Ceremony


If you are interested in volunteeering, please contact Zach Basham at

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

The tournament will occur unless I-90 closes. Please use your own discretion when traveling in bad weather.

Refund Policy

No refunds are offered for this tournment. 



















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