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R.M. Marrs VEX IQ Winter Tournament - Middle School

21-Jan-2023 Add to Calendar
Event Code
VEX IQ Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
24-Oct-2022 16:00 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
10-Dec-2022 16:00 EST
Registration Deadline
13-Jan-2023 23:59 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event currently has no spaces available.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

The R M Marrs Middle School VEX IQ Tournament will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2023.  Students this year will design robots for the Slapshot Game, details can be found here:

This tournament is open to Middle School students, students enrolled in grades 6 - 8. More specific age rules can be found on the REC Foundation website

Skills Challenges will be available to all teams, with 3 Max Driver attempts and 3 Max Programming attempts per team.  

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 are allowed to compete. Registration and payments should be made through the Robot Events website.

Engineering notebooks

We will be collecting Physical engineering notebooks at this event for judging.  When you arrive to the event, please turn in team notebooks at the registration desk.

Lunch and Concessions

Full concessions will be available from 9 am to 3 pm. Lunch specials will be announced.

Finals Matches

The top ten (10) teams from the qualification rounds will participate in Finals.  These ten (10) teams will be automatically paired into 5 Alliances.  The top scoring alliance in Finals will earn the Tournament Champion Award. 

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 IQ parts. Please self inspect before arriving at the tournament using the IQ 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

  5. Be sure to read 101 Things You Should Know Before Your First VEX Tournament.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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)

Grade Level: Middle School

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 21-Jan-2023

Marrs Middle School
5619 South 19th Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68107
United States

Contact Information

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Times are tentative. Please check back the week before the event to check for changes.

Times Activity
9:00 am Registration, Inspection, Turn in NoteBook
9:15 am - 12:00pm Skills Challenge
9:30 am - 12:30 am Judging
11:30 am Event Meeting
11:45 pm - 3:15 pm Qualification matches
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Finals matches,
with Presentation of Awards


We need plenty of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jarrod Olson [email protected]

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

In case of weather-related tournament changes, Jarrod Olson will email coaches and post information on RobotEvents about a delay or cancellation to the event.

Refund and Payment Policies

In the event that the event has to be cancelled by OPS, we will refund entry fees minus the $5.00 processing fee.

If your team needs to withdraw from the tournament, full refunds minus the $5.00 processing fee will be available until one week before the tournament. After that, refunds based on special circumstances may be made at the discretion of the event partner.

Health and Safety Policies

If you have any special needs, please contact Jarrod Olson [email protected]

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.