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2017 Poway Days Robot Rodeo

Event Code
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Spots Open
Event Region
California - Region 4
Max Registrations per Organization
Standard Registration Opens
19-Jun-2017 11:00 EDT
Registration Deadline
25-Aug-2017 23:59 EDT
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event currently has no spaces available.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

Competition Information

This event is planned to be hosted in an outdoor venue weather permitting. Pit area will be indoor with access to power and standard work area for each team. The competition fields will be outside with shaded spectator seating available for for viewing. This event is part of the day long celebration of Poway Days community celebration. 

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 here.

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.
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.

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.

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 here.

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

11. Ensure that you have the latest version of firmware. easyC firmware can be found here and RobotC firmware can be found at the following links:



Participation and Consent Form

A completed form for all participants must be turned in during check-in. Team leaders will need to collect the completed forms for all team members attending the event and turn them in to the registration desk when checking in.
Download the VEX/RECF Consent & Waiver Form.

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Eligible Teams:

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 9-Sep-2017

Community Park
13094 Civic Center Drive
Poway, California 92064
United States

Contact Information

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7:00 am . . . Door Open for Volunteers
7:30 am . . . Judge's Meeting - - - Referee's Meeting
8:00 am . . . Team Arrivals / Pits Open - - - Team Check-In and Registration - - - Practice Field Opens - - - Inspection Table Opens
8:45 am . . . Drive Team Meeting (in stands)
9:00 am . . . Opening Ceremony - Please stop work on robots at this time
9:30 am . . . Qualifying Matches Begin - - - Skills Challenge Field Opens - - - Judging Begins
12:00 pm . . Lunch Begins
12:45 pm . . Qualifying Matches Resume
2:30 pm . . . Qualifying Ends
3:00 pm . . . Alliance Selections - - - Judging Ends - - - Skills Challenge Field Closes
3:30 pm . . . Final Matches Begin
5:00 pm . . . Awards Ceremony
5:30 pm . . . Team Load-Out - - - Clean-Up Begins


Volunteers are needed please contact Todd Parr, the event partner, if you are are interested.

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

This will be an outdoor event weather permitting. This event should run rain or shine. Should you have difficulties in attending the event on the day of the event, please contact the event partner at 858-752-9767 to advise us of the situation.

If the event has to be postphoned due to an emergency, teams will be contacted by the event partner. Please make sure that your team contact information is current.

Refund Policy

Refunds for teams withdrawing from the event will only be provided up to 45 days before the event. Teams wishing to substitute a different team will be accomodated if possible, however substitutions will not be made at the event.

Date: 9-Sep-2017
Community Park
13094 Civic Center Drive
Poway, California 92064
United States

Travel Info

Ramada Poway

12448 Poway Rd,

Poway, CA 92064

Please download and reference the 1-page VEX Robotics Competition In The Zone game description.

VRC In The Zone Game Description


Please download and review the official 2018 VEX Robotics Competition Qualifying Criteria document for more information regarding qualification to your state/regional championship, national championship, or the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship.

VEX Robotics Competition Qualifying Criteria