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NEIU VRC Tournament - Tower Takeover

NEIU VRC Tournament - Tower Takeover

Event Code: RE-VRC-19-9712

Program: VEX Robotics Competition

Type of Event: Tournament

Capacity: 32 / Spots Open: 0

Event Region: Illinois

Max Registrations per Organization: 8

Price: $85.00

This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event currently has no spaces available.
  • It is past the registration deadline.
Event Dates

Date: 02/01/2020


Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
United States

Grade Level: High School

Robot Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

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General Info

Date: 02/01/2020


Northeastern Illinois University

Alumni Hall

5500 N. St. Louis Ave. 

Chicago, IL 60625


State Qualifying Spot Assignments for Illinois VRC Events:

       Blended &        Only
  Teams          VRC/HS     MS/VRC    
     20   2 (no judging)          
Under 40             5       10
    40+          7       10 


If 10 or more teams are registered at each level of a blended event (Middle School and High School) the Excellence Award must be offered at each level. The total number of state qualifying spots will increase by one.

State Qualifying Spots are initially assigned based on the capacity of the event. After registration closes, and before the event, spots may be adjusted to reflect the number of teams registered for the event according to the table above. Qualifying Spots are assigned by the REC Foundation. The assignments are calculated based on the number of spots available for State Championship, the number and size of qualfying events in the State, and the historical double-qualification rates for the State. Questions on State Qualifying spot assignments may be directed to your REC Foundation Regional Support Manager Bill Ryno by email at: 

Elimination Brackets for Illinois VRC Events:

Up to 32 teams at an event will compete in the Elimination Rounds; all teams at an event are elibible for Alliance Selection, not just the top 32-ranked teams. If there are an odd number of teams, unfortunately the last team will not be able to compete in the Elimination Rounds. Refer to the Documents tab for a PDF of the 16-alliance elimination bracket. If an event has fewer than 16 alliances, the highest-seed alliances receive a bye. The Tournament Manager software automatically calculates the elimination brackets for the number of alliances competing. 

Following the Qualifying Criteria, Finals Alliances are 2 teams. Finals matches are determined by the winner of one match. Ties will be replayed until a winner is determined. Event Partners may run elimination brackets in any legal configuration they wish, but are encouraged to follow the standard for the State. Questions on Elimination Brackets may be directed to your REC Foundation Regional Support Manager Bill Ryno by email at:


TENTATIVE subject to change. Be sure to check back the week before the event for updated information. 

8:00 am Doors open
8:30 am - 9:30 am Inspection
9:30 am Drivers Meeting
10:15 am Opening Ceremonies
10:30 am - 12:45 am Qualifying Matches
12:45 am - 1:15 pm Lunch (approximately)
1:30 pm - 3:15 pm Qualifying Matches
3:30 pm Alliance Pairings
4:15 pm Elimination matches and awards
5:30 pm Event Conclusion and clean-up


If you wish to volunteer to help out at the event, send an email to

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

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Refund Policy

Refunds will be made 4 weeks or prior to the event.

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REC Foundation Design Award Rubric.

REC Foundation Design Award Rubric


Participant Release Form Spanish.

Participant Release Form Spanish


Participant Release Form.

Participant Release Form


REC Foundation Code of Conduct.

REC Foundation Code of Conduct


VRC Qualifying Criteria.

VRC Qualifying Criteria


VRC Robot Inspection Checklist for V5.

VRC Robot Inspection Checklist for V5


VRC Tower Takeover One Page Description.

VRC Tower Takeover One Page Description