Event Code: RE-VRC-20-3101
Program: VEX Robotics Competition
Type of Event: Tournament
Event Format: In-Person
Capacity: 33 / Spots Open: 0
Event Region: Illinois
Price: $150.00This event is closed to registration because:
Grade Level: All
Robot Skills Challenge Offered: Yes
Judging Format: Remote judging
Click here for the Youtube Livestream starting about 10:15 AM on Saturday, April 3
The Illinois VRC State Championship will be a blended event with middle school and high school teams competing in the same event. Teams can choose whether to compete in-person in a regular match-play tournament format, or a pre-recorded remote skills only format. The event capacity is 32 teams but there is no guarantee all State spots will be filled.
At the in-person event at ISU:
March 13 - The last day that skills scores will be considered for filling open spots at IL State Championship.
March 14 Noon - Invitations will be issued from the Worlds Skills Standings list to fill State Championship.
Week of March 15 - A link for teams to select a judging time slot will be emailed to the team’s Primary Contact early this week. Additional invitations may be issued during this week to replace teams that qualified but declined the invitation.
March 19th Midnight - Notebook links due Click here for the Judge Guide Appendix for requirements on the link to the digital engineering notebook.
March 21 Midnight - Deadline for State Registration and Interview Selection - if teams wish to be eligible for Judged awards.
March 22 - 25 Remote judging sessions (all teams will be judged remotely).
March 25 - 29 One pre-recorded skills video link may be submitted during this timeframe, along with the link for the team's digital engineering notebook. An email will be sent to the team's Primary Contact and will include a Google Form to collect the link to the team's video.
Click here for Appendix B: Skills and navigate to the instructions for pre-recorded videos for details on the requirements.
Note: ALL teams, whether competing at the In-Person tournament or
Remtote Skills Only will submit their skills by pre-recorded skills.
March 29 Midnight - Deadline for teams to submit the Google form with the link to the pre-recorded skills
April 3 - In-person State Championship at ISU, follow-up interviews conducted remotely with judging finalists as needed.
All teams, whether in-person or remote skills only, are eligible for the Judged Awards. Teams that compete in the remote skills only format will be eligible to qualify to VEX Worlds by winning one of the qualifying judged awards listed below or from the World Skills Standings as outlined below. Since the remote skills teams are not participating in match play, they are not eligible for the Tournament Champions or Tournament Finalists awards. This tournament structure has been issued a variance by the REC Foundation.
Illinois State Championship will be a blended event this season, with High School and Middle School teams competing together. Middle school teams will receive their 6 spots to VEX Worlds, and High School teams will receive their 9 spots to VEX Worlds. These are the qualifying awards and how they will be issued to teams:
(1) Excellence Award, High School
(1) Excellence Award, Middle School
(1) Design Award, HS or MS
(2) Tournament Champions, HS or MS
(2) Tournament Finalists, HS or MS
(1) Robot Skills Champion, HS or MS
(1) Innovate Award, HS or MS
(1) Think Award, HS or MS
Qualifying from World Skills Standings:
Double qualifications (example, same team wins HS Excellence and Tournament Champions) will be filled by the next highest team on the World Skills Standings which includes skills posted up to and including State Championship, with respect to the level, MS or HS, of the double qualification.
Unfilled qualifications (example, MS teams win MS Excellence Award and one Tournament Finalists spot, so 4 MS qualification spots remain unfilled) will be filled by the next highest team on the World Skills Standings which includes skills posted up to and including State Championship, with respect to the level, MS or HS, of the unfilled qualification.
This qualification process ensures the assigned number of VEX Worlds spots will be allocated to each level.
World Championship qualifying awards and invitations are issued to teams whether or not the teams have expressed an intention to attend the event. Unaccepted World Championship invitations are not offered or transferred to other teams.
Qualifying from local Illinois events to Illinois State
Tournaments that qualify to State will receive four qualifying spots (with judging) or two qualifying spots (no judging). Skills only events, including remote skills only events, that qualify to State will receive three qualifying spots (with judging) or one qualifying spot (no judging). These spot assignments follow the Qualifying Criteria document. Retroactive qualifications for past events will be issued this Wednesday, February 3.
If qualifications from events do not fill State Championship, teams within the top 25% of skills scores at their respective grade level will be invited. That threshold could be raised to further fill State Championship, but there is no assurance that State will be filled to capacity. And as always, this plan is subject to change depending on current conditions.
All the events will take place on the lower level of the Bone Student Center. Competitors and coaches should be dropped off and enter the building at the west entrance next to the circle drive on N. University Street. This is so we can take student's and coaches temps as they exit your vehicle, even before they enter the building. Click Here for a campus map to help with parking. Car and Minibus parking will be located in the lot directly north of the student center. The lot is supposed to be open for the Easter weekend... but if you are issued a parking slip to get in, we can comp your parking, see me during the event. If you are bringing a full-size bus, we have parking available close by, in the gravel lot labeled G64 on W Locust street; please contact me with parking or drop-off questions.
Revised 2/17/2021 3:00 PM
March 14 - The last day that skills scores will be considered for filling open spots at IL State Championship.
March 17 - Deadline for invitations from World Skills Standings to State.
March 21 - Deadline for State Registration if teams wish to be eligible for Judged awards
March 22 - 25 Remote judging sessions (all teams will be judged remotely)
March 25 - 29 One pre-recorded skills video link may be submitted during this timeframe
Note: ALL teams, whether competing at the In-Person tournament or
Remtote Skills Only will submit their skills by pre-recorded skills
April 3 - In-person State Championship at ISU, follow-up interviews conducted remotely as needed
9 AM Doors open
9-10 AM Inspection
10 AM Driver meeting (Team captain and coach ONLY; all others remain in their pit)
10:30 AM Match play begins
3 PM Match play ends
3:15 PM Alliance selection & finals
4:45 PM Awards and wrap-up
Target 7 rounds of qualifying matches
Target 6 min 30 sec match cycle time
Match spacing (the difference between any two appearances of the same team, where a value of 1 means back-to-back):
We need volunteers! Contact Event partner to sign up!!
Due to the logistics of this event, this event will not be canceled. If bad weather was to occur, use your own discretion on attending the event. Some suggestions are to come a day early to get ahead of the weather or stay an additional day to avoid travel in adverse conditions.
Due to the complexity of this event, there are no refunds for this event at all 2020-2021 Season.
Procedures for Participants
Judging at Event
2021 VEX Robotics State Championship Hotel Suggestions: For teams who desire to travel the day before the event.
Closest Hotels to ISU’s Bone Student Center
- Hyatt Place Bloomington / Normal
200 Broadway, Normal, IL 61761 • (309) 454-9288
- Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway, Normal, IL 61761 • (309) 862-9000
Hotels within short driving distance
East Side of Town (5 min drive West)
- Hampton Inn & Suites Bloomington-Normal
320 S Towanda Ave, Normal, IL 61761 • (309) 452-8900
- Chateau Hotel and Conference Center
1621 Jumer Dr, Bloomington, IL 61704 • (309) 662-2020
- Candlewood Suites Bloomington-Normal
203 Susan Dr, Normal, IL 61761 • (309) 862-4100
- Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bloomington-Normal Airport, IL
2403 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704 • (309) 662-3100
North Side of Town (5 min drive South)
- Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
8 Traders Cir, Bloomington-Normal, IL 61761
West Side of Town (10 min drive East)
- Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bloomington
1014 Wylie Dr, Bloomington, IL 61705 • (309) 827-8000
- Holiday Inn Express Bloomington West
1031 Wylie Dr, Bloomington, IL 61705 • (309) 820-9990
- Hampton Inn Bloomington West
906 Maple Hill Rd, Bloomington, IL 61705 • (309) 829-3700
The livestream will begin about 10:15 AM on Saturday, April 3.
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