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Bear River VRC ( Blended)

Bear River VRC ( Blended)

Event Code: RE-VRC-21-4890

Program: VEX Robotics Competition

Type of Event: Tournament

Event Format: In-Person

Capacity: 36 / Spots Open: 19

Event Region: Utah

Registration Deadline: Mon, Nov 1, 2021 2:00 PM EDT

Price: $50.00

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Event Dates

Date: 11/06/2021


Bear River High School
1450 South Main Street
Garland, Utah 84312
United States

Grade Level: All

Robot Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: In-Person judging

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General Info

VEX competitions can be very engaging. We hold ours in our gymnasium where we can comfortably accommodate a lot of spectators. We try to create a friendly environment for spectators with reasonably priced refreshments, good visibility of the fields, and clear announcements of the winner of each match.

Competition Fees

It is a huge help to planning and carrying out this event to know how many teams are coming. So we have set our registration deadline for the Monday before the competition. Thanks to everyone who registers on time.

Competition Preparation

This event takes place early in the season; for many teams it will be their first competition of the year. We try very hard to keep the event moving smoothly. The best way for you to avoid problems is to arrive early enough to take care of any problems that may arise. All teams should come prepared to be inspected in a timely manner and to compete in their scheduled matches. Here are a few steps that every team should take to ensure that they are prepared.

1. Review the game rules and run through the inspection checklist about a week before the competition so that there is ample time for adjustments. The V-5 inspection checklist can be found here.

2. Check the official VRC Q&A for the latest rule updates, changes, and clarifications.

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 (required if you want to be considered for the Judges, Design and Excellence Awards)

5. If you are a new team, you may want to read 101 Things I wish I'd Known Before My First VEX Tournament.

6. Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards that are being given during the tournament. In particular the requirements for the Design Award figure into all of the judged awards that will be given at this tournament: Judges, Design, and Excellence. The Design Award criteria is discussed in detail on page 13 of the VRC Judge Guide.

7. Prep for your interviews with the judges. Our judges will be practicing engineers who are willing to give up a Saturday to help with our competition.

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 cutting in the gymnasium. We will have a station for grinding and cutting set up in the main entryway of the school.

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 should be available by mid-September.

10. Ensure that you have the latest version of firmware for whichever programming language that you are using.

Participation and Consent Form

VEX Participation and Consent Forms only need be completed once per season. This is an online process that requires parental verification, so each participant will need to fill out their own consent form. This can be done here

Note: Each participant will need to know their EXACT team number in order to register. 

Skills Challenges

Per REC Foundation guidelines, all teams will be allowed 3 programming skills attempts and 3 driver skills attempts. Attempts of one type that are not used are not transferable. Based on past experience for this tournament, one dedicated skills field, that is open from 8:00 until the end of the elimnation rounds, should be adequate if teams use the natural breaks in the qualification rounds to make their skills runs. However, if it looks like we haven't provided adequate time to make skills runs for all those who want to make them, we will be prepared to convert the competition fields to skills fields during the lunch break. 


  7:30AM — 9:00AM     Pits open, inspection and registration begins
  8:00AM — 2:00PM     Robot Skills and Programming Skills Challenge *
  9:00AM — 9:30AM     Drivers meeting
  9:30AM — 12:00PM   Qualifying matches
10:00AM — 12:00PM    Interviews

12:00PM — 1:00PM      Lunch
  1:00PM — 2:40PM     Qualifying matches
  2:40PM — 2:50PM     Alliance selections
  2:50PM — 3:50PM     Tournament
  3:50PM — 4:00PM     Awards

This agenda is based on 36 teams and an average 4 minute cycle time. Some matches will take longer than that, and some will take less time. Each match will start when the Head Referee is ready. If we have fewer teams, we will take the opportunity to shorten things up a bit.

* Each team will be given a maximum of three attempts at the Robot Skills Challenge and three attempts at the Programming Skills Challenge. Attempts not used for one challenge are NOT transferable to the other challenge. The Skills Challenge will end when the qualifying matches end.


If you are interested in volunteering at this event please email Preston Richey:

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

If bad weather prevents you from attending, we will refund your net registration fee. (The $5.00 that comes off of the top and goes to RECF is not refundable.)

Refund Policy

If bad weather prevents you from attending, we will refund your net registration fee. (The $5.00 that comes off of the top and goes to RECF is not refundable.)

Health and Safety Policies

Message from REC Foundation:

All approved events and event attendees are required to follow all local, state, federal, or any other government ordinances regarding COVID-19 safety procedures, social distancing, and best hygiene practices. Event hosts should continually assess, based on current government guidelines, whether to postpone, cancel, or significantly reduce the number of attendees when necessary.

Date: 11/06/2021
Bear River High School
1450 South Main Street
Garland, Utah 84312
United States

Travel Info

If you are unfamiliar with the Tremonton area, the easiest way to find Bear River High School is to take I-15 Exit 381 and head due east for 1.5 miles until you come to the first traffic light. Turn right at the light, and you will pass in front of the school. The main parking lot is on the east side of the school, just past the main entrance. There is limited parking behind the school. Please don't park in no parking zones or fire lanes.


We plan to live cast our event for those who are unable to attend. The url for this live cast will be posted later.



















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