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NW Minnesota VEX Robotics Competition

Event Code
VEX Robotics Competition
Event Type
Event Format
Field Control System
VEXNet Field Control
Spots Open
Event Region
Max Registrations per Organization
Early-Bird Registration Opens
2-Nov-2021 08:30 EDT
Standard Registration Opens
3-Dec-2021 08:30 EST
Registration Deadline
7-Jan-2022 21:15 EST
This event is closed to registration because:
  • This event currently has no spaces available.
  • It is past the registration deadline.

General Info

Welcome to the NW Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament! This event is a Qualifier for the State Championship! Please check the Awards tab for information on which awards will qualify teams for State Championship.


Concessions will be offered at this event and we encourage you to take advantage of the food, drink and snacks throughout the day. For your convenience, teams will also be allowed to bring food into the building. Thank you for your cooperation.

Competition Preparation 

This event is sure to be a fast-paced and exciting. 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 your team has ample time for adjustments. The inspection checklist can be found on the Documents tab. Additional information on rules can be found on the Official VEX Forums. 

2. Read the document 101 Things I Wish I’d Know Before My First VEX Tournament, which can be found on the Document tab.

3. Pack for the event the day before, and remember to bring the following: 

  • Goggles/Safety Glasses (VRC only)

  • Spare parts & tools

  • Batteries and chargers

  • Programming cable

  • Power strip

  • Laptop computer

  • Engineering notebook (REQUIRED for Judges, Design and Excellence Awards )

  • Banners and other decorations for your team pit

  • Giveaways if you have them

4. Remember that safety comes first. Please don't bring tools that pose a safety risk to your team or others nearby. We will have designated areas set up for cutting and grinding. We want to try to avoid any damage to our gymnasium floor surface so please utilize these spaces. 

5. Make sure the robot components have been updated to the latest firmware revision: 

6. Each player and coach/mentor must have a completed and signed Participation and Consent Form. These forms should be completed beforehand through your team's account with 

Waiting List

If this event is full, please feel free to add your team to the Waiting List and then contact the Event Partner (Primary Contact on the General Info tab). The Event Partner will let you know about possible openings for the event. If you are moved from the Waiting List to the Registered Teams List, please be prepared to pay for the event promptly at your account, or make arrangements with the Event Partner to pay directly at the tournament. 

Walk-up Teams & Walk-Up Skills 

Walk-up teams WILL NOT be permitted to compete, either in the tournament or to run Skills Only. There are no exceptions. If your team wishes to compete, they must register before the registration deadline. 

Grade Level: All

Skills Challenge Offered: Yes

Judging Format: All In-Person Judging

Eligible Teams:

Event Dates & Locations

Date: 14-Jan-2022

1420 4th Ave NW
1420 4th Avenue Northwest
East Grand Forks, Minnesota 56721
United States

Contact Information

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Tentative Agenda – Subject to Change

IMPORTANT! If your team will be late, you must call the Event Partner (Primary Contact on the General Info tab). If your team is not checked-in on time, the match schedule will be run without your team and they cannot compete. The match schedule CANNOT be run after the tournament begins. 

Team Judging will be held in the Pits. Please make yourselves available to the Judges when they show up at your Pit table. If you have a match upcoming shortly, respectfully inform the Judges and agree on a time when you will meet with them at your Pit table. 

8:00 am – Doors Open, Check-In Open, Pits Open
8:30 am – Inspection Opens
9:00 am – Practice Field Opens, Skills opens on Skills Field & Match Fields as available
                    Inspected Robots Only!
                    Skills are first come, first served, maximum 3 Driver & 3 Programming skills runs
9:30 am – Check-in & Inspection Closes – Call the Event Partner if your team will be late!
9:40 am – Opening Ceremony & Team Meeting – Everyone meet in competition area
10:00 am – Qualification Matches Begin, Skills Field Opens
3:30 pm  – Qualification Matches End, Skills Field Closes
3:45 pm – Alliance Selection – All Teams Present in main competition area
4:15 pm – Elimination Matches & Finals Matches
                        - Quarter-Finals Matches
                        - Semi-Finals Matches
                        - Finals Matches
5:15 pm – Final Awards & Event Closing
5:30 pm – Event Break-Down, Please Help as you are able!


This event is fully volunteer-run.  SIGN-UP link will be added at a later date. 

We ask that each team provide one adult volunteer for the event as the team is able. No experience is required for many volunteer positions. Some volunteer positions can be split between two adults for a morning & afternoon shift. Or you can volunteer for a whole day depending on the volunteer role. Lunch is provided for all-day volunteers.

Visit the REC Foundation website at to check out position descriptions and find volunteer training materials: 

  • Judges

  • Referees/Scorekeepers

  • Inspectors

  • Emcees

  • TM Operators

  • Queuing

  • Team Check-in

  • Volunteer Check-in

  • Field Reset

  • Setup crew

  • Breakdown crew

Emergency/Bad Weather Policy

If our school district closes activities due to weather, this event may be postponed, rescheduled, or canceled. Please check the General Info tab at the event web site; updates will be posted as they become available. 

The safety of teams, coaches, parents, and volunteers always comes first. If weather looks threatening, adults should exercise their own judgment when deciding to travel or allowing their children to travel.

Refund and Payment Policies

Teams that wish to withdraw before the tournament will receive no refund unless another team from the Waiting List can fill the team’s spot. If a team withdraws before the tournament due to extenuating circumstances, the Event Partner will consider whether a refund is appropriate. Refunds in this instance will be rare.