2021-22 Berthoud Robotics Tipping Point VRC Tournament
- Event Code
- VEX Robotics Competition
- Event Type
- Event Format
- Spots Open
- Event Region
- Max Registrations per Organization
- This event has reached capacity. Teams on waitlist may still be added.
- It is past the registration deadline.
Participation and Consent Forms
Completed/signed consent FORMS for all participants (students, volunteers, mentors and participating adults) must be turned in online using this link (http://www.robotevents.com/consent)
Each participating team must provide at least one volunteer for all or a portion of the day,
We expect that masks will need to be worn when inside BHS and not eating. Please bring masks with you.
Volunteers should sign up using the SignUpGenius below OR by sending email to president@BerthoudRobotics.org with your preferred event volunteer position(s) with your team number if you are volunteering for a particular team. If you will need an official letter indicating your volunteer hours, please email that request to president@BerthoudRobotics.org. If using the sign-up-genius please put the team # and note if you need an official letter in the "comment" text-box on the page where you type in your email address. NOTE that we are holding a VEXIQ tournament on the same day so be sure to indicate which event you would like to attend as a volunteer.
Sign Up Genius for the VRC Tournament: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a45aaae22a2f94-berthoud3
We will assign positions based on the order of signing up or the arrival of your email so volunteer early to get your number one choice.
Volunteers should plan to wear a RED shirt so that you can be easily identified.
Breakfast burritos and drinks will be available at the event but also can be purchased offsite:
- Hays Market (after 6am)
919 Mountain Avenue
Berthoud, CO 80513
- Mi Cocina Burritos (after 7am, call/pre-order the day before if more than 5 burritos)
400 Mountain Avenue
Berthoud, CO 80513
A pre-order form will be sent to each registered team as of 1/10/22.
- Pizza [large cheese or sausage or pepperoni] (expected price $14, final price TBD)
- Drinks will also be available with the lunch pre-order at a reduced cost
In addition, Berthoud Robotics will have various drinks and snacks available for preorder and purchase including water, diet and non-diet soft drinks (Pepsi/Coke products) and various sport drinks. Snacks will generally be pre-packaged chips and candy bars. By-the-slice pizza will also be available.
Preparation for the Tournament
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 they are ready.
Review rules and run through the inspection checklist (see Documents tab). Review closely the rules for using VexV5 equipment or Vex Cortex equipment. Note also the rules on robot sizing. The sizing rules can cause your team a lot of work early in the day if not closely followed. Review the rules for notebooks and notebook submission.
Check the official VEX forums for rule updates and changes
Carefully read all of the information contained in the tournament posting on RobotEvents.com
Review the descriptions and criteria for the awards being given during this tournament
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 inside the high school building.
Understand how the game will be played. VEX participants are more than welcome to watch the referee training videos before they attend a tournament.
Ensure that you have the latest version of V5 firmware (cortex equipment is not legal).
Read through the robot troubleshooting guide and follow the directions about setting up your robot during the competition. Following the directions will avoid issues with the robots and the controllers.
Cell phones must have WIFI disabled during the event to avoid interference with the competing teams.
If you have issues with your computer or software, BRC will likely only be able to help you if your are using the Vex VRC integrated development environment. We have limited setups to help with PROS, JAVA or Python.
Grade Level: High School
Skills Challenge Offered: Yes
Judging Format: In-Person judging
Event Dates & Locations
850 Spartan Avenue
Berthoud, Colorado 80513
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7:30-7:50 Volunteer Check In
8:00-9:00 Referee Training
8:00-9:00 Team Check In and Inspections
9:00-9:15 Coach/Drivers Meeting (Big/West Gym)
9:15 Opening (VRC + VIQC in Big/West Gym)
9:30 Qualification Rounds & Skills Field Opens
1:00-1:20 Alliance Selections
1:30-4:00 Elimination Rounds and Finals
4:15 Awards (Big/West Gym)
4:30-5:30 Remove Fields & Pack Up Pit
Teams may bring in own food, pre-order lunch, buy pizza by the slice, or go out to lunch. Lunch is only 30 minutes.
Nearby local resturants include:
A & W, 802 Mountain Avenue, Berthoud 80513 - 970.532.2272
Subway, 307 Mountain Avenue, Berthoud 80513 - 970.532.9818
Pizza Hut, 821 Mountain Avenue, Berthoud 80513 - 970.532.1111
Brick Oven Pizza, 269 Mountain Avenue, Berthoud 80513 - 970.532.4747
Berthoud Pizza Company, 527 N 4th St, Berthoud 80513 - 970.344.5292
Mi Cocina, 400 Mountain Avenue, Berthoud 80513 - 970.344.5022
Participating teams are required to have 1 volunteer sign up per team who is not a coach for half of the day (this can be organized as two volunteers each taking a 2-hour slot). Please have the volunteer send email with their preferred volunteer position to email@example.com OR use our VRC Tournament SignUP-GENIUS
We are in need of both full and partial day volunteers. Volunteer slots for most positions are 2-hours in length. A half-day slot would be two 2-hour slots. A full day position would be either a full day position (e.g., Referee) or two half-day or three 2-hour slots.
A list of the volunteer positions available can be found on http://BerthoudRobotics.org/tournament
Teams who have a volunteer registered by 1/6/22 and who signs in and participates as a volunteer will receive $10 of their registration fee returned or that $10 applied to any lunch pre-order.
Emergency/Bad Weather Policy
Full refund if cancelled by 1/6/22, minus the $5.00 RobotEvents fee which is non-refundable.
On or after 1/6/22, we will refund only if there is a replacement team on the wait list who actually participates in the event. If you do find a team to take your spot please send mail to president@BerthoudRobotics.org with the team number as soon as you know.
If your team ends up being quarantined the weekend of the event we will refund your tournament entry fee (minus the $5 RobotEvents fee) regardless of when you find out about the quarantine. It's better that you not show up for the tournament.
If you end up losing your tournament registration fee due to cancellation, we will refund $10 of your fee.
Health and Safety Policies
This information is subject to change as the conditions change.
As of 10/15/21, all student participants, coaches, volunteers and visitors would be required to wear masks while at the event. This is currently a Larimer County and a requirement at BHS.
Maintain common sense covid protocols including distancing as best as you can during the event, doing a good job hand-washing at the event.
Teams that are in covid quarantine should skip the event. If you are not feeling well, sneezing up a storm, please skip the event.
Berthoud Robotics will provide bleach cleaning wipes so that if the teams want to clean the field objects (e.g., pre-loads) prior to handling they can do that.
Berthoud Robotics will do our best to clean the queueing tables between matches but this is best effort only. Anyone attending the BHS event should take responsibility for themselves and do what is required to keep yourself safe.
Date: 22-Jan-2022Berthoud High School
850 Spartan Avenue
Berthoud, Colorado 80513
Berthoud Inn and Events
444 First St
Berthoud, CO 80513
970.532.4566 -- berthoudinn.com
Super 8 Longmont
2445 Main St
Longmont, CO 80513
303.772.8106 -- wynhamhotels.com
Quality Inn & Suites
1500 N Cheyenne Ave
Loveland, CO 80539
970.593.0100 -- choicehotels.com
Hampton Inn Loveland (Hilton)
5500 Stone Creek Circle
Loveland, CO 80538
970.593.1400 -- hamptonloveland.com
Webcast will be available on TwitchTV: twitch.tv/berthoudrobotics
Judging will be In-Person (your team can bring a remote member into the interview with your own tablet/phone at your discretion).
Notebooks should be brought to the event or submitted electronically online with detailed information on how the judges can gain access to the version history.
Some of our judges may be remote and the judging team will bring them to the meeting with our own equipment.